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The Black Church

It's Called "Battered Race Syndrome." Or, Something Like That

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

We are ridiculed for being angry We are pressured to quietly pacify our pain We are mocked for feeling victimized We are urged to 'forgive' in the fac...

Finding the Real Meaning of Easter... Beyond the Walls

John W. Fountain | Posted 03.28.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

A preacher and his wife, plainly dressed, wearing no vestments, neither bathed in pomp and circumstance, administer the Lord's Supper. They lift the bread and cup to the mouths of some of those gathered here for a morning service.

A "Saint" Tries to Reel in a "Sinner": Me

John W. Fountain | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

This is my conversation with a "saint," the name church folks affectionately call other believers. No one is named here. The irony sad. The story true...

Get Over It? I Don't Think So

John W. Fountain | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

By John W. Fountain "...Time to get over it," read the letter from a Latino brother in response to one of my recent columns on racism. "Latinos, Asia...

Amid These Times, Reflections on Kinder, Gentler Days

John W. Fountain | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

John Fountain (right corner) as a little boy playing during a family dinner outing, circa 1960s. By John W. Fountain We stood at the front door in a...

Into The Cold; Our Fight Against Alzheimer's

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.26.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

John Fountain and his mother Gwendolyn Marie Hagler Clincy during happier times celebrate his graduation from Wilbur Wright College. CHICAGO--In ...

John, Just a Baptist, Seeking the Same Grace

John W. Fountain | Posted 02.08.2016 | Black Voices
John W. Fountain

What chills me to the bone is to ponder the fate of those who have misled, or who continue to mislead others down the path of religion rather than into relationship with Christ.

On White Negroes, Jim Jones and "Sista" Rachel

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 06.16.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Although many commentators have drawn parallels between former Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal's passing-in-reverse minstrelsy and white pop culture icons, the historical example of Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple church is more germane.

An Open Letter from Black Clergy: A Call for Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

We are calling on clergy of all ethnicities and faith traditions to join us in leading our nation toward healing and reconciliation.

Danielle Cadet

Black Church's Civil Rights Movement Legacy Is Both A Blessing And A Curse | Danielle Cadet | Posted 08.25.2013 | Black Voices

For the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, the civil rights movement is not a period of time that only exists in history books; the movement runs deep in his vei...

A Desperate God

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

In light of the monstrous storm battering the northeast, many have said that the storm is a "sign of judgment" from God. We need to "get right!", they say.

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.

Truth or Dare: Would Black America Support President Obama If He Were Atheist?

Kirsten West Savali | Posted 01.30.2012 | Black Voices
Kirsten West Savali

Truth or dare, evangelical, African-American Obama supporters: How deeply does your faith inform your politics? More importantly, would you support President Barack Obama if he were atheist?

The Black Church Is Dead

Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 08.23.2012 | Religion
Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.

The Black Church, as we've known it, is dead. The idea of this venerable institution as central to black life and as a repository for the social and moral conscience of the nation has all but disappeared.