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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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An open letter to White Evangelical leaders

By Editors' Choice

White Privilege is “White Blessing” and the Horrifying Legacy of Black Oppression. By Rev. Dennis Dillon, The Christian Times — I write this letter to Louie Giglio, Rick Warren, Charles Stanley, James Dobson, Paula White, Tony Perkins, Luke Barnett, William Donohue, J. D. Greear, Doug Clay, John Hagee, Steve Pettit, Rod Parsley, Kenneth Copeland, and the thousands of White evangelical pastors and faith leaders across the United States of America….

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Muslims of all backgrounds pray during the 2019 Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Islam’s anti-racist message from the 7th century still resonates today

By Commentaries/Opinions

The Quran recognizes ‘no superiority of a white person over a black person.’ That notion, radical in 7th-century Arab society of slavery and tribal divides – remains unrealized 1,400 years later. By Asma Afsaruddin — One day, in Mecca, the Prophet Muhammad dropped a bombshell on his followers: He told them that all people are created equal. “All humans are descended from Adam and Eve,” said Muhammad in his last known…

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An American President & His Pulpit of Hypocrites

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Rev. Dennis Dillon, NY Christian Times — There is a man in Washington who behaves just like a troubled kid with a mild mental disability – a brash, bombastic brat who bullies his way as far as he can go until his parents tell him to stop. He ceases reluctantly, and the moment they turn their backs, he continues his antics and escalates to a heightened level in anticipation…

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atricia Stephens Due (L) with her siblings Easter Sunday, c.1940s

Easter’s Black Roots

By Commentaries/Opinions

By The History Makers — Easter, also referred to as Resurrection Sunday, is the oldest and arguably the most important of all Christian holidays. Like most holidays, its origins extend beyond Christianity. Easter was “derived from a combination of Jewish lore and pre-Christian and pagan practices. It is named after Eostre, the goddess of fertility and birth, worshiped by first-century pagans at the vernal equinox… Christian missionaries saw that this…

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Michael A. Grant, J.D.

The Coronavirus: Your Spirit Is Stronger By Far

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Michael A. Grant, J.D. — A storm is passing over Planet Earth. It has picked up momentum. It is wreaking havoc on human beings of every stripe. It is not bounded by geography, nationality, economic status or age group. All are threatened. But we must keep in mind: The storm is indeed passing over. It is temporary and it will cease. Now is the time to call upon your…

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Preparing Our Immune Systems

Preparing Our Immune Systems

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Editors' Choice

By Sister Dr. Patrice — As one of the health care professionals in the Nation of Islam for 26 years (Alhamdulilah!), I would like to offer a few recommendations to my family at this time. I’m pretty sure that everyone is spiritually, mentally and emotionally prepared for this time because of the overwhelming information and reminders that we’ve been given for more than 60 years! Therefore, I’d like to offer…

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Slavery

Black Christian leaders push for slavery reparations, call on Christian colleges to hire more faculty of color

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Jeremiah Poff, The College Fix — Panelist says institutions should get used to losing money. Though most were founded long after the transatlantic slave trade ended, Christian colleges have a role to play in remedying the effects of the practice, black scholars and activists told a conference Thursday. Namely, they can hire two to three faculty or staff of color at a time and require all courses to include…

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Protesters hold a banner during a Jewish solidarity march across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on January 5, 2020.

As Jews, We Must Reject White Supremacy’s Efforts to Pit Us Against Other Groups

By Commentaries/Opinions

Amid fear and mourning, many Jewish groups are turning toward anti-racist solidarity to create real safety. By Jay Saper — I was proud to march against anti-Semitism with tens of thousands of New Yorkers on Sunday in the wake of the heartbreaking attacks on Orthodox Jewish communities from Monsey to Jersey City to Brooklyn. While Sunday’s march displayed powerful unity in our rejection of anti-Semitism, it also underscored a central…

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