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Putting Black at the center of interfaith

By Frederick A. Davie — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Interfaith partners have often ignored the struggle for racial justice facing Black and brown neighbors and their religious leaders.
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New voter bills are a body blow to American democracy

By T.D. Jakes — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — The biggest threat to our democracy may not be in Moscow but in state capitals like Tallahassee, Phoenix and Austin.

Southern Baptists head for annual meeting at a crossroads on race and gender

By Robert P. Jones — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — In this moment of reckoning, white evangelical Protestants — the denominational family to which Southern Baptists belong — are increasingly out of step.

Wilberforce University, AME Church school, cancels debt for 2020, 2021 grads

By Adelle M. Banks — June 1, 2021
(RNS) — The school said the amount of debt forgiveness for both classes totals more than $375,000 for the 166 new alumni.

Overturn Dylann Roof’s death sentence — for me, not for him

By Sharon Risher — June 1, 2021
(RNS) — Despite the damage done to my family, and possibly because of it, I reject the death penalty.

Hundreds gather at historic Tulsa church’s prayer wall

By Peter Smith — June 1, 2021
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As the ceremony came to an end, participants put their hands on the prayer wall along the side of the sanctuary while soloist Santita Jackson sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing."

Tulsa pastors honor ‘holy ground’ 100 years after massacre

By Peter Smith — May 31, 2021
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Six congregations gathered to mark the centennial of the massacre and to honor the persistence of the Black church tradition in Greenwood.

The meaning of Tulsa

By Cheryl Townsend Gilkes — May 28, 2021
(RNS) — Unspoken and unspeakable, the Greenwood Massacre is a painful bulwark in the broken soul of America. 

Health experts, faith leaders and White House target the ‘movable’ on vaccines

By Adelle M. Banks — May 27, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We would not be where we are without your help and we won’t be able to cross the finish line without you,’ said White House official Melissa Rogers.

100 years later, Black church leaders seek reparations for Tulsa massacre

By Adelle M. Banks — May 19, 2021
(RNS) — An African Methodist Episcopal pastor and other Black people of faith say the time has come to repay as well as to remember.

Transracial adoptive families say talking about race is not a ‘woke test’

By Bob Smietana — May 14, 2021
(RNS) — A new Bethany Christian Services report argues that a colorblind approach to adoption can hurt Black children. In response, a critic labeled the agency racist and woke.

National Day of Prayer to be marked with petitions for racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is time for us to stand up and own this racism,’ said a leader of Religions for Peace USA, ahead of its second prayer day event.

RNS Weekly News Quiz: April 29, 2021

By Emily Churchill — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of current events in the world of religion.
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