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The simple faith of gathering together and giving thanks

By Jacob Lupfer — November 23, 2022
(RNS) — These hymns ring loud in my consciousness long after the other trappings of devotion have fallen away.
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CeCe Winans: ‘private ministry is the thing that fuels your public worship’

By Adelle M. Banks — November 17, 2022
(RNS) — Winans seeks to be a bridge-builder across generations, encouraging older folks to share their faith and life lessons with younger people.

How Chappelle’s antisemitic ‘SNL’ bit betrays Black liberation

By Andre Henry — November 17, 2022
(RNS) — The comedian never misses an opportunity to minimize the abuse of oppressed people not his own. 

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.

A ‘missionary to Christian nationalists,’ Phoenix pastor urges conversion, not confrontation

By Bob Smietana — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — Caleb Campbell hopes hospitality and kindness — rather than arguments — can lead away from the fusion of God and country.

Black church tradition survives Georgia’s voting changes

By Sudhin Thanawala and Gary Fields — October 31, 2022
ATLANTA (AP) — Black church leaders and activists in Georgia rallied Sunday in a longstanding tradition known as “Souls to the Polls” that has greater meaning in this year's midterms as legislation presents new obstacles to casting a ballot.

Calvin Butts, leader of Harlem’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, dies at 73

By Adelle M. Banks — October 28, 2022
(RNS) — Butts was known for his outspokenness on issues ranging from misogyny in rap music to the need to address HIV/AIDS.

Faith groups mobilize to protect voters as partisanship deepens

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We're not telling people how to vote, but we're telling people (that) just to sit down in your home and not partake in our civic responsibility will only hurt us,’ a rabbi said.

Poll: Nearly half of Americans think the US should be a Christian nation

By Jack Jenkins — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — But those who say that tend to avoid hard-line positions and have different views about what a Christian nation should look like.

Most faith groups agree US has gone astray. They don’t agree on the way forward.

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — The research, released shortly before Election Day, sheds light on questions of race, sexuality, abortion and immigration as well as sentiments about the country’s origins.

‘Tell what happened’: Pastor and last surviving eyewitness urges Christians to remember Emmett Till

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 26, 2022
WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) — The brutal murder of Emmett Till became a catalyst for the civil rights movement and has enduring relevance in today's anti-racist activism.

Deconstruction or reconstruction? Pastors discuss a reboot of evangelicalism.

By Bob Smietana — October 25, 2022
(RNS) — In a Chicago suburb, a group of pastors gathered to discuss evangelicalism's failings and how to repair them.

CeCe Winans first Black female soloist to win Artist of the Year at Dove Awards

By Adelle M. Banks — October 24, 2022
(RNS) — Winans broke into ‘To God Be the Glory’ as her acceptance speech during the Oct. 18 ceremony that aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
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