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What group is least likely to get a vaccine? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)

Black Protestants aren’t least likely to get a vaccine; white evangelicals are

By Yonat Shimron — March 5, 2021

(RNS) — A new survey by Pew Research shows that 64% of Black Protestants ‘definitely or probably’ plan to get vaccinated, compared to 54% of white evangelicals.

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Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David speaks during the 37th annual HRC New England dinner on Nov. 23, 2019, in Boston. The annual event brings hundreds of LGBTQ advocates and allies together for an evening of celebration across greater New England. (Josh Reynolds/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign)

Human Rights Campaign urges Black church LGBTQ acceptance via video

By Adelle M. Banks — February 24, 2021

(RNS) — The video features prominent church leaders and LGBTQ advocates sharing their perspectives — and sometimes evolving attitudes — on LGBTQ identity while images highlight Black history and congregational life.

The Rev. Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, speaks during services in Arlington, Texas, on June 7, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Dwight McKissic living at seminary after storm: ‘God is making sure our needs are met’

By Adelle M. Banks — February 23, 2021

(RNS) — The Texas pastor said any differences he may have with seminary President Adam Greenway did not prompt him to refuse an offer of housing.

A statue of Bishop Richard Allen outside the historic Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

How Philadelphia’s Black churches overcame disease, depression and civil strife

By Stephanie Clintonia Boddie — February 23, 2021

(The Conversation) — The story of how three Black churches endured events similar to those afflicting society today can give both solace and hope.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, photo the Rev. James Coleman, 70, is vaccinated for COVID-19 by nurse practitioner Ifreke Udodong at United Medical Center in southeast Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Washington taps pastors to overcome racial divide on vaccine

By Ashraf Khalil, Hilary Powell — February 22, 2021

(AP) — Health officials in the nation’s capital are hoping religious leaders will serve as community influencers to overcome what officials say is a persistent vaccine reluctance in the Black community.

Worshippers clap during a 2016 service at the First Baptist Church, a predominantly African-American congregation, in Macon, Georgia. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

Want to understand Black experience? Learn about African American faith, survey finds

By Adelle M. Banks — February 19, 2021

(RNS) — A significant percentage of Black church attendees — 69% — agree that pastors of Black congregations are the African American community’s most important leaders.

Nurse practitioner Monika Trogdon, right, gives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination shot to Louella Neal, the pastor's wife, at a mobile vaccination clinic at Temple of Praise Church of Deliverance in Kenly, North Carolina, on Feb. 17, 2021. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

Faith, medical leaders collaborate to get COVID-19 vaccine in arms of more people

By Yonat Shimron, Adelle M. Banks — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — ‘A really wonderful facet of this work is the multifaith cooperation that we’re seeing already,’ said White House official Melissa Rogers.

Sen. Joe Manchin, left, and the Rev. William Barber. (Left, AP Photo/Patrick Semansky. Right, RNS Photo/Jack Jenkins)

Poor People’s Campaign meets with Joe Manchin, vows to protest for $15 minimum wage

By Jack Jenkins — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We are trying to get (Manchin) to live up to what he was told when he was a kid: If you have all these blessings, then you can share your blessings,’ said Jean Evansmore, a West Virginia resident.

Jackie Robinson in an American Bible Society publication in October 1965. Image courtesy American Bible Society

Black history can’t be told without the Bible

By Nicole Martin — February 18, 2021

(RNS) — Black Christian heroes knew that the Bible had to be at the center of life as free men and women in the United States.

An image from Day 1 of Chanequa Walker-Barnes’ self-care series for Lent. Courtesy image

Chanequa Walker-Barnes resurrects self-care as a Lenten practice

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 17, 2021

(RNS) — After a year in which everyone has already given up an awful lot, this Lent the theologian is inviting others to join her for the Resurrecting Self-Care Challenge.

Yolanda Pierce on grandmother theology, Black Jesus and Mariology

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — ‘I’m really trying to shift the discourse about who can do theology and what counts as theological source material,’ says the first woman dean of Howard University’s divinity school and the author of the new book, ‘In My Grandmother’s House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit.’

Lessie Carmichael-Dew of Arlington, Va., displays an elegant black straw hat at a “hat tea'' sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture in early February. The Baptist woman said her hat's ample width is a symbol of the depth of praise for her many blessings. Photo by Steven Cummings, courtesy Anacostia Museum

Can I get an amen? Black Americans’ faith, religious practice detailed in Pew study

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — Senior researcher Besheer Mohamed said that for Black American church shoppers, ‘the race of a congregation and the race of leadership would be not that important.’

Melvin E. Banks. Photo courtesy of Urban Ministries, Inc.

Urban Ministries’ Melvin Banks, who highlighted Black experience in Bible, dies at 86

By Urban Faith — February 15, 2021

(Urban Faith) — Banks revolutionized Bible study by portraying positive images of African Americans in the biblical experience.

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