Summary of the reflections of Glenn Pontier

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After calling attention to events of broader significance that served as context for the event we are talking about today—the walk on the moon and the Woodstock concert, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the deaths in Vietnam of fifty-five thousand young Americans and a half million Vietnamese—Glenn described his own experience of the General Synod. Mike Moran, Joe Favale, John de Velder, and he, all of whom “had been in the church for all our lives,” decided to turn their draft cards in “to the church.” One of the four (Glenn forgets which) made a speech to synod, privilege of the floor having being requested by Glenn's father, asking that the cards be received. The synod debated the issue and came, by a close vote, to the decision not to accept the cards, but to “say nice things about us.”

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Reformed Church in America -- History; Reformed Church in America -- History; Church controversies; Reformed Church in America. General Synod; Draft resisters
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