Wednesday, July 29, 2009

One More Thing about Dr. Cone

In January of this year I attended the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE), which was held in Chicago. I flew to Chicago on an early morning flight, and when I arrived at the meeting site, Rev. Jeremiah Wright had just begun speaking. (Actually, it was partly because of his scheduled talk that I decided rather belatedly to make the trip to Chicago and to attend the SCE meeting.)

Rev. Wright, of course, is the former pastor of President Obama; he was pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago from 1972 to early 2008. (At the time of his retirement, the TUCC had about 8,500 members; it was the largest church in the UCC, a primarily white denomination.)

I found most of Rev. Wright's presentation to the SCE very interesting--also quite powerful, but not particularly controversial. In particularly, I was interested in hearing him say that Dr. James Cone was his mentor.

1 comment:

  1. What I tried to say in an earlier attempt is that Cone's preface to his book, God of the Oppressed, remarks that theologians seldom reveal their true sources. They do note similarities of thought. Perhaps Wright simply meant by "mentor" that he finds himself thinking similarly with Cone. Possible?