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Adelle M. Banks

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

All Stories by Adelle M. Banks

Martin Luther King III calls new voting legislation ‘greatest hypocrisy’

April 9, 2021

(RNS) — ‘People came out and voted in every mechanism, and they want to stop people from voting,’ said the son of the civil rights leader. ‘That’s unconscionable.’

World Vision faces pandemic’s ‘perfect storm,’ seeks to meet US, global needs

April 9, 2021

(RNS) — ‘There’s a real threat that 30 years of progress in our fight against extreme poverty could be reversed,’ World Vision US President Edgar Sandoval Sr. said.

Biden says seminary COVID-19 vaccine clinic is example of ‘America at its finest’

April 7, 2021

(RNS) — Biden said the partnership between the seminary and a community health center is one of many that are happening between religious and medical organizations across the nation.

Nation of Islam says suspect in ‘tragic’ Capitol attack sought to be a member

April 6, 2021

(RNS) — The faith group said it is researching Noah Green’s life and ‘we cannot rest until we find out what caused him to take a turn like this.’

Tony Evans: On male leadership, grieving his wife and correcting Kirk Franklin

April 6, 2021

(RNS) — Pastor Tony Evans of Dallas says ‘there is a lead role that God has called men to take and own, and we shouldn’t shy away from that.’

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin speaks of mateless future, says he’s ‘got joy’

April 2, 2021

(RNS) — McClurkin told TV One of ‘We Fall Down,’ a song whose lyrics continue, ‘but we get up’: ‘I was singing it because it related to me.’

At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future

April 2, 2021

(RNS) — The pandemic has ‘redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,’ said one pastor in North Carolina.

Celebrity lineup to read King’s anti-war speech on assassination anniversary

April 1, 2021

(RNS) — Alice Walker, Jane Fonda and Ibram X. Kendi are set to read the civil rights leader’s speech during a ‘Breaking the Silence’ webinar.

Black Southern Baptists seek more action on racism from seminary presidents

March 30, 2021

(RNS) — The fellowship said it was ‘deeply disappointed’ that the seminary presidents have ‘not moved from their original statement of CRT’s incompatibility in all its forms.’

Georgia faith leaders to leave water bottles around Capitol in protest of new voter laws

March 30, 2021

(RNS) — Faith leaders also joined in a lawsuit charging that provisions of Georgia’s new law are unconstitutional and violate the Voting Rights Act.

Survey: Most Americans know Biden is Catholic, far fewer know Harris’ religion

March 30, 2021

(RNS) — Even among fellow Catholics, partisanship permeates views of Biden’s religion.

Gospel singer Deitrick Haddon commemorates pandemic’s ‘year of loss’ in new song

March 29, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Man, we can’t stand to lose anybody else. I mean, how much more can we take?’ said the singer about his lyrics for ‘Sick World.’

Norah Jones, Chelsea Clinton headline benefit for fire-ravaged Middle Church

March 24, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We’re still here,’ said the Rev. Jacqui Lewis. ‘The fire did not destroy our fight for liberty for all, for all people.’

Religious conference planning continues amid COVID-19, socially distant or online

March 24, 2021

(RNS) — Religious conference planners are waiting to hear whether their meetings will go on as expected this year and contemplating how they will look as the pandemic continues.

Study: Most Black ‘nones’ believe in God or higher power, fewer pray regularly

March 23, 2021

(RNS) — Nones comprise about one-fifth — 21% — of Black adults in the U.S. Eighteen percent say their religion is ‘nothing in particular.’

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