Frederick D. Reese, a Baptist minister who took part in the 1965 marches in Selma, Alabama, received the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of all of those who worked for the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Speaking at the U.S. Capitol ceremony on February 24, Reese said that God enabled the civil rights leaders to endure the beatings they faced.
One out of five Southern Baptist missionaries overseas—or nearly 1,000 total—have volunteered to leave their posts to help the denomination’s mission board deal with its financial straits. That’s in addition to the departure of a third of the staff of the International Mission Board, also mostly through a voluntary program.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Episcopal Church presiding bishop Michael Curry is describing the recent censure of his church over allowing clergy to perform same-sex marriages as a “fair” move by the wider Anglican Communion.
Marvin McMickle, president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, was one of the speakers at a conference that brought together more than 300 clergy and community leaders to address race relations.
Ed Dobson, a onetime architect of the religious right who later spent a year “living like Jesus,” died December 26 after 15 years with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 65.
Born in Northern Ireland, Dobson was the retired pastor of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2009 he authored The Year of Living Like Jesus.
(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.