Sunday, March 16, 2008

Trinity UCC's Palm Sunday Statement

Hat tip:Prometheus6:

From the NYTimes.com:

While Senator Obama has distanced himself from the incendiary remarks by his former pastor, including comments about how the United States brought on the Sept. 11 attacks by its own actions abroad, the Chicago church’s current pastor, the Rev. Otis Moss III, issued this statement on Palm Sunday.

Nearly three weeks before the 40th commemorative anniversary of the murder of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’s character is being assassinated in the public sphere because he has preached a social gospel on behalf of oppressed women, children and men in America and around the globe.

Dr. Wright has preached 207,792 minutes on Sunday for the past 36 years at Trinity United Church of Christ. This does not include weekday worship services, revivals and preaching engagements across America and around the globe, to ecumenical and interfaith communities. It is an indictment on Dr. Wright’s ministerial legacy to present his global ministry within a 15- or 30-second sound bite,” said the Reverend Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ.

During the 36-year pastorate of Dr. Wright, Trinity United Church of Christ has grown from 87 to 8,000 members. It is the largest congregation in the United Church of Christ denomination.

“It saddens me to see news stories reporting such a caricature of a congregation that has been such a blessing to the UCC’s Wider Church mission,” said the Rev. John H. Thomas, UCC general minister and president, in a released statement. “ … It’s time for us to say ‘No’ to these attacks and declare that we will not allow anyone to undermine or destroy the ministries of any of our congregations in order to serve their own narrow political or ideological ends.”

Trinity United Church of Christ’s ministry is inclusive and global. The following ministries have been developed under Dr. Wright’s ministerial tutelage for social justice: assisted living facilities for senior citizens, day care for children, pastoral care and counseling, health care, ministries for persons living with HIV/AIDS, hospice training, prison ministry, scholarships for thousands of students to attend historically black colleges, youth ministries, tutorial and computer programs, a church library, domestic violence programs and scholarships and fellowships for women and men attending seminary.

Moss added, “The African American Church was born out of the crucible of slavery and the legacy of prophetic African American preachers since slavery has been and continues to heal broken marginalized victims of social and economic injustices. This is an attack on the legacy of the African American Church which led and continues to lead the fight for human rights in America and around the world.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached the Christian tenet, “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Before Dr. King was murdered on April 4, 1968, he preached, “The 11 o’clock hour is the most segregated hour in America.” Forty years later, the African American Church community continues to face bomb threats, death threats, and their ministers’ characters are assassinated because they teach and preach prophetic social concerns for social justice. Sunday is still the most segregated hour in America.


We talked with Angela Faison, a spokeswoman for the church, just moments ago, who verified the statement from the Reverend Moss. We asked her if Senator Obama or his campaign cleared the statement, and she asked: “Why would we do that? We are two separate entities.”

2 comments:

joe in oklahoma said...

1. McCain backer Rev. Pat Robertson said America is damned — cursed by God because we allow feminists and queer people to live here.

2.McCain backer Rev. John Hagee says America is damned — cursed by God because we tolerate Muslims.

3.Obama supporter Rev. Jeremiah Wright says America is damned because we neglect the poor and practice bigotry.

For my money, the third sentiment is the only one that resembles the Gospel. Yet the mainstream media tells us we must tolerate hate : Hagee & Robertson, but that we should disparage those who don’t believe we should tolerate hate — Wright.

Constructive Feedback said...

Joe In Oklahoma - PLEASE!

I guess you forgot about the "Chickens Coming Home To Roost" statements in the Sunday following 9/11. The man was OUT OF LINE.

He is clearly part of the "Blame America First" club.

For the life of me for those of you who can link every calamity around the world to American foreign policy - do you at least acknowledge that the operatives on the other side are THINKING HUMAN BEINGS as well? Or is "American Superiority" akin to them being REFLEXIVE SAVAGES - in total response to negative American stimulation? Absent America they would be fully democratic and just societies. PLEASE!

[quote]neglect the poor[/quote]
Joe: You say we "neglect the poor" in America? Please SUBSTANTIATE your problem. I find that people of a certain ideology care more about GAPS in income than they do about ABSOLUTE income amounts among the people. If EVERYONE is equally POOR - some of you are appeased that FAIRNESS is the standard of the economy.

What do YOU ask of the poor in contribution to their own economic salvation?

[quote] and practice bigotry.[/quote]
Bigotry? The good reverend sure was not practicing LOVE with his line of thinking. Maybe you should comment on that.