Oh, So All of Hillsong Is a Mess?

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Hillsong’s disgraced pastor Carl Lentz is just the top of the messy pile of laundry that is the church itself! It seems the church also doesn’t stand for homosexuality and that some members of the church’s preaching staff, like Josh Kimes from Hillsong Boston, are allegedly just a tiddly bit racist.

Monica Uribe, is one of the former member of the church who spoke to Business Insider for a big ol’ exposé about the inner workings of the church, and I’m sorry to say, it sounds pretty bad.

From Business Insider:

Pastors including Lentz aim to project an approachable and modern image, but insiders say the clerics and their inner circle were discriminatory, exploitative, and elitist. Sources accused some in church leadership of blacklisting LGBTQ members, making racist remarks, and tokenizing Black employees. And while top brass was treated like royalty with private chauffeurs paid for by the church and access to perks like courtside seats at Knicks games, former members say they regularly took advantage of free and underpaid labor.

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Uribe came out as bisexual to her pastor at Hillsong Boston, who she said made it clear that if she started “practicing” bisexuality, there’d be trouble with the church. After a suicide attempt, Uribe eventually checked herself in for a four-day psychiatric inpatient treatment at McLean Hospital, none of the pastors from the church came to see her. Of the church, which she left after five months, she told Business Insider, “If I would’ve stayed, I would have probably attempted suicide again.”

Other stories abound. Josh Kimes, a preacher at Hillsong Boston, is also alleged to be sliiiightly racist?

In a June 23, 2018, text thread sent to 25 Hillsong Boston members, Kimes invited everyone over to his home for food and drinks and to play the game Mafia, text messages viewed by Insider show.

Members responded with their excitement, including Destiny Mitchell, who is a white worship pastor. Mitchell sent a GIF of the Black “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes with the text “YAAS.”

Kimes responded, “Destiny that’s what I thought you looked like before I met you…” including a grimacing face emoji in the text, indicating that because her name was Destiny he assumed she was Black.

Kimes’ wife chimed in by saying, “So racist babe,” while others in the thread replied with laughter.

Yikes! A real fucking mess. Good luck, Hillsong. God bless.... [Business Insider]


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DISCUSSION

Someone from Boston being racist is not news.

Listen, organized religion is a fucking mess. Some people become leaders and pastors for the same reason some people become cops: because they want to wield influence over others. Or they get put in those positions and then they start to abuse their power. That fucking sucks. But it’s not any different than any other institution where there are power dynamics, if it’s law enforcement or IDK... making movies?

But no one criticizes the act of making movies like they do churches and church goers, despite the fact that if we didn’t make movies we wouldn’t have Harvey Weinstein. I’m not religious, but I know churches provide a lot of hope and comfort for other people. Tarring the whole organization with the brush of a few bad actors is never going to deal with the problem.

I’m sort of ranting now but I don’t think this sort of thing is going to change until we have conversations about how to help organizations of all kinds find and deal with the power hungry abusers among them, rather than just criticizing the institutions as a whole.