Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins is a minister and public servant seeking to practice radical hospitality at home and in the world.

  • Where did you grow up?

South Central Los Angeles.

  • What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

Luke 15.

There, I find a Cosmic Companion who seeks us, sweeps up dust for us and weeps for us until we return home.

  • What is your favorite movie? Why?

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is my favorite current movie.

It depicts the life of my parents, my generation and my children in an honest and powerful way.

  • Who are three people you admire?

J. Alfred Smith Sr., pastor emeritus of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California; James Baldwin, novelist and essayist; and Margaret Ann Cowden, American Baptist minister and former denominational executive with ABC USA.

  • What is one little-known fact about yourself?

At the age of 8 years old, I preached my first sermon titled “The Importance of One” based on Exodus 3:9-10.

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