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Black Rage Is Christian Rage

Broderick Greer | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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.

How My Church Hijacked My Vagina

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

Just like the Christian church asks us to believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old (rather than 4.5 billion years), it also asks us to believe t...

Taking on Hip-Hop

Kim Lute | Posted 02.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kim Lute

Sadly, for the most part, American music has gone the way of American cuisine. That is to say quality and originality have been replaced with fast food-type mediocrity.

To Redeem the Soul of the Black Church

Reverend Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, Ph. D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Reverend Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, Ph. D.

Where is the public voice of the black church -- the church that provided stops along the Underground Railroad, founded several black colleges and shaped the faith of a young Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer and so many others?

Sex, Lies and Video Tapes: Is It Time for the Black Church to Change?

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Sophia A. Nelson

It is time we asked ourselves: What legacy are we leaving to this present and future generations about the once revered and once honorable "black church" as an institution?

WATCH: Black Men Share Their Stories Of Coming Out To Their Fathers

Posted 10.24.2013 | Black Voices

Coming out can be difficult for anyone to do. But in the black community, where men are expected to be "rigid, hard and tough", it can be especially c...

Fifty Years Later: The Black Church Since 1963

Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Alton B. Pollard, III, Ph.D.

Having come this far by faith, with a renewed dedication to prophetic action and critique, Black churches are poised on the edge of a future, still too full of the provincial, but instilled with possibilities for insurgent renewal and change.

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Black Church's Civil Rights Movement Legacy Is Both A Blessing And A Curse

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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.

Lean In... and Listen

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

In the wake of the Zimmerman acquittal, I have been asking myself a hard question: If I want to be taken seriously when I say something is amiss that bothers me, how can I turn a deaf ear to the cries of others when they raise concerns of racial profiling and injustice?

Beyond the Gospel of Us: A Reflection on Colossians 1:15-28

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Would our pews be emptier if we talked more about God and less about what God can do for us? Should we begin our God-talk by stating plainly that God's past performance is not indicative of God's future results? Must we always be at the center?

5 Religious Facts You Might Not Know About The Civil Rights Leader

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Frederick Douglass, whose seven-foot bronze statue was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wedn...

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.

Dear Marriage Equality Advocates: I Can Not Celebrate With You, Today

Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

There is an irony in the SCOTUS rulings in the last two days. The irony is grounded in the fact that gay marriage is grounded in the spirit of the black freedom struggle yet that promise was eroded yesterday.

Pastor Steeped In Civil Rights Legacy Leads Moral Mondays Protests

Religion News Service | YONAT SHIMRON | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion

RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) The throngs of demonstrators who flock to the grassy knoll outside the North Carolina Statehouse each Monday know the drill. Th...

Gays, God And Gospel Music

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

Without the artistic and emotional contributions of gay people there would be no gospel music. This is the provocative and convincing claim made by Anthony Heilbut in his majestic new book, "The Fan Who Knew Too Much."

A Broken Heart And A Man Named Daniel

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

All of his heroic stories shaped who I am. I never questioned whether or not the miraculous things that occurred in the book of Daniel were really legit. Today, I found out that they were not and sat with my mouth agape and my heart tormented.

Another Tackle in the World of Homophobic Sports

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The African American community desperately needs openly LGBT public role models. We need them to come out and denounce anti-homophobic bullying, vitriol, and discrimination.

Easter: The Official 'Get Outta My Seat!' Day

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 06.01.2013 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

What an oxymoron it is, of all weekends, to push people away from Christ because we don't want to be inconvenienced with the crowds, new faces, and long wait times at our favorite Buckhead restaurant!

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.

Gangs Or The Gospel: Competing For The Lives Of Our Youth

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

In order to connect with youth in our communities, we have to walk outside the church doors everyday and let the community know who we are and what we have to offer so they will choose us instead of a gang.

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

Call and Response: What the President Did This Week

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

There is a tradition in the black church named "call and response." It's simply the experience of the preacher "calling" and the congregation "responding." Obama is ready to issue "calls" to the American people, over the heads of the Washington politicians and pundits. It's time for our response.

Want To Understand Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Read The Sermons

Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion

The following forward, written by the Rev. Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, is an excerpt from the book 'A ...