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Black Protestants

After months of protests, Poor People’s Campaign requests meeting with Biden

By Jack Jenkins — September 23, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The group’s co-chair, the Rev. William Barber II, preached at Biden’s inaugural prayer service but has challenged the president on the Senate filibuster.

Timothy Stewart, Progressive National Baptists’ international president, dead at 64

By Adelle M. Banks — September 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘He was the first President from the International Region in Progressive’s 60 year history,’ his denomination said.

Religious artifacts in new Reconstruction exhibit depict resilience, racism

By Adelle M. Banks — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Because the church is an engine of so much civically and spiritually and educationally, it’s recognized as a target,’ a museum curator said of Black congregations.

Christian leaders meet with White House to advocate for social programs, voting rights

By Jack Jenkins — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Those who have benefited the most should contribute to the common good of society and invest in the most vulnerable,’ the faith leaders said in a letter.

Women making strides in leadership of Black denominations amid hesitancy

By Adelle M. Banks — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Whenever a woman rises, or ascends, to a leadership position in a national organization, it’s always significant,’ said the Rev. Gina Stewart.

Ahead of right-wing rally, Washington DC churches ask for extra police protection

By Jack Jenkins — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — Black Lives Matter signs belonging to churches in the area were torn down and set on fire by Proud Boys in December 2020.

Study: Religion soothed evangelicals at start of COVID. Politics put them at risk.

By Bob Smietana — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — From the start, religion has divided how Americans respond to COVID.

Survey: Who Americans blame for insurrection depends on their faith

By Jack Jenkins — September 16, 2021
(RNS) — White evangelicals are far more likely than most other religious groups to falsely blame left-wing activists for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Kenyan Anglican province defies moratorium to ordain woman bishop

By Fredrick Nzwili — September 15, 2021
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — The Rev. Rose Okeno was installed as bishop of the Butere Diocese on Sunday, even as a 2018 moratorium of the Global Anglican Future Conference resolved to halt the consecration of women into the episcopate until a consensus is reached.

Former US presidents, religious leaders launch organization to aid Afghan evacuees

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Welcome.US provides a single point of entry for Americans to donate to frontline organizations, host arriving families through Airbnb and find other ways to help Afghans as they rebuild their lives in the United States after fleeing the Taliban.

Faith leaders backing Okla. death row inmate hail parole board’s commutation request

By Adelle M. Banks — September 14, 2021
(RNS) — Clergy from across the country had advocated for Julius Jones, holding rallies and writing letters in hopes of getting him clemency or release from prison.

‘The story is still unfolding’: 10 Americans on how 9/11 changed their faith lives

By Yonat Shimron — September 10, 2021
(RNS) — The Sept. 11 attacks changed many Americans’ faith communities and spiritual lives as much as it did how we see our world and one another.

Staccato Powell, disrobed as AME Zion bishop: pioneer or swindler?

By Adelle M. Banks — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — ‘All we are doing now is trying to save those congregations that are in bankruptcy court,’ said the denomination’s senior bishop.

How the Black church can help end the HIV/AIDS crisis

By Frederick A. Davie — August 29, 2021
(RNS) — The HIV/AIDs epidemic remains a looming threat to Black communities.

MLK’s family, Rev. Al Sharpton address voting rights, filibuster at Washington march

By Adelle M. Banks — August 28, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Rev. Al Sharpton contrasted the Aug. 28 march to the Jan. 6 insurrection: ‘We are the real patriots showing America how to be at its best.’
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