Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Mississippi PrayingSouthern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Carolyn Renée Dupont

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708415

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708415.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 16 September 2021

“Born of Conviction”

“Born of Conviction”

The Travail of Mississippi Methodism

(p.127) 6 “Born of Conviction”
Mississippi Praying

Carolyn Renée Dupont

NYU Press

This chapter narrates how Pastor Bill Lampton's—along with twenty-seven other pastors'—“Born of Conviction” statement impacted Mississippi's secular and religious communities. Their declaration began with an endorsement of the Methodist Church's position on the Brown decision, while the other four paragraphs expressed opposition to the closing of public schools and affirmed the pastors' belief in the right of ministers to speak their conscience. The outcry over the “Born of Conviction” statement illustrates the turbulence of Mississippi's Methodist community in the civil rights years. The unruliness of Mississippi's Methodist community arose from several sources: the prospect of racial integration in Methodism, the theological variety among Mississippi Methodists, and many Mississippians' loyalties to a diverse national denomination. In a sense, their battles represented one scene in the larger national struggle to redefine the meanings of American Christianity with respect to race relations.

Keywords:   Born of Conviction statement, Pastor Bill Lampton, Mississippi Methodism, racial integration, American Christianity, race relations

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.