Snopes confirms Obama as a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ. On their home page, the following is listed:
We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian...
What if McCain's church had the same thing, with the word white, vice black?
Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.
Troubling. The man won't wear a flag, or say the pledge, yet he is committed to mother Africa?
God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.
Do they realize Obama is bi-racial, and not exactly in line with this?
- A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.
No wonder he doesn't like the pledge.
That being said, we acknowledge that this is the National Black Church Week of Prayer For The
Healing of AIDS. All across the country, Black churches will be engaging in ministry and education
around the pandemic of HIV/AIDS that has affected our communities so much. In order to stop
HIV/AIDS, knowing better will help us to do better. Pastor Wright is known to say that the spread
of HIV/AIDS happens in three ways: (1) Blood, (2) Semen, and (3) Ignorance. We would not have
you ignorant. Therefore, the HIV/AIDS Ministry of your church will be hosting events each night
this week to help educate and discuss the affects of HIV/AIDS.
Attend one of the events sponsored by the HIV/AIDS ministry this week
2. Boycott Wal-Mart & Sams Club
Boycott wal mart and sam's over AIDS? What the.......http://www.tucc.org/upload/tuccbulletin_mar2.pdf
Now, I understand we all worship God in our own way...but what this "church" is doing seems to fly in the face of the purpose of a church. IMHO, a church should, primarily, support her community. While it is important to engage in mission work, why would a church's purpose include indoctrination work for another country?
It doesn't make sense.
Even more disturbing, are comments by Obama's identified spiritual leader, as laid out below:
One largely unexamined element of that Africentric theology, though, is the pivotal role that black liberation theologian Dr. James H. Cone,
Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary (NYC), and his 1969 book Black Theology & Black Power, have played in the life of that faith community. Examining Cone’s theology may enlighten us on Barack’s political philosophy and Michelle’s recently controversial statement about not having been proud of her country until the favorable reception to her husband’s candidacy.
The Trinity UCC website was updated early this year. Before that, Cone’s book was singled out as required reading for Trinity parishioners who wished to more thoroughly understand the church’s theology and mission. That highlighting was removed. Jason Byassee, of The Christian Century Magazine, wrote this about Cone and Trinity in May, 2007:
“There is no denying, however, that a strand of radical black political theology influences Trinity [UCC]. James Cone, the pioneer of black liberation theology, is a much-admired figure at Trinity. Cone told me that when he’s asked where his theology is institutionally embodied, he always mentions Trinity. Cone’s groundbreaking 1969 book Black Theology and Black Power announced: “The time has come for white America to be silent and listen to black people. . . . All white men are responsible for white oppression. . . . Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man ‘the devil.’. . . Any advice from whites to blacks on how to deal with white oppression is automatically under suspicion as a clever device to further enslavement.” Contending that the structures of a still-racist society need to be dismantled, Cone is impatient with claims that the race situation in America has improved. In a 2004 essay he wrote, “Black suffering is getting worse, not better. . . . White supremacy is so clever and evasive that we can hardly name it. It claims not to exist, even though black people are dying daily from its poison” (in Living Stones in the Household of God).” On the internet you can hear Professor Cone deliver an October 2006 lecture at Harvard Theological Seminary entitled “Strange Fruit: The Cross and the Lynching Tree.” Cone’s stated goal is to “make sense of the Christian Gospel in the face of the horrific suffering of Black people in the U.S.” To do that he links the cross with the lynching tree — for him, they interpret each other. Today, Cone’s 2006 language lacks the initial shock effect he delivered in 1969 by labeling white society as the Antichrist, and the white church as uniformly racist. But, what he wrote in 1969 seems to remain at the core of his theology:
“There is, then, a desperate need for a black theology, a theology whose sole purpose is to apply the freeing power of the gospel to black people under white oppression.”