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In latest ‘gOD-Talk’ discussion, Black millennials discuss hip-hop and faith

By Adelle M. Banks — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — 'As a very powerful spiritual and musical modality, hip-hop raises serious questions regarding the holy and the profane,' said museum curator Eric Williams.
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8 over 80: At 92, John Perkins still mobilizes Christian communities

By Adelle M. Banks — August 4, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Justice is an economic issue,’ Perkins said in the interview. ‘It’s the management and stewardship of God’s resources on the Earth.’

Beyoncé invites church girls to celebrate their freedom

By Candice Marie Benbow — July 30, 2022
(RNS) — In her new song 'Church Girl,' Beyoncé doesn’t just give church girls permission to dance, she also defends us.

NYPD: Preacher, wife robbed of $1M in jewelry during sermon

By Michael R. Sisak — July 26, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — Three robbers showed guns and demanded property from Miller-Whitehead and his wife, Asia K. DosReis-Whitehead, police said.

Marking its centennial, Hymn Society continues push for more diverse music

By Adelle M. Banks — July 22, 2022
(RNS) — Members danced and sang to a global selection of hymns and grappled with the power of song to change the world.

Excavation of graves begins at site of colonial Black church

By Ben Finley — July 19, 2022
(AP) - If human remains are found in the plots that are being targeted, DNA tests and analyses of bones will be conducted, said Jack Gary, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of archaeology.

A new survey found Latino Catholics overwhelmingly support abortion rights. Here’s why.

By Alejandra Molina — July 18, 2022
(RNS) — With Roe v. Wade overturned, new data from the Washington, D.C.-based Public Religion Research Institute found that among Latino Catholics, 75% say abortion should be legal in most or all cases. That’s a big jump from the 51% who said so in 2010.

As states ban abortion, a new spotlight on an old battle over sex education

By Riley Farrell — July 14, 2022
(RNS) — Half of the states set to ban abortion have no mandate that schools teach sex education. Only four require curricula to address contraception.

After Roe’s fall, Black churches support some or all reproductive health options

By Adelle M. Banks — July 1, 2022
(RNS) — The high court ruling gave states ‘a license to put the lives of millions of Black and poor women at severe risk,’ said the Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson.

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church elects second woman and African bishops

By Adelle M. Banks — July 1, 2022
(RNS) — Despite temperature checks and other measures attempting to keep the gathering free of COVID-19 free, some attendees tested positive during the General Conference.

‘Blessing of Elders’ lauds 7 Black Christian luminaries at Museum of the Bible gala

By Adelle M. Banks — June 24, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I believe the 21st century will see the Black church lead the way to hope and healing in a deeply divided nation,’ said the Rev. A.R. Bernard.

Grappling with the sacred in Juneteenth’s celebration of freedom

By Haley Barker, Riley Farrell, Marika Proctor, and Paul O'Donnell — June 19, 2022
(RNS) — With Juneteenth falling on Sunday this year, Christians especially are taking the opportunity to consider the spiritual charge of the day.

Poor People’s Campaign holds major DC rally to combat poverty

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, called legislation that hurts the poor ‘forms of policy murder.’
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