Gray, a member of First Congregational UCC in Indianapolis, has worshiped several times at Trinity UCC and is most impressed by the overflowing sense of welcome it extends to visitors.
"When you're Euro-American, the people [at Trinity UCC] are so exceedingly gracious, warm and welcoming. They hug you and say, 'Welcome to our church!'"
Many, including Gray, point with appreciation to Trinity UCC's generous support of denominational and ecumenical ministries. From 2003 to 2007, Trinity UCC gave more than $3.7 million to Our Church's Wider Mission, the UCC's shared fund for connectional mission and ministry.
What I learn from that, is that we are all hyphenated now. There is no such thing as an American. There are only African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Euro-Americans. What a bunch of garbage!
What I also learn is that for the UCC leadership, it's all about the benjamins.
It is also interesting to note that Jeremiah Wright's church is the largest single congregation in the UCC, a predominantly white, leftist denomination that was the first organized Protestant denomination to ordain an openly practicing homosexual man, and to endorse same-sex marriage.I'm also wondering why Jeremiah Wright did not choose a traditionally African-American denomination, such as the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church or the National Baptist Convention. Would it be because a more "mainline" African-American denomination wouldn't tolerate his socialistic and racist extremism? And why did Barack [middle name redacted] Obama choose this particular extremist as his spiritual mentor, rather than a more mainstream African-American minister? Could it be that the radical political extremism of Jeremiah Wright is what attracted Barack Obama (or perhaps it was Michelle Obama) to Wright in the first place?