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Black Protestants

Black churchgoers report powerlessness in politics, agency in Black congregations

By Adelle M. Banks — January 18, 2021
(RNS) — Researchers say that the Black church may be providing a respite for Black people who feel they do not have sufficient political power.

What Andrew Young taught me about keeping King’s movement going

By Maina Mwaura — January 17, 2021
(RNS) — What we celebrate on Martin Luther King Day is not the overcoming, but the struggle.

Martin Luther King Jr. faith events continue in time of COVID-19 and Capitol chaos

By Adelle M. Banks, Alejandra Molina — January 15, 2021
(RNS) — Many online gatherings that mark King's birthday and the holiday in his honor will apply his messages to the current crises the country is facing.

Moms of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin portrayed in new book

By Adelle M. Banks — January 15, 2021
(RNS) — The book by Anna Malaika Tubbs about Alberta King, Louise Little and Berdis Baldwin provides details of their lives of faith, discipline and sacrifice.

How the Ebenezer Baptist Church has been a seat of Black power for generations in Atlanta

By Jason Oliver Evans — January 15, 2021
(The Conversation) — One cannot appreciate the importance of MLK Day without understanding the tradition which formed one of America’s most influential civil rights leaders.

LA clergy look to hold city officials responsible for allowing Sean Feucht’s Skid Row event

By Alejandra Molina — January 14, 2021
(RNS) — On Wednesday (Jan. 13), Clergy for Black Lives hosted a virtual news conference on Zoom to condemn the ‘white supremacist violence and heretical Christian prophecy’ in the nation’s capital and in downtown LA.

Biden taps Delaware AME pastor to offer benediction at inauguration

By Jack Jenkins — January 14, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — A longtime confidant of the Biden family, Silvester S. Beaman, made headlines when he was featured in a 2020 Trump campaign ad.

James Clyburn to propose designating ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ as the national hymn

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2021
(RNS) — The Democratic congressman from South Carolina said elevating the hymn — often described as the unofficial 'Black national anthem' — could be an act of healing.

From the Capitol to critical race theory, white Christians grieve declining hegemony

By Andre Henry — January 13, 2021
(RNS) — Connecting the spectacle at the Capitol with the SBC seminary presidents' statements is the effort to sustain white supremacy.

Southern Baptist leaders meet after critical race theory document caused controversy

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021
(RNS) — African American leaders and seminary presidents said they had an ‘honest and open conversation’ during the virtual meeting earlier in the week.

Prominent bishop of AME Zion Church suspended, faces financial accusations

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021
(RNS) — A longtime ecumenical leader, Powell has been ordered to not represent the AME Zion Church in civic or ecumenical organizations.

Russell Moore, Justin Giboney warn that conspiracies must be confronted with truth

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021
(RNS) — Both urged religious people to rise above the rhetoric that helped lead to the riot at the Capitol.

Pixar adviser and theologian Suzan Johnson Cook on how they came to define ‘soul’ in the film

By Adelle M. Banks — January 8, 2021
(RNS) — 'I'm a faith leader, so I wanted to make sure my definition wasn't too strong, and (Pixar's) definition wasn't too weak,' the minister and former ambassador said.

SBC leader Russell Moore to Trump: Time to leave. ‘People are dead’

By Bob Smietana — January 8, 2021
(RNS) — Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and an outspoken 'Never Trumper,' called for the president to leave.

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.
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