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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.’

Maryland Episcopal diocese reparations fund gains $100,000 in community donations

By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2020

(RNS) — Maryland Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton noted the development during a panel discussion on reparations at a National Council of Churches virtual meeting.

New York church to devote $200,000 to ‘reparations’ with housing help, anti-racism training

By Adelle M. Banks — August 3, 2020

(RNS) — The Rev. Jacqueline Lewis said she is joining other clergy who have taken action on social justice in nontraditional ways.

50 years after ‘Black Manifesto,’ religious groups take up reparations again

By Matthew J. Cressler, Adelle M. Banks — December 30, 2019

(RNS) — Five decades later, the reparations debate has reentered the national spotlight, with some religious institutions leading the way. 

Reform Jews call for reparations for slavery

By Yonat Shimron — December 13, 2019

(RNS) — The resolution is the first such effort on the part of an American Jewish organization but has precedent among some Protestant groups.

Reparations fund announced by Va. seminary with buildings constructed by slaves

By Adelle M. Banks — September 10, 2019

(RNS) — ‘This is the Seminary recognizing that along with repentance for past sins, there is also a need for action,’ said Virginia Theological Seminary President Ian S. Markham.

Black minister to his mostly white ELCA denomination: ‘We need to rethink church’

By Adelle M. Banks — August 28, 2019

(RNS) — The Rev. Lenny Duncan recently decided to challenge his denomination in a new book, titled ‘Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.’

Has the time come for America to atone for its original sin?

By Paul O'Donnell — July 29, 2019

(RNS) — In one of the most significant developments in religious history, slaves cast aside passivity and servitude using a biblical story that is central to Jewish worship. It’s time for America to complete that story with atonement in the public square.

Southern Baptist seminary denies request for reparations

By Adelle M. Banks — June 5, 2019

(RNS) — EmpowerWest, a coalition of black and white pastors in Louisville, Ky., where the seminary is located, recently contacted seminary officials with their request.

Georgetown seeks to make amends for slavery history

By Jerome Socolovsky — September 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (RNS) Georgetown University officials said steps will include a ‘Mass of Reconciliation’ with the Jesuits and the Archdiocese of Washington and a memorial to slaves from whom the university benefited.

In some churches, talk of reparations draws a hearing

By Jesse James DeConto — November 9, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Harvey’s 2014 book, “Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation,” has led to speaking engagements at United Church of Christ gatherings, Presbyterian assemblies and college campuses.

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