SBC seminary votes to retain slaveholders’ names on buildings
(RNS) — Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said: ‘Our task is to honor the saintly without condoning, hiding, or denying the sinful.’
Southern Baptists warm to alternate moniker ‘Great Commission Baptists’
(RNS) — ‘The farther we get from 1845, the more clear we need to be with our mission,’ said a South Carolina Baptist official.
India can take lessons from US in our struggle to end casteism
(RNS) — While America’s response must feel tortuous to those marching, it gives me hope that India, where I sit, can confront its past and present history of casteism.
A Passover Haggadah with a focus on Earth care takes off in a time of pandemic
(RNS) — In a year that has seen the deaths of thousands to a virulent virus sweeping the world, many are welcoming a focus on the health of the planet and finding it especially meaningful in a time of social isolation.
New research reconsiders writings of a Muslim slave and scholar
(RNS) — Multiple legends have grown up around Said since his death in 1864. Now two North Carolina university professors are translating and transcribing the scholar’s writings and shedding new light on what he knew.
Faith made Harriet Tubman fearless as she rescued slaves
(The Conversation) — Inspired by the pioneering AME evangelist Jarena Lee, Tubman came to understand that women could hold religious authority.
Harriet Tubman, in movie and real life, guided by faith in fight for freedom
(RNS) — A new movie on the life of Harriet Tubman makes plain how the young Maryland slave put her faith before fear to rescue herself and dozens of other enslaved people.
Nuns hope to be disciples of hope in changing landscape of human trafficking
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A group of religious sisters is meeting with Pope Francis this week in Rome to address the issue of human trafficking, linking the rise of victims to populist movements, increased immigration and climate refugees.
Reparations fund announced by Va. seminary with buildings constructed by slaves
(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.
King’s dream and Emmett Till’s death capture warring soul of our nation
(RNS) — August 28 is the anniversary of both Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Dream’ speech and the lynching of Emmett Till, eight years apart.
From New York to Alabama, blacks worshipped in own spaces before slavery’s end
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.