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Race & Religion

Faith and the COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Don’t throw away your shot’

By Julie Schonfeld — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — 'The mayor's office called, wanting to take a shot with me, but the mayor was too slow. When he called I had already gotten my shot!' said Pastor Clarence C. Moore, senior pastor of the New Era Church in Indianapolis.

Study: Most Black ‘nones’ believe in God or higher power, fewer pray regularly

By Adelle M. Banks — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — Nones comprise about one-fifth — 21% — of Black adults in the U.S. Eighteen percent say their religion is ‘nothing in particular.’

Bishop George Dallas McKinney, founder of St. Stephen’s Cathedral Church of God in Christ, dies at 88

By Alejandra Molina — March 22, 2021
(RNS) — The son of a sharecropper who was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, founded St. Stephen’s Church of God in Christ in 1962.

Atlanta churches near spa attacks pray for victims, community

By Maina Mwaura and Bob Smietana — March 22, 2021
ATLANTA (RNS) — This past weekend, churches prayed for victims and hoped for an end to racism and violence against women.

Church of God in Christ names Detroit’s Bishop J. Drew Sheard new presiding bishop

By Adelle M. Banks — March 22, 2021
(RNS) — The husband of gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard of The Clark Sisters was elected on Saturday by the COGIC General Assembly, the denomination announced.

Churches stepping up as COVID-19 vaccine sites across the Washington metropolitan area

By Jack Jenkins and Adelle M. Banks — March 22, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We've seen several people come out and sign up for this initiative because of it being located at the church,’ said a D.C. health department spokesperson.

Same, but different: Notes on Black Christian solidarity against anti-Asian racism

By Esau McCaulley — March 19, 2021
(RNS) — Being a co-belligerent in the struggle for justice does not mean collapsing all Asian problems into Black ones. Our particular problems and struggles are different.

The Atlanta massacre is yet another reminder we desperately need race-conscious discipleship

By Raymond Chang — March 17, 2021
(RNS) — Most people don’t understand how Asian Americans have been racialized and how racism actually impacts us.

Suspect in Atlanta spa killings ‘big into religion’

By Roxanne Stone — March 17, 2021
(RNS) — Six of the eight victims were Asian women, raising concerns among the already alarmed Asian American community, which has faced a recent spike in anti-Asian hate crimes around the country.

Jesuits pledge $100 million for descendants of people their order enslaved

By Jack Jenkins — March 16, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The initiative also has a longer-term goal of raising $1 billion.

Faith leaders push back against proposed ‘Souls to the Polls’ voting restrictions

By Adelle M. Banks — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — 'They’re trying, with the voter suppression laws, to create a system of apartheid where they who have the power will retain the power,' one minister said.

He claimed white Jews gained from white supremacy. Now he’s more popular than ever.

By Yonat Shimron — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — Historian Marc Dollinger is on a quest to analyze Jewish complicity in racism.

Prison Fellowship joins campaign to reform cocaine sentencing guidelines

By Adelle M. Banks — March 9, 2021
(RNS) — The president of the evangelical prison ministry said ‘action is needed now to correct this now long-standing injustice.’

Okla. death row inmate, subject of prayer rally, to get second clemency hearing

By Adelle M. Banks — March 8, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I just believe that we’re on God’s side,’ said the Rev. Cece Jones-Davis, director of the campaign supporting Julius Jones.

Women of different faiths find ‘seat at the table’ co-hosting ‘Sister Act’ podcast

By Adelle M. Banks — March 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Being female faith leaders, we are not always given the stage,’ said the podcast's founder.
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