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Black Churches Pray In Protest Of Police Brutality

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) — Congregants in African-American churches across the country wore black to Sunday services and prayed over the men in attendance in a...

The Right's Urge to Kick Down: Doing Unto Others as Has Been Done Unto You

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It is not at all surprising that it is in those parts of America that conceive of moral requirements in the most harsh and absolutist terms that we find the strongest impulse to deal with those below them not with compassion but with punitive demands.

The Huge Role Black Churches Are Playing In Two Senate Races | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion

Early voting on Sundays has been one of the biggest fronts in the voting wars of recent years. Some of this past Sunday’s early voting numbers make ...

Joy Comes in the Morning?

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Courtney McKinney

Church leaders have a unique opportunity to help people heal and find comfort. I wish they would use that power to encourage people to seek help, rather than making them feel that mental illness is something that should be given time and prayer alone

African American Churches and the Neglected Public Minister

Billy Honor | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Billy Honor

Today, given the myriad of social issues that plague African-American communities we are desperately in need of more pastors who are committed to the public theological and intellectual tradition.

African-American Congregations Look To 'Go Green'

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion

(RNS) At Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, members and neighbors buy fruits and vegetables from a black farmers market and work in an organi...

The New Pharaohs?

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.

The Boy Scouts of America: Another Closed Door for Black GBTQ Youth

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Boy Scouts of America's position on GBTQ scouts is unquestionably discriminatory, and its hesitancy to swiftly remove its ban dishonors the organization's goal and philosophy

Watch Night Service In The Black Church In America: 150 Years After The Emancipation Proclamation

Rev. Joan R. Harrell | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Joan R. Harrell

One hundred and fifty years later, African American Christians continue the faith tradition of their enslaved ancestors and gather at a designated meeting space, the church, tonight, Dec. 31, 2012, to celebrate

Black Church Leaders In Florida Look To Circumvent Shortened Early Voting Days

Daniel Simon | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Daniel Simon

With seven days left before election day, some black churches in Florida are pushing their congregations to get to the polls in a last ditch effort to...

Historical Black Churches Celebrated With New Tourism Guide

Posted 10.21.2012 | Black Voices

The church has long been a fundamental pillar in the black community, and one organization is making an effort to preserve the rich history of an inst...

Homophobia in the Black Church Is Patriarchy in Drag

Cassandra Jackson | Posted 07.25.2012 | Black Voices
Cassandra Jackson

Black women should treat the black church the same way they would treat a patriarchal, self-serving, preachy boyfriend, and let their feet do the talking. If they ever do, patriarchy and homophobia in black churches will fall by the way side.

The First Gay President?

Akilah Bolden-Monifa | Posted 07.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Akilah Bolden-Monifa

President Obama helped move marriage equality forward, and his courageous statement will go down in history. "It is important for me to go ahead and a...

Wrestling With The Church As An African-American Transgender Woman

Toni Newman | Posted 05.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

I am an African-American transgender woman and will always be true to myself. I strongly disagree that I am out of the will of God. I believe that the truth I live in is a truth that God demands of us.

Gene Demby

Can The Black Church Swing The 2012 Election With New Voters? | Gene Demby | Posted 03.30.2012 | Black Voices

The battle over voter I.D. laws -- which critics say disenfranchise the poor, the elderly and citizens of color -- has been fought in state houses, co...

Tourists Flock To Black Churches For Music, But Tensions Rise

AP | By MEGHAN BARR | Posted 05.11.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- The stern warning issued from the pulpit was directed at the tourists – most of whom had arrived late – a sea of white faces w...

Will Black Churches Decide Whether Gay Marriage Passes In Maryland?

AP | SARAH BREITENBACH | Posted 05.01.2012 | Black Voices

BELTSVILLE, Md. — Maryland's governor signed into law Thursday a bill to legalize gay marriage, although opponents vowed to rally voters to reve...

Has Christianity Become A "Get Out Of Jail Free Card" For African Americans?

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Dr. Boyce Watkins

There's nothing more awkward than to be the one southern black man in the room who says that he's not quite sure about Christianity. No one attacks you for asking questions, they just "pray" for you.

MLK Day Reflection for LGBTQ Justice in the Black Church

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Each year, I mark the MLK holiday by reexamining King's teachings, remembering that my longing for LGBTQ justice is inextricably tied to my work toward religious tolerance in the black church. And this is why I continue to speak up.

Worship And Prayer In African American Christianity

Brad R. Braxton | Posted 10.25.2011 | Religion
Brad R. Braxton

In the creative mixture of Christianity and African Traditional Religion, of biblical stories and African folklore, of Christian message and African music, the African American church was forged.

Black Churches Need a Come-to-Jesus Moment on HBCUs

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 12.17.2011 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

The bond between black churches and historically black colleges and universities has broadly painted the rich history of the Black American experience. Now many HBCUs are losing the support of their affliated churches.

The Church, Repentance, And Racial Reconciliation

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

Whenever whites and blacks build a bridge of love, respect and true appreciation for one another, it is a miracle. If the church cannot forge the path to racial reconciliation, it will not happen anywhere.

Black Churches Push Prostate Cancer Awareness

Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion

By B. Denise Hawkins Religion News Service (RNS) Thomas A. Farrington isn't looking for cards or a tie this Father's Day. What he really wants, he...

The Bible Of Choice For Many African-Americans

Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) On Sundays, C. Elizabeth Floyd, shows up for worship at Trinity Baptist Church of Metro Atlanta, wi...

Who Gets the Money? Race-Based Funding Disparities In Urban Ministry

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 06.05.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

Trust is vital to any relationship, but when it comes to funding African American-led urban ministries, it can mean the difference between success and failure.