Protests for Racial Justice

Biden victory in hand, Black church get-out-the-vote workers assess the future

By Adelle M. Banks — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — Faith in Action, which mobilized for policies that empower Black Americans, noted down-ballot wins, such as passage of a $15 minimum wage in Florida.

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Arsonist who torched Black churches in Louisiana sentenced to 25 years

By Associated Press — November 3, 2020

A would-be “black metal” musician burned down three Black Baptist churches to promote his career in 2019.

Three church coalitions in the Deep South partner to urge racial reconciliation — and justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2020

(RNS) — An Alabama pastor said groups already meeting in ‘notorious slave-trading cities in the past’ decided to encourage churches in other cities to take actions toward unity.

With Junipero Serra banished, California’s Indigenous activists and artists ask what goes in his place

By Alejandra Molina — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — As government officials look into what to do with empty memorials, Indigenous leaders are hoping the state’s authorities will devote them to ‘spaces of healing and truth telling.’

Episcopal men’s ministry loses board members, chapters over response to George Floyd’s death

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 12, 2020

(RNS) — The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has publicly apologized and said they realize they need to do more to combat systemic racism and white privilege in the organization and beyond. Others say it has a long way to go.

Adventists’ new North American leader hopes to leverage the denomination’s ‘strength of diversity’

By Adelle M. Banks — October 2, 2020

(RNS) — ‘We can’t distance ourselves from it because it’s a part of who our church is,’ G. Alexander Bryant said of Adventists facing racial tensions.

Reckoning with race, Black Buddhists seek space for healing in the dharma

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — September 28, 2020

(RNS) — The nation’s reckoning with racism has prompted Black Buddhists to seek a practice that answers the moment. 

How a Sean Feucht worship service convinced me I am no longer an evangelical

By D.L. Mayfield — September 23, 2020

(RNS) — I was surrounded by people who truly believed they were proclaiming the good news. Yet on the edges of their concert, young people of color were begging for them to listen to their grief instead of singing over it.

In Oregon, churches and anti-fascists unite to provide mutual aid to fire evacuees and others in need

By Alejandra Molina — September 22, 2020

(RNS) — Mutual aid groups are partnering with churches to set up donation drives and tent distribution centers with hygiene kits, school supplies, clothing and food.

The 2020 election is a moment of truth for white Christianity

By Jim Wallis — September 15, 2020

(RNS) — Racism is a religious issue. Not only that, I would argue that racism is the central religious issue in this election.

No race problem here: Despite summer of protests, many practicing Christians remain ambivalent

By Adelle M. Banks — September 15, 2020

(RNS) — Despite evidence of an ‘especially reluctant group of white practicing Christians,’ there are signs that other practicing Christians seek to improve their understanding of racism.

Black Lives Matter co-founder denounces Pat Robertson for saying the movement is ‘anti-God’

By Alejandra Molina — September 12, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘To insinuate that our movement is trying to destroy Christianity is disgraceful and outright offends our Christian siblings who are a part of our movement against racial injustice,’ Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a statement released Saturday (Sept. 12).

Trump campaign ad shows Biden kneeling in Black church to argue Americans ‘won’t be safe’

By Jack Jenkins — September 10, 2020

(RNS) — After showing Joe Biden kneeling in a Black church in front of a row of Black leaders, words appear on the screen reading ‘stop Joe Biden and his rioters.’

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