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Eugene Carson Blake (November 7, 1906, St. Louis – July 31, 1985, Stamford) was an American Protestant Church leader in the 1950s and 60s, and President of the National Council of Churches in the United States, 1954—1957. He was General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, 1966—1974.[1]

Blake's sermon is considered to be the impetus for the 40-year Consultation on Church Union ecumenical effort to unite ten mainline denominations. He was educated at Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh. From 1928 to 1929, he taught at the Forman Christian College in Lahore; from 1935 to 1951, he was the minister of Presbyterian churches in America; and from 1951 to 1958, he was stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and of the United Presbyterian Church until 1966.[2]

Dr. Blake once said that he was "the first white clergyman to be arrested in the civil rights movement."[3]

He is buried in Stamford's Long Ridge Union Cemetery.


  1. ^ "The Presidents of the National Council of Churches USA". Retrieved 2007-10-22.  
  2. ^ James D. Forman (1997), The Making of Black Revolutionaries , University of Washington Press, ISBN 0295976594,  
  3. ^ Personal communication at Rye Presbyterian Church (NY) in 1983.


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