Protests for Racial Justice

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.’

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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.’

Rev. Gil Caldwell, United Methodist civil rights and gay rights activist, dead at 86

By Adelle M. Banks — September 8, 2020

(RNS) — Caldwell said his application to Duke Divinity School was rejected in the mid-1950s because of his race. He visited the campus some 60 years later.

‘Scholar strike’ for racial injustice includes divinity school professors

By Adelle M. Banks — September 8, 2020

(RNS) — Faculty at Yale Divinity School, Vanderbilt Divinity School and Brite Divinity School ‘are participating in teach-ins,’ an organizer said.

Biden, in Kenosha, says U.S. confronting ‘original sin’

By Bill Barrow, Will Weissert, Scott Bauer — September 3, 2020

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — “We’re finally now getting to the point where we’re going to be addressing the original sin of this country, 400 years old … slavery and all the vestiges of it,” Biden said at Grace Lutheran Church, where he met with community leaders.

Army makes history promoting Black woman chaplain to colonel

By Adelle M. Banks — September 3, 2020

(RNS) — Chaplain (Col.) Monica R. Lawson said: ‘just in case you didn’t figure it out, it took us 245 years for this moment to happen.’

Kenosha prayer vigil at ELCA church calls for confession, lament and justice for Jacob Blake

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 3, 2020

KENOSHA, Wis. (RNS) — About 200 people — including the head of the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States — gathered Wednesday (Sept. 2) at a prayer vigil in Kenosha to confess and lament the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

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