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Faith leaders praise Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdicts, acknowledge work ahead

By RNS staff — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — Religious leaders and faith-based organizations reacted swiftly to the verdicts.

Of terror and testimonies: Living through the Derek Chauvin trial

By Danté Stewart — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — I want to know the things we lost are not greater than the things we hold on to.

African Americans attend church, Bible study more than others, but Black ‘nones’ increasing

By Adelle M. Banks — April 16, 2021
(RNS) — Gen Zers are both the most likely to call themselves 'religious but not spiritual' and the least likely to say they are 'spiritual but not religious.'

From the filibuster to DC statehood, clergy rally around a growing voting rights agenda

By Jack Jenkins — April 16, 2021
(RNS) — "I hear Jesus saying to America: 'I was hungry and you filibustered,’" said the Rev. Freddy D. Haynes.

Volcanic eruption in Caribbean prompts Baptist church meals, relief agency supplies

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — A local pastor and international relief agencies plan to assist St. Vincent residents with physical and spiritual needs during what is expected to be a long recovery.

DMX was my John the Forerunner

By T.C. Moore — April 14, 2021
(RNS) — DMX pointed me to Jesus not through a sermon or a Bible study, but through his bold faith that didn’t paper over his flaws.

Planned Parenthood announces new clergy advocacy board members, many from red states

By Jack Jenkins — April 13, 2021
(RNS) — 'As a clergyperson who discovered my call to ministry within a Planned Parenthood, it was a no-brainer,' said the Rev. Katey Zeh, who heads the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

Martin Luther King III calls new voting legislation ‘greatest hypocrisy’

By Adelle M. Banks — April 9, 2021
(RNS) — ‘People came out and voted in every mechanism, and they want to stop people from voting,’ said the son of the civil rights leader. ‘That's unconscionable.’

A white woman’s response to the ‘Prayer of a Weary Black Woman’

By Amy Julia Becker — April 9, 2021
(RNS) — Her prayer makes me uneasy, but may help me see why Chanequa Walker-Barnes may hate someone like me.

Why some Christians want Target to stop carrying a bestselling book of prayers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 9, 2021
(RNS) — Editor Sarah Bessey and other contributors to 'A Rhythm of Prayer' responded to the backlash with a statement Thursday evening (April 8), saying critics are missing the point of the prayer.

AME church delays boycott of Georgia companies, plans protest at Masters Tournament

By Jack Jenkins — April 7, 2021
(RNS) — The faith leaders say they will wait at least until an AME bishop meets with the heads of several companies next week.

Black and Asian Christian leaders discuss role of church in fighting racism

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 6, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Our oppression is linked together, but also our liberation is connected at the same time,’ said the Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Tony Evans: On male leadership, grieving his wife and correcting Kirk Franklin

By Adelle M. Banks — April 6, 2021
(RNS) — Pastor Tony Evans of Dallas says ‘there is a lead role that God has called men to take and own, and we shouldn't shy away from that.’

William Barber preaches at Easter vigil service spotlighting Christian Palestinians

By Daoud Kuttab — April 6, 2021
(RNS) — Barber’s appearance served to recognize Christians in the Palestinian liberation movement, which some American evangelicals paint as an apocalyptic conflict between Christians and Muslims.

Lil Nas X is inviting the Black church in with ‘Montero’

By Don Abram — April 6, 2021
(RNS) — 'Montero' is the anthem of a Black gay man roaring back from years of self-hate caused by anti-LGBTQ+ theologies. As a queer child of the Black church, it’s an anthem that resonates with me.
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