Race & Religion

‘Woke Wars’ infiltrate Christian colleges, prof under fire for racial justice unit

By Kathryn Post — February 24, 2023
(RNS) — What happens when racial justice education is flagged as indoctrination?

At Maryland church, it’s ‘Caribbean Sabbath,’ not just Black History Month

By Adelle M. Banks — February 23, 2023
HYATTSVILLE, Md. (RNS) — ‘It's a space where our members and their family and friends can feel celebrated, can feel affirmed,’ said Pastor Trevor Kinlock.

How John and Alice Coltrane’s music inspired a vision for American Hinduism

By Murali Balaji — February 22, 2023
(RNS) — They were two of the religion’s most impactful and unique gurus in its evolution into an American way of life.

Professor Joeckel on why his contract, teachings on racial justice are ‘under review’

By Jemar Tisby — February 20, 2023
(RNS) — An incident at Palm Beach Atlantic University is the latest salvo in an increasingly high-stakes conflict over teaching about race in higher education.

Harvard, National Council of Churches, Reform Jews seeking reparations blueprint

By Adelle M. Banks — February 20, 2023
(RNS) — ‘This is not a mere research paper,’ said the Rev. Cornell William Brooks, a Kennedy School professor and former president of the NAACP.

Docuseries on Black church highlights history, links to biblical orthodoxy

By Adelle M. Banks — February 13, 2023
(RNS) — 'We wanted to show the substantive differences between the denominations but also show that the primary arguments were not about orthodoxy,' said producer Justin Giboney.

At Tyre Nichols’ funeral, VP Harris and Sharpton among those praying and promising reform

By Adelle M. Banks — February 1, 2023
(RNS) — ‘When we talk about public safety, let us understand what it means in its truest form: Tyre Nichols should have been safe,’ the vice president said.

How students could give Ron DeSantis an African American history lesson

By Andre Henry — January 30, 2023
(RNS) — Today's students don't need to be protected from an education in Black history.

Tyre Nichols police beating video prompts faith leaders to react with grief, goals

By Adelle M. Banks — January 28, 2023
(RNS) — They expressed grief and prayers for Nichols’ family, as well as called for national and state legislation. Some questioned whether the video of the police beating of Nichols should be watched.

How Southern California helped birth white Christian nationalism

By Yonat Shimron — January 24, 2023
(RNS) — Part memoir, part history of Southern California’s formative role in the rise of the religious right, Bradley Onishi's new book traces his growing estrangement from the faith he once zealously championed.

PHOTO GALLERY: The history and diversity of African American religious rituals

By Adelle M. Banks — January 10, 2023
(RNS) — A new photo book from the National Museum of African American History and Culture explores Black history through its range of spiritual traditions.

Black women ministers get ‘affirmation that God sees us‘ at DC event

By Adelle M. Banks — December 7, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The event also focused on women who are not in top roles but who nevertheless serve in ministry in ways they feel called to pursue.

Black museum religion exhibit features Little Richard’s Bible, Rev. Ike’s suit

By Adelle M. Banks — November 18, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The first special exhibition to focus specifically on religion since the museum opened includes photos and artifacts accompanied by quotations of famous African Americans.

Building a more just church in a post-pandemic world   

By Kelly Brown Douglas — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — Trying to ‘get back to normal’ is both folly and missed opportunity — in more ways than one.

‘Tell what happened’: Pastor and last surviving eyewitness urges Christians to remember Emmett Till

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 26, 2022
WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) — The brutal murder of Emmett Till became a catalyst for the civil rights movement and has enduring relevance in today's anti-racist activism.
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