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Black Rage Is Christian Rage

Broderick Greer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

​Beloved, I woke up late to black rage. I don't want the same for you. This rage will help you experience the very heart of Christ, the heart that is upset by every instance of oppression and misuse of power.

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.

The Zimmerman Verdict and the Black Religious Left

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

We've been too busy celebrating the "shouting churches" to hear the voices of Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. DuBois, Carter G. Woodson, Howard Thurman, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Langston Hughes crying in the wilderness. They all longed for a better world and for a better church to serve it.

I Will Reflect, Not Celebrate

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

Before my political awakening the Fourth was a fun day of barbecue, games, and fellowship with family and friends. Now, I reflect upon this nation's refusal to live up to the syrupy platitudes about liberty and sacrifice our political leaders will serve us like so many hot dogs.

A Story Worth Telling At A Time Like This

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

The black theologian James H. Cone ripped me open and laid me bare, not with a knife but with his book, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." And what he exposed was my own personal story of faith connecting -- or failing to connect -- to the issue of race.

Homosexuality And The Black Church

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

The current debate over same-sex marriage in many churches gives me a feeling of déjà vu. We are running to third instead of first. How can we talk about same-sex marriage or homosexuality for that matter without talking about sex and sexuality first?

Serena's Holy Dance

Rev. P. Kimberleigh Jordan | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. P. Kimberleigh Jordan

I applaud Serena Williams for her momentous tennis victories; but more so, I celebrate her for bringing her whole self to the game. She played tennis from the outside in, but her Holy Dance came from inside and overflowed outward.

The Black Church's Conundrum: What Would Jesus Do?

Monique Ruffin | Posted 07.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Monique Ruffin

Black people have a large gay community, many of whom are less and less willing to hide and deny who they are. Their confidence is challenging the black community to embrace and acknowledge what has largely been swept under the rug.

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.

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.

St. Patrick's Day Parades, Black Church Share History Of Being Anti-Gay

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

St. Patrick's Day has rolled around again, and like previous March 17 celebrations nationwide, its LGBTQ communities are not invited.

The messology of Bishop Eddie Long

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

When preachers pontificate too much from on High about the sins of homosexual sex, the cautionary tale is to be careful of what you say, because your ...

Another Example of the Black-White Divide in Our Community

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

Donnie McClurkin is a classic example why homophobia is an ongoing problem in the African American community, and it must be challenged at every opportunity.

'Ex-Gay' Donnie McClurkin At Boston's Gospelfest

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Irene Monroe

With Donnie McClurkin, the poster boy for African American "ex-gay" ministries, billed as the main event at this year's Boston GospelFest, many in the African American LGBTQ communities will not be in attendance.

Their Own Receive Them Not

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Ed. Note: I plan on writing something about black voters, the passage of proposition 8 in California, and the discussion that has ensued about whether...