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Saturday, February 22, 2014

In honor of Black History Month 2014

Race and the American Church

50 Years After Birmingham: Reflections On and From the Black Church
Fifty years after King's famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail," his dream of racial equality remains unfulfilled. Why is change so slow, especially in American Christian churches? Read from scholars, pastors, and authors in a special Patheos feature.
The View from Dixon Hall
No Offense: Hating Black History Month
by Dr. Maria Dixon
I have come to hate Black History Month, because it remains the most visible reminder of the American Church's inability to fully engage in honest, heartfelt discourse about the role of race in our country's past and present.
Poets & Lunatics
MLK, Jr's Christian Call and Why It Matters
by Wendy Murray
"In Birmingham, Dr. King went to jail to help make the point that the pursuit of racial unity and justice is an essential part of the Christian mission." —Edward Gilbreath
Faith Forward
Spiritual Practices to Eradicate Racism
by Rev. Dr. Michael Waters
As a matter of the heart, the fight to eradicate racism is a deeply personal, even spiritual, undertaking.
The Everyday Awakening
Am I Black Enough to Be A Slave?
by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
My black son's question reminds me of the responsibility I have to introduce him to a certain reality of the world. But I also know another reality that says God is greater than any force that will come against him.

More from Our Writers

The White Hindu
Black Hindu Voices: Trent Campbell
by Ambaa
Krishna most certainly is Black. His name even means "The Dark One." So are Black people welcomed or shunned in the Hindu community?
In Ages Past
"Racism Is A God-Damned Thing": Father John Markoe, S.J.
by Pat McNamara
John Markoe, S.J.: Football star, soldier, alcoholic, priest, and civil rights activist a few decades ahead of the rest.
Muslim History Detective
Black History Month: Imam W.D. Mohammed on Religious Freedom
by Precious Rasheeda Muhammad
Imam Mohammed was one of 200 distinguished Americans - including U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices, and Coretta Scott King - asked to sign the historic Williamsburg Charter on religious liberty for all.

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