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Race & Religion

William Pannell wrote ‘The Coming Race Wars?’ nearly 30 years ago. It still resonates today

By Alejandra Molina — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — Pannell’s book serves as a historical reflection but 'also as a statement on how far we haven’t come.'

The case for reparations has been made all the more clear by COVID-19

By Kelly Brown Douglas — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — Black Americans have been much more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to the wealth gap and various socioeconomic inequities that are the result of centuries of segregation, discrimination and slavery.

Warnock, Progressive National Baptists focus on voting rights during annual meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — The denominational meeting, which concludes Thursday, also featured discussions on equitable wages and on debates about critical race theory.

Jennifer Hudson: Their shared faith ‘definitely’ helped her depict Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’

By Adelle M. Banks — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We felt it was very important to maintain her faith throughout the film in telling her story because that was her base,’ Hudson said of the R&B star.

Voddie Baucham’s publisher defends Fault Lines against plagiarism claims

By Bob Smietana — August 3, 2021
(RNS) — The author of a popular anti-CRT book has been accused of misquoting sources and plagiarism. His publisher says the accusations are not ‘well-founded.’

John Lewis’ co-author talks faith, voting rights and their new graphic novel, ‘Run’

By Adelle M. Banks — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The lesson I hold with me most from John Lewis and his life and his example is that you have to be persistent,’ said Andrew Aydin.

Why Reform Jewish leaders support H.R. 40, the federal reparations bill

By Deitra Reiser, Hannah Goldstein, Sarah Bassin — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — If we wish to redeem the soul of America, our efforts at earnest truth-telling must result in equally serious attempts to provide redress for past and ongoing harms through reparations.

Rolling Stone’s publisher planned to convert a Black church into his home, but residents fought back to preserve it

By Alejandra Molina — July 26, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'We just could not allow it to fall into the hands of someone who didn’t have the religious respect of the community,' said Naomi Nightingale.

Mary, mother of Jesus, returns as an icon for pop stars and social justice warriors

By Whitney Bauck — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — She’s showing up on everything from guitar gear to luxury coats — and people of all backgrounds are flocking to her.

US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

By Peter Smith — July 23, 2021
(AP) — The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted calls for a reckoning over similar schools in the United States.

Room for 10,000: Inside China’s largest detention center

By Dake Kang — July 22, 2021
DABANCHENG, China (AP) — This site suggests that China still holds and plans to hold vast numbers of Uyghurs and other minorities in detention.

Proud Boys leader pleads guilty for burning church’s Black Lives Matter banner

By Kathryn Post — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Enrique Tarrio pleaded guilty to two charges on Monday, including one involving the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a historic Black church in Washington, D.C.

Promise Keepers says it has changed. The times have changed more.

By Roxanne Stone — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — An organization once committed to a post-political future has reemerged into a culture entrenched in a bitter partisan battle.

United Church of Christ declares racism a public health crisis

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — The resolution’s approval ‘set the tone’ for the United Church of Christ’s Special Edition General Synod, which runs through Sunday (July 18).

Gordon-Conwell seminary alumni and staff protest loss of Black professor

By Adelle M. Banks — July 13, 2021
(RNS) — ‘We understand that these are times of tight finances, but as Scripture says that where our treasure is, there our heart will be also,’ wrote his supporters.
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