Black Protestants

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.
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The Rev. William Lawson, Texas civil rights leader who worked with Martin Luther King Jr, dies at 95

By Associated Press — May 15, 2024
HOUSTON (AP) — Lawson’s longtime church, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in that Texas city, announced on its website that he had died on Tuesday.

Can Donald Trump swear on the Bible to tell the truth?

By Jim Wallis — May 10, 2024
(RNS) — The former president is selling 'God Bless the USA' Bibles. What will happen if he has to swear on Scripture in court during one of his many trials?

Churches tied to Civil Rights awarded National Park Service preservation funds

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2024
(RNS) — Other grantees will use the NPS funding to conduct historical surveys, including one in Detroit that will explore 'the role of religion in the struggle for equality.’

To save their movement, student protesters should break camp

By Andre Henry — May 3, 2024
(RNS) — 'A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.'

75 Christian leaders urge president, Congress, churches to act on racism, poverty

By Adelle M. Banks — May 1, 2024
(RNS) — ‘Issues related to racism are now being fiercely debated across the country, and many people of color are fearful that racism is getting worse,’ reads their statement.

Understanding America’s overlooked religious middle

By Robert P. Jones — April 30, 2024
(RNS) — The overlooked religious middle is poised to play an outsized role in the 2024 presidential contest.

As many HBCUs thrive, faith-based Black schools fight financial and accreditation woes

By Adelle M. Banks — April 26, 2024
(RNS) — Several faith-based historically Black colleges and universities have faced governance and financial concerns, even as other HBCUs are seeing increases in enrollment and financial donations.

Conservative faith leaders praise Johnson for House’s approval of foreign aid

By Adelle M. Banks — April 22, 2024
(RNS) — Passage of the aid packages came in the wake of letters and last-minute lobbying from a spectrum of religious groups.

Matthew Johnson Harris uses faith to leverage the theater’s power to heal

By Benjamin Spratt and Joshua Stanton — April 11, 2024
(RNS) — Bringing faith into the theater world, not to proselytize but to invite conversations about identity and hurt.

Dozens of Christians arrested after shutting down Senate lunch in protest of Gaza famine

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — April 9, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The protest, organized by Christians for a Free Palestine, followed a Communion service held on Capitol grounds.

At Yale, Christian pastors sign a declaration opposing religious nationalism

By Yonat Shimron — April 9, 2024
(RNS) — The declaration commits Christian leaders to preaching on moral issues and rejecting a political movement it says is exploiting traditional values to undermine democracy.

Cecil L. ‘Chip’ Murray, influential pastor and civil rights leader in Los Angeles, dies

By Associated Press — April 8, 2024
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the 1992 Rodney King riots in South Los Angeles. Murray emerged as a calming presence and used his connections with political and business leaders to raise money for recovery efforts.
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