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 non secular leaders pursued. Their sacred and secular matters merged in efforts to enhance the religious and fabric overall healthiness in their congregations. yet as political alliances turned useful, either wrestled with ethical results 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 ordinarily with Chicago mayor William Hale Thompson, a Republican, whom he offered to black citizens as an best friend. whilst the mayor appointed Carey to the city's civil carrier 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, turned 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 middle 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 simplest possibilities to empower the black inhabitants. Their imperfect alliances and combined effects, even though, proved the complexity of mixing the geographical regions of spirituality and politics.
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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.
8 For the rest of the decade, Carey, then in his twenties, was involved in an extensive itinerancy through various pastorates in Georgia. In 1878, Bishop Jabaz P. Campbell transferred Carey from the North Georgia Annual Conference to the Georgia Annual Conference, stationing him in Rome. Although his pastoral responsibilities took priority, Carey also participated in several denominational activities. During [ 18 ] the careys in ministry and politics a pastoral assignment to the Marietta District in the North Georgia Conference, he served on the Sunday School Committee.
Though he was identiﬁed with the city’s light-skinned elite and Quinn Chapel had a reputation as a high-toned church that did not cater to the common people, Carey was an unapologetic southerner whose preaching style reﬂected his Georgia background. That hundreds ﬂocked to the three churches that he served showed his eﬀectiveness in reaching newly arrived migrants. 3 Founded in 1847, the spacious and prestigious Quinn Chapel AME Church was Chicago’s oldest black church. Its pulpit provided Carey with early opportunities to become a prominent denominational leader and an inﬂuential political spokesman.