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Black Protestants

‘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
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‘You wear out’: How chronic illness grounds and inspires William Barber’s activism

By Jack Jenkins — June 18, 2022
Earlier this year, Barber contacted Religion News Service to open up about his health struggles in detail for the first time.

Raphael Warnock says his Senate colleagues sometimes ask, ‘Rev, pray for me’

By Adelle M. Banks — June 14, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I enjoyed being a pastor, and, in my heart, that’s who I am essentially — not only a pastor but the son of two pastors.’

Clergy of color face unprecedented mental health challenges

By Deepa Bharath and Adelle M. Banks — June 2, 2022
(AP/RNS) — Exhausted faith leaders are left with serious questions about how to care for their own physical and mental well-being while helping congregants in a meaningful way.

Church of God in Christ congregations given $100,000 by pandemic support campaign

By Adelle M. Banks — May 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Surprisingly, the generosity has not stopped and churches continued to give,’ said organizer Justin Giboney.

AME Church alleges former retirement services exec embezzled tens of millions

By Adelle M. Banks — May 26, 2022
(RNS) — After an independent investigation, the denomination concluded that Harris deposited funds from the plan into his personal checking account.

Christian leaders press lawmakers to extend child tax credit for poor families

By Jack Jenkins — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — The campaign supports a measure that had ‘remarkable success’ in lifting families out of poverty at the height of the pandemic.

Bishop Mildred Hines, first AME Zion female bishop, dead at age 67

By Adelle M. Banks — May 24, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We will miss her powerful preaching, her electrifying teaching, her dynamic leadership, and her loving spirit,’ her fellow bishops said of the first and only female bishop in the denomination.

Faith on the ground in Buffalo: Voice Buffalo executive director Denise Walden

By Adelle M. Banks — May 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘They are some of the matriarchs and the pillars of our community,’ Buffalo minister says of residents killed in attack.

How Black people and Jews are bound together in ‘great replacement’ theory

By Yonat Shimron — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — Dozens of pages of the Buffalo shooter's manifesto are devoted first to Blacks and then to Jews, replete with photos, drawings, graphs and caricatures.

From Charleston to Pittsburgh to Buffalo, their blood cries out

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — Buffalo reminds us: Jews and Blacks are allies.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie to lead National Council of Churches for next two years

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — McKenzie succeeds Jim Winkler, who left the ecumenical organization on Jan. 31.

Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

By Bob Smietana — May 9, 2022
(RNS) — Americans hold complicated views on abortion — with many seeing it as immoral but necessary. And they often help out friends who choose abortion.
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