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Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.
"Theology in the Hood" revival starts May 17
By Cora Jackson-FossettContributing Writer
The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., an internationally acclaimed preacher, returns to Los Angeles for the "Theology in the Hood - Part 2" revival from May 17 to May 19.
The three-day event, jointly sponsored by Bethel A.M.E. Church and Bryant Temple A.M.E. Church, Â starts each night at 7 p.m. at Bethel , located at 7900 Western Avenue in Los Angeles. Â The Rev. Dr. Kelvin T. Calloway is pastor of Bethel and the Rev. Dr. Clyde W. Oden, Jr. is pastor of Bryant Temple.
"This revival continues our mission to proclaim a prophetic word to energize people and challenge believers, non-believers, churches and civic leaders to unite in battling the real problems facing our community. Our revivalist, Rev. Dr. Wright, is a theological scholar known throughout the world for his sermons that feed the intellect and the soul," said Rev. Dr. Calloway.
Rev. Dr. Oden added, "Rev. Wright's delivery of the uncompromising word of God has inspired change in countless lives and success in community partnerships. Â During his 36-year tenure as pastor, he built two worship centers, two housing complexes, a church-owned credit union, and more than 50 outreach ministries. Â The public is invited to attend and prepare to transform your life."
Dr. Wright served more than three decades as senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, and is currently Pastor Emeritus since retiring in 2008. Â When he was appointed in 1972, the church had 250 members but under his leadership, Trinity's membership grew to 8,500. Â In addition, their ministries ranged from HIV outreach to a federally funded childcare program for low-income families to the Kwame Nkrumah Academy to serve students on Chicago's South Side.
In a published article, Dr. Wright said, "I have tried to bring those two different worlds together [the academy and the pew] in the context of pastoral ministry in an effort to move an ignored people from hurt to healing and from hate to hope. My mission at Trinity has been to bring those worlds together by using the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the life of Christ as a model for what is possible, of what might be, and of what our faith really is-'the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen."
For information on the "Theology in the Hood - Part 2" revival, call Bethel at 323-750-3240 or Bryant Temple at (323) 293-6201.