So what if Senator Tim Kaine attends a ‘black church’?

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.

Some Black Clergy Reportedly Uncomfortable w/ LGBT Movement Sharing Mantle at March on Washington

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:

Does Jason Collins Coming Out Change Anything for the Black Queer Community?

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.

Do Churches Have a Responsibility to Promote Healthy Living to Their Congregations?

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.

From the Huffington Post:

“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

Are We as Liberal as We Like to Believe?

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.”