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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.

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin speaks of mateless future, says he’s ‘got joy’

By Adelle M. Banks — April 2, 2021
(RNS) — McClurkin told TV One of ‘We Fall Down,’ a song whose lyrics continue, ‘but we get up': ‘I was singing it because it related to me.’

On this Good Friday, let us reflect on the 7 last words of George Floyd

By John Thomas III — April 2, 2021
(RNS) — This year’s Good Friday is especially poignant for African Americans as it comes in the middle of the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin for the gruesome killing of George Floyd.

AME church to boycott Coca-Cola, other companies unless they do more to fight Georgia election law

By Jack Jenkins — April 2, 2021
(RNS) — Other Black Christian groups are also planning to join the effort to force major companies to fight voting restrictions nationwide.

At second Easter under pandemic rules, Christians glimpse church’s future

By Adelle M. Banks, Emily McFarlan Miller, Alejandra Molina, Bob Smietana, Yonat Shimron — April 2, 2021
(RNS) — The pandemic has 'redefined for me what church is going to be like and what the definition of membership is,' said one pastor in North Carolina.

On an Easter shadowed by the Lorraine Motel, recommit to justice

By J. Lawrence Turner — April 1, 2021
(RNS) — Fifty-three years after MLK's assassination, we must transform a place of bloodshed into inspiration for a better world.

10 nonfiction books (and one novel) to keep Women’s History Month going all year

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 1, 2021
(RNS) — Here are 10 new nonfiction books, both forthcoming and released in the last year, that explore women's roles and influence in Christian traditions — plus, one bonus work of fiction.

Behind Gallup’s portrait of church decline

By Wesley Granberg-Michaelson — March 31, 2021
(RNS) — America’s religious life will be shaped not by secularization alone.

Black religious leaders, stand with our LGBTQ family

By Cornel West, Frederick A. Davie — March 30, 2021
(RNS) — Black LGBTQ leaders have labored alongside us so that all Black Americans could experience equality.

Survey: Most Americans know Biden is Catholic, far fewer know Harris’ religion

By Adelle M. Banks — March 30, 2021
(RNS) — Even among fellow Catholics, partisanship permeates views of Biden’s religion.
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