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Black Protestants

Truth over power: It is past time for the church to speak plainly about the election

By Esau McCaulley — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — The ongoing protest of the election is not about a search for truth; it is an attempt to shape truth to suit the desires of the powerful.

Warnock, Biden wins give twin thrills to religious liberals

By Elana Schor — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Warnock and Biden are in the vanguard of the Democrats’ evolution toward engagement on spiritual matters.

Warnock, pastor and politician, has role models who did both

By Adelle M. Banks — January 5, 2021

(RNS) — It would not be the first time an ordained member of the clergy has chosen to take on the political life of Capitol.

African spirituality offers Black believers ‘decolonized’ Christianity

By Liz Kineke — January 5, 2021

(RNS) — The pastor of the online Proverbial Experience mixes African spiritual practices with Christianity for worship ‘that is fully integrated with who I am.’

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors helps launch #PrayforLA to honor COVID-19 deaths

By Alejandra Molina — January 4, 2021

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Cullors is encouraging people to share photos, artwork, a prayer or meditation of loved ones lost to COVID-19, even as the virus continues to spread and fill up hospital beds across Los Angeles County.

Historic Black church in DC sues Proud Boys for destroying Black Lives Matter sign

By Jack Jenkins — January 4, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘We, the descendants of these extraordinary women and men of God, will not allow white supremacist violence to go unchecked by the laws of the land,’ said Metropolitan AME pastor the Rev. William H. Lamar IV.

Georgia’s Black-Jewish campaign is the latest chapter in an old story

By Mark Silk — January 4, 2021

(RNS) — The experiences of the two communities in Atlanta have run parallel since the Civil War.

Senate race thrusts ‘Black America’s church’ into spotlight

By Aaron Morrison — January 3, 2021

(AP) — A high-stakes Senate race and a Trump-era cultural debate have thrust Ebenezer Baptist Church into the center of the current political debate.

RNS reporters on the big stories they expect to cover in 2021

By RNS staff — January 1, 2021

(RNS) — How will America’s religious landscape recover from 2020 and who will lead faith issues in new directions in the new year?

Faith leaders and religion influencers who died in 2020

By Adelle M. Banks — December 29, 2020

(RNS) — Losses in the religion world included people known for their contributions to preaching, civil rights or music.

SBC seminary president: Recent race statement not about ‘preserving whiteness’

By Adelle M. Banks — December 24, 2020

(RNS) — Adam Greenway, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, defended Southern Baptist seminary presidents’ determination about critical race theory.

Faithful Black descendants hope reparations after Florida massacre will be a model

By Adelle M. Banks — December 23, 2020

(RNS) — ‘They left with nothing,’ said the leader of a Rosewood-related foundation. ‘Livestock was gone, houses burned to the ground, couldn’t go to church.’

Luter, Greear latest Southern Baptist leaders to weigh in as turmoil over race theory grows

By Adelle M. Banks — December 19, 2020

(RNS) — The fallout from a statement on critical race theory by six seminary presidents continued, as prominent Black leaders and their churches answer with objections or quit the SBC.

‘We out’: Charlie Dates on why his church is leaving the SBC over rejection of critical race theory

By Charlie Dates — December 18, 2020

(RNS) — I had to tell my church I was wrong. There is no such thing as ‘the Old Southern Baptists.’ Conservatism is, and has always been, the god of the SBC.

Rev. Warnock blasted for being a ’pro-choice pastor,’ but his position isn’t uncommon

By Jack Jenkins — December 18, 2020

(RNS) — Warnock’s remark has turned the run-off election into something of a debate over religious Americans’ support of abortion rights.

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