Bishop Carlton Pearson Has Left Chicago's
Christ Universal Temple of New Thought
CHICAGO, IL. - At a time when organized religion is becoming 'less'
organized and nearly 17% of Americans now say they have no religion at all*,
Bishop Carlton Pearson, known for his "Gospel of Inclusion", announced that
he has left his position as Interim Senior Minister of Chicago's Christ
Universal Temple, effective January 3, 2011.
Appointed Interim Minister of the Christ
Universal Temple in May of 2009, Bishop Pearson preached to about 2,000
parishioners each Sunday, with the live streaming of his services reaching
as far as Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.
"A new Board of Directors has decided to take
the church in a different direction and will replace me," said Pearson. "I
believe we were headed in the right direction as a church community," he
added. "With new outreach ministries to this local community, a local
prime-time television broadcast and a live stream of services on the web, we
have become a more inclusive community. I wish the new Board of the Church
well and pray they are able to continue the broader ministry of what New
Thought religion has become today around the world."
Mentored by Oral Roberts and formerly on the
Board of Regents of Oral Roberts University for fifteen years, Bishop
Pearson continues to have a worldwide following and is known for the more
expansive, all-inclusive New Thought theology.
"From authors like Anne Rice announcing she's
no longer a Christian to a Roman Catholic Priest causing scandal by falling
in love, how we think about religion is changing. New Thought theology needs
to embrace this change. Institutionalized religion continues to cause too
much pain and hurt on this Earth," said Pearson. More and more people are
looking for a spiritual home without boundaries, where they can worship
without judgment or shame."
Once an evangelical megastar with 6,000
people at his weekly Pentecostal Church services in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was
branded a heretic by the Fundamentalist community when, after 35 years of
church ministry, he had come to question and reject the Fundamentalist
doctrines of an eternal and literal hell or, as he says, "a God with a
terrible anger management problem." Instead, Pearson turned to preaching the
fundamental goodness in all humanity and that God has a place in heaven for
people of all faiths and lifestyles.
Today, Bishop Pearson, author of The Gospel
of Inclusion and, his latest book, God is not a Christian (both Simon and
Schuster) presents a different interpretation of the Bible and represents a
fresh approach and shape of New Thought theology.
Recognized as a voice of reason and
moderation in a world of extremes, his ministry is about a common spiritual
ground for all of humanity; Jews, Hindus, Muslims, gays, the spiritually
unresolved and any other groups which may have been considered "unfit" and
unacceptable or have been marginalized.
Bishop Pearson will use the power of the
Internet, continuing guest appearances on national television, and speaking
invitations to carry on his New Thought ministry. He has appeared on CNN,
ABC's 2020, Nightline, Dateline NBC and was featured on NPR's This American
Life, among other media. Through his work, Pearson has become spiritual
advisor to a number of celebrities and business leaders across the country.
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