UCC wrestles with Rev. Wright's comments

New York Times
May 2, 2008

The United Church of Christ, made up in part of churches descended from the Puritan congregations, takes pride in its liberalism, and it has been among the first Protestant denominations to ordain women and gay men and has been a leader on civil rights issues. The denomination is overwhelmingly white, although Mr. Wright’s former church, Trinity United Church of Christ, which is mostly African-American, is its largest congregation.

The denomination emphasizes “the freedom of the congregation and the freedom of the pulpit,” said the Rev. Randi Walker, a United Church of Christ minister and an assistant professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.