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Jeremiah Wright Speaks Out

 Melissa Rogers, who runs the best blog on news relating to church/state matters in the U.S. gives us the following:

The African-American Religious Experience: Theology and Practice

That’s the title of a talk the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright will give next week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  Here’s part of the blurb on Wright’s presentation:

The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A Wright Jr.,  senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, will discuss the role of faith in the public square in a presentation entitled, The African American Religious Experience; Theology & Practice, at a National Press Club breakfast on April 28th.
        Dr. Wright will also talk about his pastorate, his development as a theologian and teacher, and how the issues of social justice and global inequities have shaped his faith and his fight for those who are most marginalized in society. He will address the legacy and tradition of education in his family. And Dr. Wright will put into perspective theologically, historically and politically, his ministry and public service that has been so widely discussed in the media.

And, as has already been widely noted, Wright will join Bill Moyers this Friday on Bill Moyers Journal.

UPDATE: The Caucus gets a preview of Wright’s comments on Bill Moyers Journal.

And Chris Sanders notes that the media distortion of the ministry of Rev. Wright and Trinity United Church of Christ has led to a new blog by a church member, The Truth About Trinity United Church of Christ.  Far from being white-hating separatists, Trinity UCC is a black-majority congregation in a denomination that is mostly white.

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April 24, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

4 Comments

  1. I’m hopeful that this will help. But it’s just as possible that this will make things worse. It’s not a good scene anyway you look at it.

    Comment by Bob Cornwall | April 24, 2008

  2. Personally I am uncomfortable anytime a pastor is criticized for political and theological statements by those outside of the faith (or by those in the faith for political purposes). I believe most of the criticisms of Wright have been unfounded and specifically for the purpose of using it politically, which, to me, is disgraceful. There have been good criticism of Wright, however, that relate to his liberation theology, which rightly needs to be critiqued. I do think this has made some positive ripples in African-American churches, as they struggle to understand Orthodoxy and how it relates and applies to how they live.

    Now, something I am worried about regarding Rev. Wright and something that I would think you too would criticize him on is his posh lifestyle, including his new home. It seems like this promotes the exact opposite of the redistribution of wealth. While I realize that many, many conservative, Evangelical megachurch pastors do the same thing, they also don’t advocate for a redistribution of wealth or economic parity.

    So to me, it seems he blends classic liberation theology with prosperity teachings and in the end it seems to only benefit those like himself. So I don’t really care what he says from his pulpit regarding politics and conspiracy theories, I am worried that he is perverting the Gospel and using it to further his own lifestyle. And that is a conversation we certainly need to have in Christendom, just not in the public square.

    Comment by D.R. Randle | April 24, 2008

  3. D. R., you are the first conservative Christian blogger (and, except for Frank Schaeffer &, partly, Mike Huckabee, the first conservative white Christian, period) I’ve heard defend Rev. Wright. Thanks for doing the right thing. Now, I don’t know anything about Wright’s house or lifestyle, but I certainly criticize such wherever I see it. (I used to argue that SBTS should sell the president’s mansion and use the money charitably. Mrs. Honeycutt was not amused.)

    I can’t say that all criticisms of Christian pastors for political purposes are unwarranted. I just think these have been taken out of context and blown out of proportion.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | April 25, 2008

  4. Yeah-that’s talking. Let’s defend Wright’s right to be prophetic about the government introducing aids into the black community as a form of genocide. Why is Obama running away from this great prophet?

    Comment by randy P | May 1, 2008


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