(RNS) The massacre of nine African-American worshippers during a Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this year has led black and white churches to come together in an effort to improve race relations.
(RNS) More than half of the nation’s governors declared their state’s borders closed to Syrian refugees after the November terrorist attacks in Paris. But some churches and faith-based agencies are defying such orders, saying their faith tells them to open their doors to the stranger.
(RNS) In an effort to foster racial unity among Christians, the leaders of the two largest Baptist denominations, one mostly white and the other predominantly black, will meet with pastors from both groups in Mississippi for a “Conversation on Race in America” today (November 4).
WASHINGTON (RNS) After knocking loudly three times on the door of the Washington National Cathedral, Bishop Michael Curry was installed as the new presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church Sunday (November 1), the first African-American to lead the 2.5 million-member denomination.
Two of North America’s most liberal Protestant church groups have agreed to recognize each other’s members, ministers, and sacraments.
The United Church of Christ and the United Church of Canada celebrated their full communion agreement October 17 at a church in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Leaders from the two denominations signed the agreement during the service.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Facing throngs of people on the National Mall, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan called for justice Saturday (October 10) as he rallied African-Americans, Latinos and others during an anniversary protest at the U.S. Capitol.
WASHINGTON (RNS) With cheers of delight and cellphone cameras held high, an enthusiastic and disparate crowd of hundreds gathered outside the Vatican Embassy on Tuesday (September 22) to welcome Pope Francis to the U.S.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (RNS) At Alfred Street Baptist Church, the pews start to fill more than half an hour before the service begins. Uniformed ushers guide African Americans of all ages to their seats. Some stand and wave their hands in the air as the large, robed choir begins to sing.
(RNS) When news broke of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a year ago, St. Louis seminary professor Leah Gunning Francis felt she couldn’t just sit quietly. She joined in the marches, the prayers and the vigils.
Fifty years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act, many black churches are redoubling efforts to maintain access to the ballot box.
James C. Perkins, president of the historically black Progressive National Baptist Convention, said the denomination is joining other religious and civic groups to challenge restrictions in state voting laws.
From a zero-waste synagogue to global development work after natural disasters, environmental projects by faith leaders are being hailed by the Obama administration as examples of exemplary leadership on climate change.