Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Rev. James C. Blackburn, Episcopal priest and activist, dies

From Baltimore-

The Rev. James C. Blackburn, a retired Episcopal priest who championed civil rights, peace, and social justice, died Saturday from complications of lymphoma and pneumonia at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

The longtime Homeland resident was 82.

"He loved the Episcopal Church, even in difficult times of conflict," wrote a son, David W. Blackburn of Montclair, N.J., in an email. "Echoing the late Bishop James Pike, he liked to describe the attraction of the Episcopal Church in the words of the Psalm: 'Lord, I thank thee that thou hast set my feet in a large room.'"

The son of Paul V. Blackburn, an industrial manager, and Sylvia Wheeler Blackburn, James Clark Blackburn was born in Cleveland. After his father's death in 1939, he moved with his family to Harrisburg, Pa.

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