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Every denomination needs one of these...

More calls for a conversation on race

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I almost ignored this press release:
New York, July 16, 2008 - A recent New York Times/CBS News poll revealing deep national divisions along racial lines is an urgent reminder of the need for "sacred conversations on race," the head of the National Council of Churches said today.

The poll indicated that a large majority of African Americans - nearly 60 percent - believe race relations in the United States are "generally bad," the Times reported today. Forty percent of blacks said racial discrimination is as bad as ever, while one out of four whites said there is too much emphasis on discrimination. Seventy percent of blacks and half of Latinos said they have been targets of racial discrimination.

"These figures are discouraging but not surprising," said the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary of the NCC. "Last April our churches called for a 'sacred conversation on race' in American pulpits, and this poll shows how badly those conversations are needed."

The call for sermons on race was issued April 3 by the Rev. John H. Thomas, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, and promptly endorsed by Kinnamon and other church leaders. Thomas made the call as church leaders gathered on the steps of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ and defended the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, then the target of a storm of criticism for remarks deemed unpatriotic and radical by critics.
Chalk this one up to Kinnamon and Thomas living in a bubble. What they don't understand is that as long as Wright is being used as the catalyst for a "sacred conversation on race," no one is going to take it seriously.
posted by UCCtruths, Thursday, July 17, 2008


Will Jesse Jackson be invited? He's a "Reverend" and obviously quite holy and fit to participate in this discussion.

He's made some very interesting observations recently with regard to race before he realized his microphone was on.
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