Jeremiah Wright To Deliver Sermon In D.C. Sunday

President Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright will deliver a sermon in D.C. Sunday.

By + More

D.C.'s historic Florida Avenue Baptist Church is marking its centennial with a special sermon on Sunday, delivered by President Barack Obama's former pastor, the controversial Jeremiah Wright.

During the 2008 Obama campaign, the media dissected and lambasted Wright's former sermons, which included remarks that the Sept. 11 attacks were proof "America's chickens are coming home to roost," and another comment: "...not 'God Bless America.' God damn America."

When reached by phone, the church said it did not know what Wright's sermon would be about.

[Check out our editorial cartoons on President Obama.]

Since its founding 100 years ago, the Florida Avenue Baptist Church has only had four pastors, but welcomed numerous guest pastors to speak.

Wright is pastor emeritus of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, having retired in early 2008.

Update, 2:26 p.m.:

Florida Avenue Baptist Church Reverend Doctor Earl D. Trent Jr. tells Whispers that Wright was chosen because the church has a longstanding relationship with the Chicago pastor.

"We've always been at the cutting edge here," Reverend Trent said. "And the more special the occasion, the more special the guest."

  • The Right's Peculiar Obsession With Jeremiah Wright
  • Four Years Later, Obama's Wright Trouble Resurfaces
  • Check out U.S. News Weekly: an insider's guide to politics and policy.
  • Elizabeth Flock is a staff writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.