The renowned Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., comes to Los Angeles for the ‘Theology in the Hood Revival’ set for Tuesday, January 7 through Thursday, January 9, at 7 p.m., at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 7900 South Western Avenue in Los Angeles.
Continuing its practice of combining spiritual enlightenment with current events, the revival will highlight the church’s response to mass incarceration and share information on available community resources.
“Our theme is ‘We Are our Sister’s and Brother’s Keeper’ and we are partnering with Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches (LAMC) and the USC Cecil Murray Center for Civic Engagement to present this event,” said Bethel Pastor Kelvin T. Calloway, Sr., who unites annually with Pastor Clyde W. Oden, Jr., of Bryant Temple A.M.E. Church to hold the revival.
“There are alarming statistics surrounding the mass incarceration of Black and Brown brothers and sisters. The adverse affects of this circumstance on individuals, families, and our community are unjust and immoral,” insisted Dr. Calloway.
“It only takes a moment to realize that more of our families are called upon to be at prisons on visitation days than on college campuses on graduation day,” added Dr. Oden.
“If the Church doesn’t cry out at this disparity and advocate for change of life experiences, then we lose our legitimacy as a moral voice for and in our community.”
To educate attendees on resources, LAMC will staff information tables in an effort “to mobilize congregations to act outside walls of just worship and praise,” explained LAMC Executive Director Cheryl Branch.
“LAMC aims to motivate church leaders into collective action to save our sons and daughters, our future. We offer a weekly afterschool program and monthly resource fairs, and we focus on building a new generation of publicly skilled faith leaders to change conditions where they live, work, and worship,” she said.
As the keynote preacher, Dr. Wright, pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, will deliver a series of messages to emphasize the spirituality and practical application of the theme.
“My spiritual emphasis will be on the fact that we are all bound together as human beings made in the image of God. There is no such thing as ‘us’ and ‘them,’ the so-called ‘middle class’ and the criminal class,” said Dr. Wright.
“Dr. Martin Luther King was right. Our destinies are tied together. Jesus said how we minister to (or treat) those in prison will determine whether or not we are His followers as the church of Jesus Christ!”
Inviting the community to attend, Dr. Calloway said, “We are hopeful that the revival will raise the awareness of these issues and the resources that are available.”
For more information, call Bethel A.M.E. at (323) 750-3240 or Bryant Temple A.M.E. at (323) 293-6201.