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Middle Church is hosting a benefit concert live to raise money for the rebuilding of the church. Image courtesy of Middle Church

Norah Jones, Chelsea Clinton headline benefit for fire-ravaged Middle Church

By Adelle M. Banks — March 24, 2021

(RNS) — ‘We’re still here,’ said the Rev. Jacqui Lewis. ‘The fire did not destroy our fight for liberty for all, for all people.’

In this Aug. 22, 1964, photograph, Fannie Lou Hamer, a leader of the Freedom Democratic party, speaks before the credentials committee of the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, in efforts to win accreditation for the largely African American group as Mississippi's delegation to the convention, instead of the all-white state delegation. (AP Photo/File)

Remembering the Black female leaders of the civil rights movement

By Eboo Patel — March 24, 2021

(RNS) — The truth is, we remember much of the civil rights movement through its very visible male leaders. But there were so many women, both behind the scenes and on the front lines, who shaped the movement.

Left, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld and Pastor Clarence C. Moore. Left courtesy of Julie Schonfeld, right from screengrab

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.

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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. Image courtesy of the National Adjutancy

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.

People gather at Gold Spa during a prayer walk between two spas involved in recent shootings, March 21, 2021, in Atlanta. Photo by Maina Mwaura

Atlanta churches near spa attacks pray for victims, community

By Maina Mwaura, 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.

Bishop J. Drew Sheard of Detroit has been elected as the new presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ. Image by Stephen Savage, courtesy of COGIC

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.

A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on March 16, 2021. Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church of Glenarden

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

By Jack Jenkins, 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.

In this March 13, 2021, file photo, a man participates in the rally

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.

Officials stand in front of a spa after a shooting March 16, 2021, in Atlanta. Shootings at two spas in Atlanta and one in the suburbs left multiple people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, authorities said. A 21-year-old man suspected in the shootings was taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later after a manhunt, police said. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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.

Authorities investigate a multiple fatal shooting at a spa March 16, 2021, in Acworth, Georgia. Cherokee County sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker said Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Georgia, was taken into custody in Crisp County on Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

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.

Frank Campbell, one of the GU272 enslaved people sold by the Maryland Jesuits in 1838. Photo courtesy Georgetown Slavery Archive

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.

People carrying signs supporting voting rights are reflected in a puddle as they arrive at an early voting center at Model City Branch Library, as part of a

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.

Marc Dollinger, right, joins an NFL Roundtable discussion show in July 2020. Video screengrab

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.

Prisoners from Sacramento County await processing after arriving at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California, on Feb. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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.’

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