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Race & Religion

African spirituality offers Black believers ‘decolonized’ Christianity

By Liz Kineke — January 5, 2021

(RNS) — The pastor of the online Proverbial Experience mixes African spiritual practices with Christianity for worship ‘that is fully integrated with who I am.’

Historic Black church in DC sues Proud Boys for destroying Black Lives Matter sign

By Jack Jenkins — January 4, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘We, the descendants of these extraordinary women and men of God, will not allow white supremacist violence to go unchecked by the laws of the land,’ said Metropolitan AME pastor the Rev. William H. Lamar IV.

Georgia’s Black-Jewish campaign is the latest chapter in an old story

By Mark Silk — January 4, 2021

(RNS) — The experiences of the two communities in Atlanta have run parallel since the Civil War.

Senate race thrusts ‘Black America’s church’ into spotlight

By Aaron Morrison — January 3, 2021

(AP) — A high-stakes Senate race and a Trump-era cultural debate have thrust Ebenezer Baptist Church into the center of the current political debate.

RNS reporters on the big stories they expect to cover in 2021

By RNS staff — January 1, 2021

(RNS) — How will America’s religious landscape recover from 2020 and who will lead faith issues in new directions in the new year?

What to expect on the religious scene in 2021: Experts cast their sights on the year ahead

By Yonat Shimron — December 31, 2020

(RNS) — We asked scholars, faith leaders, activists and other experts to reflect on some of the issues they’ve seen on the religious landscape and what they anticipate for 2021.

Faith leaders and religion influencers who died in 2020

By Adelle M. Banks — December 29, 2020

(RNS) — Losses in the religion world included people known for their contributions to preaching, civil rights or music.

The SBC’s critical race theory debacle

By Mark Silk — December 29, 2020

(RNS) — Once the SBC sees systemic racism, it’s a slippery slope to feminism, climate change and LGBTQ rights.

Our best religion stories from a terrible year

By RNS staff — December 28, 2020

(RNS) — The RNS stories that captured moments of resilience and perseverance, and even a few moments of celebration, in this dark time.

SBC seminary president: Recent race statement not about ‘preserving whiteness’

By Adelle M. Banks — December 24, 2020

(RNS) — Adam Greenway, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, defended Southern Baptist seminary presidents’ determination about critical race theory.

Faithful Black descendants hope reparations after Florida massacre will be a model

By Adelle M. Banks — December 23, 2020

(RNS) — ‘They left with nothing,’ said the leader of a Rosewood-related foundation. ‘Livestock was gone, houses burned to the ground, couldn’t go to church.’

How alliances between Black and Jewish voters are reshaping one New York district

By Lyra Walsh Fuchs — December 22, 2020

NEW YORK (RNS) — Eliot Engel’s unlikely defeat by progressive insurgent Jamaal Bowman signaled shifts within an electorate that straddles wide income divides in the Bronx and southern Westchester and is 30% Black and 20% Jewish.

Does anyone ‘own’ the Holocaust? An Orlando controversy inflames the issue

By Mark I. Pinsky — December 21, 2020

ORLANDO (RNS) — A Holocaust memorial center in Florida sparks controversy for an exhibit on modern racism, with many saying it diminishes the reality of anti-Semitism and the atrocities of the Holocaust.

Luter, Greear latest Southern Baptist leaders to weigh in as turmoil over race theory grows

By Adelle M. Banks — December 19, 2020

(RNS) — The fallout from a statement on critical race theory by six seminary presidents continued, as prominent Black leaders and their churches answer with objections or quit the SBC.

‘We out’: Charlie Dates on why his church is leaving the SBC over rejection of critical race theory

By Charlie Dates — December 18, 2020

(RNS) — I had to tell my church I was wrong. There is no such thing as ‘the Old Southern Baptists.’ Conservatism is, and has always been, the god of the SBC.

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