Candice Marie Benbow

Candice Marie Benbow is a public theologian and columnist for Religion News Service. She has published in various outlets including ESSENCE, Ebony, Glamour, Huff Post, Shondaland and ELLE. On projects at the intersection of faith and gender equity, she's collaborated with organizations such as the MeToo Movement, The Gates Foundation, Netflix and The Ad Council. Candice is the author of “Red Lip Theology: For Church Girls Who’ve Considered Tithing to the Beauty Supply Store When Sunday Morning Isn’t Enough.” She and her beloved beagle, Charlie, call metro Atlanta home.

All Stories by Candice Marie Benbow

Anti-trans laws hurt children. Jesus had plenty to say about that.

By Candice Marie Benbow — April 18, 2023
(RNS) — We cannot call ourselves followers of the one who so boldly said ‘let the children come,’ when we pass laws that push them away.

Who will lead the spiritual awakening for Black men?

By Candice Marie Benbow — February 8, 2023
(RNS) — Faith is the antidote for the venom that gets spewed at Black women from Black men.

What do the lonely do at Christmas?

By Candice Marie Benbow — December 19, 2022
(RNS) — Now, more than ever, people are becoming comfortable sharing their grief and longing during the holidays.

No, Stacey Abrams is not Moses

By Candice Marie Benbow — November 16, 2022
(RNS) — She is not a man who squandered the opportunity of a lifetime. She is a Black woman who tried to bring revolutionary change to a deeply red state.

‘Honk for Jesus’ provides an uncomfortable reflection of the Black church

By Candice Marie Benbow — September 4, 2022
(RNS) — Throughout the film and especially in the final scene, today’s Black church sees itself in all of its conflicting glory.

Beyoncé invites church girls to celebrate their freedom

By Candice Marie Benbow — July 30, 2022
(RNS) — In her new song 'Church Girl,' Beyoncé doesn’t just give church girls permission to dance, she also defends us.
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