10/16/2011 06:31 am ET Updated Dec 14, 2011

The BlackVoices Sunday Sermon Roundup: On Being A Black Mormon, Faith And Occupy Wall Street, And Reflections On Raising A Daughter

Welcome to The BlackVoices Sunday Sermon Roundup, where we offer sermons from a diverse range of religious and spiritual leaders from across the country that we hope will elevate, inspire and compel.

This week we hear from five markedly different voices. Brother Darius Gray, a co-founder and former president of the LDS Genesis Group, is also the co-producer of the documentary film "Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Back Mormons," urges us to remember, as Mitt Romney's Mormonism has been a target of insult during his campaign, that this nation was founded by people who were seeking religious freedom.

A third-generation ordained elder in Church of God in Christ, the Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is also the author of the 2001 book "Urban Souls," and the forthcoming "Gods, Gays, and Guns: Religion and the Future of Democracy." The Rev. Sekou talks about the "genius and gift" of Occupy Wall Street is an opportunity for progressive issues such as race, gender and sexuality can be connected in some way to the economic crisis.

The Reverend Otis Moss III filled some big shoes when he took over in 2008 as pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, where his predecessor, the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright, had served for 20 years over a congregation that included the Obamas. Rev. Moss talks about how imperative it is that we lead the charge against the horrific war in the Democratic Republic of Congo where sexual violence against women and children is a daily occurrence.

Atlanta-based Tanya Martin is the founder and president of The Master Plan.Biz, Inc., an artist management company, and a regular devotional columnist at StreamingFaith. Martin, who is also the author of “From Promiscuity to Proverbs 31: Getting Off the Fence of Sexual Immorality," and the forthcoming “A Work in Progress: Working From the Inside Out,” playfully warns of the dangers when we don't follow the GPS both in our cars and our religions.

And finally, Reverend Michael W. Waters, founder and pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church, shares the important beauty he discovered through a harrowing experience with his young daughter.

The BlackVoices Sermon Roundup
The BlackVoices Sermon Roundup