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Oral history interview with Rev. Yvette Flunder

Oral history interview with Rev. Yvette Flunder
Flunder, Yvette
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The granddaughter of a Pentecostal pastor, Rev. Flunder recounts the experiences of her early years in San Francisco, and discusses the role music played in her childhood. She discusses the meaning of spirituals to early African American slaves, and recounts how these slaves brought their music and culture with them from Africa. She also discusses the role of spirituals in the lives of African Americans today. Rev. Flunder describes her doctoral work and the dissertation she completed at San Francisco Theological Seminary on the subject of ministry to marginalized populations, for example transgendered people., Yvette Flunder (1955-) is senior pastor and founder of the City of Refuge Community Church in San Francisco. A native San Franciscan, she graduated from Armstrong College in Georgia, then returned to San Francisco in 1991 and founded the church. She has held positions in many charity organizations in the Bay Area including chairperson of the African American AIDS Coalition of Alameda County, chairperson of the Black Adoption Placement and Research Center, and founding member of the African-American Interfaith Alliance on AIDS. She completed her doctoral degree at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2001., Conducted May 25, 1999, in San Francisco, Calif., at the City of Refuge [Congregational] Church.