Here’s an interesting piece from U.S. News & World Report about the United Church of Christ and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Wright, Sen. Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor, led the denomination’s largest congregation, Trinity UCC in Chicago. The UCC’s fourth-largest congregation is Dallas’ Cathedral of Hope, which also gets a mention in the article. The fact that the Cathedral â€” the nation’s largest gay and lesbian church â€” recently became affiliated with UCC is given as an example of how radically progressive the denomination is.
But ultimately the author suggests that UCC’s leadership may be too liberal:
“In the meantime, just as leaders of evangelical churches tend to be more politically conservative than most people in their pews, so the leaders of the UCC will probably continue to be to the left of most of their flocks. And that may only contribute to the view, particularly among younger Christians who are leaving both mainline and evangelical churches, that overtly ideological leadership is one of the weaknesses of contemporary institutional Christianity.”
While we’re on the subject, I noticed over on the Rev. Mike Piazza’s blog that he says he didn’t vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton. One can only assume this means Piazza, dean of the Cathedral, voted for Obama. Correct me if I’m wrong, Mike.
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