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Why A Black Church Says Bike Lanes Could Violate Their Religious Freedom

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 10.15.2015 | Black Voices

Several media outlets ran headlines this week stating that a Washington, D.C. church opposes new bike lanes on the grounds that the lanes would ...

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.

Muslims Raised Over $100,000 To Help Rebuild Black Churches In The South

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion

  Three Muslim organizations have raised over $100,000 to rebuild black churches in the South. In the days following the shooting of nine people...

We Need to Pay Attention to the Burning of Black Churches

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Whites often fail to recognize the significance of the black church, tending to believe there is nothing racial about the fires today. The attack on black churches is an attack on the heart of the black community, its political, social, educational and spiritual center.

Carol Kuruvilla

Who In God's Name Could Be Burning Black Churches? | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion

Six black churches burned. Two weeks. Three blazes that could be arson. Authorities have yet to determine whether the fires that have ripped throug...

It's My Job to Raise Children Who Are Not Only Not Racist But Actively Anti-Racist

Mandy Hitchcock | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Mandy Hitchcock

It is my job to make my son understand that his privileges as a white male in this country are built upon those nearly three centuries of enslavement, torture, rape, and murder, and that with great privilege comes great responsibility.

Who is Burning America's Black Churches---And Why?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The count of black churches in the South that have been torched is not the six that have been burned since the massacre of nine blacks at Charleston's Emmanuel AME Church, but 37. The church burnings occurred in a period of not two weeks but over 18 months.

Healing After Hate Crimes

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

Knowing that we are not given the same opportunity to ever fully rest, we must keep faith and hope in an ultimate peace. We must keep faith and hope that things can change.

Black Churches In Four States Have Been Destroyed By Fire In The Past Week

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion

At least four predominantly black churches have caught fire in the last week, including at least three that have been the subject of arson, the Southe...

People All Over The U.S. Have Had Enough Of Confederate Tributes

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Monday called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Captiol grounds, Americans all over the coun...

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

Grappling With Charleston: Are We Hardwired to Hate?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

After a massacre, so many difficult questions.

Black Churches Targeted Because Of Importance To Community

AP | By JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 06.20.2015 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — The black church has long been the cornerstone and sanctuary for African-American life. It's also long been a target for racists a...

David Dagan

Black Churches Led The Civil Rights Movement. Can They Do It Again In Baltimore? | David Dagan | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

The Rev. Jamal Bryant and others raise their fists during a protest march around the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, Friday, May 1, 2015,...

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...