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Black Protestants

Survey: White evangelicals oppose abortion; all other religious groups support it

By Yonat Shimron — May 6, 2022
(RNS) — US religions have wide-ranging opinions on legality of abortion. But most support legal abortion.

If Roe goes, Black church leaders expect renewed energy for elections

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — One leader is ‘expecting great mobilization of the African American community and in communities where people recognize the importance of giving a person a choice.’

Roe v. Wade: Faith leaders react to leaked SCOTUS opinion

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 3, 2022
(RNS) — Religious views of abortion are not as monolithic as many may believe.

30 years after Rodney King unrest, one faith leader’s vision still inspires LA

By Richard Flory and Najuma Smith-Pollard — April 28, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We may have set those fires, but we didn’t start those fires,’ said the Rev. Cecil Murray.

In ‘Truth’s Table’ book, women podcasters cast vision for future of Black church

By Adelle M. Banks — April 26, 2022
(RNS) — Co-author Christina Edmonson said ‘there is a benefit and a gift to people who don't identify as Black Christian women to listen respectfully to these stories and narratives.’

Rev. Al Sharpton delivers eulogy after police killing of Patrick Lyoya

By Kathryn Post — April 22, 2022
(RNS) — 'We were created in the image of God,' Sharpton said. 'And what God put together, you don’t have the right to violate.'

House Republicans dishonor an iconic Florida judge

By Mark Silk — April 18, 2022
(RNS) — The latest in culture-war cancel culture.

Five lessons recent church leadership failures can teach us

By Jennifer R. Farmer — April 15, 2022
(RNS) — There are clear reasons why our leadership is not performing to the standards we should expect.

With high hopes for holidays, three faiths take stock of COVID-19 losses and gains

By Adelle M. Banks, Emily McFarlan Miller, Alejandra Molina, Kathryn Post, and Yonat Shimron — April 15, 2022
(RNS) — Even with the convergence of Easter, Passover and Ramadan this year, many Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders are uncertain whether they can count on a post-COVID-19 resurgence or what it will look like.

Grand Rapids pastors mobilize in wake of fatal shooting of Patrick Lyoya

By Kathryn Post — April 15, 2022
(RNS) — 'We think that our faith perspective is critical in this hour,' said Pastor Jathan K. Austin.

DHS official Marcus Coleman offers security tips for houses of faith marking holidays

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2022
(RNS) — Coleman advises congregations to keep a watchful eye as they open their doors for in-person gatherings marking special occasions, traditional worship and everyday work.

National Association of Evangelicals launches racial justice collaborative

By Adelle M. Banks — April 13, 2022
(RNS) — The initiative comes at a time when other evangelical organizations have also attempted to work on race relations in long-term initiatives.

Pastors sue AME Church over missing retirement funds

By Mike Schneider — April 13, 2022
(AP) — “When you take advantage of my money, you lose my trust,” said one AME pastor. “You lose the trust of your employees.”

World Council of Churches faces calls to expel Russian Orthodox Church

By Jack Jenkins — April 11, 2022
(RNS) — WCC head the Rev. Ioan Sauca has pushed back on the idea, but a growing chorus of Christian leaders is suggesting the group cut ties with the ROC.

More than $90 million missing from AME pension funds, claim class-action lawsuits

By Bob Smietana — April 6, 2022
(RNS) — The lawsuits claim that thousands of retirement clergy have been harmed by the potential loss of their pensions.
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