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For over 40 years, Dr. Stanley's preaching has attempted to move a complex, sophisticated community beyond the 'kindergarten' Christianity of its childhood to a powerful, relevant gospel that reconciles their complex lives while affirming the simple truth that in spite of all of our shortcomings, we are all God~ beloved children. This volume illuminates a life and ministry obedient to a worthy call.- Ambassador Andrew Young, Civil Rights leader/ministerlhumanitarian, Atlanta, Georgia

One Sunday morning, Dr. Stanley preached a sermon that so illuminated an aspect of my life~ journey I wrote one of my strongest musical compositions. On the Sunday after Coretta Scott King died, through his teaching and preaching, he showed us a woman with a deep moving spirit and commitment to justice. I was able to cry again as we closed the service singing the spiritual, "There is a Balm in Gilead." I have continually found inspiration and hope in his words. May you also find water in your dry times from this well. — Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer/composer/cultural historian, Washington, DC

Rev. Dr. A. Knighton Stanley is presently the Minister for Development at St. Albans Congregational Church in Queens, NY. He served as Senior Minister of Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC for 38 years. A graduate of Talladega College, he earned a Master's Degree from Yale University and a Doctorate from Howard University.

Dr. Stanley is the writer of many articles, former publisher of "The New American Missionary," and the author of The Children is Crying: Congregationalism Among Black People. He is the father of three children: Nathaniel, Kathryn, and Taylor.
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