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Courts, Churches Coming Around on LGBT Rights

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

By letting this decision, and others like it, stand, the Supreme Court seems to be recognizing the amazingly swift turnaround in public attitudes on the issue of same-sex marriage and on gay and lesbian rights, in general.

Son of a Wife Beater: Behind the Curtains of Domestic Violence

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

As a follower of Christ and preacher of the gospel, I've been processing all of this for many years now. Consequently, I realize that hurt people tend to hurt people, and abused people tend to become abusers.

America, the Walls of Ferguson Must Come Down!

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

We must continue to strategize. We must continue to organize. We must vote. We must also cry out against the societal walls threatening to prevent a new generation of Michael Browns from receiving a quality education, jobs and justice they deserve.

Black Clergy Sign Ferguson Letter Calling For Racial Justice

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As the Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner collected signatures for a statement by leaders of African-American church groups about the Ferguson, Mo., ...

'Black Jesus': Beneath the Drugs and Profanity, Is There a Message of Theological Reflection?

Christopher House, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
Christopher House, Ph.D.

Rather than simply dismissing the show as being blasphemous, maybe we should continue to watch with an awareness of contemporary issues and a strong sense of irony. To do so, would ask us to consider what then does it mean to have a black Jesus living and moving in impoverished black spaces?

God's Most Gifted...

Craig Stewart | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
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The Black Church and HIV: A Divine Prescription

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 09.18.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

On July 20, the NAACP will recognize the Day of Unity, to combat the disparate impact that HIV has on Black America. As an ordained minister, I know the power that faith communities can wield by providing life saving education and advocacy. This is not the time to be quiet. This is the time to speak.

The Proverbial Closet...

Craig Stewart | Posted 09.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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'Gay Men' Married to Women...

Craig Stewart | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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4 Black Church Resources That Can Help People Living With Depression

Monica A. Coleman | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Monica A. Coleman

Black churches can draw upon various resources within tradition resources that can be helpful to people living with depression. These historic practices can create a contemporary climate that is welcoming and supportive for faithful people living with depression.

Which Churches Are the Most Activist of All? New Study Findings May Surprise You

David Briggs | Posted 08.17.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The nation's largest religious body is also by far the most likely to have its congregations take to the streets in public demonstrations or lobby the halls of power on moral issues, a new study finds.

A Word on Jamal Bryant: the Loyalty in and Purpose of Preaching

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

Preaching isn't about shock value or personal agendas that get you on a Hip-Hop station's rumor report. It's not about trying to keep people bound to narrow-minded ideals, restrictive, oppressive practices, or a disjointed understanding of God rooted in your own insecurities and misplaced priorities.

Why The Hampton Ministers' Conference Still Matters

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion
Suzan Johnson Cook

It's morning time at Hampton, and I'm so glad I endured the night. I am part of the 8,000 clergy strong FAMILY, and invite you to "come on down."

The Styyles Chronicle Radio Show Pt 2

Craig Stewart | Posted 08.01.2014 | Black Voices
Craig Stewart

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The Styyles Chronicle Radio Show Pt 1

Craig Stewart | Posted 08.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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LOOK: 100 Years Of Glorious History From The Hampton Ministers' Conference

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion

Hampton University's annual Ministers' Conference is one of the oldest gatherings of black clergy in America, and this year it celebrates 100 years of...

Keeping Up With the Jones' Radio Show Pt 2

Craig Stewart | Posted 07.27.2014 | Black Voices
Craig Stewart

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Keeping Up With The Jones' Radio Show, Part 1

Craig Stewart | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Craig Stewart

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The War on AIDS Is Not Over

William Lynch III | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
William Lynch III

The AIDS epidemic in America is still far too real. And the risk factors have taken on a new face: race and poverty.

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.

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?