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Race & Religion

Hundreds gather at historic Tulsa church’s prayer wall

By Peter Smith — June 1, 2021
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As the ceremony came to an end, participants put their hands on the prayer wall along the side of the sanctuary while soloist Santita Jackson sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing."

How George Floyd finally made us see the link between systemic racism and colonialism

By Andre Henry — May 25, 2021
(RNS) — Today's protesters see similarities between the Israeli occupation and European expansion across North America.

One year after George Floyd’s murder, faith leaders continue the call for racial reckoning

By RNS staff — May 25, 2021
(RNS) — Clergy were often front and center in the year’s racial justice protests, and their clarion call not only to politicians but also to religious leaders sparked a racial reckoning within churches, synagogues and mosques.

George Floyd anniversary is a chance for white evangelicals to stand up for Black lives

By Doug Pagitt — May 25, 2021
(RNS) — Our community has a moral obligation to support Black lives.

100 years later, Black church leaders seek reparations for Tulsa massacre

By Adelle M. Banks — May 19, 2021
(RNS) — An African Methodist Episcopal pastor and other Black people of faith say the time has come to repay as well as to remember.

We can’t rebuild the US until we support families

By Jim Wallis — May 19, 2021
(RNS) — What makes a family able to work and take care of each of its members? That is the moral question that could unite many of us.

Why grievance studies hoaxer and atheist James Lindsay wants to save Southern Baptists

By Bob Smietana — May 18, 2021
(RNS) — Over the past two years, James Lindsay has been on a crusade against what he sees as a ‘woke’ invasion of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.  

The death penalty’s last gasp?

By Shane Claiborne — May 18, 2021
(RNS) — Quintin Jones' death will be the first state execution in nine months.

For some pastors, the past year was a sign from God it was time to quit

By Bob Smietana — May 7, 2021
(RNS) — Already stretched thin, these clergy found the demands of the pandemic — from producing video church to combating conspiracy theories — took all the joy out of the job.

National Day of Prayer to be marked with petitions for racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — May 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is time for us to stand up and own this racism,’ said a leader of Religions for Peace USA, ahead of its second prayer day event.

Ahead of Andrew Brown Jr’s funeral, North Carolina clergy cry out for justice

By Yonat Shimron — May 1, 2021
(RNS) — For North Carolina clergy, the killing of an unarmed Black man by law enforcement is personal.

AME Church historical documentary features Mother Emanuel pastor Clementa Pinckney

By Adelle M. Banks — April 29, 2021
(RNS) — The AME Church is highlighting the documentary along with another about the history of its major quadrennial meetings, as producers work on a third film.

Despite multiracial congregation boom, some Black congregants report prejudice

By Adelle M. Banks — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — A third of Black Christians say it is hard to gain leadership positions in a multiracial congregation, a new report says.

Health care organizations find success with faith-based allies in vaccine distribution

By Adelle M. Banks — April 23, 2021
(RNS) — Collaboration between religious officials and health care professionals — from both nonprofit and for-profit companies — has aided efforts to increase access to vaccinations.

A guilty verdict for Chauvin shouldn’t have required a global uprising

By Andre Henry — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — If this is success, we are still accepting an incredibly high bar to get basic accountability we should expect.
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