Monday, March 17, 2008
March 17, 2008; Page A6
CHICAGO -- Yesterday morning, 6,000 people streamed into Trinity United Church of Christ here for Palm Sunday services, where blunt, funny and often fiery sermons have made the church popular among African Americans and plunged it and Sen. Barack Obama into controversy in recent days.
The Rev. Otis Moss III, the church's new pastor, preached a sermon he called "Why the Black Church Won't Shut Up," describing how Jesus led the poor to Jerusalem, likening their plight to blacks in the Jim Crow South and slaves shipped from Africa.
"I'm sorry we're a noisy bunch," Mr. Moss told the crowd, many of whom stood and applauded. "But if I shut up, you won't know my story." Some in the pews shouted: "Say it like it is!"...(Click here for remainder of article).