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Tony Evans, Priscilla Shirer see Bible lessons anew in documentary of Holy Land trip

By Adelle M. Banks — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — ‘I've been five times, but the experience was like the first time,’ said Evans. ‘The reality of the living Christ coming through that location dominates.’
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RNS holiday gift guide 2021: Treat yourself to cozy socks or a self-care box

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Our holiday gift guide is full of ideas for all the people of faith — or no faith — on your list.

Why Black artists are essential freedom fighters

By Andre Henry — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Art is more than just a companion for activism.

After four-month lockout, African Methodist Episcopal pastor preaches at her church

By Adelle M. Banks — November 1, 2021
(RNS) — The AME Women in Ministry said, ‘we are greatly distressed to hear of women in ministry concurrently being oppressed by systematic strongholds and discriminatory behavior.’

250 years later, Methodists reflect on Francis Asbury’s mission, legacy

By Adelle M. Banks — November 1, 2021
(RNS) — ‘For many years he visited nearly every state once a year and traveled more extensively across the American landscape than probably any person of his day,’ said an Asbury biographer.

Methodist racial history recalled on 250th anniversary of Asbury’s US arrival

By Adelle M. Banks — October 21, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Francis Asbury’s role in helping develop Methodism in America,’ one expert said, ‘is one of those factors that gave birth to the Black Christian experience in Philadelphia.’

If faith leaders want to reach Gen Z, meet them in the streets 

By Josh Packard, William J. Barber II, and A. Kazimir Brown — October 21, 2021
(RNS) — New data show that 20% of ‘very religious’ young people say they engage in acts of protest on a daily basis. 

Lawmakers join faith leaders to voice support for ‘Build Back Better’ package

By Jack Jenkins — October 20, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended provisions such as the child tax credit, saying lawmakers should ‘make sure that all children have the opportunity that they deserve — they’re all blessings containing their spark of divinity.’

Voting rights demonstration leads to faith leaders’ arrests outside White House

By Jack Jenkins — October 19, 2021
(RNS) — Among the detained were the Rev. Jamal Bryant, Rabbi David Saperstein and actress Alyssa Milano.

Jill Biden celebrates ‘prayer partner’ who reinvigorated her faith

By Jack Jenkins — October 18, 2021
(RNS) — 'When she spoke, it was as if God was saying to me: ‘Okay Jill, you’ve had enough time. It’s time to come home,’' Biden said of prayer partner Robin Jackson.

Christian writer Danté Stewart seeks revelation in Black experience

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — 'Shoutin' in the Fire: An American Epistle' weaves together the stories of Black lives and Black literature with the stories of the Bible.

Raphael Warnock honored with Four Freedoms award in ‘extra step’ for racial justice

By Adelle M. Banks — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — FDR’s granddaughter said of Warnock: ‘his voice is consistently counseling, teaching, making himself vulnerable in order to help the rest of us make sense of the world.’

White Christian progressives can be nationalists too, ecumenical panel says

By Adelle M. Banks — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Liberal Christians are just as complicit with white nationalism that the Trumpites were that we saw on Jan. 6,’ a speaker said.
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