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Martin Luther King Jr.’s hard words for white Christians

By Robert P. Jones — January 17, 2022
(RNS) — King’s exasperation at self-satisfied white Christians holds up a mirror that is still painfully accurate today.
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What we won’t hear on Martin Luther King Day, and what we need to hear

By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes — January 17, 2022
(RNS) — Our memory of King's so-called 'Dream' speech has been reduced to sanitized soundbites.

George O. Wood, dead at 80, remembered as ‘door-opener’ in leadership of AG

By Erica Ramirez — January 16, 2022
(RNS) — The longtime general superintendent of the Assembles of God saw the Pentecostal denomination to its highest levels of membership and promoted the leadership of women and minorities.

Supreme Court to hear case of praying ex-football coach

By Associated Press — January 14, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear the case of a former Seattle-area football coach who was removed from his job because he refused to stop praying on the field. Former Bremerton High School coach Joe Kennedy’s lawyers say the religious beliefs of their client, who is Christian, “compelled him to […]

New book examines the religious lives of people without homes

By Yonat Shimron — January 14, 2022
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Susan Dunlap's 'Shelter Theology' describes the faith of people living in a homeless shelter, many of whom believe God guides and blesses them.

Black faith leaders’ proud legacy on civil rights should include LGBTQ rights

By Sabrina E. Dent — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — Black Christians know too well how discrimination can hide behind appeals to religious freedom.

King’s last full year of life: Protest, praise, ire, incarceration

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — King drew criticism from Billy Graham, who told journalists that he thought King was wrong to link anti-war efforts with the civil rights movement.

Jon Meacham, Bishop Michael Curry discuss religion, politics and insurrection

By Jack Jenkins — January 13, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The two Episcopalian thinkers discuss the Jan. 6 insurrection, the role of faith and the future of politics.

Stay alive in the meantime: Notes at the top of 2022

By Danté Stewart — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — To be completely honest, I thought this year would begin not with questions but with resolutions.

How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

By Anthony Siracusa — January 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — MLK’s vision for nonviolence included abolishing what he called triple evils – racism, poverty and militarism.

Scholar: America is still reacting to the religious right, in more ways than one

By Jack Jenkins — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — The shadow of the religious right is long, and may be hindering the ability of modern-day Christian conservatives to stifle radicalism.

Hartford International University expands Black ministries with Howard Thurman Center

By Adelle M. Banks — January 12, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The center’s North Star will be Thurman’s insistence on social justice and responsibility within a spiritual framework,’ its director said.

Hundreds sign petition asking ACNA for ‘survivor-centric’ abuse investigation

By Kathryn Post — January 11, 2022
(RNS) — Ten alleged survivors have declined to participate in the investigation, citing concerns.
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