The Radical Religion Collective, later named the Community for Religious Research and Education, formed in Berkeley, California
in 1973 to continue the publishing arm of the closed Berkeley Free Church (1967-1972). Richard L. York, pastor of the church,
became a member of the Collective, as did students from the Graduate Theological Union and people from the broader community.
They published the journal Radical Religion: A Quarterly Journal of Critical Opinion, 1973-1981, and collected a resource
library for researching issues in radical religion, socialism, peace and justice, and Latin America. The collection contains
working and organization files, correspondence, published material (monographs, periodicals, pamphlets), newsclippings, and
In 1973, the Berkeley Free Church (GTU 89-5-016. See that Collection Inventory for a full description of the Church.), which
had operated in the South Campus area of Berkeley, California since 1967 under the leadership of the Rev. Richard York, "closed
its doors and took a long hard look at its work and future." In the months that followed, the former BFC staff and board made
decisions to conclude "the ministry of survival services to street people," but continue the publications arm of the BFC in
a new direction and develop new programs. The new direction for publication was the creation of Radical Religion: A Quarterly
Journal of Critical Opinion. The Introduction in the first issue of Radical Religion, Winter 1973, provides an explanation
of its growth from the Berkeley Free Church and its intention as a journal, the "religious left needs a forum for reflection
while developing strategies for constructive action. Radical Religion is designed to provide this forum. We in the religious
left can use Radical Religion as a means to understand ourselves better, to develop a sense of solidarity, and to grow into
a movement with a purposeful direction."
12 boxes, 1 folio
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also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open for research.