By Dennis C. Dickerson
In the course of many of the 20th century, Archibald J. Carey, Sr. (1868-1931) and Archibald J. Carey, Jr. (1908-1981), father and son, exemplified a mix of ministry and politics that many African American spiritual leaders pursued. Their sacred and secular matters merged in efforts to enhance the non secular and fabric wellbeing and fitness in their congregations. yet as political alliances grew to become beneficial, either wrestled with ethical outcomes and sundry results. either have been ministers to Chicago's greatest African Methodist Episcopal Church congregations-- the senior Carey as a bishop, and the junior Carey as a pastor and an attorney.
Bishop Carey linked himself quite often with Chicago mayor William Hale Thompson, a Republican, whom he provided to black citizens as an best friend. while the mayor appointed Carey to the city's civil provider fee, Carey helped within the hiring and promoting of neighborhood blacks. yet alleged impropriety for promoting jobs marred the bishop's tenure. The junior Carey, additionally a Republican and an alderman, grew to become head of the panel on anti-discrimination in employment for the Eisenhower management. He aided innumerable black federal staff. even supposing an influential benefactor of center and SCLC, Carey linked to infamous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and compromised aid for Martin Luther King, Jr. either Careys believed politics provided clergy the easiest possibilities to empower the black inhabitants. Their imperfect alliances and combined effects, notwithstanding, proved the complexity of mixing the geographical regions of spirituality and politics.
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Although Wright had worked with Ransom at the Institutional Church, Carey appointed him a preacher in the Quinn Chapel Sunday School, and when Wright became [ 32 ] the ministry of archibald j. carey sr. the pastor at Chicago’s Trinity Mission, he received assistance from Elizabeth Davis Carey and other members of Chicago’s women’s clubs. ” After taking over at the Institutional Church, Carey also continued the Social Gospel ministry that Ransom had begun, including such eﬀorts as sponsoring lectures on timely topics.
Years later, Archibald “spoke tenderly” about his grandfather and father and their ﬁfty years of ministry in their native state. 13 Archibald J. Carey was one of a few educated ministers in the Sixth Episcopal District and hence rose rapidly, gaining a pastorate in 1890 and becoming his father’s ministerial colleague in the North Georgia Annual Conference. Archibald Carey’s growing importance in the North Georgia Annual Conference stemmed from his unusual success in developing Athens’s Bethel AME Church into a thriving congregation.
L. Murray, the new Bethel pastor, convinced Bishop Grant to conﬁne Institutional’s worship services to Sunday evening, thereby preventing Ransom from drawing parishioners away from Murray’s Sunday morning services. An outraged Henry M. Turner, the denomination’s senior bishop, authorized Ransom to resume preaching at morning services and to ignore the petty opposition of Carey and Murray. 16 In 1899, Carey and other AME Church ministers came to Bethel to commend Ransom at the conclusion of a successful ﬁnancial drive, but a few months later, the two men became locked into a ﬁscal competition when the Iowa Annual Conference’s ﬁnancial secretary oﬀered a prize to the church that brought in the most money.
African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of Chicago by Dennis C. Dickerson