The Royal Wedding chaplain, aka, Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, will be among a group of politically minded pastors protesting about what they perceive as a “dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches.”
Those crises, Curry and the other Christian leaders said in a news release, put "the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith" at stake.
The progressive pastors including Dr. Amos Brown, the head of the San Francisco NAACP, said they are trying to combat “racial bigotry and racial bigotry and white nationalism, the mistreatment of women, the rejection of immigrants and refugees, the abandonment of the poor, the denial of truth, and alarming moves to replace public service with autocracy. These dangers are more than political—they are theological issues which pose urgent questions to authentic Christian faith.”
Organizers of the “Reclaiming Jesus” declaration they expect 1,000 people to turn out for a church service on Thursday evening in Lafayette Square, a park across the street from the White House.
Curry is arguably the most high-profile of the religious leader of the coalition, as his prophetic words rang across the globe when he married Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.
But he will be joined by other progressive Christian leaders, too. Those include the Rev. Sharon Watkins, former General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); the Rev. James Forbes, former pastor of New York's Riverside Church; the Rev. Jim Wallis, President and Founder, Sojourners.
In addition to being president of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP, Brown is also the pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, who was honored last fall by former President Bill Clinton and others for 40 years of service. Brows is also the chair of the Social Justice Commission for the National Baptist Convention.