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Matthew J. Cressler

Matthew J. Cressler is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Matthew J. Cressler

Five years after shooting, Mother Emanuel uneasily adapts as pilgrimage site

By Matthew J. Cressler — June 17, 2020
(RNS) — Before the pandemic struck, worship often included people from across the U.S. and some foreign countries, come to pray at what they take to be a sacred site.

Solidarity over segregation: Faith-based coalitions organize across races, religions

By Matthew J. Cressler and Adelle M. Banks — February 24, 2020
(RNS) — Author and minister Adam R. Taylor cited interracial Christian work on voter protection and multifaith efforts to combat white nationalism.

How the fight for racial justice pushed Charleston beyond the segregated hour

By Matthew J. Cressler — February 24, 2020
(RNS) — Moving beyond King's most segregated hour means fighting for fairness day after day, year after year in the name of all of the prophets who stand against injustice.

50 years after ‘Black Manifesto,’ religious groups take up reparations again

By Matthew J. Cressler and Adelle M. Banks — December 30, 2019
(RNS) — Five decades later, the reparations debate has reentered the national spotlight, with some religious institutions leading the way. 

The priest who channeled Black Power into the Catholic Church

By Matthew J. Cressler — December 2, 2019
(RNS) — George Clements teamed with Black Panthers and helped create space to be both ‘authentically Black’ and ‘truly Catholic.’
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