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Martin Luther King Jr. faith events continue in time of COVID-19 and Capitol chaos

By Adelle M. Banks, Alejandra Molina — January 15, 2021

(RNS) — Many online gatherings that mark King’s birthday and the holiday in his honor will apply his messages to the current crises the country is facing.

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LA clergy look to hold city officials responsible for allowing Sean Feucht’s Skid Row event

By Alejandra Molina — January 14, 2021

(RNS) — On Wednesday (Jan. 13), Clergy for Black Lives hosted a virtual news conference on Zoom to condemn the ‘white supremacist violence and heretical Christian prophecy’ in the nation’s capital and in downtown LA.

Biden taps Delaware AME pastor to offer benediction at inauguration

By Jack Jenkins — January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — A longtime confidant of the Biden family, Silvester S. Beaman, made headlines when he was featured in a 2020 Trump campaign ad.

James Clyburn to propose designating ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ as the national hymn

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2021

(RNS) — The Democratic congressman from South Carolina said elevating the hymn — often described as the unofficial ‘Black national anthem’ — could be an act of healing.

From the Capitol to critical race theory, white Christians grieve declining hegemony

By Andre Henry — January 13, 2021

(RNS) — Connecting the spectacle at the Capitol with the SBC seminary presidents’ statements is the effort to sustain white supremacy.

Southern Baptist leaders meet after critical race theory document caused controversy

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — African American leaders and seminary presidents said they had an ‘honest and open conversation’ during the virtual meeting earlier in the week.

Prominent bishop of AME Zion Church suspended, faces financial accusations

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — A longtime ecumenical leader, Powell has been ordered to not represent the AME Zion Church in civic or ecumenical organizations.

Russell Moore, Justin Giboney warn that conspiracies must be confronted with truth

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Both urged religious people to rise above the rhetoric that helped lead to the riot at the Capitol.

Pixar adviser and theologian Suzan Johnson Cook on how they came to define ‘soul’ in the film

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — ‘I’m a faith leader, so I wanted to make sure my definition wasn’t too strong, and (Pixar’s) definition wasn’t too weak,’ the minister and former ambassador said.

SBC leader Russell Moore to Trump: Time to leave. ‘People are dead’

By Bob Smietana — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and an outspoken ‘Never Trumper,’ called for the president to leave.

Truth over power: It is past time for the church to speak plainly about the election

By Esau McCaulley — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — The ongoing protest of the election is not about a search for truth; it is an attempt to shape truth to suit the desires of the powerful.

Warnock, Biden wins give twin thrills to religious liberals

By Elana Schor — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Warnock and Biden are in the vanguard of the Democrats’ evolution toward engagement on spiritual matters.

Warnock, pastor and politician, has role models who did both

By Adelle M. Banks — January 5, 2021

(RNS) — It would not be the first time an ordained member of the clergy has chosen to take on the political life of Capitol.

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