Briefly noted

UCC supports Jeremiah Wright, etc.
In a unanimous voice vote, the 90-member Executive Council of the United Church of Christ passed a resolution April 14 supporting Trinity UCC in Chicago and its recently retired senior minister Jeremiah Wright, whose videotaped, politically charged comments stirred sustained criticism of the presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama, a longtime member of the congregation. “We affirm the longstanding Protestant and African-American practice of pastors exercising their prophetic roles in the pulpit,” the resolution said in part, adding that UCC members and others should consider the full context of Wright’s remarks, which questioned the U.S. commitment “to be a land free from racial, economic and social division.” The resolution called on churches to conduct “a sacred conversation about race,” noting that the Cleveland-based UCC is providing resources for such a study.


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