Cross posted from BMW – BobMcCarty Writes
Mark your calendar! 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 Monday
According to an NPC news release about the event, Dr. Wright will also talk about his pastorate, his development as a theologian and teacher, and at 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.
FYI: The National Press Club breakfast will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Eastern and Rev. Wrightâ€™s remarks will begin just after 9 a.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Only â€œcredentialedâ€ press may cover this event with proper identification.
As of this posting, the event does not appear on the C-SPAN broadcast schedule, though I suspect that might change since it is listed as a â€œselloutâ€ on the NPC web site.
Stay tuned, though, because I have a feeling the radical who served as Barack Obamaâ€™s pastor for more than 20 years has many more controversial headlines in his future.
**End cross post**
Hopefully there will be a transcript or even better a video posted online sometime after.
Update ! – 04-23-2008 12:27 am
Obama February 5, 2007: “I Seek Daily to Imitate [Jeremiah Wright's] Faith”
America needs Jeremiah Wrights
By Rev. Barbara Reynolds, NNPA Columnist
March 25, 2008
For 20 years, Rev. Wright has been a “friend, mentor and pastor.” This is how Sen. Obama described him in a letter dated February 5, 2007.
In that letter, the senator wrote “I constantly remember Rev. Wright as the shepherd who guided me to my commitment to Christ one Sunday morning at Trinity. I often consider, as I work in the Senate how he lives his life-a life of service to Trinity, Chicago and the nation; his activism on behalf of causes that few would champion and his dogged commitment to the first principles of love for God and fellow man. And in my personal walk, I seek daily to imitate his faith.“[...]
Just a little over a year ago Obama was seeking daily to imitate Wright’s faith. Hows about that. Not that long ago, but before the mask was lifted and Wright was exposed for what he is. Funny how things can change, in the blink of an eye.
[...]I am inspired by Wright’s leadership as the founding father of the Samuel D. Proctor conference, which is directed by Dr. Iva Carruthers, a Trinity member. The Conference is the progressive wing of the Black Church and represents some 50 million people through an ecumenical cross section of clergy and inter-faith leaders across the nation.
When Black and poor people were devastated by the double tragedies of Katrina and governmental indifference, the Conference impaneled a commission of citizen activists to investigate. They authored a report, “The Breach,” which documented the governmental abuses, and solutions. The Conference is still working with Katrina victims, while so many others have deserted them. Both Senators Hillary Clinton and Obama worked with this effort.
Pastor Wright is being brutally trashed for his controversial sermons. The mainstream media are the guilty culprit in all of this partly because of ignorance of the historic role of the Black Church, which was born out of the crucible of slavery, lynching and Jim Crow. If those injustices had not been raised with passion, Blacks would still be on the plantation, a point that Trinity’s new pastor Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, nicely raised in an interview on CNN.
Secondly, Pastor Wright seems so radical because so many churches aren’t saying anything. Instead of preaching and organizing against the unjust war in Iraq that has claimed more than 4,000 U.S. lives and 30,000 Iranian lives, the cradle to grave prison industrial pipeline, inadequate education, and other social ills, so many mega-church leaders are hooping about prosperity and allowing politicians drive through photo ops in their churches without holding their feet to the fire.[...]
Feet to fire as long as it is not the almighty savior Obama…. Heh.
Speaking of Wright, conferences and all fun things in between…
2008 Legislative Days-Wyatt/Lucy Justice Institute
April 28-29, 2008
Two-Day Symposium AGENDA
We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!
Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney
Our Elder Speaks for the Villlage
“Not On Our Watch” (Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.)
We encourage you to send this to your colleagues, friends and local media. (Click here) for the PDF version.
â€œNot On My Watch!â€
For nearly a year, I have been greatly disturbed by the attack on the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright and Trinity United Church of Christ, which has culminated in recent weeks into a media feeding frenzy that has tarnished everyone in the process. For 36 years, this man of the Gospel and noted theologian has faithfully served his church, his community and his God, by helping those who could not help themselves and by lifting up those who have lost hope. Dr. Wrightâ€™s ministry has been consistent and his commitment to the faith unmatched. While media critics, who have not spent a day in seminary, and have no idea how to exegete the Gospel, might find his sermons objectionable, Dr. Wrightâ€™s theology and sermonic delivery are deeply rooted in the faith and sacred traditions of Black Church.
