Protests for Racial Justice

Raise your signs and voices. Then raise your church’s race awareness

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto — June 5, 2020

(RNS) — Protest is good for the soul. But it should be just the first step in your church’s anti-racist education.

Without annual meeting, amid decline, Southern Baptists continue debate on race, women’s roles

By Adelle M. Banks — June 4, 2020

(RNS) — Southern Baptists have struggled over the meaning of critical race theory in particular and the direction of the denomination in general.

Why cops attack racial justice protesters

By Simran Jeet Singh — June 4, 2020

(RNS) — Racism infects policing on every level, from policy to personal biases.

Remembering the Christianity of Jesus, not empire

By Amy Butler — June 4, 2020

(RNS) — If Jesus were here today he’d be wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt while he held a sign and marched at a protest.

After St. John’s, thinking differently about a president, a Bible and race

By Nick Hall — June 4, 2020

(RNS) — Be glad President Donald Trump is holding the Bible, not because he is the embodiment of its words, but because it offers the fruits of the Spirit that he, and all of us, need.

Peaceful church protest in Brooklyn brings disruption, blessing and a call for change

By Roxanne Stone — June 3, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — Demonstrators at a church-led peaceful march in Brooklyn prayed for their city and protested for lasting change in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

In LA, a rally highlights a divide between clergy on how to bring about police reform

By Alejandra Molina — June 3, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The faith-based rally highlighted the different ways clergy and religious leaders are dealing with law enforcement as they seek to end racist policies and police brutality toward black people.

American Bible Society leader: Don’t use the Bible as a political ‘prop’

By Adelle M. Banks, Jack Jenkins — June 3, 2020

(RNS) — President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both posed with Bibles this week, moves that seem political. It’s a bad idea, said an American Bible Society leader.

Faith leaders: Police used gas that caused tears, coughing when clearing DC park

By Jack Jenkins — June 3, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘I saw people with tears pouring out of their eyes, their eyes red and swollen,’ said the Rev. Gini Gerbasi, who was at St. John’s when police expelled them from the scene.

George Floyd and the Patels: A story in generations

By Eboo Patel — June 3, 2020

(RNS) — If you talked to my kids about Morning in America, they would just laugh at you.

‘The church will not be silent’: Clergy lead thousands in peaceful protest on Chicago’s South Side

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 3, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — People of faith are taking a more active role in the protests sparked by George Floyd’s death that have spread from Minneapolis to all 50 states and around the world.

Black activists to learn from on Blackout Tuesday

By Kathryn Post — June 2, 2020

(RNS) — As artists and celebrities black out their social media profiles in honor of George Floyd, take the opportunity to learn from these black racial justice advocates. 

With Bibles and flash grenades, Trump walks the Christian nationalist walk

By Andrew Whitehead — June 2, 2020

(RNS) — It won’t be in spite of authoritarian bluster that many white Christians support Donald Trump. It will be because of it.

There are few gatherings more appropriate to Pentecost than protest

By Tara Isabella Burton — June 2, 2020

(RNS) — To imagine that a church could be desecrated by political protest against inequality is to catastrophically misunderstand the message both of Pentecost and of Christianity as a whole.

Trump makes Nixon look good

By Mark Silk — June 2, 2020

(RNS) — A tale of two presidential ventures out of a White House under siege.

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