From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Jeremiah Wright etal.

I’ve not made any public statements about the Jeremiah Wright flap going on. I consulted with our Church Council as to whether the folks in our congregation are concerned about it or needed to hear from me about it. The Council’s wisdom was to leave it alone, that addressing the issue from the pulpit or newsletter would only make more of an issue of it than it deserved. So I’ve honored that.

This is my personal blog, however, so I want to get a couple of things off my chest:

  1. You can look many places to see the UCC’s response, which is largely a defense of Rev. Wright. See ucc.org, see the recent ads in the NY Times and USA Today (paid for by….?), see the various statements and talking points issued by denominational officials.  Nary a peep (ok, maybe a peep) do I find of that “prophetic passion” that would have been launched had it been David Duke’s pastor who had been quoted. Reasons, “contexts”, ie excuses abound. Obama had far more guts and honesty in disavowing Wright’s statements than anything I’ve read or heard from any UCC official or pastor – and I include myself in that.
  2. Skin color doesn’t matter. The denominational label doesn’t matter. Tenure in the pulpit doesn’t matter. The size of the congregation or its OCWM contributions don’t matter.  Hate speech is hate speech and it simply has no place in the pulpit. It should be disavowed and censured not “contexted” and “talking pointed”. as publicly as our denomination disavows and censures the war.
  3. Both Wright’s “sermons” and the denomination’s response are, IMNSHO, two more reasons for people to leave and the denomination to crumble.

Rant over.

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3 responses

  1. Amen, brother!

    April 12, 2008 at 9:04 pm

  2. So, are you thinking of leading St. Paul, Freeburg, oout of the UCC?

    May 23, 2008 at 9:24 pm

  3. No, Nancy. By recognizing the detrimental effect of Rev. Wright’s comments on our membership, I’m not endorsing it, or encouraging people to leave, or thinking of leaving, or planning to leave, or conspiring to leave.

    May 23, 2008 at 11:40 pm

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