For those who do not know Black Church or for those who simply have not taken time to do the research, here is a mini-history lesson. For the first 150 years of slavery, no organized religious bodies ever attempted to convert those who were enslaved. We established our own congregations and churches, based on our African-ancestored traditions mixed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the process, we became committed to the idea of freedom. There were over 300 known slave rebellions in the United States, the vast majority of which were led by preachers of that day, like Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner. Because of that, two white men had to always be present at any slave-led church service. Even while enslaved we had preachers and pastors who spoke to the needs of our condition.
Now, there have always been accommodationist preachers, those who go along to get along. In biblical terms, they are false prophets. A prophet is simply one who speaks on behalf of God and Godâ€™s people. A true prophet speaks truth to power and is not politically correct. (one way street folks) The Old Testament prophets were not politically correct. The Apostle Paul was not politically correct. And Jesus, the son of God, was not politically correct. Jesus upset the status quo. He disrupted the comfortable. Remember, Jesus got angry and threw the money-changers out of the temple. Jesus raised some holy hell. So why canâ€™t Dr. Wright? You see, true prophets speak for God, use colorful language and occasionally use a non-traditional method to get their message across.
There is a strong, historical and contextual relationship between the slave-preacher and the social justice, activist preacher of today. And there is a place and role for Godâ€™s angry prophetsâ€”think Amos, Micah, Isaiah and Jeremiah. They spoke on Godâ€™s behalf to kings, to the poor and to the enemies of their nation. Then there are the 20th and 21st century prophets like Vernon Johns, Martin Luther King Jr., Samuel DeWitt Proctor and Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. The difference between false prophets and true prophets is the false prophet speaks to what the masses and those in power want to hear. The true prophet speaks truth no matter how painful. There is a price to be paid for being a prophet. And Dr. Wright is now paying that price both publicly and privately.
It was author Alex Haley who underscored the role and relationship of the Black pastor and their congregations. He said, African American pastors are akin to the African griot, a leader, shepherd, father and the one in whom the story of oneâ€™s people has been embodied. For Trinity United Church of Christ and the greater African American faith community, Dr. Wright has been and is a formidable griot. At 81, I am an elder in this tribe of social justice preachers, but I, too, can say the legacy and reach of Dr. Wrightâ€™s ministry has influenced my faith.
So what has been lost in inflammatory rhetoric and the talking heads of the day is that Dr. Wright, a theological scholar who speaks five languages fluently, has inspired a church to create over 100 fully-functioning ministries, created seven separate corporations, led thousands to Christ, speaks Sunday after Sunday out of a long and storied, proud and prophetic tradition of our faith. And he speaks in the tradition of the slave-preacher and social justice proclaimer who believed in setting the captives free.
Dr. Wright represents the best among us, one of the best in this tribe of prophetic preachers. He has made his church a place where one could express the centuries-old pain of being Black in America, while finding strength for a brighter day. An attack on this man of the God is an attack on all those of the cloth who believe in the social Gospel of liberation. And I will not stand for it. Not on my watch. Not today.
Is the elder Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney saying what I think he is saying? All preachers who do not rant and rave from the pulpit as does Wright are false prophets? This is worse than I thought. They really think they are something don’t they?
Smacks of the arrogance of islam. They are THE true religion and any who do not believe in the oh so holy and reverent social Gospel of liberation are to be insulted. But do not dare, do not dare, insult Wright or any like him. Ha!
I have news for them they are the false prophets. Each and every one of them. Rotten to the core. As I have said before. Personally I find it depressing. Just a thought, wouldn’t a preacher do better by his congregation by instilling a sense of pride and uplifting them spiritually? How about spreading Christâ€™s loving message? Instead of beating them down emotionally and psychologically?
Do they want racism to end? Hell no! What would they do with their selves then? Their pulpits and soap boxes would crumble into dust. They feed off of misery. They propagate racism, racism from which they reap their bounty. Get a clue! No one should rule their lives on raw emotion alone.
The vision statement of Trinity United Church of Christ is based upon the systematized liberation theology that started in 1969 with the publication of Dr. James Coneâ€™s book, Black Power and Black Theology.
And for those who are not aware, I’ll repeat myself once again. The godfather of Black Liberation Theology, James Cone has this to say:
“Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.
Original time stamp: 2008-04-23 12:27 am
A big thank you to Gateway Pundit for the link!
And to Bob McCarty for linking also.
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