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Race & Religion

Can I get an amen? Black Americans’ faith, religious practice detailed in Pew study

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2021
(RNS) — Senior researcher Besheer Mohamed said that for Black American church shoppers, ‘the race of a congregation and the race of leadership would be not that important.’

American Jews are taking a hard look at racism in their midst

By Yonat Shimron — February 12, 2021
(RNS) — The challenge for white American Jews is to understand that they can be both targets of white supremacy and also accomplices.

John Legend credits childhood in Pentecostal church for his choice to pursue music

By Adelle M. Banks — February 8, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I just grew up around a family full of folks who loved to sing and loved to sing about Jesus, and we were together all the time,’ said the recording artist, who appears in a new documentary on the Black church.

Church known as a birthplace of LA’s Chicano civil rights movement earns national recognition

By Alejandra Molina — February 8, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The Church of the Epiphany in the 1960s became a center for the flourishing Chicano movement. Five decades later, it has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Henry Louis Gates’ new book and TV series distills centuries of Black church history

By Adelle M. Banks — February 5, 2021
(RNS) — 'The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song' is a new book and a documentary set to air on PBS stations.

Southern Baptist leaders decry ‘stone cold racist’ letter to Dwight McKissic

By Adelle M. Banks — February 4, 2021
(RNS) — SBC President J.D. Greear and others objected to a letter that assailed McKissic, a Black pastor who recently announced he was pulling his church out of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.

Obama speechwriter’s memoir ‘Grace’ to come out in 2022

By Hillel Italie — February 2, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — Cody Keenan's memoir is set around the time a white supremacist murdered nine Black parishioners in South Carolina.

Pastor Rick Warren apologizes for children’s Sunday school video loaded with Asian culture stereotypes

By Alejandra Molina — February 1, 2021
(RNS) — The video has been removed, but Michelle Ami Reyes, vice president for the Asian American Christian Collaborative, on Twitter described the video as using Asian culture 'as a prop for slapstick humor.'

Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook’s Black women in ministry program gains $1 million grant

By Adelle M. Banks — February 1, 2021
(RNS) — Cook called the grant-funded program a ‘game changer’ for Black women ministers and future generations.

Some Southern Baptist pastors are calling Kamala Harris ‘Jezebel.’ What do they mean?

By Yonat Shimron — January 29, 2021
(RNS) — Southern Baptist pastors are sharply critical of Vice President Kamala Harris. Now some are taking their insults to biblical proportions.

Black clergy offer churches as COVID-19 vaccination sites, roll up their sleeves

By Adelle M. Banks — January 29, 2021
(RNS) — An Oklahoma church, whose name means ‘stone of help,' is preparing to provide the second of the two-part vaccine.

Online forum helps Asian Americans find their way in Americanized Buddhism

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil — January 27, 2021
(RNS) — Young Buddhist Editorial gives millennial and Gen Z Asian Americans a place to engage with their religion, culture and identity on their own terms.

I have election protesters and ‘Never Trumpers’ in my pews. How can we move forward together?

By Chris Davis — January 26, 2021
(RNS) — The fractures in old friendships are forcing us to ask some difficult questions. For starters, does our Christian faith truly transcend our political opinions? Should it?

Black Lives Matter banner outside University Christian Church in San Diego defaced

By Alejandra Molina — January 25, 2021
(RNS) — Senior Minister Caleb Lines said it’s not the vandalism that he finds heartbreaking: ‘It’s that some people truly don’t believe that Black lives matter or that the lives of LGBTQ+ people have value.’

Some Black Southern Baptists feel shut out by white leaders

By David Crary — January 25, 2021
(RNS) — The SBC's national meeting in June cold be a crucial moment for Black pastors if delegates rebuff their views on systemic racism in the U.S.
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