Interview with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
QUESTION 34
INTERVIEWER:

NOW WHEN WE THINK OF THE CHURCHES THERE, WE THINK AGAIN ABOUT JUST THE BLACK CHURCHES AND THEIR ACTIVITY, BUT THERE WERE MORE THAN 700 CHURCHES IN BIRMINGHAM. WHAT WERE, OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT SOME OF THE LEADERS WERE WRITING ADS, UH WHAT WERE THE REST OF THE CHURCHES DOING DURING THE CRISIS?

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger:

Well, the unfortunate thing is that uh most of the white churches in Birmingham were going on, from day to day and week to week almost with uh, business as usual. Uh, I would, I'm, I'm only guessing from what I could tell but uh, I think that most of the, the churches and most of the preachers uh did not even make any reference to the events that were happening in their sermons. They, they preached sermons uh, that could have been preached in the year 1910, or 1810, uh, and that's very unfortunate, because the religious community is called to do is relate the word of God to the events of the day. Uh, and that is a distinct weakness on the part of many religious communities uh, who do not relate the Word to the, the events of the day.