Tag: African-American

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    “We know that we are rooted in Africa, but our sensibilities, our cultural and moral sensibilities, tend not to drive us to appeal for their liberation the same way that we have been driven to appeal for our own,” says Rev. Sean McMillan. More

    August 19, 2005 | Comments

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    The national debate over same-sex marriage has posed big challenges for many African-American clergy. Traditionally, black churches have stressed an interpretation of Scripture that opposes homosexuality. But those congregations also have long been at the forefront in fighting for civil rights. What happens when those two values seem to collide? More

    July 16, 2004 | Comments

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    Read more of Kelly Hudson’s interview with University of Chicago sociology professor Omar McRoberts about the suburbanization of black churches. More

    February 6, 2004 | Comments

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    A growing black middle class and the lack of available land in cities are luring some African-American congregations to the suburbs, depriving their old neighborhoods of the ministries that had served them. More

    February 6, 2004 | Comments

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    “Dr. King liked jazz,” says Rev. Michael Haynes of Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston, “I think music is just a wonderful opportunity to bring humans together. And what it did in the civil rights movement – it was the means through which they got inspiration and challenge.” Rev. Haynes invited his brother, renowned jazz drummer Roy Haynes, to be part of a special musical service honoring King. More

    January 23, 2004 | Comments

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    The Church of God in Christ, now the fourth largest Christian denomination in the U.S., teaches classic Christian doctrine: the Bible is God’s word. But COGIC members also put special emphasis on the power of the Holy Spirit, of which the surest sign — many say — is speaking in tongues. More

    March 14, 2003 | Comments

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    Read excerpts from Kim Lawton’s interview with Robert Franklin on American Protestantism and culture. More

    May 3, 2002 | Comments

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    Read more of our interview with Walter Fluker, director and editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project at Morehouse College. More

    January 18, 2002 | Comments

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    Read more of our interview with Dr. Robert Franklin, President of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, who describes prominent African-American scholar and activist Howard Thurman as a “21st-century theologian working in the middle of the 20th century.” More

    January 18, 2002 | Comments

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    Should a pastor offer people any counseling on sex other than to maintain abstinence outside of marriage? Does saying anything about safe sex seem to condone behavior the Bible forbids? It’s a real issue in the deep South, especially in black churches, and especially regarding women. More

    January 11, 2002 | Comments

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