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Controversial cutting edge pastor visits Louisville

Rev. Jeremiah Wright during his Sept. 3 address at Bates Memorial Church. Rev. Jeremiah Wright during his Sept. 3 address at Bates Memorial Church.
Dean Susan Garrett Dean Susan Garrett

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - His controversial comments led President Obama to distance himself from his former church. That didn't slow down the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Tuesday night, the no holds barred preacher brought some of his commentary to Louisville at Smoketown's Bates Memorial Church.

Wright is in town for the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's "Ministry Beyond the Four Walls of the Church" black studies consultation. He will lead a panel discussion Wednesday about the state of black churches in our country and how our economy is affecting them. 

WAVE 3 News wanted to talk to Wright about his visit, but he declined our requests for an interview. Still, he had plenty to say to the congregation.

The Chicago pastor wowed the crowd in his message about how to bring the message to people in the first place.

"What church folks say is insane," Wright told the crowd, "what church folks say is insensitive, what church folks say so many times is, stuck on stupid maybe, church folks ought to shut up and listen to Jesus!"

Wright made national headlines during President Obama's 2008 campaign for the White House. At the time, some of his old sermon's were questioned, including one criticizing Americans for being angry about the 911 attacks, saying, "the U.S. was to blame for the stuff we've done overseas."

Wednesday, Wright will lead a panel discussion at the seminary about the black church's response to poverty. He also has lead discussions on issues like racism and violence.

Seminary leaders say even though Wright is a controversial figure, he's a cutting-edge speaker and an imaginative thinker who will instruct, challenge and inspire those who take part in the conference.

"His work in Chicago was extremely important," said Presbyterian Seminary Dean Susan Garrett. "He grew a church from a very small size to 8,000 members and expanded its ministries and the social justice ministries, so (he provided) constant outreach to the city."

Wright begins the panel discussion at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Road, on Wednesday, September 4 from 10 a.m. until noon.

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