Black Protestants

Voter protection training begins as clergy, secular groups look toward election

By Adelle M. Banks — July 17, 2024
(RNS) — Groups are aiming to equip volunteers to keep the environment calm at polling places, especially in battleground states.
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DoorDash delivers 100 million charity meals, partnering with religious, other nonprofits

By Adelle M. Banks — July 8, 2024
(RNS) — 'If it wasn't for DoorDash really partnering with us, a lot of things that we desire to do for the community probably wouldn't come to pass,' a Chicago pastor said.

Thousands of faith leaders, union members, activists rally for poor

By Jack Jenkins — June 29, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'It is wrong for the highest court in the land to criminalize homelessness,' said the Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign.

Mother Mary P. Patterson, preserver of Church of God in Christ history, dies at 83

By Adelle M. Banks — June 28, 2024
(RNS) — Patterson’s denomination called her ‘a tireless crusader for preserving the Church Of God In Christ Heritage and that of Pentecostal-Holiness around the world.’

Why the swing state faith voters who really matter in 2024 aren’t evangelicals

By Bob Smietana and Jack Jenkins — June 25, 2024
(RNS) — MAGA evangelicals grab all the headlines. But it’s swing state faith voters — Catholics, mainliners and Black Protestants — who will likely decide the election.

Richard Smallwood, ‘Total Praise’ composer, to receive Juneteeth tribute in D.C.

By Adelle M. Banks — June 18, 2024
(RNS) — ‘It’s music that has brought us over through slavery, through all kinds of hard trials and tribulations,’ said singer/songwriter Richard Smallwood.

Tony Evans says he is ‘stepping away’ from leading Dallas megachurch due to ‘sin’

By Adelle M. Banks — June 10, 2024
(RNS) — ‘I am stepping away from my pastoral duties and am submitting to a healing and restoration process established by the elders,’ Evans said in a statement.

How this Maryland pastor ended up leading one of the fastest-growing churches in the nation

By Darren Sands — June 10, 2024
CALVERTON, Md. (AP) — In 2019, the year Kingdom Fellowship AME was founded, the church had about 3,000 members and an average weekly attendance of about 1,800 people, according to the church's figures. Today, membership has swelled to nearly 8,000, and its weekly services draw about 2,500 attendees altogether.

Poll: Religious groups think Trump’s actions immoral in hush money case, split on whether he broke the law

By Jack Jenkins — June 5, 2024
(RNS) — A survey indicates while many believe Trump’s behavior has been immoral, it may not sway how people vote in November.

Christian organizations come together to take boycott, divestment action as Rafah campaign continues

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — May 29, 2024
(RNS) — ‘A core practice of nonviolent resistance, including within our tradition, is economic non-cooperation with injustice,’ the Christian organizations wrote.

He feared coming out. Now this pastor wants to help Black churches become as welcoming as his own

By Darren Sands — May 17, 2024
(AP) – Crowley’s career has flourished, and he has now written a book — “Queering the Black Church” — that he hopes can serve as a guide for other congregations to be “open and affirming” to LGBTQ+ people rather than shunning them.

AME official Jerome V. Harris dies under a cloud of alleged corruption

By Fiona André — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — Harris, an important figure of the AME Church, died suddenly, according to a press release from the Christian Recorder, the church’s official publication.

Bishop T.D. Jakes subject of AI-generated misinformation, says fact-finding website

By Adelle M. Banks — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — A false rumor of Jakes’ resignation was ‘latest chapter in a months-old series of videos — many at least partially created with the assistance of artificial-intelligence tools,’ reported Snopes.
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