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Black faith leaders’ proud legacy on civil rights should include LGBTQ rights

By Sabrina E. Dent — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — Black Christians know too well how discrimination can hide behind appeals to religious freedom.

King’s last full year of life: Protest, praise, ire, incarceration

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — King drew criticism from Billy Graham, who told journalists that he thought King was wrong to link anti-war efforts with the civil rights movement.

Jon Meacham, Bishop Michael Curry discuss religion, politics and insurrection

By Jack Jenkins — January 13, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The two Episcopalian thinkers discuss the Jan. 6 insurrection, the role of faith and the future of politics.

Stay alive in the meantime: Notes at the top of 2022

By Danté Stewart — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — To be completely honest, I thought this year would begin not with questions but with resolutions.

How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

By Anthony Siracusa — January 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — MLK’s vision for nonviolence included abolishing what he called triple evils – racism, poverty and militarism.

Scholar: America is still reacting to the religious right, in more ways than one

By Jack Jenkins — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — The shadow of the religious right is long, and may be hindering the ability of modern-day Christian conservatives to stifle radicalism.

Hartford International University expands Black ministries with Howard Thurman Center

By Adelle M. Banks — January 12, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The center’s North Star will be Thurman’s insistence on social justice and responsibility within a spiritual framework,’ its director said.

Hundreds sign petition asking ACNA for ‘survivor-centric’ abuse investigation

By Kathryn Post — January 11, 2022
(RNS) — Ten alleged survivors have declined to participate in the investigation, citing concerns.

Growing old with grace and kindness: The life and lives of Sidney Poitier

By Greg Garrett — January 11, 2022
(RNS) — Sir Sidney Poitier changed the film world on the way to changing the larger world.

At Milwaukee church, refugees find welcome from a less suspicious time

By Bob Smietana — January 10, 2022
(RNS) — At a diverse multi-ethnic church, refugees and immigrants find a home at a time when many evangelicals view newcomers with suspicion.

Desmond Tutu: Politician or saint?

By Michael Battle — January 10, 2022
(RNS) — The archbishop who helped South Africa end apartheid was often accused of wielding worldly power.

Reformed Church in America splits as conservative churches form new denomination

By Kathryn Post — January 7, 2022
(RNS) — Some who remain in the RCA are concerned for the small, nearly 400-year-old denomination’s survival.

On Jan. 6, vigils recall the insurrection with competing narratives

By Jack Jenkins — January 7, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — From calls to pass voting rights legislation to assertions that those charged in connection with the insurrection are being mistreated, vigils remembered the attack on the U.S. Capitol differently.

Since Jan. 6 attacks, spiritual leaders unify to combat Christian nationalism

By Alejandra Molina — January 7, 2022
(RNS) — The Jan. 6 insurrection of the U.S. Capitol drew recent attention to the phenomenon of Christian nationalism, but religious and spiritual leaders acknowledge its existence long before that.

Ransom freed some missionary hostages in Haiti, workers say

By Peter Smith — January 6, 2022
An unidentified person paid a ransom that freed three missionaries kidnapped by a gang in Haiti under an agreement that was supposed to have led to the release of all 15 remaining captives early last month, workers for their Ohio-based organization have confirmed. The person who made the payment was not affiliated with Ohio-based Christian […]
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