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AME Zion leader Staccato Powell removed as bishop after facing financial accusations

By Adelle M. Banks — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The Trial Committee recommended Bishop Staccato Powell be disrobed, meaning Bishop Staccato Powell would no longer be recognized as consecrated to the office of Bishop,’ read trial minutes.
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Reparations bill gains momentum as an interfaith cause

By Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is all about how can we repair the damage to those among us who have been hurt because of past practices,’ said an Evanston, Illinois, pastor.

Former NBA player Stan McKenzie, husband of first woman AME Church bishop, dead at 76

By Adelle M. Banks — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — Less than two weeks before, his wife — Bishop Vashti McKenzie — thanked her spouse as she made farewell remarks at the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s General Conference.

Proud Boys leader pleads guilty for burning church’s Black Lives Matter banner

By Kathryn Post — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Enrique Tarrio pleaded guilty to two charges on Monday, including one involving the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a historic Black church in Washington, D.C.

Co-chair of Poor People’s Campaign among nearly 100 women arrested at march for voting rights in D.C.

By Renée Roden — July 19, 2021
(RNS) — The arrested protesters were part of the Women’s Moral Monday March, advocating for legislation to protect voting rights and demanding relief for marginalized and impoverished Americans.

Retiring Bishop Vashti McKenzie, first AME Church woman prelate, reflects on a groundbreaking career

By Adelle M. Banks — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Do I think that women can do this? Yes,’ McKenzie said. ‘Do I think the women that have been elected in my denomination have done an exceptional job? Absolutely.’

Four historic African American churches receive preservation grant

By Renée Roden — July 15, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The four churches represent the through line of the role of the Black church in the Black community,’ said Brent Leggs, founding executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

Gordon-Conwell seminary alumni and staff protest loss of Black professor

By Adelle M. Banks — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We understand that these are times of tight finances, but as Scripture says that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also,’ wrote his supporters.

Four new bishops — and first biracial bishop — elected to AME Church

By Kathryn Post — July 12, 2021
(RNS) — The African Methodist Episcopal Church elected four new bishops on Saturday, July 10, the final day of the 2021 General Conference.

AME General Conference votes to form committee to study LGBTQ issues

By Kathryn Post — July 9, 2021
(RNS) — The committee will examine Scripture and doctrine and will hear testimonies of LGBTQ individuals of African descent.

AME General Conference debate on same-sex marriage continues after bill is voted down

By Kathryn Post — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — The measure would have repealed a section in the AME Book of Discipline that prevents clergy from performing such marriages.

AME Church bishops address COVID-19, critical race theory as major meeting opens

By Adelle M. Banks — July 6, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We acknowledge the current controversy around Critical Race Theory and acknowledge that healing can only begin when the traumas of the past are recognized,’ the bishops said.

Patriot games: CRT, Christian nationalism and a battle for the real truth of America

By Danté Stewart — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — It is what whiteness has worshipped in its own identity that has many believing critical analysis of race, racism and power is a threat to their faith and their country rather than a pathway to liberation and love.
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