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Reverend Dr. Wright to right a wrong?

Good morning, Netizens...

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 28th.

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.

I was originally hoping that KPBX or one of its affiliates was going to carry the National Press Club live, but I was informed by Vern Windham just a few minutes ago they will not. It is too bad, because I gather from reading several variations on their press release that Reverend Wright may be angling to get some personal payback for all the nasty things said about him in the news media.

Perhaps the Reverend Dr. Wright will explain his video seen on the Internet while he is at it.

I asked it before, and I'll ask it again: who is Reverend Dr. Wright? A demagogue or a holy man on a mission?


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