Three years ago, when Adam Plant began master of divinity studies at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, Plant was a North Carolina woman with a desire to plumb the intersection of faith and sexuality.
By the time he received his master’s hood this spring, Plant had found acceptance and peace as a man.
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, has welcomed a new pastor as the congregation’s work for justice continues.
Betty Deas Clark, a close colleague of the previous pastor, Clementa Pinckney, became the pastor at Emanuel in late January. Pinckney was among the nine people killed by a white supremacist shooter during a Bible study on June 17.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) The first lady of Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church offered two enduring images: her late husband’s smiling face lying in a casket, and the bullet holes that riddled the church walls when she went to clean out his office a week later.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) A white scholar touring churches across the nation is trying to convince Christians that racial reconciliation is not enough—it’s time to start talking about reparations for descendants of slaves.
So far, this presidential campaign season has been dominated by the narrative of the steadfast outsider. A July poll found that more than three-quarters of Donald Trump’s supporters like him because he stands up to the media and isn’t interested in political correctness. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders, a secular Jew and registered Independent, is energizing the Democratic base—not by minimizing his European-style socialism, but by shooting straight. “He’s so authentic, he’s hip,” wrote Steve Winkler in the Guardian.
Then there’s Joe Biden, who hasn’t said yet if he’ll run.
I was a security threat to Bree Newsome at the Wild Goose Festival.
On Saturday, July 11, with the festival almost over, word got around: Newsome would be speaking that night. My first thoughts were: How am I going to reach an editor when there’s no cell service in this damned valley? Who’s going to lend me a laptop?Can I get enough of a Wifi signal to file a story from the café in Hot Springs? This was news, and I’m a reporter.