Black Protestants

William Bobby McClain, leader in United Methodist Church and civil rights movement, dies at 82

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 19, 2020

(RNS) — McClain was a pastor and professor who not only shaped the lives of the students he taught but also countless United Methodists with the creation of the groundbreaking hymnal ‘Songs of Zion’ and as an original member of the group that organized Black Methodists for Church Renewal.

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Rev. Raphael Warnock considers vote sacred as pastor and Senate candidate

By Adelle M. Banks — November 13, 2020

(RNS) — Warnock is promoting his plans to address issues of the poor that he recalls from his days growing up as the 11th of 12 children of Pentecostal preachers in public housing in Savannah.

Amid cries for church unity post-election, some Christians say ‘Not so fast’

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Roxanne Stone — November 11, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — After a polarizing presidential election, Christian leaders are urging believers of all political convictions to find common ground in their faith.

Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., Trump evangelical adviser, has died

By Adelle M. Banks, Bob Smietana, Emily McFarlan Miller — November 9, 2020

(RNS) — Jackson was a prominent Black conservative pastor, with close ties to many religious right leaders.

5 Faith-facts about VP-elect Kamala Harris, a Black Baptist with a Hindu family

By Yonat Shimron — November 7, 2020

(RNS) — Few, if any, vice presidential candidates have had as much exposure to the world’s religions as Kamala Harris, the 55-year-old senator from California whom Joe Biden picked Tuesday (Aug. 11) as his running mate.

5 faith facts about Whitney Houston, set to be inducted in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

By Adelle M. Banks — November 6, 2020

(RNS) — ‘On any stage that I stand on I praise the Lord; I claim him everywhere I go,’ Houston said at the 1998 Dove Awards.

Vote, pray, wait: Faith leaders reassure congregations, call for full vote count as election remains uncertain

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 4, 2020

(RNS) — Clergy, houses of worship and faith-based organizations have been preparing their members for a long wait for election results.

Raphael Warnock, heir to MLK’s pulpit, heads for runoff for Georgia Senate seat

By Paul O'Donnell, Adelle M. Banks — November 3, 2020

(RNS) — The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, once co-pastored by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., now faces incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

Election stress? Check out these spiritual self-care activities designed for the day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 2, 2020

(RNS) — Take a break from ‘doomscrolling’ and join a prayer vigil, a guided meditation, a poetry reading or even a sing-along.

Gospel legend Bishop Rance Allen, known for ‘Something About the Name Jesus,’ dies at 71

By Roxanne Stone — October 31, 2020

(RNS) — Allen, a five-time Grammy nominee widely praised for his vocal range and the blending of rock, soul and R&B with traditional Black gospel music, died on October 31 at the age of 71.

Jaime Harrison’s pragmatic faith and record funding have lifted a liberal contender in South Carolina

By Jack Jenkins — October 30, 2020

(RNS) — Harrison has run on a spiritual brand of politics that may feel alien to many of the Democrats from outside South Carolina who have provide him with unprecedented funding. 

Black churchgoers pine for racial progress amid white resistance

By Yonat Shimron — October 30, 2020

(RNS) — For many Black Americans, life in predominantly white and conservative regions can be isolating and lonely.

Kamala Harris talks about her own faith and how it might influence a Biden-Harris White House

By Maina Mwaura — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — In an email Q&A, the vice presidential nominee shows how she thinks about the government’s role in protecting people of faith and ensuring religious freedom.

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