"Because we lack love, we have not succeeded in coming together," Dr. Richard Quebedeaux said last night in a speech at Sperry Hall in the Divinity School about his efforts to unite conservative evangelicals and more liberal Christians.
Quebedeaux, a 1968 Divinity School graduate, said his strict upbringing in a Baptist household and his liberal education at UCLA placed him in a unique position to bring together many Christian organizations that were previously hostile to one another.
While working at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Quebedeaux said the "cooperation between the Campus Crusade, a conservative group, and the United Campus Ministry, a more liberal organization, really blew people's minds. Christ demanded that we all be one. Why? So that we all may believe and we showed that can work."
The autobiographical bent of Quebedeaux's discourse prompted Ken Blank, a Boston Theological Institute student, to describe the lecturer as a "self-centered fiend," but Blank agreed that his work was a service to the Christian church.