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Sandra Bland and Other 'Angry Black Women'

Kelly Brown Douglas | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kelly Brown Douglas

We do not live in a post-racial society. And we will never will until this country makes it a national priority to confront the racialized myths upon which this country was built. We must lead the way in facing the complex history of racism in America and the way in which it continues to be a deadly plague upon black bodies.

Black Pastors Across America Will Preach About HIV/AIDS This Sunday

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion

  The black church has always been a place of power for the African-American community. It was where black leaders secretly preached the gospel ...

How Black Churches Are Helping Their Communities Get Access To Healthy Food

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

Jesus made a revolutionary statement when he stood on the Mount of Olives and declared: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I wa...

American Muslims Are Helping Rebuild Black Churches

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion

Muslims are bringing hope to Christian communities in the South after a recent spate of fires devastated black church buildings. Three Muslim organ...

More Than 100 Years Ago, A White Pastor Tried To Pass As Black

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion

In 1903, a black congregation in Wisconsin discovered that their pastor was a white man. The revelation about Rev. L.M. Fenwick, which came during ...

Julia Craven

It's Not Black Folks' Burden To Forgive Racist Killers | Julia Craven | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

If you want to silence a black person’s pain, ask for forgiveness. We’re accustomed to our screams being hushed in the wake of tragedy. We're accu...

Crucifying Jesus On The Cross Of White Supremacy (All Together Podcast)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I asked Robert Lee what he would say to Dylann Roof if he had a chance to talk to him, and how God would judge the mass murderer. He said: "You crucified Jesus yet again on the cross of white supremacy."

Pastor Asks: How Do We Grieve For Charleston?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion

On the first Sunday after nine worshippers lost their lives during a shooting inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South C...

Preaching as Survival: The Rhetoric Bishop Henry McNeal Turner-Pt. 2

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

Turner's emigration thoughts grew stronger when the Supreme Court declared the 1875 Civil Rights bill unconstitutional. For Turner, the decision nullified many of the rights that African Americans gained during Reconstruction.

Pushing Back on "God" in Charleston

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

In the midst of the prayers, vigils and misguided national calls for forgiveness, theodicy's question of the ages resounds--if God(s) exists why does he/she/it permit unspeakable evil like the white terrorist massacre at Emanuel AME church?

Will Southern Baptists Support Taking Down The Confederate Flag?

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Does a Southern Baptist leader’s call for the Confederate battle flag to come down mark a sea change in the views of evangelicals about a symb...

Is This Terrorism or What?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 06.22.2015 | Crime
Deborah J. Levine

Consider hate crimes and domestic terrorism as sides of the same coin. We desperately need to organize and address the multiple elements of both. Understand what is happening online.

Charleston Slaughter Demands We Heal Our Sick Society

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Beyond these dimensions of race and religion, there is enough in this story that is disgusting and bloodcurdling that it ought to stir your conscience. Let's face the fact that we have a serious sickness in our society -- and commit ourselves to the work of healing it.

We Are Better Than This: A Jewish Response to the Horror in Charleston

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

It has been said that the task of a rabbi is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. We are all afflicted. We are afflicted by the horrific murder of nine people gathered for a Bible study at a church in South Carolina

The Doors of the Church are Open

Rev. Otis Moss III | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Otis Moss III

In honor of those nine souls and of the countless others who preceded them, we will continue to exist, to protest, to remain open, to stand, and to pray. The doors of the church are open.

Bill Clinton's 1996 Speech On Church Attacks Shows Nothing Has Changed

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices

The names of the nine black Americans killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were added to a long, under-recognized history of events of...

The AME 9

Nicole Angela Tinson | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Nicole Angela Tinson

From lynchings to brutal attacks, from the malicious rapes to the bombing of the four young girls in Birmingham at the 16th Street Baptist Church, the black church historically is familiar with the pain that comes along with being black, alive and in America.

No Sanctuary: Why Black Churches Are Still Under Attack

Matt Drayton | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Matt Drayton

Black Churches have been under attack for hundreds of years, dating back to slavery. Be it bombings during the civil rights movement, or Black Churches being set on fire, the Black Church has been under perpetual attack since its inception.

15 Photos That Show How The Charleston Community Is Mourning Together

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices

Large crowds gathered in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday to mourn the nine people slain in a shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopa...

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Houses Of Worship Hit By Violence Offer Advice, Prayers For Charleston | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion

The horrific shooting that left nine dead at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston will be "etched in that community forever," acco...

Shooting in Charleston: Let's Stand With Mother Emanuel

Daniel Gross | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Daniel Gross

The facts of this tragedy remain under investigation, and there is still a lot that we don't know. But what we do know is that every day, 88 Americans are killed in shootings. No, there is not a single magic solution that will keep every gun out of the hands of every person intent on doing harm -- but we can do a lot better.

Julia Craven

South Carolina Governor Releases Strangely Obtuse Statement On Black Church Shooting | Julia Craven | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

An act of terrorism unfolded on American soil last night when nine people were killed by a gunman at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a his...

Lilly Workneh

Why Charleston's Church Massacre Is An Act Of Terrorism | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices

I took a moment of silence last night. A long moment ... as I struggled to sort through my emotions while I watched the breaking news reports that...

Questioning Black Religious Faith

Tiya Miles | Posted 06.07.2015 | 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....