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Understanding Islam

Articles on understanding Islam

By Editors' Choice

Why some Muslim women feel empowered wearing hijab, a headscarf By Kalpana Jain, The Conversation — For some Muslim women, wearing a hijab can be a religious act but Muslim women’s clothing isn’t entirely about faith. It has been used – and is still used – as an assertion of identity. Read more Understanding Islam – a brief introduction to its past and present in the United States By Kalpana…

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Megachurch

Amid calls to #TaxTheChurches – what and how much do US religious organizations not pay the taxman?

By Editors' Choice

Megachurches and the men who lead them can be superrich. So why don’t the IRS and local authorities see a cent in taxes? A scholar explains. By Ryan Cragun, The Conversation — The hashtag #TaxTheChurches began trending on Twitter in mid-July. The spark was allegations about the wealth of celebrity pastor Joel Osteen. But it wasn’t the first time that “tax the churches” has circulated. In fact it is slogan that long predates social media…

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Faith

How Far Is White Supremacy Embedded in Christianity?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Peter Larmann — Robert P. Jones is CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the author of two books, including last year’s much-discussed White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in Christian America, which just came out in paperback. PRRI recently released a huge new survey that made headlines and drew commentary by pointing to a sharp decline in the proportion of Americans who identify…

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Malcolm Turner and his brother Robert Turner listen during a Prayer Wall memorial gathering at the AME Church in the Greenwood district during commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre on May 31, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The faith community can help pass a reparations bill

By Reparations

H.R. 40 has more momentum than ever and people of faith must help encourage its passage. By Jason L. Miller, The Hill — Last summer, after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the subsequent protests across the country, I thought a lot about how as a person of faith and as a white male I could better advocate for people of color. Reading “White…

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July 13, 2021 Press Conference: Faith leaders call on Congress to pass HR-40

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

July 13, 2021, 10AM ET — Join faith leaders from various traditions as they call on Congress to pass H.R.40, a bill to study the legacy of slavery, its ongoing harms, and produce proposals for repair. Congress can make history by bringing this critical piece of legislation to the House floor.  Join us as we tell legislators that Justice Can’t Wait! #HR40totheFLOOR #ReparationsNOW #RepairTheBreach Sponsors Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC)…

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Slavery Memorial by sculptor Martin Puryear

Why reparations are always about more than money

By Reparations

From Germany to Georgetown, the Global North has a lot to learn about reckoning successfully with past human rights wrongs. By Kerry Whigham, The Conversation — Between 1904 and 1908, German soldiers and settler colonists killed about half of all Nama people and over 80% of the Herero ethnic group. On May 28, 2021, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas acknowledged that Germany committed genocide in what is today Namibia. Maas’ statement…

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The Cathedral of the Incarnation is the Episcopal Cathedral in Baltimore, Maryland.

Panel says faith community must lead slavery reparations

By Reparations

By The Associated Press — The faith community should guide the way on reparations for America’s history of slavery and racial discrimination and help the nation’s process of reconciliation and healing, religious leaders said during a panel held to discuss the issue. U.S. religious groups have seen widespread interest in reparations, especially among Protestant churches that were active in the era of slavery. Many are starting or now considering how…

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African Descent's Face Close Up

Reparations is a spiritual issue

By Reparations

No full reparation for slavery can ever be made. We should try anyway. By Nibs Stroupe, The Christian Century — Like any deeply rooted system, the racial system of the United States is resilient in the face of attempts to mitigate its power. In the late 19th century, the white southern powers in the US began developing a two-pronged ap­proach to retain power and in effect reestablish slavery in another…

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Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc.

As the Country Examines Its Moral Compass The Faith Community Declares Reparations and HR-40 in an Overdue Season

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

The poison that resides in the soul of America is being exposed in this moment of proclamation that Black Lives Matter. It is in this moment that U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has embraced Rev. Martin Luther King’s “Why We Can’t Wait” as the framing for the passage of HR-40. HR-40 demands remedies and reparations for the centuries of injustice and trauma suffered by African Americans in the United States….

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Maryland Episcopal diocese

Maryland Episcopal diocese commits $1 million toward reparations for slavery, racial injustice

By Reparations

By Jonathan M. Pitts, Baltimore Sun — The Maryland diocese of the Episcopal Church has become the latest religious institution to commit to making reparations for slavery and systemic racism, voting over the weekend to create a $1 million seed fund for programs that would benefit the African American community in Baltimore and beyond. More than 82% of delegates to the diocese’s annual general convention voted Saturday to establish the…

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Painting depicting transfiguration of Jesus, a story in the New Testament when Jesus becomes radiant upon a mountain.

The long history of how Jesus came to resemble a white European

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Anna Swartwood House — The portrayal of Jesus as a white, European man has come under renewed scrutiny during this period of introspection over the legacy of racism in society. As protesters called for the removal of Confederate statues in the U.S., activist Shaun King went further, suggesting that murals and artwork depicting “white Jesus” should “come down.” His concerns about the depiction of Christ and how it is used to…

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