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John, Just a Baptist, Seeking the Same Grace

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

What chills me to the bone is to ponder the fate of those who have misled, or who continue to mislead others down the path of religion rather than into relationship with Christ.

Why Homophobic Harlem Church Building Should Become LGBT Homeless Youth Shelter

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The last thing Manning would ever fathom for the church space is it becoming NYC's largest homeless shelter and resource center for LGBTQ African American youth. And the Ali Forney Center has launched a fundraising drive to grab the space.

The '1 Percent' in Mainline Protestantism? Congregations Attracting Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty in the rapidly changing, competitive marketplace of American religion. But the prospects for a turnaround in mainline Protestantism are growing fainter as the movement enters its second half-century of precipitous decline.

Ms. Jannie's Song

Jennifer Bailey | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
 Jennifer Bailey

I come from a people who are familiar with the brutal lash of injustice. I am the direct descendant of survivors of the Middle Passage. My brown skin ...

Where Would MLK Have Stood on Marriage Equality?

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This MLK holiday reminds me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens.

The Top Five Religion Trends to Watch in 2016

Megan Sweas | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Megan Sweas

Below are five trends that we are watching, paired with headlines you might see in The Onion in 2016. In other words, don't take our "predictions" too seriously. But there's often great truth in satire.

What About the Black Baby Nones?

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 12.30.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

The Baby nones will no doubt benefit from greater levels of acceptance of the non-religious. Yet it remains to be seen how this next generation will redress the systemic inequities that confront people of color who can't bank on the wages of whiteness while being religious outsiders.

The Forbidden Trinity: God, Blackness, and Mental Health

Beyond Classically Beautiful | Posted 12.17.2015 | Black Voices
Beyond Classically Beautiful

Now at age 25, during the most pivotal stage in my life, I feel the most alone. My mother, although physically present, cannot reassure my doubts as she can barely remember her birthday, let alone my own. The most common misconception is the belief that we are immune to mental illness and that religion is a universal remedy. These ideologies have normalized our suffering and continue to alter our perception of mortality.

Standing in Solidarity: A Faith-Rooted Call to Action With and for Black Women and Girls

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Together, we can stand in solidarity, striding to a faith-filled future of freedom from sexism, freedom to live into an economy that values that worth and work of black women and girls.

The Trump's 100.. What a Shame...

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 12.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

You pastors that met with him are a disgrace to the progress of our communities and to use the "calling" of the ministry to seek your own personal gains is not the work of God.

On World AIDS Day report on black community still grim

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day! And international theme for 2015 is "Getting to zero; end Aids by 2030." The national theme for this year is "The time to...

On the Anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre, Black Women Matter

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

They didn't "drink the Kool Aid." They came from all over the United States--black teachers from Los Angeles, white Pentecostals from Indianapolis, black Southern transplants at the tail end of the Great Migration, Vietnam vets and ex-hippies from San Francisco.

The Black Church: Bold and Bad Enough To Accept and Affirm

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

The prevailing Black Church culture forces too many to face the untenable choice: hide behind a mask or be cast aside from an extended family they've known all their lives.

White Christian Scholar Insists Churches Should Talk About Reparations For Descendants Of Slaves

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) A white scholar touring churches across the nation is trying to convince Christians that racial reconciliation is not enough &mdash...

Let's Talk About Sexism in the Black Church

Eboni Marshall Turman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
Eboni Marshall Turman

Without black women administering the ministry, praying for the pastor, teaching the children, singing in the choir, cooking in the kitchen, answering the phones, photocopying the bulletin, and testifying to the goodness of the Lord on Wednesday nights, there is no Black Church.

Documentary Explores The Reality Of Being Black And Gay In The Church

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.08.2015 | Black Voices

This week, BET premiered a documentary that shows the experiences of being queer and black in the church and explores LGBTQ individuals of faith navig...

Why Forgiveness Is At The Center Of Faith For This Black Pastor

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion

The call came early in the morning, jolting the Rev. David Triggs out of his dreams and into a living nightmare.  His church was burning, a ...

Solidarity, Prayers And Support For Torched St. Louis Churches

The St. Louis American | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.20.2015 | Black Voices

New Northside Missionary Baptist Church in Jennings is opening its weekly noonday prayer and bible study service on Wednesday, October 21 t...

Jesus and the Work of Black Joy

Rashad Raymond Moore | Posted 10.16.2015 | Black Voices
Rashad Raymond Moore

Black Joy is the work of a community coming together to create opportunities of life, love, and flourishment. It is through this effort that a community resists the constant threats of hopelessness, lovelessness, and meaninglessness.

Black Church Leader Opens Up About Preaching From The Closet

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 09.18.2015 | OWN

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Recent Rash of Hate Crimes in San Francisco

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 09.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

As I passed Little Zion Baptist Church on the corner of Divis and Ellis, I noticed something on the sidewalk. A swastika.

Not Your Momma's Movement

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 08.25.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

This #blacklivesmatter movement may not be our parent's or grandparent's political modus operandi. It is not far from it. It has benefited from it. No, the #blacklivesmatter movement may not be our momma's or daddy's movement, but it is on the same civil rights movement continuum.

Racism and Faith in Times of Crisis

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion
Christine Stoddard

One thing I've worked hard to understand is why some people practice their religion so fervently, interpreting it so literally, even when it seems to defy logic. The older I get and the more personal challenges I face, the better I understand and respect the need for faith.

40 Essential Books For Any #BlackChurchSyllabus

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion

The black church has a long and important history in the United States, and it continues to serve as a driver of social justice work in many...

Why Do Black Churches Have Steady Membership While Other Christian Denominations Decline?

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.15.2015 | Religion

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (RNS) At Alfred Street Baptist Church, the pews start to fill more than half an hour before the service begins. White-uniformed u...