Faith & Purpose
When Jesus wanted to teach a lawyer the universal truth about what it means to be a neighbor, He told a story about a man from one ethnic group who helped a man from another ethnic group who had been beaten and left for dead along the Jericho Road.
You work all day, unwind at home, eat something, go to sleep, and do it all over again. Before you know it, you’re caught in this cycle and your life has become the one word childhood dreams and imaginations dread: mundane.
During this season of private devotion, it’s also important to ask ourselves, ‘What kind of Christian is God calling us to be in public?’
In celebration of the life of Dr. Melvin E. Banks, we’re looking back on his poignant points on prayer. Turn the ringer off on your phone, find a quiet place, be still, and listen.
The 40-day Lenten season, when many Christians observe fasting, began in mid-February. But how did the practice emerge?
Caitlin Gooch grew up loving books and horses. She wants more kids in her native North Carolina to feel the same.
Kwanzaa is a recognition that knowledge of Black history is worthwhile.
All kinds of factors influence choices about Christmas trees. Regardless of your choice, the key to relieving environmental angst is planning to reuse or recycle your tree.
Being a Black pastor in a predominantly white church in the age of Trump has been a challenge, but so far church members say they’ve been able to see each other as people first, not Republicans and Democrats.
‘You can’t just jump to hope’: Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on healing after the election
Curry talks about what divides the United States, what people of faith can do to help bridge those divisions and why he believes healing is possible.
Purpose is a word that is on the minds of many millennials, however, for many it seems to be that piece of the puzzle that is hidden; That needle in the haystack that you are searching for.
A public art project transformed the bleak scene left by looting and violent protests into one of color, dialogue, and Black experience.
Even with best CDC practices in place, is it really safe to hold in-person church services? Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, Senior Leader of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, doesn’t think so. His 33,000+ member congregation will remain virtual until there is a COVID-19 vaccine. He’s urging other pastors to do the same.
There are many misconceptions about people who go to seminary and Bible schools, here are a few, explained and debunked.
It’s time to look within, step out in faith, and let your gift make room for you. You only live once. What is there to lose?
Even before George Floyd’s death, this Minneapolis teacher was showing students ‘the power of their voices.’
In the years since the attack at Emanuel AME, Pinckney has worked hard to pick up the pieces and to give her daughters a sense of a normal life.
10 things to consider before heading to worship. Plus, UMI hosts its second virtual discussion: “Safety, Science, Spirit: Reopening Church Buildings,” featuring Linda Mobula, MD, MPH, and Rev. Matthew Lawrence Watley.
Two-time Grammy winning hip-hop artist and New York Times bestselling author Lecrae shares his thoughts on George Floyd and opens up about his own struggles and journey to restoration.
New nationwide school integration initiative to bring together districts, charters, and housing experts.
Every mom’s journey to and through motherhood is a little different. That’s the beautiful thing about motherhood — there’s no perfect way to do it, yet most moms find their way to doing the best that they can with God’s help.
Motherhood is not for the weak. It takes guts to raise children well and still keep ourselves intact. We need more than a firm hand and a special, authoritative look; we need wisdom and help. If we open our eyes and hearts, we can hear the moms of the Bible teaching us invaluable lessons about raising our kids.
Top officials of seven black Christian denominations have joined civil rights leaders in calling for people to stay home until it is safe in states whose governors are lifting shelter-in-place orders.
Through the lens of the cross, Rev. Toby Sanders invites us to reimagine what a healthy notion of sacrifice would mean for our vocations and our communities
Because of COVID-19, observing religious feasts online, such as Easter, is mainstream this year. A theologian and a sociologist offer six considerations for digital religion.
Dr. Cindy Trimm, a bestselling author, and leader of a global ministry offers six practical and engaging ways to empower the faith community so we can pro-actively manage the challenging days before us.
Johnnie Jones III has made it a life’s mission to help young people see beyond the ‘hood.
Technology has become an empowerment tool for both pastors and parishioners. Online versions of the Bible are one factor people point to when citing reasons for increased engagement with the Good Book. But on the other side of the pulpit, technology is now empowering pastors to minister more effectively.
The Urban Faith team asked friends, family, and Facebook members. Here are 10 great options that were recommended by our online community. Get your praise on and take a moment to offer up prayers for those who are sick and suffering.
Rural African American families typically have more disadvantages than those living in urban areas. But high-tech options can help.
Increasingly, the popular concept of Lent has been transformed into a kind of vaguely theistic detox. It’s a chance not to give up earthly pleasures but to exorcise toxins.
Digital fasting during Lent has become popular. Technology, in fact, can be good for religion.
Be inspired by 25 biblically based, two-minute devotional podcast shorts that cover tough love, love and sorrow, love and relationships, beloved hymns, unconditional love, peace and love, and loving Jesus.
Parishioners play an important role in clergy well-being. The clergy who do best have parishioners who remember they are human.
Christmas has pagan roots, but that isn’t a reason not to celebrate it, instead it gives us reason to believe all the more in the season’s power.
COMMENTARY: My 13-year-old son’s shocking confession forced me to confront my tendency to obscure Jesus behind the “religious” parts of my faith.
Raymond Blanks knows Newark gets a bad rap beyond its borders. He also knows “how beautiful” his hometown can be. Returning to teach the children of Newark felt like a personal responsibility.
Stacey James McAdoo talks about how she gets her students to open up, how she confronts racism and other “isms” in the classroom, and how teaching in her hometown makes her a different kind of educator.
We are meticulous in repainting the Christmas narrative to make it look beautiful to the world, but do we miss out on the significance of humble beginnings when we do this?
NEWS RELEASE: Created by Vashti Murphy McKenzie, bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the first woman elected to this position in the denomination’s 232-year history, Selah is the place for women to dream big, go home, and execute.
“Same God,” is a documentary about Larycia Hawkins, the first African American woman to be a tenured professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, who set out to highlight the commonalities among Judaism, Islam, and Christianity and discovered what keeps them apart.
Have you ever been ashamed to share the Gospel? Don’t be so quick to answer that question. In this article, Cornell Ngare offers a personal reflection on the difficulties – and opportunities – of evangelism.
“It is imperative that my students feel like they matter, and that they are accurately represented in their classrooms. I want them to see someone who looks like them, shares similar experiences and provides authentic anecdotes to overcome the challenges they experience.”
Whether it’s the college we attend, the person we marry, the first home or car we purchase, or the city we move to, decisions are a part of our lives. And to some degree, we always feel like we have to make the right decision. But how do we know what the right decision is?
The Rev. Lenny Duncan is not your typical Evangelical Lutheran Church in America minister. Duncan is the black pastor of a mostly Afro-Caribbean congregation in one of the nation’s least diverse denominations.
De’Leice R. Drane and Rev. Dr. Bernice King discuss Drane’s book “Life Is…: An Inspirational Book of Devotions, Prayers, and Empowerment.”
Black charitable giving, in part, arose from the black church and fraternal organizations throughout the 1800s and 1900s with movements such as abolitionism, the Black Women’s Club Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.
Feel like an oddball or invisible because your experience is different from a lot of the other students? Here are 7 ways to survive seminary for students of color.
The first truth commission to research lynchings has been established in Maryland. It has the potential to educate the public about and support racial reconciliation. But it also faces obstacles.
A number of choirs are dedicated to bridging black and white communities in metropolitan areas rarely associated with racial harmony.