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SBC seminary votes to retain slaveholders’ names on buildings

By Adelle M. Banks — October 13, 2020

(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’

By Adelle M. Banks — September 16, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The farther we get from 1845, the more clear we need to be with our mission,’ said a South Carolina Baptist official.

The Fourth of July: Time to celebrate or lament?

By Antipas L. Harris — July 2, 2020

(RNS) — How could the white colonists fight for freedom and remain numb to the possibility of liberty for the slaves? The question plagues us to this day.

‘What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?’

By Frederick Douglass — July 2, 2020

(RNS) — Frederick Douglass’ July 5 speech in 1852 is a still relevant indictment of America’s habit of championing freedom while failing to measure up to democratic ideals on race.

India can take lessons from US in our struggle to end casteism

By Joseph D'Souza — June 11, 2020

(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

By Yonat Shimron — April 7, 2020

(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

By Yonat Shimron — February 7, 2020

(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.

Evangelism and religious supremacy

By Simran Jeet Singh — December 19, 2019

(RNS) — Historically, the ‘gift’ of salvation has been weaponized time and time again to justify intervention and conquest.

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.

Faith made Harriet Tubman fearless as she rescued slaves

By Robert Gudmestad — December 3, 2019

(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

By Adelle M. Banks — October 31, 2019

(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

By Claire Giangravé — September 25, 2019

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

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.

King’s dream and Emmett Till’s death capture warring soul of our nation

By Kelly Brown Douglas — August 28, 2019

(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

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.

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