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Pulpit and Politics in Chicago

Pulpit and Politics in Chicago

The Ministry of Archibald J. Carey Sr.

Chapter:
(p.26) Chapter 2 Pulpit and Politics in Chicago
Source:
African American Preachers and Politics
Author(s):
Dennis C. Dickerson
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734270.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the ministry of Archibald J. Carey Sr. in Chicago, where he arrived in 1898 familiar with politics and power players in both church and state. It looks at Carey’s leadership and influence among African Americans in the city, as well as his rivalry with a rising class of professional black politicians, rival ministers, female leaders, and others. The chapter also examines Carey’s public theology and how he blended it with Social Gospel, self-help, and civil rights agitation. Furthermore, it considers Carey’s rise as one of Chicago’s best-known pastors, how he was drawn into city politics, and how the Quinn Chapel, Bethel, and Institutional Churches all grew substantially under his stewardship.

Keywords:   ministry, Archibald J. Carey, Chicago, city politics, African Americans, black politicians, public theology, Social Gospel, self-help, civil rights

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