It’s just a church. It’s a two-story yellow-brick building in a crummy but not terrible Chicago neighborhood. There’s red wall-to-wall carpet throughout, and high behind the altar are two modest stained-glass windows. There are three services on Sunday and Bible study on Wednesday nights. The pews are filled with “church ladies” in sweater sets and heels. On a typical Sunday, there’s praise and tears, and lots of hugging. There’s communion, an offering and an altar call. This is Trinity United Church of Christ, the church where Barack Obama found Jesus, the controversial house that Jeremiah Wright built.
About The Author
Lisa Miller is a contributing editor at New York magazine. She is the former religion columnist for the Washington Post, former senior editor of Newsweek magazine, and author of “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife.” She is a multi-year winner of the New York Newswomen’s Club prize for feature writing and has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award.