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William J. Barber II

Gore says climate crisis like ‘nature hike right through the Book of Revelation’

By Adelle M. Banks — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The transition to a cleaner future can also be a transition to a more just and equitable future,’ he said at a Black Interfaith Project event.

A pro-democracy faith movement is forming. Will it be enough?

By Jacob Lupfer — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — The Scriptures say little about voting rights, leaving faith groups struggling to inspire activism.

President Biden pledges support for Rev. Barber’s campaign to end poverty

By Yonat Shimron — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — In a prerecorded two-minute video, Biden said he supported some of the issues central to the Poor People’s Campaign, including a $15 minimum wage.

James Forbes’ ode to Juneteenth calls on Americans to embrace the promise of freedom

By Yonat Shimron — June 18, 2021
(RNS) — The retired pastor's spoken word is not simply a paean to freedom. It’s a call to all Americans to face the reality of the nation’s history and the unfinished work of Juneteenth.

Poor People’s Campaign mourns 250K COVID deaths, calls for stimulus relief

By Yonat Shimron — November 23, 2020
(RNS) — The group, led by the Rev. William Barber, is staging a national service of eulogy and remembrance two miles from the U.S. Capitol.

Why masks are a religious issue

By Leslie Dorrough Smith — September 4, 2020
(The Conversation) — Examining how religion operates in society can help us understand why the conversation over masks has recently turned religious.

They made a mark on the religious scene this decade; some rose, others fell

By Yonat Shimron — January 2, 2020
(RNS) — This list of 12 — drawn from stories RNS has covered between 2010 and 2019 — offers a one-time retrospective of the personalities (and not a few of the issues) that dominated the religious scene this past decade.

At Bishop Barber’s NC church, Pete Buttigieg works to woo black voters

By Yonat Shimron — December 2, 2019
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (RNS) — An active Episcopalian who has spoken at length about faith on the campaign trail, it was not clear Buttigieg succeeded.

For 40 days in 30 US cities, King’s Poor People’s Campaign lives again

By Yonat Shimron — May 14, 2018
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — The intent is to draw attention to the ways government has neglected its moral obligation to the country’s poor.

‘Moral Mondays’ leader starts ‘moral revolution’ tour

By Adelle M. Banks — March 29, 2016
(RNS) “Way too much of our national discourse has been poisoned by hateful language and policies,” said the Rev. William J. Barber II.

COMMENTARY: Moral Mondays: ‘Democratic tool’ or Great Awakening?

By Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove — June 6, 2014
(RNS) If Moral Mondays are, in fact, the beginnings of another Great Awakening, they promise not only to speak to people in a context of social crisis but also to reshape religious practice in America.

NC pastor to kick off second year of demonstrations

By Amanda Greene — February 4, 2014
(RNS) The Rev. William J. Barber II and his Moral Mondays team are making final preparations for the kickoff event for the second year of protests.
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