Denomination Wrestles With Pastor’s Statements

Just as Senator Barack Obama has spent this week trying to stem the damage to his campaign from statements by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the small, theologically liberal Protestant denomination both men belong to, the United Church of Christ, has been grappling with the impact of the controversy upon its members.

On Thursday, the Rev. John H. Thomas, the denomination’s president, posted an open letter on the United Church of Christ’s Web site acknowledging that members have been dealing with “the same broad set of emotions and frustrations that have been expressed nationwide in recent days and weeks.”

Mr. Thomas said he had heard concern from members about the well-being of the church and its congregations.

Ministers said they heard in Mr. Wright’s language “the same kind of passion and hyperbole as the Hebrew prophets,” said the Rev. Richard Wagoner of Union Congregational Church, a United Church of Christ church in St. Louis Park, Minn. Clergy members have cited the prophet Amos, who cursed all the nations, saving his harshest words for his own.

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I'm so despondent, as a once proud black man, that I, too, have quit the church of Pastor Wright. Obama's decision not to slap the man silly upside the head leaves me further disillusioned. I am considering writing in Captain Kirk on this November's ballot.

Patience is a great virtue.

you and Barack Obama may be the only members who have quit the church. What church will you attend now? Or are you completely disillusioned?

Or just HIS church? Ministers are human, and they'll all fail you at one point or another. If you don't like the minister do you find another church in the same denomination, or do you just switch over completely? Are there others in his denomination that speak the same way he does, ie is it a denominational thing, or just a 'man' thing?

If you dont like the mayor do you change political parties???

That's why 'denominational' churches are kind of silly. What 'denomination' was Christ?

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