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‘Fifth Little Girl’ of 1963 Klan bombing reunites with nurse

By Barnett Wright — September 20, 2022
(AP) — On Sept. 15, Birmingham commemorated the explosion that proved to be a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, became a catalyst for change in the United States, and ultimately prompted global efforts for equality and human rights.
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AME bishops condemn leaders who took massive kickbacks from church sales in New York

By Bob Smietana — September 7, 2022
(RNS) — The kickbacks came from the sale of Black churches in New York, some of which had been in distress. Church leaders hid the transactions from church members and state officials.

‘Honk for Jesus’ provides an uncomfortable reflection of the Black church

By Candice Marie Benbow — September 4, 2022
(RNS) — Throughout the film and especially in the final scene, today’s Black church sees itself in all of its conflicting glory.

#PandemicPastoring report documents a ‘new era in ministry’

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Adelle M. Banks — September 1, 2022
(RNS) — As the COVID-19 pandemic stretched from that first spring into summer, researcher Eileen Campbell-Reed said, she realized its impact on ministry wasn’t going to be short-lived.

Biden’s $10,000 student debt forgiveness plan ignores the economics of race

By Cassandra Gould — August 26, 2022
(RNS) — Pardon me for not feeling compelled to celebrate what is for many Black and brown Americans a non-event.

An interfaith discussion on the role of religion in mental health

By Thalia Plata and Emily Costello — August 18, 2022
(The Conversation) — Academics and religious leaders address the role of faith and community in managing mental health issues in young people and society as a whole.

My father’s drug addiction put a mask on me. Here’s how I took it off.

By Jennifer R. Farmer — August 17, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Daughter of an addict’ is as accurate a reflection of my life as is ‘PR professional.’

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.

Non-affirming views continue to complicate HIV/AIDS response in Black churches

By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — A new study highlights an overall negative attitude toward homosexuality in the Black church. Now, Black LGBT clergy members are working to combat stigma in congregations about the public health issues of HIV and AIDS.

Progressive National Baptists, AFL-CIO reunite for midterms voter initiative

By Adelle M. Banks — August 11, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We want to make that connection between the two and we want these two entities to feel comfortable again as they did in the ’60s,’ a Baptist leader said.

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.
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