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5 Questions for Bishop Carlton Pearson

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A former Pentecostal bishop, and at one time one of evangelical Christianity’s most prominent rising stars, Carlton Pearson lost his following and was rejected by the fundamentalist Christian community after he began preaching what he calls “the Gospel of Inclusion.” Today he is the spiritual director of New Dimensions Chicago. 1. What important lesson came out of your childhood?Our parents taught us six kids that we were all equally important, that we should look out for each other, that everyone has the same basic need to be loved and included. When I was bused to a predominantly white, rich school in a neighborhood where my mom cleaned houses, I learned what it felt like to be excluded. That experience shaped my ministry and led to what I call “the Gospel of Inclusion.”2. What do you struggle with the most, and what do you do with your struggle?My lifelong struggle has been to find my personal significance in life, to understand my gifts, and to know they are being fully maximized. I don’t allow my struggle to be negative, but I make it my motivation to excel and to move toward self-ac …

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