Howard Moody, 91, pastor and social
By Abigail Hastings
York, September 13, 2012 -- The Rev. Howard R. Moody, 91, Minister Emeritus
in Greenwich Village,
which he pastored for 35 years, died September 12 at 4:13 p.m. of pneumonia
and complications of cancer treatment, according to Dr. Deborah L. Moody,
M.D., his daughter.
From his small Greenwich
Village congregation, Rev. Moody
wielded an outsized influence on several major social-change movements of
the 1960s-80s, particularly the struggles for abortion rights, free speech
for artists, and more humane drug treatment policies. He not only preached
prophetically on these issues, he also pioneered creative programs
addressing them, first in
and later, nationally.
"With his Marine-style crew cut,
one's first impression was not that one was meeting with a pastor/social
activist," aid the Rev. A. Roy Medley, president elect of the National
Council of Churches.
Howard was a moving force in the social changes that swept America from the
Sixties on." said Medley, general secretary of American Baptist Churches
USA. "He was not one to shun controversy in pushing the church to respond to
he felt were the crying needs of the day. The love of Christ was his
compelling guide and Howard's gentle, engaging spirit was his trademark. He
shall be missed."
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