Faith & Purpose
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?
A praying life isn’t simply a morning prayer time. It’s about slipping into prayer at odd hours of the day — and not because we are disciplined. We are in touch with our own poverty of spirit, realizing that we can’t even walk through a mall or our neighborhood without the help of the Spirit of Jesus.
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.
While Republicans have been more inclined to weave faith into their rhetoric, particularly since the rise of the evangelical right in the 1980s, several current Democratic White House hopefuls are explicitly linking their views on policy to religious values.
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.
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.
The digital library has done much to replace the reference books many South Sudanese churches lost to the tumult of the country’s civil war.
Yamanda Edwards is the only psychiatrist at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, caring for residents in South Los Angeles, a community with a shortage of mental health care.
On Easter morning, God rejoices in the praises of His people from the church sanctuaries. But God also listens for the prayers of the prisoner. Will we also remember the prisoners and their families on Resurrection morning?
Dr. Monica Coleman explores how someone who lives with depression can actually like such a depressing time of the church year.
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?’
It’s time to stop talking about what we are giving up for Lent — or judging those who do — and start pressing into Lent quietly and in expectation of God’s reward.
Could cleaning up neighborhoods make cities safer? Researchers are looking at novel, inexpensive solutions to crime that everyone can agree on.
Women around the world have been finding new ways to chip away at centuries of male-dominated traditions and barriers, with many of them emboldened by the surge of social media activism that’s spread globally in the #MeToo era.
People can look at the quilts longer than a lynching photo and take in the history, Quilting has long been a traditional medium for African-American art.
God does exactly all He promises to do. He is absolutely trustworthy, so those who place their faith in Him can count on His faithfulness forever.
Individuals and groups all across the world need to see models of peace and harmony among God’s people—especially in families, in churches, and between ethnic groups.
Marlin Briscoe didn’t want to be pigeonholed simply because of stereotypes against black men. He was a star quarterback in college, and he believed he had the talent, intelligence and leadership skills to be one in the pros.
As a Seventh-day Adventist, Taylor observed the Sabbath from sundown on Fridays to sundown on Saturdays during his high school days by resting and worshipping. On Friday night, he helped fill water bottles before games and then headed home for prayer.
African-American millennials are charting their own course when it comes to spirituality.
A music devotional to help us to remember that God’s silences are not absences.
Two farmers who work to make their communities healthier, happier places.
How social entrepreneurship is funding the work of grassroots urban ministers.
Meredith aims to confront what he sees as society’s “breakdown of moral character” by encouraging people to live by the Ten Commandments.
The most frequent risk young, Black, Christian men face is being thrust into ministry too soon. An acute need for the unique blend of theological and cultural gifts these young men offer sometimes causes churches to send them out before they’re ready.
On a day when I felt every right to be lost in my own weariness, a hungry stranger offered my sons and me the chance to feed Jesus.
A compilation of two-minute parenting podcast shorts by Dr. Melvin E. Banks, founder of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.).
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