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Race and Religion

Pentecostal Groups Vow To End Racial Divide

Religious News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When he was a boy, the Rev. Thomas Barclay noticed a difference between the worshippers of his small Pentecostal denomination and churches he vi...

U.S. Racial Gap Widens, Prospects for Reconciliation dim

David Briggs | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a "separate but equal" doctrine that reinforced segregation, almost a quarter of Americans say it is okay to have a nation where the races are separate as long as they have equal opportunities.

Jaweed Kaleem

New Study Shows The Growth Of Gay-Friendly Houses Of Worship

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.14.2013 | Religion

Nearly half of houses of worship in the United States now allow gay and lesbian members who are in long-term relationships to be members, while close ...

The Evangelical Church and Racial Reconciliation

Michael Wear | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion
Michael Wear

How should the evangelical church help to "solve this race problem?" The answer is the same as it was 50 years ago: not just by sparking a "national conversation," but by examining our hearts and reforming our laws. That is how we start to reconcile that segregated Sunday morning.

Southern Baptists Push For More Black Missionaries

Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Fred Luter had a lot of firsts in the last year: first black president of the Southern Baptist Conv...

35 Years Later, Some Black Mormons See Lingering Prejudice

Posted 06.07.2013 | Religion

By Peggy Fletcher Stack Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) June 8, 1978, was a sacred, momentous event — a revelation — that catapulted Mo...

Making Love Legal

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2013 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

On Sunday at Middle Church, my white husband and I will celebrate Loving Day and the landmark case that gave us the right to marry and live with each other. We will celebrate in hope that the Supreme Court will once again change the story, that it will rule on Prop 8 and DOMA in such a way that all couples have the right to marry in every state in our union.

Rhetoric, Race And Religion: The Civil Rights Movement

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

Studying the Civil Rights Movement and the use of religious testimony, the application of civil religion, the use of biblical narratives and the role of the Church helps to provide a basis for reflection upon issues that are germane to us even today.

Denying Church Rights To Women And Gays Is Just Like Race-Based Discrimination, Right?

Stephen R. Haynes | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Stephen R. Haynes

Biblical passages to which conservative Christians appeal on these issues can be interpreted differently. But even those convinced that conservatives do not interpret the Bible correctly in these cases must concede that they do so consistently.

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.

Why We Should Stop Celebrating The 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

We need to resurrect the message in MLK's Letter From a Birmingham Jail -- the message that continues to call us to seek justice and to understand that "a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

What The History Channel Is Getting Wrong About The Bible

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

Not quite everything. Just geography, anthropology, archaeology, biblical studies, theology, race and ethnicity. Not all of them all of the time, but most of them, most of the time.

What If We Had An African Pope? African Students Respond

Michael Rossmann, SJ | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Michael Rossmann, SJ

While it is possible to find black representations of Jesus, far more common in East Africa is the "surfer Jesus," with skin paler and hair blonder than probably anyone in the ancient Near East. I honestly expected this to be a source of frustration for my students.

Lesbian Muslim Unveiled: The Quest For Progressive Islam Values

SheWired | Nazly Siadate | Posted 01.29.2013 | Gay Voices

A good friend of mine and I were in a heated debate at Starbucks—naturally—over whether or not it’s possible to reconcile Islam with the LGBTQ c...

Segregated Churches, Segregated Lives: Religion, Race And Marriage

David Briggs | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Believers played a major role in the civil rights movement, but the voluntary segregation still found in houses of worship on Sunday mornings appears to limit the likelihood non-Hispanic white Americans will date, much less marry, a black, Hispanic or Asian partner.

Putting Ourselves In The Line Of Fire

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

Throughout our history, All Saints Church has often been in the line of fire -- and we're proud of that. Most importantly, we still are right where we want to be.

'Color' And Christ In America

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

Jesus became white precisely at the time when the contours of American citizenship were being defined. A white nation required a white God.

Overcoming The Scars Of Our Caste Past

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

The essence of the Vedic culture, today known as Hinduism, teaches that none of us are white, black, brown, red or yellow. We are spiritual beings, eternally lovers and servants of God, who have forgotten our spiritual nature.

What Historically White Denominations Can Learn From The Republican Party

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

We must stop seeing demographic changes as problems that must be leveraged in order to avoid death and instead see these changes as transformational realities that must be embraced in order to experience new life.

Learning The Reality Of Racism

Craig S. Keener | Posted 07.15.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

Sometimes white people think that racism is a dead issue, because they do not experience it. Yet it is not wise to judge other people's experience based on our non-experience.

Trayvon Martin: Between 'Whitening' and Bad Law

Sherman A. Jackson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Sherman A. Jackson

Stand Your Ground is simply an ill-conceived, dangerous and irresponsible law that threatens all Americans far more than it protects them.

Jesus, Bigotry And The Canaanite Woman

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.12.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Most Christians opt for one of these interpretations anyway because they can't imagine a third option: that Jesus was being a jerk.

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.

Imagining God in Color

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

From childhood everyone is taught to imagine God as a person, and inevitably that person has skin the color of those who worship him. But a humanized God in any faith is a projection, not a reality.