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Black Protestants

Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ documentary captures emotions of 1969 Harlem music fest

By Adelle M. Banks — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Artists and experts interviewed and featured between the documentary’s clips of festival footage agreed that gospel’s role went beyond mere music.

How Philadelphia’s reform DA is teaming with clergy to tackle rising gun violence

By Elizabeth E. Evans — July 1, 2021
(RNS) — Clergy and activists are looking to address the long-term problems that they believe drive the crisis, and they are urging faith leaders to mobilize their flocks in addressing them.

‘Denomination matters’ in Black-focused faith-based health programs, scholars say

By Adelle M. Banks — June 28, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Faith-based health initiatives need to appropriately integrate the faith practices and norms of Black church members with denomination in mind,’ Duke scholars say.

Former megachurch pastor and presidential adviser Kirbyjon Caldwell enters prison

By Adelle M. Banks — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — Sentenced in January to six years, the judge allowed the onetime Houston pastor a five-month reprieve, likely due to COVID-19 and personal health concerns.

President Biden pledges support for Rev. Barber’s campaign to end poverty

By Yonat Shimron — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — In a prerecorded two-minute video, Biden said he supported some of the issues central to the Poor People’s Campaign, including a $15 minimum wage.

We need a better strategy to plant Black and brown churches

By Thabiti Anyabwile, John Onwuchekwa — June 19, 2021
(RNS) — Solidarity does not mean assimilation.

James Forbes’ ode to Juneteenth calls on Americans to embrace the promise of freedom

By Yonat Shimron — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — The retired pastor's spoken word is not simply a paean to freedom. It’s a call to all Americans to face the reality of the nation’s history and the unfinished work of Juneteenth.

‘We still have work to do’: How to understand the new Juneteenth holiday

By Paul O'Donnell — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — Theon Hill, an expert on rhetoric, race and social change in American culture, discusses Juneteenth and how holidays in general reflect our realities as well as our aspirations as a nation.

Black community has new option for health care: the church

By Carrie Antlfinger — June 17, 2021
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Some Black church leaders want to extend their efforts beyond the fight against COVID-19 and give their flocks a place to seek health care for other ailments at a place they trust — the church.

Why the SBC attacks on critical race theory are a good sign

By Andre Henry — June 14, 2021
(RNS) — It's no time to lament that patrons of racist progress are fighting back.

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.

Poor People’s Campaign plans ‘Moral March on Manchin’

By Jack Jenkins — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — 'It's time for people of all differences to stand together against him,' said the Rev. William Barber. 'We call it 'from the hollers in the mountains to the hood.''

Popular Nigerian televangelist T.B. Joshua dies at 57

By Sam Olukoya — June 7, 2021
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Joshua was noted for making predictions and for his claims to cure various ailments and to make people prosper through miracles.

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.
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