Editor; manager; Methodist clergyman. Born– November 20, 1937, in Athens, Ala. Parents– Hugh Elliot and Martha Angeline (Shannon) Wright. Married– Juanita Ruth Bass, December 30, 1963. Education– Birmingham Southern College, A.B., 1959; Vanderbilt, M.Div. 1962; Harvard, D. Ministry, 1967. Methodist minister, Baxter, Tenn., 1963-1964; Nashville, Tenn., 1965-1966; field secretary, Tennessee Heart Association, 1964-1965; assistant editor, Motive Magazine, 1965-1967; editor, Religious News Service, 1967-1975; research fellow, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York City, 1976; editor, American Enterprise Institute, 1979-1980; coordinator, Project on Church, State, and Taxation, National Council of Christian Churches, 1980-. Consultant, Hartford Seminary Foundation; United Methodist Board of Global Ministries; United Methodist Communications. Member– Authors League and Guild, Religious Newswriters Association, United Presbyterian Men, Phi Beta Kappa.


Who’s Who in America.


Go Free. New York; Friendship Press, 1973.

Holy Company; Christian Heroes and Heroines. New York; Macmillan, 1980.

Joint Publication(s):

The Big Little School; Sunday Child of American Protestantism. New York; Harper & Row, 1971.

Can These Bones Live. New York; Sheed and Ward, 1969.

A Tale of Two Congregations; Commitment and Social Structure in a Charismatic and Mainline Congregation. Hartford, Conn.; Hartford Seminary Foundation, 1979.


At the Edge of Hope; Christian Laity in Paradox. New York; Seabury Press, 1978.

Black Manifesto; Religion, Racism, and Reparation. New York; Sheed and Ward, 1969.