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    • Rev. Madison Shockley
    • Madison T. Shockley was a TCPC Executive Council member since its founding until 2013 and is currently the senior minister of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, California, where he was called to ministry in May, 2004. Pilgrim is known for its commitment to social justice; its open and affirming stance toward persons of all sexual orientations; and its outreach to migrant workers, the homeless, and all persons in need. At Pilgrim, Madison continues an impressive career in service to progressive causes.

      Along with performing his pastoral duties with Pilgrim, Madison serves on the board of directors of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego and Imperial Counties and the board of directors of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He also writes commentary for various online and print outlets.

      He holds the Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and has done advanced graduate work at Claremont Graduate University in New Testament Studies. He is married to Gayle P. Shockley née Welch, and they are the parents of four adult children.

Rev. Madison Shockley’s Speech at Women’s March, Palomar College

Over 3,000 people joined the #womensmarch in North County San Diego from the San Marcos Civic Center to Palomar College. The Rev. Madison Shockley is the pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ.

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Ferguson’s Next Rally: Justice for Michael Brown

By Rev. Madison Shockley *image from Shutterstock When I first heard the reports of an unarmed 18-year-old black youth shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., while, according to witnesses, surrendering to the police, my heart dropped. Immediately …

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Three Blind Mice: GOP Candidates Mourdock, Akin and Walsh

The last 10 weeks of this election season have made me sick and tired of ignorant men pontificating on the reproductive lives of women. And I’m a man! I can only imagine how women feel. Todd Akin …

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Black Community Poised to Follow Obama’s Leadership on Gay Rights

Two weeks after Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to declare support for marriage equality, we are still gauging the impact of his statement. At first blush, some regarded his evolution as a nonevent, since his …

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Pat Brittenden Podcast from May 22nd, 2012

Madison Shockley talks with Pat Brittenden about Marriage Equality and the Catholic Church suing the Obama Administration amongst other things.

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A Theology of Compassion

Madison Shockley is is Pastor of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, California. Here he describes his presentation at the 2009 Compassion & Choices Symposium held in Washington, DC September 13-14.

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Madison Shockley on Pat Brittenden’s New Zealand Radio Program

Talks about the state of American politics on 5/9/2012

To listen to this wonderfully insightful interview on the state of American politics, click here: http://soundcloud.com/pat-brittenden/madison-shockley-us

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Making Sense of Resurrection

A video of a sermon by Madison Shockley

Madison, What Did You Do With Your Baptism?

Recorded Sunday January 8, 2012 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad, CA.
Pilgrim UCC is an Open and Affirming member of the United Church of Christ.

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A Woman’s Choice

Rev. Madison Shockley II
A sermon on a topic ripped from the headlines.

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Jesus and the 99 Percent

What has become clear among these liberal and progressive clergy is that although we do not know fully what the movement is or where it will wind up, we know that we are called to be there.

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Getting Romney

The public may learn something important about Romney by understanding more about Mormonism, or it may learn nothing relevant to its decision about his candidacy. But that is a decision voters can make only when they have the information.

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Romney Answers Religion Question Only So Far As Republican Tolerance Will Allow

When will candidates learn that the cover-up is always worse than the deed itself? Buried in the middle of Mitt Romney’s religious mea culpa was a twist of logic that would take a knotssmith (like me) to untangle. He asserts that there are some questions about faith that a candidate should answer. Then he carefully chooses the one question that allows him to sound the most like an evangelical Christian. “What do I believe about Jesus Christ? I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the savior of mankind.”

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Why A Progressive Christian Education Program for Children?

Many parents, who don’t find the religion they learned as children very useful in their adult lives, still find themselves coming back to church with their children, hoping to give them a sense of community, ritual, and …

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The Pope’s Progress

Finally, Pope Benedict XVI has opened the theological door to affirming condom use to help stem the spread of HIV in the world. For decades the Roman Catholic popes and bishops have not only discouraged condom use to prevent the transmission of HIV but have suggested that the use of condoms actually spreads HIV.

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The Tea Party: It’s Worse Than You Think

A debate has raged over the last 18 months as to whether the tea party movement is racist…I propose to put this debate to rest. The tea party is racist. Its followers have deployed a brilliant strategy to deflect charges of racism by using a form of the legislative provision known as…

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Barack Obama

Are we really supposed to believe that being black is an advantage for a man named Barack Hussein Obama? First he is accused of being a Muslim (as if something would be wrong with that). Then he is accused of being the recipient of the support of the leader of the Black Muslims, Minister Louis Farrakhan. Now that he has established himself as a bona fide Christian it is suddenly revealed that he is, oh my, a black Christian.

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