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A cloud of volcanic ash hovers over Kingstown, on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, on April 10, 2021, a day after the La Soufriere volcano erupted. (AP Photo/Lucanus Ollivierre)

Volcanic eruption in Caribbean prompts Baptist church meals, relief agency supplies

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2021

(RNS) — A local pastor and international relief agencies plan to assist St. Vincent residents with physical and spiritual needs during what is expected to be a long recovery.

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Martin Luther King III, fourth from left, leads the March for Humanity on April 9, 2018, in Atlanta. The march commemorates the funeral procession of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago. To the right of King is Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy, and Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. To the left is his daughter Yolanda Renee King and Jaclyn Corin, an organizer of March for Our Lives. Behind King is the Rev. Al Sharpton. Three years later, a panel was held including Martin Luther King III discussing voting legislation. (AP Photo/Jonathan Landrum)

Martin Luther King III calls new voting legislation ‘greatest hypocrisy’

By Adelle M. Banks — April 9, 2021

(RNS) — ‘People came out and voted in every mechanism, and they want to stop people from voting,’ said the son of the civil rights leader. ‘That’s unconscionable.’

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, left, has drawn recent attention from a poem of hers included in the book “A Rhythm of Prayer: A collection of Meditations for Renewal”. Image courtesy of, and Amazon

A white woman’s response to the ‘Prayer of a Weary Black Woman’

By Amy Julia Becker — April 9, 2021

(RNS) — Her prayer makes me uneasy, but may help me see why Chanequa Walker-Barnes may hate someone like me.

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Why some Christians want Target to stop carrying a bestselling book of prayers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 9, 2021

(RNS) — Editor Sarah Bessey and other contributors to ‘A Rhythm of Prayer’ responded to the backlash with a statement Thursday evening (April 8), saying critics are missing the point of the prayer.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church has postponed planned business boycotts regarding recent voting laws but will protest at the Masters Tournament, featured in this photo from a previous year. Image by pocketwiley, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons

AME church delays boycott of Georgia companies, plans protest at Masters Tournament

By Jack Jenkins — April 7, 2021

(RNS) — The faith leaders say they will wait at least until an AME bishop meets with the heads of several companies next week.

Pastor Raymond Chang, president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative, speaks during a panel titled Black & Asian Christians United Against Racism, livestreamed Monday, April 5, 2021, from Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago. Video screengrab

Black and Asian Christian leaders discuss role of church in fighting racism

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Our oppression is linked together, but also our liberation is connected at the same time,’ said the Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Pastor Tony Evans in 2020. Courtesy photo

Tony Evans: On male leadership, grieving his wife and correcting Kirk Franklin

By Adelle M. Banks — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — Pastor Tony Evans of Dallas says ‘there is a lead role that God has called men to take and own, and we shouldn’t shy away from that.’

The Rev. William Barber II speaks during a virtual Easter vigil service April 3, 2021, titled “Easter in Jerusalem: The Sabeel Community Celebrates Holy Saturday 2021,” led by a Christian activist group in Jerusalem. Video screengrab

William Barber preaches at Easter vigil service spotlighting Christian Palestinians

By Daoud Kuttab — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — Barber’s appearance served to recognize Christians in the Palestinian liberation movement, which some American evangelicals paint as an apocalyptic conflict between Christians and Muslims.

Still from Lil Nas X's “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

Lil Nas X is inviting the Black church in with ‘Montero’

By Don Abram — April 6, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Montero’ is the anthem of a Black gay man roaring back from years of self-hate caused by anti-LGBTQ+ theologies. As a queer child of the Black church, it’s an anthem that resonates with me.

Gospel artist Donnie McClurkin. Photo by Christian Lantry

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin speaks of mateless future, says he’s ‘got joy’

By Adelle M. Banks — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — McClurkin told TV One of ‘We Fall Down,’ a song whose lyrics continue, ‘but we get up’: ‘I was singing it because it related to me.’

A mural and memorial honoring George Floyd and other Black victims in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Munshots/Unsplash/Creative Commons

On this Good Friday, let us reflect on the 7 last words of George Floyd

By John Thomas III — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — This year’s Good Friday is especially poignant for African Americans as it comes in the middle of the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin for the gruesome killing of George Floyd.

African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, center right, announces a boycott of Coca-Cola Co. products outside the Georgia Capitol on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Atlanta. Jackson says Coca-Cola and other large Georgia companies haven't done enough to oppose restrictive voting bills that Georgia lawmakers were debating as Jackson spoke (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

AME church to boycott Coca-Cola, other companies unless they do more to fight Georgia election law

By Jack Jenkins — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — Other Black Christian groups are also planning to join the effort to force major companies to fight voting restrictions nationwide.

People gather at the Mount Davidson cross in San Francisco, Sunday, April 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future

By Adelle M. Banks, Emily McFarlan Miller, Alejandra Molina, Bob Smietana, Yonat Shimron — April 2, 2021

(RNS) — The pandemic has ‘redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,’ said one pastor in North Carolina.

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