Protests for Racial Justice

United Methodist bishops affirm protests, call members to pray twice daily for 8 minutes, 46 seconds

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 10, 2020

(RNS) — Bishops encouraged United Methodists to act to end racism by spending 8 minutes and 46 seconds in prayer at 8:46 a.m. and 8:46 p.m. each day for at least the next 30 days, among other things.

What movies by and about African Americans can teach us in this hard present

By Greg Garrett — June 10, 2020

(RNS) — Two films that show how Hollywood has depicted race relations might help us wrestle with our current moment.

‘He is going to change the world’: Funeral held for Floyd

By Nomaan Merchant, Juan Lozano, Adam Geller — June 10, 2020

HOUSTON (AP) — George Floyd was fondly remembered as “Big Floyd” at a Tuesday funeral in Houston with over 500 attendees.

Trump faith advisers say the president did the right thing by visiting church

By Jack Jenkins — June 9, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘It is absolutely absurd to cast that blame directly on the President of the United States,’ said Johnnie Moore.

Martin Gugino is a Catholic peace activist, not an ‘Antifa provocateur,’ friends say

By Yonat Shimron — June 9, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Martin has a passion for social justice,’ said the head of a Catholic Worker house in Connecticut. ‘When he sees wrong he wants to be involved in making it right.’

Racial resentment varies widely among religious groups

By Ryan Burge — June 9, 2020

(RNS) — More than 60% of white evangelical Christians scored a 3 or 4 on the scale, as did half of white Catholics.

In Los Angeles, Black Lives Matter activists and clergy denounce police brutality during George Floyd memorial service

By Alejandra Molina — June 8, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Melina Abdullah, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, called on people of faith to challenge the system perpetuating police brutality.

What Ministers, Rabbis and Imams Preached This Weekend About the George Floyd Protests

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 8, 2020

(RNS) — This weekend, people of faith joined protests against racial injustice and police brutality across the country. Many also heard about those topics in the worship services they attended.

Vatican prelate calls fences around White House ‘unacceptable’ at vigil for George Floyd

By Claire Giangravé — June 8, 2020

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘To see barricades around the White House is something I never experienced in all the years I lived in Washington. I don’t find that acceptable. I think it’s a terrible image for the United States to have,’ said Cardinal Kevin Farrell, amid anti-racist vigils and protests this weekend in Rome.

When Christians won’t acknowledge racism, protest becomes church

By Andre Henry — June 8, 2020

(RNS) — I was told by classmates, mentors and friends in the evangelical world that my advocacy for black lives was hateful, heretical and a distraction for Christians.

I’ve always suffered racism. Becoming a Christian didn’t make it easier

By Trillia Newbell — June 8, 2020

(RNS) — If the church is divided on race — and it is — what does that say to the world about us?

Mitt Romney joins thousands of evangelicals marching against racial injustice in DC

By Jack Jenkins — June 7, 2020

(RNS) — The event, described as a ‘Christian Response to Racial Injustice,’ drew a diverse crowd led by prominent preachers of both black and white DC-area churches.

Weekend Plug-in: June 5, 2020

By Bobby Ross Jr. — June 6, 2020

(RNS) — Analysis, insights and top headlines from the world of faith this week.

Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns: Black Christians ‘cannot do this alone’

By Adelle M. Banks — June 5, 2020

(RNS) — ‘White evangelical Christians tend to think the problem of racism is primarily how I feel and act toward someone else, not how you vote, who you vote for and what policies you support.’

Mosques across America dedicate Friday sermons to confronting racism, police brutality

By Aysha Khan — June 5, 2020

(RNS) — George Floyd’s killing was the final straw for thousands of Americans pushing for racial justice. It may also be a tipping point for non-black Muslim communities.

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