What is the relation between the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, militant James Forman and agencies of thirteen major religious bodies? That’s what many people were asking last month in light of Forman’s demands for $500 million in “reparations” from churches and synagogues and his appearance at several national church conventions.

Forman’s “Black Manifesto” was adopted by the National Black Economic Development Conference (see May 23 issue, page 29), and supported in principle by IFCO’s board of directors at a subsequent meeting, although Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, IFCO president, later denied they did this. IFCO executive director Lucius Walker said IFCO did support it, and IFCO public-relations director Kay Longcope confirmed this to CHRISTIANITY TODAY.

IFCO is a coalition of twenty-threeIFCO organizations are: American Baptist Home Mission Societies; American Jewish Committee; Black Affairs Council of the Unitarian Universalist Church; United Methodist Board of Christian Social Concerns; United Presbyterian Board of National Missions; Boards of National Ministries and Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.; National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice; Catholic Committee for Urban Ministries; Executive Council, the Protestant Episcopal Church; California Center for Community Development; Capitol East Foundation; Detroit City-wide Citizens Action Committee; New York Foundation for Voluntary Service; hope Development, Incorporated, Houston; Foundation for Community Development, Durham, North Carolina; United Methodist National Division of Board of Missions; National Welfare Rights Organization; Milwaukee’s Northcutt Neighborhood House; United Church Board for Homeland Ministries; Christian ...

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