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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...

It's Been 50 Years Since The Voting Rights Act And Black Churches Are Still Fighting Voting Restrictions

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion

 (RNS) Fifty years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act, the president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention said black churches w...

Bishop T.D. Jakes On The Black Church's Shifting Stance On The LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices

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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 08.11.2015 | 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.