I want to thank you for this wonderful piece and I would gladly remind you that a lot of churches are in the same limbo.For example, I belong to a Baptist church that has a building fund for over 34 years but no building. I am Black. I know you belong to the AME church (in Pasadena). Of course the big one in LA is notorious for the same mess you wrote in this article ...very notorious. But the agony as you pointed out is that the few men in church remain silent and go along with this garbage. It is quite clear that most of the money is going to the preacher and his wife and their lavish lifestyle with reckless abandon. I would say in Black churches today, it is a shame the dreams you talked about are not fulfilled because the pastors are raping their congregations in the name of God. Finally, thank you and keep on reporting on it until we see a revolution. God bless you sir.