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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.

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.

Southern Baptist seminary presidents nix critical race theory

By Yonat Shimron — December 1, 2020

(RNS) — The seminary presidents may be reacting to factions within Southern Baptist circles that have complained the denomination is drifting to the left.

Episcopal men’s ministry loses board members, chapters over response to George Floyd’s death

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 12, 2020

(RNS) — The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has publicly apologized and said they realize they need to do more to combat systemic racism and white privilege in the organization and beyond. Others say it has a long way to go.

Biden campaign labels racism as religious issue at post-debate event

By Adelle M. Banks — October 1, 2020

(RNS) — Christians, Jews and Muslims ‘better have an answer for why it’s not their essential issue in this election,’ said facilitator Jim Wallis.

Demonizing white evangelicals won’t solve our political divisions

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — September 24, 2020

(RNS) — White evangelicals are certainly complicit in our history of systemic racism and nationalism, but transparent prejudice against them offers no way forward for any of us.

Black Jesus version of Michelangelo’s Pietà divides Catholics on race and politics

By Claire Giangravé — September 18, 2020

(RNS) — The conservative Catholic news website Church Militant used the image, which it said ‘profanes the Pieta’ to criticize the head of the agency that posted it, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

The 2020 election is a moment of truth for white Christianity

By Jim Wallis — September 15, 2020

(RNS) — Racism is a religious issue. Not only that, I would argue that racism is the central religious issue in this election.

No race problem here: Despite summer of protests, many practicing Christians remain ambivalent

By Adelle M. Banks — September 15, 2020

(RNS) — Despite evidence of an ‘especially reluctant group of white practicing Christians,’ there are signs that other practicing Christians seek to improve their understanding of racism.

America’s house will crumble if we don’t repair our racist divide

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 18, 2020

(RNS) — Why do Black Lives Matter? Because for all of American history, as an important new book catalogs, they simply didn’t.

How a quarantine matchmaking project for Muslims found itself navigating anti-Blackness

By Aysha Khan — August 10, 2020

(RNS) — Through Eye Meets Soul, a virtual blind matchmaking experience for Muslim millennials, founders hoped personal appearance, race and ethnicity would fade into the background. Easier said than done.

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.

Illinois imam resigns over sexist, racist social media posts

By Aysha Khan — July 28, 2020

(RNS) — An imam at a suburban Chicago-area mosque has resigned after circulation of his social media posts using derogatory language toward Muslim women and a racial slur.

Can kindness heal a world divided by pandemic, protests and politics? Pastor Ashlee Eiland thinks so

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 21, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I think sometimes what kindness means, if we’re doing it well, is that we are righteously angry,’ said Ashlee Eiland, formation and preaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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