Black Protestants

Stacey Abrams’ passion for voting began with her preacher parents

By Adelle M. Banks — October 16, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The family is just a tight-knit cadre of people who understand that it is incumbent upon them to vote,’ said her Georgia pastor.

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Sex and ‘church ladies’: True-to-life secrets beyond Black church pews

By Adelle M. Banks — October 9, 2020

(RNS) — In ‘The Secret Lives of Church Ladies,’ a finalist for the National Book Award, author Deesha Philyaw focuses on Black women and ‘the tug of war they experience between their desires and what they may have learned at church.’

Unlike most Christian women’s conferences, the Ally Virtual Tour isn’t shying away from politics

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 7, 2020

(RNS) — The four-week Ally Tour kicked off Monday (Oct. 5) and brings together a number of female Christian leaders to discuss faith, gender, race and politics in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election.

Adventists’ new North American leader hopes to leverage the denomination’s ‘strength of diversity’

By Adelle M. Banks — October 2, 2020

(RNS) — ‘We can’t distance ourselves from it because it’s a part of who our church is,’ G. Alexander Bryant said of Adventists facing racial tensions.

Biden campaign labels racism as religious issue at post-debate event

By Adelle M. Banks — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — Christians, Jews and Muslims ‘better have an answer for why it’s not their essential issue in this election,’ said facilitator Jim Wallis.

Alabama governor apologizes to ’63 church bombing survivor

By Jay Reeves — October 1, 2020

(AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has apologized to a survivor of a racist 1963 church bombing that killed four Black girls, calling the blast an ‘egregious injustice,’ but declining Wednesday to pay restitution without legislative involvement.

CeCe Winans: ‘Absolutely not’ paid for COVID-19 PSA requested by Trump administration

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — ‘It was a really good interview that I don’t think people are going to get a chance to hear,’ she said of her chat with the surgeon general.

Black church turnout effort mobilizes against alleged voter suppression

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — Some groups previously ‘never worked this tightly together because the stakes are higher,’ one Black church network leader said.

Black clergy call for 40 days of prayer, fasting and ‘spiritual warfare’ before election

By Jim Wallis, Barbara Williams-Skinner — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — It’s time for white Christians to respond to Black Christians to deepen our response to the fundamental moral and biblical crisis of this election.

‘High-Church Pentecostal’ leader J. Delano Ellis dies at 75

By Adelle M. Banks — September 21, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Traditionally,’ Ellis said in 1995, ‘the Pentecostal church maintained its ardor but was never really known for its order.’

Study: Liberal congregations more politically active than conservative ones

By Yonat Shimron — September 18, 2020

(RNS) — The willingness of left-leaning religious congregations to engage in political activity has spiked in the Trump era, new research shows.

Black church leaders demand apology for Trump ad

By Jack Jenkins — September 13, 2020

(RNS) — The Rev. Silvester S. Beaman of Bethel AME Church in Delaware said the digital spot portrays Black church leaders and their flocks as ‘thuggish rule breakers.’

Rev. Gil Caldwell, United Methodist civil rights and gay rights activist, dead at 86

By Adelle M. Banks — September 8, 2020

(RNS) — Caldwell said his application to Duke Divinity School was rejected in the mid-1950s because of his race. He visited the campus some 60 years later.

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