End of year essay

Topics: Barack Obama, Trinity United Church of Christ, Jeremiah Wright Pages: 3 (886 words) Published: March 15, 2014

A Wright to Honor

To some people Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. may be known for controversial media clips that aired during the 2008 Obama campaign. However, to those who truly know or have taken the time to study his work, those clips are an unjust representation of the divine man of God that Rev. Jeremiah Wright is. Rev. Wright is pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ located on the Southside of Chicago; widely known for the motto he established during his 36 years of ministry at Trinity, “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian” (tucc) his leadership helped the congregation grow from 87 to over 8,000. “Dr. Wright’s efforts made Trinity – long considered in theological circles, a model for the black church- one of the most politically active and socially conscious churches in the nation. When he retired the church had over 50 active ministries with social justice advocacy at the core of its theological perspective.” (jeremiahwright) His dedication to the community and passion for social justice makes him more than deserving to have the next charter school on the Southside of Chicago named in his honor.

In addition to ministering to a large, close knit congregation and establishing a cultural mission with global results, Reverend Wright’s dedication to helping others extends outside of the church community. His passion for justice and equality has aided in the establishment of two senior housing complexes, Kwame Nkrumah Academy for elementary students on Chicago’s South Side, HIV/AIDs outreach programs and a federally funded childcare program available to low-income families. (jeremiahwright) The numerous programs initiated under the leadership of Rev. Jeremiah Wright sprang from his genuine passion to better the black community and encourage others to do the same. To give an example of Pastor Wright’s authentic caring heart, each Sunday he would always begin worship service by saying, “I love you,” because during the...
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