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The New Yorker did an interesting (LONG) piece about how Jeremiah Wright’s style of ministry is part of a lineage of black liberation and deliverance. Here’s a lil taste. You should read the whole thing…it’s 6 pages online – http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/04/07
As millions of people with no particular interest in African-American religious institutions now know, Trinity is home to the Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Since March 13th, when “Good Morning America” broadcast clips of Wright at his most incendiary, he has been an unlikely political celebrity, half of an American odd couple: the fiery, noisy, sixties-influenced spiritual adviser to a Presidential candidate who is supposed to be cool, quiet, and new. Wright’s greatest hits found a home on the Internet and on cable news. There are those seven words he uttered, days after September 11th: “America’s chickens? Are coming home! To roost.” And there’s the way he rewrote a classic Irving Berlin lyric: “Not ‘God bless America.’ ‘God damn America!’ ” But by the time the scandal broke Wright was already gone. He had announced his retirement at the age of sixty-six, preaching his last sermon at Trinity on February 10th, and he kept out of sight while the controversy deepened.
On Good Friday, the church held its annual “Seven Last Words of Christ” service, featuring seven sermons from as many guest preachers. Trinity calls itself “unashamedly black and unapologetically Christian,” but the preacher who was marvelling at all those white people was himself white: Father Michael Pfleger, the leader of the Faith Community of St. Sabina, also on Chicago’s South Side, which proclaims itself to be an “African-American Catholic church.” For one of the historic African-American churches, such a proclamation would be gratuitous, but Pfleger’s church, like Wright’s, belongs to a denomination in which African-Americans are a small minority. The insistence on race is, in part, an assertion of self-determination, a declaration that no church is culturally neutral… Continue reading
Update 7/7/09: Case still open
The MD court records show that they are again divorcing (Filing date 2/10/2009). Don’t blame the messenger. http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiryDetail.jis?caseId=24D09000418&loc=69&detailLoc=CC – Case # 24D09000418 (type: Divorce Absolute)
EURWeb.com is reporting that mega church pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant and his wife Gizelle are headed to divorce court. After 5 and a half years of marriage Gizelle Bryant filed for a divorce in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County on January 9. The clergyman also filed divorce papers in Baltimore City Court on the same day, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Jamal Bryant is the affable 38-year-old pastor of Empowerment Temple A.M.E in Baltimore, Maryland. Many view him as a burgeoning voice in the AME (African Methodist Episcopal) denomination as his influence has extended nationally and internationally.
Known for articulating relatable sermons, the former 11th grade drop-out who entered the prestigious Morehouse College with a GED, has not released a statement about the situation, likely under his attorney’s advisement.
“This is a private matter between Dr. Bryant and his wife, and we’d like to keep this matter private,” attorney Jimmy A. Bell told the paper. The copious blog and chat entries on the troubled marriage suggest this may be a personal matter, but it is far from private. Scandalous rumors of alleged affairs with several women have been rampant since the couple’s engagement. His supposed womanizing went overboard when he impregnated a church member said to be 17 at the time of the time of copulation. When accusations of this affair surfaced in the Summer of 2007, church leaders asked him to step down while they initiated an investigation and awaited paternity test results. Months after the investigation, Jamal Bryant remains the pastor of Empowerment Temple.
Court records acquired from the Circuit Court of Maryland do indicate the pastor is the father of a least one other child who was born before he got married. The couple has a set of 1-year-old twins and a 3-year-old. This story is developing. More details will be provided as they become available.
Links to Jamal Bryant Court Records:
Update 6/21/08: One of our readers, BK, pointed out a possible change in this case…
I’m not sure what has transpired since this filing, but unless something else has happened, this is the last entry.
Docket Date: 01/24/2008 Docket Number: 6
Docket Description: LINE OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE
Docket Type: Docket Filed By: Plaintiff
Docket Text: PLAINTIFF’S LINE TO WITHDRAWL COMPLAINT FOR ABSOLUTE DIVORCE, FILED.
Oh my goodness! Where do I start? Someone sent a letter allegedly outing tons of gay church members at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church here in DC. Tons of Gay Bloggers have been writing about it since the email were posted by the Washington Blade.
