Thursday, April 24, 2008

Jeremiah Wright Speaks

Much has been made of Jeremiah Wright's statements, most of which are taken out of context, and which show little understanding of either the Black Church or Black Theology. For the most part, Wright has stayed out of the limelight since the controversy broke, one that has seemingly tarred Barack Obama and has brought into the open the racial divide in this country. That a significant number of White Democrats seem unable to pull the lever for a Black candidate is problematic. I know that this is being exploited and will be exploited, and if Jeremiah Wright can be demonized (as is happening) this helps that cause. It also sets back the advances in this country in this regard.

It will be interesting to see how this plays as Jeremiah Wright speaks to the National Press Club next Monday. Here is part of the announcement.

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

Dr. Wright will also talk about his pastorate, his development as a theologian and teacher, and the 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.

Dr. Wright will retire from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in June, where he served the 8,000-member congregation for 36 years. While at Trinity he developed nearly 100 active ministries/outreach programs and seven separate corporations that continue to serve the greater Chicago community. He is a sought after lecturer and teacher and speaks at some of the nation's most prestigious universities and seminaries.

Wright will also appear on Bill Moyers Journal. Moyers should do a good job with this as he understands better than most what is happening in America's churches.
Kudos to Melissa Rogers for the heads up.

1 comment:

Michael Westmoreland-White, Ph.D. said...

This is good news, indeed. It is much harder to demonize a real person than an image from a sound bite.

While it is disappointing that 1 out of 5 PA voters said that race was a factor in their vote Tues., maybe we should be glad that it is not still 4 out of 5!