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Slavery and Religion

Michael Twitty’s ‘kosher soul’ cuisine offers an updated story of liberation

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — The Jewish culinary historian encourages people to celebrate their braided cultures. "Tradition is what you make," he says. His Passover Plate will look different from the one most Jews use.
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Alabama Southern Baptist pastor resigns after speaking at party for a KKK leader

By Yonat Shimron — July 30, 2020
(RNS) — Will Dismukes, who is also a Republican state representative, resigned from his church after offering an invocation at a birthday party honoring a Confederate general who was also the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

‘More than individual sin’ — Black pastors urge evangelicals to admit systemic racism

By Yonat Shimron — July 2, 2020
(RNS) — While liberal Christians have embraced the idea of social or collective sin, especially when it comes to racism, white evangelicals have typically resisted such notions as unbiblical. A Black Southern Baptist pastor is now calling them out on it.

Al Mohler, Southern Baptist leader, says he was ‘stupid’ to defend slavery in 1998 CNN interview

By Jonathan Merritt — May 15, 2020
(RNS) — The Rev. Al Mohler, longtime Southern Baptist leader, repudiated past comments defending slavery, calling them ‘stupid,’ says he is ashamed of seminary title with a link to slaveholder.

From New York to Alabama, blacks worshipped in own spaces before slavery’s end

By Adelle M. Banks — August 1, 2019
NEW YORK (RNS) — As the nation marks the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans in Virginia, a Harlem church joins others that have represented the enduring faith of slaves, free blacks and their descendants.

Montgomery, Ala., churches part of city’s 200-year history of slavery, civil rights

By Adelle M. Banks — August 1, 2019
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (RNS) — 'It is the cradle of the Confederacy and the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement,' said a local church historian.

Angela, a First African, tells her story in Jamestown, but her faith is a mystery

By Adelle M. Banks — August 1, 2019
JAMESTOWN, Va. (RNS) — An interpreter attempts to fill in the gaps even as she and scholars of the 400-year history of enslaved Africans say they believe this particular woman was nevertheless a believer of some sort.
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