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Just Pray: An Interview with Pastor John Hannah

Many of us want to pray and grow in our prayer life, but struggle to figure out how to pray. Pastor John Hannah has insight to share. UrbanFaith interviewed Pastor Hannah about his new book Just Pray: How A Life Of Prayer Grows Unshakeable Faith.

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes.

Why Should Christians Have Churchwide Conferences?

We all look forward to summer vacations, summer hours, and summer…denominational general conferences? Many Christians ask, why are we having these conferences? Why are these issues being debated? Why aren’t we just doing what the Bible says?

With Harris and Hannah-Jones, Howard University is on a roll

With the surprise twin hiring of two of the country’s most prominent writers on race, Howard University is positioning itself as one of the primary centers of Black academic thought just as America struggles through a painful crossroads over historic racial injustice.

Cooking Up Success In Community: An Interview with Chef Q

UrbanFaith sat down with Chef Q who is the Executive Chef & Owner of Q1227 restaurant outside of Sacramento as he shared his recipe not only to survive, but thrive as an restauranteur, person of faith, and community catalyst in the midst of the pandemic.

Black community has new option for health care: The church

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Every Sunday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Joseph Jackson Jr. praises the Lord before his congregation. But since last fall he's been praising something else his Black community needs: the COVID-19 vaccine. "We want to continue to...

Why is Juneteenth Becoming a Big Deal?

Why is this small commemoration that was lost from mainstream history now becoming such a big deal in the media? We share a few observations that I believe are making Juneteenth the new national Black summer holiday.

Big, Bold, & Beautiful: An Interview with Kierra Sheard-Kelly

UrbanFaith sat down with Gospel artist, entrepreneur, and now author Kierra Sheard Kelly about the release of her first book: Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Made You to Be which shares experiences, wisdom, and encouragement to walk in freedom through faith

Racism Derails Black Men’s Health, Even as Education Levels Rise

More education typically leads to better health, yet Black men in the U.S. are not getting the same benefit as other groups, research suggests. The reasons for the gap are vexing, experts said, but may provide an important window into unique challenges faced by Black men as they try to gain not only good health but also an equal footing in the U.S.

Finding Faith and Community on Virtual Campuses: An Interview with Shaylen Hardy

In the midst of the turmoil of a pandemic and national leaders of campus ministries sought to support  Black students. I had the opportunity to interview Shaylen Hardy, the President of Intervarsity’s Black Campus Ministries, about her experiences and insight leading one of the largest networks of Black campus ministries through the pandemic.

Why Don’t We Celebrate Pentecost This Year?

Pentecost is one of the most important days in scripture, one of the most important days in Church history, and one of the most significant days for all Christians because it is the birthday for the Church. But it is a day that often passes with little celebration and attention in the lives of many believers. Why don’t we celebrate Pentecost?

The death penalty’s last gasp?

State executions are not something most Americans want to see “return to normal” after the pandemic. Many of us would like to see the nine-month halt on state executions be “the new normal.” For the first time in my 45-year life, a majority of Americans are done with the death penalty. The states that held on to slavery the longest are the same states that continue to hold on to the death penalty.

Breaking the Myth of Generational Curses-A Devotional

We must reject the myth of generational curses as believers. Ezekiel and Jeremiah make that clear. Jesus breaks every curse. We can put our faith in God knowing we are not being punished for the sins of our parents.

10 Two-minute Podcast Shorts on Justice

These two-minute Daily Direction podcasts by UMI Founder Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr., will get you thinking about the intersection of Christianity, social justice, and the role of the church.

Can We Respond to George Floyd’s Case with Hope?

People breathed a sigh of relief for accountability by a law enforcement officer, but many noted that this guilty verdict could not bring restoration of George Floyd’s life. There is still much violence in the land and great need for God’s intervention.

Prayer, Praise, and Prostitutes

What I couldn’t wrap my mind around, God wrapped around my heart. A mission trip to the other side of the world made a world of difference inside of me.

How to Judge Your Pastor’s Daughter

A real-life pastor’s daughter shares the four questions every congregant or curious person should ask before they judge their spiritual leader’s children.

Can Science and Faith Co-Exist?

What happens when scientific discoveries clash with your beliefs? Discoveries and theories in regards to evolution, cloning, and astronomy may seem to come into conflict with classical interpretations of the Bible.

End-of-Life Decisions an Act of Justice

Making healthcare decisions bears witness to the power of agency, advocacy, and the humanity of African-Americans. For some, it may seem like just a document, but for us it is an act of resistance, and an act of freedom and justice.

Seeking unity, Biden should look to Nelson Mandela

Biden has knelt with Black Lives Matter protesters, an act of reverence for the lives that have been lost to violent and racist policing. What if he stood now with police chiefs committed to positive reform, perhaps at an interfaith prayer service, an act of commitment to a more perfect union?

’Tis the Season to Be Laid Off

Are you facing the holidays as one of the growing number of people in the unemployment line? Here’s honest advice from a guy who’s been there and lived to work again.

Black Leadership Matters

COMMENTARY: The rallying cry of “Black Lives Matter” reminded Americans of who we are and what we’ve suffered at America’s hands. Because Black lives are obviously precious, Black leadership matters more than ever. The time for decisive action is now.

Why do so few clergy serve in Congress?

It would seem like a natural fit: Americans are still very religious, while members of the clergy often possess the rhetorical skills and community ties that can launch political careers.

Food for the Soul

During this season of thanksgiving, gathering around the table for soul food reminds me of the profound African American story of which I’m a part — but also of how that story is tied to God’s greater story of redemption.

Why masks are a religious issue

Are masks a religious matter, or is religion being used to suit people’s political agendas? A scholar of Christian conservatism and culture argues both can be true

Never Forget, Despite the Pandemic

I remember the heartbreak and months-long mourning in New York City after that fateful day back on September 11, 2001. Even amidst this ongoing and insufferable pandemic, we owe the victims and their families a moment of recognition and remembrance. We must #NeverForget.