During his late teens, the Rev. Clarence Deleon "C.D." Weaver Jr., not previously very religious, encountered a particularly courageous minister. In a Virginia Tidewater town dominated by a military presence during the Cold War, the minister took self-evidently unpopular stands.

"He challenged racism and unthinking forms of patriotism," says Weaver, retired pastor and dean of students at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. "He would question things. Later on, I came to the conclusion that my faith required me to be a world citizen. Sometimes that has clashed with American exceptionalism, especially when it translates into white supremacy or superiority."

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