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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.
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Despite multiracial congregation boom, some Black congregants report prejudice

By Adelle M. Banks — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — A third of Black Christians say it is hard to gain leadership positions in a multiracial congregation, a new report says.

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison: ‘I’m happy to take the role that the Lord has given me’

By Jack Jenkins — April 27, 2021
(RNS) — "My grandma told me after I lost the election for the U.S. Senate, she said, ’Jaime, sometimes in life, when one door closes, the Lord opens up others,’” DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison said.

Health care organizations find success with faith-based allies in vaccine distribution

By Adelle M. Banks — April 23, 2021
(RNS) — Collaboration between religious officials and health care professionals — from both nonprofit and for-profit companies — has aided efforts to increase access to vaccinations.

Obama faith adviser accuses Trump counterpart of laying spiritual groundwork for Capitol insurrection

By Jack Jenkins, Adelle M. Banks — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The chickens came home to roost on Jan. 6,’ said Joshua DuBois, faith adviser to Barack Obama, in an exchange with Johnnie Moore, an evangelical Christian adviser to Donald Trump.

A guilty verdict for Chauvin shouldn’t have required a global uprising

By Andre Henry — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — If this is success, we are still accepting an incredibly high bar to get basic accountability we should expect.

Likes and prayers: Facebook tests new ‘prayer post’ feature

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 21, 2021
(RNS) — The idea for prayer posts grew out of the myriad ways users have connected over Facebook while distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson.

Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict might be an exodus for America

By Charlie Dates — April 21, 2021
(RNS) — Chauvin's verdict is an opportunity for the liberation of all Americans.

At scene of LA’s 2020 protests, faith leaders gather to praise Chauvin verdict

By Alejandra Molina — April 20, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘I don’t even think we know how to react. I’m numb,’ said one speaker about the outcome of Derek Chauvin’s trial.

Minnesota churches caught in standoffs between protesters and police

By Jack Jenkins — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — At least two congregations have found themselves at the center of standoffs between police and racial justice demonstrators over the past week, both in Brooklyn Center.

In wake of Chauvin trial, what can faith leaders learn from the Rodney King LA riots?

By Najuma Smith-Pollard — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — As we anticipate reactions to the the Derek Chauvin verdict, we only have to look back to Los Angeles in 1992 to know what to do and what not to do. The Rev. Cecil L. Murray wrote the playbook for this situation.

Faith leaders praise Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdicts, acknowledge work ahead

By RNS staff — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — Religious leaders and faith-based organizations reacted swiftly to the verdicts.

Of terror and testimonies: Living through the Derek Chauvin trial

By Danté Stewart — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — I want to know the things we lost are not greater than the things we hold on to.
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