Yesterday, a story that drew tons of attention on mainstream and minority-run news media was about Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine’s church home. It wasn’t because there was anything special about his church, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond, VA. Rather, it was simply because his church happens to not be composed of only White people. It’s a “black church.” But, I’m not ready to give him cookies for that choice.
Everyone knows the power of the black church as Christianity is the foundation for many African Americans.
More of America will get to take a look at the religious haven thanks to a new reality television series.
Preachers of L.A. follows the lives of six high-profile pastors from Los Angeles.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, more details have been emerging about who will be in attendance to commemorate the day Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech.”
Of course, such events, as large as they are, are not without some conflict and controversy.
According to the Washington Post, there are reports that some members of the black clergy are at odds about the large LGBT presence at this weekend’s celebration:
A Texas pastor has admonished the female members of his church not to get weaves.
He says they are a sign of low self esteem, a needless expense, and indicate a preoccupation with being something you are not.
A 26-year old North Carolina pastor was fired from his church after it was discovered that he’d attended a concert headlined by Rick Ross.
Rodney Wills had been the pastor of Mt. Salem Baptist Church for four years.
The church deacons say Wills’ behavior is out of step with conduct the church wishes to be associated with.
When it comes to the black community and queerness, the common proverb-the more things change, the more they stay the same- provides much truth.
Just yesterday N.B.A. player Jason Collins released his inspiring coming-out story. In this piece, Collins outlined his voyage to self-acceptance, his loving and supportive family and friends and his thoughts on moving forward. Personally, I found his story quite inspirational and moving. Nonetheless, as more and more black public figures come out, I find it disheartening that nothing has really changed for the queer community.
A recent survey of African American church goers in North Carolina finds that a majority of the respondents believe that churches have a responsibility to promote healthy living to their congregations.
Interestingly though, respondents also said they’d prefer to receive such messages through workshops and health fairs, rather than from the pulpit.
“Many of us who’ve grown up in the church understand its historical context, and know that churches function beyond spiritual guidance and social support,” said lead study author Adebowale A. Odulana
Within the black community, many critics would answer with a surprising “no”. Historically, African Americans especially since the Civil Rights Movement have been loyal to the Democratic Party for its social welfare programs and professed strife for equality. However, as Ron Christie, Republican strategist and former special assistant to President George W. Bush puts it “Many self-described liberals or progressives are actually very socially conservative once they break the issues down one by one.”