I used to attend Mt. Calvary as a student at Howard in the late 90’s (I feel old tying that) and I have a good friend who still attends. I’m sorry, but there were tons of “known homosexuals” there when I was there. I don’t know why anyone is surprised. The Black Church is many times labeled as homophobic, and there is reason for that. There should be no surprise here…homosexuality is thought of as an abomination by many Christians. But, so are a lot of things people do..out in the open…and everybody in the church knows. There are plenty of known adulterers and lairs in churches…pulpits…all over BlackChurch-dom. I haven’t heard of anyone listing those ranks.
Church is for “sinners”…that’s where church folks should want them to go, because saints are just sinners who’ve accepted Christ. No one is without sin. Now, do I think, for example, that deacons should be sleeping with deacons and having lover’s spats in the church…no. However, that wouldn’t be the most scandalous thing I’ve heard of in a congregation…straight, gay, try-sexual. Dayum…a black women will raise some hell when they can’t find a good black Christian man in the church, huh (see the email, below)???
“The e-mail, sent in December, identifies about 45 fellow church members as gay. She sent a second e-mail to Owens on Jan. 2 identifying another 62 church members as gay.
“The following people I am asking you to monitor very closely and my prayer is that you will sit them down from their ministries,” she told Owens in the December e-mail. “Because they are ushering in the presence of sin, lies, a spirit of homosexuality and sexual spirits.”
She sent a copy of her e-mails to a Yahoo list group that goes to more than 300 church members, the gay former church member said. The gay former church member redacted all of the names from the copies of the e-mails he sent to the Blade, including the name of the choir member who orchestrated the outings.
He said Owens responded to the first e-mail by calling a meeting of all members of the church’s numerous singing groups. The groups include the Alfred Owens Chorale, the Sanctuary Choir, the Celebration Choir, Voices of Calvary and the Male Chorus, among other groups.
“He said he only wanted to help people who wanted help to not be gay and that he was willing to help anybody change from being gay,” the former church member said.
The former member quoted Owens as telling people attending the meeting, “The Bible says that wheat and tares grow together but there are too many tares. When the tares outnumber the wheat I got to do something.”
According to the former church member, Owens said, “I’m going to meet with all the people mentioned in the e-mail and use my discernment to figure out who needs to be monitored or sat down from what they do …”
“My name was not on the list in any of these e-mails, but I think it is horrible,” the former church member said. “We give, pay tithes, dues and whatever, and this is how we are treated,” he said. “This is discrimination, humiliation and just mean.” – Washington Blade
“i dun fell”
“Only place where Jesus blood taste like Welch’s grape”…BWHAHAHAHA!
Wipe me down, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL!!!
Finally…Thank you GOD! You can’t live lavish off of Non-Profit dollars. The Government always wants their take. LOL
Senator Charles E. Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent evangelistic ministries to determine whether they have illegally used donations to finance opulent lifestyles.
Mr. Grassley said yesterday that he sent letters to the six Christian ministries on Monday requesting documents to answer a long list of questions about their compensation, housing allowances, checking and savings accounts, cars, airplanes and overseas trips. They have until Dec. 6 to respond.
These ministries are being investigated:
- The Rev. Creflo A. Dollar Jr. and his wife, Taffi, of World Changers Church International, based in College Park, Ga., popular prosperity preachers with churches and homes in New York City and Georgia.
- Paula and Randy White, a dynamic young couple who started Without Walls International Church and Paula White Ministries in Tampa, Fla., but who are now divorcing. Mr. Grassley wants them to document clothing expenses and any cosmetic surgery from 2004 to the present.
- Benny Hinn of World Healing Center Church, a showy faith healer based in Grapevine, Tex., who holds large crusades around the world. Mr. Hinn is being asked how he handles cash collected on his overseas crusades and how much he spent on hotels and food for himself and his staff members during layovers on his trips from 2001 to the present.
- Joyce Meyer, who with her husband, David, runs Joyce Meyer Ministries from Fenton, Mo., and who is popular especially with women for her no-nonsense brand of self-help. Mr. Grassley wants her to explain the “tax-exempt purpose” of purchases including a “commode with marble top” bought for $23,000 for her headquarters.
- Bishop Eddie L. Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., a megachurch in the Atlanta suburbs with an active media ministry.
- Kenneth and Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Newark, Tex.
The ministries, although far larger and more diversified than the average church, are classified by the Internal Revenue Service as churches and do not have to file the I.R.S. 990 forms required for other nonprofit organizations.
Mr. Grassley’s letter says that since these ministries are tax exempt, contributions to them must be used for the “tax-exempt purposes of the organizations.”
If donations were diverted for personal use, that could violate the tax code.