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Faculty and alumni authors

Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliances
by Tom Davis, chaplain emeritus and associate professor emeritus of religion
Rutgers University Press, 2005

In the 1940s, when Margaret Sanger’s birth-control movement grew into Planned Parenthood, some of the most prominent Protestant and Jewish clergy defended the organization. In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of ministers and rabbis formed the Clergy Council on Abortion to help women obtain abortions. With recent increased opposition to the work and goals of Planned Parenthood, many clergy have again rallied to its support. In his book, Tom Davis brings to light the ways in which the secular reproductive-rights organization and religious leaders work together to promote social justice, advance women’s rights, and keep abortion legal. He claims this work is sacred, illustrates how sexism drives the religious anti-choice movement, and contends that clergy
—and only clergy—were able to effectively challenge Planned Parenthood’s
early opponents.

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Zaza: The Art of Barbara Kaufman
edited by Stacey Gerrish ’87,
photographs by Skye Chalmers
Leading Fields Press, 2004
A sampling of sculptures created by Barbara Stroock Kaufman ’40

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by Sheri Ritchlin ’66
Council Oaks Books, 2004
A simple meditation on “the one Great Truth,” connecting heaven
and earth

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Waiting for Lucinda: One Family’s Journey through
International Adoption

by Amy Shore ’87
Publish America, 2004
An honest look at the highs and lows of adopting a child from Guatemala

Get booked. Alumni authors are urged to send copies of their books, publisher’s notes, or reviews, so that Scope can make note of their work in the “Books” column.