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Black Queerness/Queer Blackness

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My thesis is that homophobia -- or heterosexism -- exits in the African-American community because of its strict adherence to religious traditions and norms. Consequently, such homophobia appears in the community's literature, arts and culture.

'Are There Black Mormons?'

W. Paul Reeve | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion
W. Paul Reeve

In the nineteenth century, one way to measure whiteness was in distance from blackness -- and so it was with the Mormons. Over the course of the nineteenth century, they moved away from their own black converts toward whiteness.

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?

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...

A Celebration Of The Diverse Faces Of African-American Religion

Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion

Religion and spirituality has always played an important role within African-American communities. Considerable attention has already been given to th...

End-Of-Life Decisions Rooted In Faith, Family --And Mistrust For Blacks, Hispanics

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 11.21.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (RNS) “A higher power will deliver me.” “If Jesus suffered, I’m going to suffer.” “I have a daughter, why would I need an...

A Return To Big Words

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

As we go about serving God and participating in God's reign, let us use more big words: Peace. Justice. Hope. Love. Say these words. People everywhere are waiting to hear us speak them again.

WATCH: 36th Kwanzaa Begins In Los Angeles

Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion

Happy 36th Kwanzaa! Celebrated in the week between Christmas and the new year (Dec. 26-Jan. 1), Kwanzaa is based on seven principles: unity, self-d...

Notes From A Black Agnostic: 'Like Being A Foreigner In Your Own Homeland'

The Loop21 | William Jelani Cobb | Posted 11.08.2011 | Black Voices

To be a black agnostic is almost akin to being a foreigner in your homeland.Last fall, not long after I returned from a family trip to Jerusalem, we r...