Louie Giglio Wiki – Louie Giglio Biography
Louie Giglio is a White megachurch pastor, who has been condemned for calling slavery a “white blessing” during a live church service with Chik-Fil-A founder Dan Cathy and rapper Lecrae. Giglio is a pastor at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and founder of the Passion City Movement.
In the conversation, Giglio argued that the phrase “white privilege” should be swapped out for “white blessing.” Giglio said, “We understand the curse that was slavery, white people do, and we say ‘that was bad,’ but we miss the blessing of slavery that it actually built up the framework for the world that white people live in and lived in.”
Giglio was born in Atlanta on June 30, 1958. He grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Smyrna and graduated from Campbell High School. He later graduated from Georgia State University and earned a Master of Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Later he went to Grace Theological Seminary to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree. After finishing seminary, Giglio and his wife Shelley, whom he married in 1986, began a weekly Bible study called Choice at Baylor University where he was doing graduate studies. After several years, over 10% of the Baylor student body was attending the weekly gathering, and Giglio’s heart for the significance of the “university moment” was set.
In 1995, Giglio decided to move from their home in Waco, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia, because of his father’s failing health. Unfortunately, Louie’s father died from a brain infection and a heart attack prior to their arrival in Atlanta. However, around that time, during a flight from Texas to Georgia, Louie was inspired to start a national gathering of college students, which would later become Passion Conferences. The first Passion Conference was held in 1997 in Austin, Texas, with about 2,000 university students in attendance. Since then, Passion continues to host annual gatherings in the United States and around the world for college students. Until the founding of Passion City Church, Giglio was a longtime member of North Point Community Church.
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June 30, 1958 (age 61 years), Atlanta, GA
Shelley Giglio (m. 1986)
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Louie Giglio Racist Comments
Giglio’s racist comments generated an immediate wave of criticism. He has since tweeted the following apology: “… not seeking to refer to slavery as blessing-but that we are privileged because of the curse of slavery. In calling it a privilege/benefit/blessing— word choice wasn’t great. Trying to help us see society is built on the dehumanization of others. My apology, I failed.”
During the live church service on June 14, Giglio talked for about 20 minutes alongside Lecrae and Cathy before the topic of “white blessings” came up.
Giglio opened the topic by explaining, “I feel like on the inside of the church we’re fighting this historical context you [Lecrae] talk about. In other words, we love the blessing of the cross but we don’t love to sit in it and realize this is what God’s asking me to do, to die to myself, and live for him, whatever context that’s going to look like for me.”
But I want to flip that upside down because I think the other side of it is true with our nation’s history. We understand the curse that was slavery, white people do, and we say ‘that was bad,’ but we miss the blessing of slavery that it actually built up the framework for the world that white people live in and lived in… a lot of people call this ‘white privilege’ and when you say those two words it’s like a fuse goes off for a lot of white people because they don’t want somebody telling them to check their privilege.
Giglio then clarified how he would use “white blessing” contextually in a sentence. He said, “I am living in a [white] blessing of the curse that happened generationally that allowed me to grow up in Atlanta.”
Giglio referenced how black people in Atlanta “didn’t have equal rights” at the time that he was born, pointing out how recently black people have been given unequal treatment under the law. Throughout this clip, Lecrae nodded in agreement with Giglio’s comments. Cathy was not visible in the screen.