Black Protestants

The increasingly perilous lot of the pilgrim shows us all the path on climate

By Marqus Cole — September 22, 2023
(RNS) — People of faith can help bend the curve on emissions.
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‘The Great Dechurching’ explores America’s religious exodus

By Bob Smietana — September 7, 2023
(RNS) — A new study looks at why millions of Americans left church — and what might bring them back.

Giving is up at churches and people are back, but clergy are still thinking about quitting

By Bob Smietana — September 5, 2023
(RNS) — While life at local congregations has returned mostly to normal, the future remains uncertain.

The story of Emmett Till is the story of America

By Robert P. Jones — August 29, 2023
(RNS) — If we trace the historical stream further back, we can see, in Emmett Till’s story, America’s oldest struggles. Indeed, the land itself testifies to the cultural world in which Till’s murder was conceivable.

White Christians think too many people see racism when it’s not there, new survey finds

By Bob Smietana — August 28, 2023
(RNS) — A new survey from Pew Research revealed once again how deeply divided religious Americans are when it comes to matters of race.

Thousands gather for March on Washington’s 60th anniversary

By Jack Jenkins — August 26, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'Sixty years ago, Martin Luther King talked about a dream,' said the Rev. Al Sharpton, referring to King’s famous 'I Have a Dream' speech. 'Sixty years later, we’re the dreamers — the problem is we're facing the schemers.'

An online assembly attempts to correct March on Washington gender gap

By Yonat Shimron — August 24, 2023
(RNS) — None of the speeches at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom were delivered by women. The “She Speaks” online assembly is intended to lift up the voices of women fighting for racial justice.

Churches must lead development in Black communities — if they want it to get done

By Quintin E. Primo — August 18, 2023
(RNS) — Black churches are primed to lead a new kind of movement, one centered on economic development and closing the staggering racial wealth gap.

Women at the first March on Washington: a secretary, a future bishop and a marshal

By Adelle M. Banks — August 17, 2023
(RNS) — ‘You wanted to present your best selves,’ recalled Bishop Vashti McKenzie, who was 16 at the time. ‘There was no one in jeans and T-shirts that I recall.’

From interfaith vegans to inclusive heathens, religious Parliament offers it all

By Bob Smietana — August 16, 2023
(RNS) — The exhibit hall at the Parliament of the World’s Religions brought the diversity of religious practices and spiritual beliefs to life.

Chanequa Walker-Barnes calls care of self vital to caring for others

By Adelle M. Banks — August 15, 2023
(RNS) — In her new book, ‘Sacred Self-Care: Daily Practices for Nurturing Our Whole Selves,’ she describes, how to live with healthy habits, wise speech and regular laughter.

Christian nationalism’s opponents are getting organized

By Jack Jenkins — August 11, 2023
(RNS) — Faith groups are teaming up with liberal secular organizations to combat the ideology, which they say is a threat to democracy — and, for many, their religion.

Progressive National Baptists gain partners to address voting rights, gun violence

By Adelle M. Banks — August 10, 2023
(RNS) — Members of the historically Black Protestant denomination also marked the ninth anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.
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