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Gay Couple Will Lead Historic DC Church With A Vision Of Justice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.12.2017 | Religion

A 155-year-old Baptist church in Washington DC recently named a married, gay couple to be its senior ministers with unanimous approval from its congre...

Why This Papal Visit is Different

Serene Jones | Posted 09.21.2016 | Religion
Serene Jones

Pope Francis' message is firmly grounded in the teachings of Jesus and Christian doctrine as applied to the broken world we find ourselves in today. What is new is that we have a messenger so powerfully capable of conveying this message.

Let's Roll for a Real Living Wage

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2016 | New York
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

There comes a time in all of our lives when we need to live for something worth dying for. I'm in this fight for a Real Living Wage because I dream of a world where everyone makes a Living Wage and can return home to a warm hearth to break bread with their loved ones and revolutionary friends.

Will the Church Fail or Fulfill Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy?

Rev. Dr. Amy Butler | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Amy Butler

In a world that considers cathedrals of stone and even the pulpit where Dr. King spoke irrelevant, what is the future of the church? We must come out of our pulpits and into the streets, into the gaps of broken relationship and broken trust. We must do the hard and beautiful work of building the beloved community.

Empowering Youth and Creating Change

Global Kids | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Global Kids

Dave Lyons, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic via Global Kids I started attending Global Kids meetings when I was 12. They took me in e...

Our Nation Has a Problem (or "Imagine It Is Your Family")

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

What if we start to live into the promise and hope for liberty for everyone? What if we hope to believe and live like everyone is created equal? What if we actually lived like everyone is my neighbor?

Sports 'Shark Tank' for Kids

Rob Taub | Posted 10.07.2014 | Sports
Rob Taub

Sadly, today scholar and athlete are not used enough in the same sentence, but the Riverside Hawks are an organization intent on changing those circumstances.

Faith Leaders Leading the Fight Against Income Inequality in New York

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

All throughout history, clergy of all faiths and denominations have been deeply involved in the fight for civil rights and for fair treatment for all people. Now faith leaders are helping to lead the fight against income inequality.

Historic NYC Church Could Soon Have Its First Female Senior Minister

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The famed Riverside Church in Manhattan has recommended the Rev. Amy Butler as its seventh senior minister, the first woman to lead the...

WATCH: Nelson Mandela Speaks In The U.S. After His Release From Prison

Posted 12.14.2013 | Religion

Nelson Mandela addressed the United States from the pulpit of the historic Riverside Church in New York City on July 2nd, 1990, after his release from...

WATCH: By Whom The Bell Tolls

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 04.11.2013 | New York

Perched in a tower above the majestic Riverside Church, an eighty-two-year-old musician presides over the venue’s crown jewel—one of the world's l...

April 4, 1968

Janus Adams | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

The next day as my mother brushed my hair for school, I saw a different me in the mirror. At age 8, northern, white parents had spat on me and torn my clothes for trespassing what they saw as their "turf" and I saw as school. Now, touched by King, I felt cleansed.

Nothing You Can Say Will Make Them Feel Better

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

We seem to think that we need to have the answers for people's pain and sadness. We don't. What we need to have is the ability to sit with someone and not say anything. Nothing you can say will make them feel better.

OWS Candlelight Vigil For MLK

Posted 01.16.2012 | New York

As part of a coordinated. global series of vigils on Sunday, January 15th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr, hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters...

OWS To Hold Vigil For MLK

Posted 01.11.2012 | New York

Occupy Wall Street is coordinating a global series of candlelight vigils on Sunday, January 15th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Protesters aim to ...

What We Were Preaching After 9/11/01 -- 'Is There Any Word From the Lord?'

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

Seems to me I am picking up a word from the Lord: Be not afraid. It's there -- as if we might miss it -- be not afraid. So then I guess maybe that's a good place to begin. We've got to shake the fear that is so natural for this time.

Forty Years After: The Attica Prison Uprising

Anthony Papa | Posted 11.08.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

The uprising at Attica was the start of a movement that sought to bring to light the horrible conditions of imprisonment. Surprisingly many of the horrid conditions that existed back then still plague the prison system today.

Calls to End Human Rights Abuses in Detention and Deportation System

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

There are 1,500 immigrants currently being held for suspected immigration violations in New Jersey, and the use of enforcement policies that lead to detention and deportation are on the rise.

Groundbreaking Speech by Ban Ki-moon on Eve of NPT Review

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

In a Huffington Post exclusive, Peace Action organizers of the "Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World" Conference at Riverside Church -- ...

One Year After Cairo Speech: The U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in Egypt one year ago was ground-breaking and transformational. While its impact was an...

King's Final 365-Day Odyssey

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

King's final year, though controversial to some and irrelevant to others, was an unwavering commitment to those on the underside of life.

Martin Luther King and War: When Truth Kills

Janet Kinosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Kinosian

2010-04-05-MLK.jpg When Martin Luther King was gunned down on April 4, 1968 many believe those shots were a direct result of his famed Riverside Church speech "Beyond Vietnam" given exactly one year prior.

A Muslim Voice of Reason Against Israeli Actions: Ibrahim Ramey

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I first met Ibrahim Abdil-Mu'id Ramey after he delivered the plenary speech about Dr. Martin Luther King and the linkage between Dr. King's movement a...

Civil Disobedience: Time is Now

Donna Schaper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donna Schaper

Civil Disobedience 21st Century Style When we woke up in our several beds on the morning of December 30, 2009, we were one people. Now we are a diff...