WASHINGTON (RNS) But beware, said LifeWay Research director Ed Stetzer: "If you don't like diversity, you're really not going to like heaven."
(RNS) “They used to call them the civil rights twins -- he and Dr. King,” recalled Terrie Randolph, who was Ralph Abernathy’s secretary when he became president of SCLC after King’s death. “You wouldn’t see one without the other."
(RNS) When you strip away the costumes, mythology, and mascara-wearing Egyptians monarchs, what do you really have? “Exodus” is a film about the birth of freedom. A people demands its rights. A leader screams out for redemption. Sound familiar?
(RNS) “The church is jumping in to lend its support -- not to lead it -- which is a different place from where the black church has been historically," said Baltimore pastor Jamal-Harrison Bryant.
“This was the spiritual workplace of the civil rights movement,” said the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy III, whose foundation is seeking to have the site of the historic church designated as a national park.
BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. (RNS) Bernice King and others from the King Center in Atlanta are meeting with Missouri high school students to help them channel anger over the police shooting of Michael Brown into positive change.
(RNS) Bernice King had said that her father "MUST be turning in his grave" over her brothers' attempts to sell his Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal, calling it "outright morally reprehensible.”
(RNS) “As Mark 8:36 teaches, 'For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?'" she said. “Our Father MUST be turning in his grave. As a minister of the Gospel, the thought of selling my daddy’s Bible troubles my mind, vexes my spirit and weighs on my soul.”
(RNS) "While we are yet flawed by those among us who hold to racial bigotry and intolerance, they no longer define us as a nation or a people!” United Methodist Bishop Woodie White wrote in his 2014 letter to Martin Luther King.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As one of the last surviving members of a generation of civil rights icons, the Rev. C.T. Vivian was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the nation's first African-American president.
(RNS) Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged white church leaders to confront racism, an ecumenical network has responded to his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Christian Churches Together in the USA has produced a 20-page document that answers King and includes confessions of church bodies about their silence and slow pace in addressing racial injustice.
(RNS) President Obama will take oath of office on Bibles that once belonged to Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Obama's own use of Scripture echoes his two heroes. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) The boyhood home of Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X and the neighborhood where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born have been listed as “endangered” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. By Adelle M. Banks.
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