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Questioning Black Religious Faith

Tiya Miles | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Tiya Miles

It turns out that there is a small but increasingly visible African American discussion about disbelief in God, about the narrow sexual and cultural politics of Black churches, and about major moral problems facing us today that may not be suited to solutions from the pulpit.

Kate Sheppard

'Green The Church' Seeks To Mobilize Black Churches On Climate Change | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2015 | Green

Leaders of the "Green The Church" movement launched a new effort this week to help 1,000 African-American congregations take action on climate change....

Are Black Americans the Most Religious -- and Virtuous -- of All?

David Briggs | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In a nation where rising numbers of people are dropping out of organized religion, one dynamic religious movement continues to display remarkable strength. The black church.

This Is Not the End of the World

David Moore | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Apocalyptic scriptures share one feature: They were always composed in distressing times for the benefit of desperate people who occupied a particular moment in history. They suffered politically and economically, and only a dramatic rescue by God could help.

Most Southern Baptists Don't Go To A Racially Integrated Church

The Associated Press | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leaders in nation's largest Protestant denomination are preaching that integrated churches can be a key driver of racial jus...

HIV/AIDS: A Fight We Must Win

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 01.31.2015 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

We at the NAACP are focused on infusing social justice within public health and disease prevention. HIV/AIDS is a fight that we cannot afford to lose. Too much is at stake. Silence is not an option. Our collective message of social justice, HIV prevention, and frequent testing must ring throughout our homes and schools and in our barbershops, hair salons and churches.

Two Florida Churches Merge With Hope Of Bridging A Racial Divide

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices

Two Florida churches are soon expected to undergo a merger that pastors hope will help send a message on race relations throughout the state -- and be...

When Holiness Is Violence

Broderick Greer | Posted 01.17.2015 | Black Voices
Broderick Greer

Despite our good intentions, Christianity in the United States still has a long way to go. Instead of seeking to heal the wounds of slavery and institutionalized racial discrimination, many denominations are seeking out fresh ways of shaming and condemning their LGBTQ members.

BET Editor Slams Black Church: ‘Being Gay Is Not A Sin'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices’s Entertainment Editor Clay Cane joined HuffPost Live Tuesday and expressed his extreme disappointment in the black church for actions that ...

Courts, Churches Coming Around on LGBT Rights

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

By letting this decision, and others like it, stand, the Supreme Court seems to be recognizing the amazingly swift turnaround in public attitudes on the issue of same-sex marriage and on gay and lesbian rights, in general.

Son of a Wife Beater: Behind the Curtains of Domestic Violence

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

As a follower of Christ and preacher of the gospel, I've been processing all of this for many years now. Consequently, I realize that hurt people tend to hurt people, and abused people tend to become abusers.

America, the Walls of Ferguson Must Come Down!

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

We must continue to strategize. We must continue to organize. We must vote. We must also cry out against the societal walls threatening to prevent a new generation of Michael Browns from receiving a quality education, jobs and justice they deserve.

Black Clergy Sign Ferguson Letter Calling For Racial Justice

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As the Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner collected signatures for a statement by leaders of African-American church groups about the Ferguson, Mo., ...

'Black Jesus': Beneath the Drugs and Profanity, Is There a Message of Theological Reflection?

Christopher House, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
Christopher House, Ph.D.

Rather than simply dismissing the show as being blasphemous, maybe we should continue to watch with an awareness of contemporary issues and a strong sense of irony. To do so, would ask us to consider what then does it mean to have a black Jesus living and moving in impoverished black spaces?

God's Most Gifted...

Craig Stewart | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart


The Black Church and HIV: A Divine Prescription

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 09.18.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

On July 20, the NAACP will recognize the Day of Unity, to combat the disparate impact that HIV has on Black America. As an ordained minister, I know the power that faith communities can wield by providing life saving education and advocacy. This is not the time to be quiet. This is the time to speak.

The Proverbial Closet...

Craig Stewart | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart


'Gay Men' Married to Women...

Craig Stewart | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart


4 Black Church Resources That Can Help People Living With Depression

Monica A. Coleman | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Monica A. Coleman

Black churches can draw upon various resources within tradition resources that can be helpful to people living with depression. These historic practices can create a contemporary climate that is welcoming and supportive for faithful people living with depression.

Which Churches Are the Most Activist of All? New Study Findings May Surprise You

David Briggs | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The nation's largest religious body is also by far the most likely to have its congregations take to the streets in public demonstrations or lobby the halls of power on moral issues, a new study finds.

A Word on Jamal Bryant: the Loyalty in and Purpose of Preaching

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

Preaching isn't about shock value or personal agendas that get you on a Hip-Hop station's rumor report. It's not about trying to keep people bound to narrow-minded ideals, restrictive, oppressive practices, or a disjointed understanding of God rooted in your own insecurities and misplaced priorities.

Why The Hampton Ministers' Conference Still Matters

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion
Suzan Johnson Cook

It's morning time at Hampton, and I'm so glad I endured the night. I am part of the 8,000 clergy strong FAMILY, and invite you to "come on down."

The Styyles Chronicle Radio Show Pt 2

Craig Stewart | Posted 08.01.2014 | Black Voices
Craig Stewart


The Styyles Chronicle Radio Show Pt 1

Craig Stewart | Posted 08.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart


LOOK: 100 Years Of Glorious History From The Hampton Ministers' Conference

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion

Hampton University's annual Ministers' Conference is one of the oldest gatherings of black clergy in America, and this year it celebrates 100 years of...