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Black Protestants

New projects offer churches ways to pay royalties on the spirituals they sing

By Adelle M. Banks — October 21, 2022
(RNS) — 'It seems to have picked up some steam within the last couple of years, particularly since the George Floyd murder,' said a spirituals expert about churches offering royalties.

When it comes to Halloween, pastors have opinions, according to new survey

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 18, 2022
(RNS) — More than 90% of pastors encourage their congregations to observe Oct. 31 in a particular way, but that ranges from avoiding Halloween completely to inviting people to Halloween-adjacent events at their churches.

Scholar and preacher Jonathan Lee Walton named next president of Princeton Seminary

By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2022
(RNS) — 'The church is changing. Society is changing. So we need clear-minded, faith-informed professionals who can speak hope, equity, and healing in all fields of human endeavor,’ he said.

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Dylann Roof, who killed 9

By Associated Press — October 12, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roof shot participants at a Bible study session at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Poll: More Protestant pastors say the economy is hurting their churches

By Yonat Shimron — October 11, 2022
(RNS) — The survey also found that most pastors say congregational giving is in line with the previous year.

PBS docs depict Frederick Douglass’ and Harriet Tubman’s paths of freedom, faith

By Adelle M. Banks — October 11, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Religion for both Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass was the foundation in many ways of who they are,’ said co-director Stanley Nelson.

Even Christians who are Democrats are abandoning the Social Gospel

By Ryan Burge — October 6, 2022
(RNS) — Survey data show that church attendance, not party, is more likely to determine how Christians view the kingdom.

In wake of abortion scandal, Herschel Walker attends closed-door prayer event

By Jack Jenkins — October 4, 2022
(RNS) — Walker, who has denied recent allegations he paid for an abortion in 2009, told the church's congregation earlier this year, 'Did I not say I’m a Christian? That means you’re supposed to be pro-life.'

Defending our sacred right to vote

By Barbara Williams-Skinner, Jim Wallis, and Adam Taylor — October 3, 2022
(RNS) — Why we are mobilizing 2,000 poll chaplains to serve as visions of peace and a moral presence at the polls.

Nonreligious women of color convene to talk Christian nationalism, reproductive rights

By Alejandra Molina — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — ‘It cannot all be focused on church and state separation. That’s not going to work for people of color, specifically women of color,’ said one organizer of the Women of Color Beyond Belief conference.

Black church leaders say public lands should better reflect African American history

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2022
(RNS) — The National Religious Partnership for the Environment has found a significant majority of them say Black history is not told adequately through national and local parks.

Survey: Confederate memorials still divide Americans and religion is a big predictor

By Yonat Shimron — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — Majorities of Protestants, Catholics and Mormons support efforts to preserve Confederate monuments and memorials, a PRRI survey finds.

‘Fifth Little Girl’ of 1963 Klan bombing reunites with nurse

By Barnett Wright — September 20, 2022
(AP) — On Sept. 15, Birmingham commemorated the explosion that proved to be a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, became a catalyst for change in the United States, and ultimately prompted global efforts for equality and human rights.

Biden includes faith leaders in summit’s charge to ‘rise together against hate’

By Adelle M. Banks — September 16, 2022
(RNS) — In the audience were survivors and family members of those lost to violence at houses of worship and other scenes of hate crimes.

How faith leaders are responding to Jackson’s water crisis

By Jemar Tisby — September 12, 2022
(RNS) — 'Churches throughout the city of Jackson across denomination, class and race have engaged in water distributions at their churches or by giving water away in other ways,' said C.J. Rhodes, pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church.
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