Jeremiah Alvesta Wright Jr. is a pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, a congregation he led for 36 years, during which its membership grew to over 8,000 parishioners. Following retirement, his beliefs and preaching were scrutinized when segments of his sermons about terrorist attacks on the United States and government dishonesty were publicized in connection with the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama.
“You should understand that private faith does not force public decisions. That’s how you work at compromise. I haven’t given up what I believe, but I live in a community — with people who don’t believe what I believe. That doesn’t make them defective or inferior.”