At the Presbyterian Church in America's General Assembly lin Mobile, Alabama, last week, delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of an overture that offered an apology for past and present actions of racism.
"Therefore be it resolved, that the 44th 11 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America does recognize, confess, and condemn these past and continuing racial sins and failure to love brothers and sisters from minority cultures in accordance with what the Gospel requires," reads the overature, called "Pursuing Racial Reconciliation and the Advance of the Gospel."
"Be it further resolved, that this General Assembly praises and recommits itself to the Gospel task of racial reconciliation, diligently seeking effective courses of action to further that goal, with humility, sincerity and zeal, for the glory of God and the furtherance of the Gospel …" more >>
In what will be remembered as one of the most memorable moments in the history of the BET awards show, actor and civil rights activist Jesse Williams, best known for his role on "Grey's Anatomy," delivered an impassioned speech on race Sunday night.
Williams, 34, who has also been an active voice in the Black Lives Matter movement since 2014, was honored with the Humanitarian Award prior to making the speech. He spoke after a video featuring himself, Harry Belafonte, Nate Parker and Debbie Allen talking about using their fame to push for racial justice.
"Now, this award, this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. Alright? It's kind of basic mathematics. The more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize," he said after thanking his parents and wife. more >>
After acting in over 100 films, Keith David says there's something different about playing the role of bishop in Oprah Winfrey's upcoming church-centered drama "Greenleaf."
David, who will star as Bishop James Greenleaf in the OWN dramatic series about the Greenleaf family and the dysfunction that surrounds their megachurch, says even though he's played a preacher before, in the new series he's able to "explore him more fully than most other ones I've played before. What I love about this exploration is that this preacher is just a man. Either you want to be like him or you don't want to be like him — that's ministry."
When Oprah Winfrey asked David what it's like to preach from the pulpit with the bishop's robe on, he described it as an interesting experience. "Being able to find a scripture that's going to be significant for today, and for your life right now and to resonate, it's wonderful," he says in an interview with Winfrey about the series. more >>
The massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that has captured the world's attention, was a "symptom" of the country's spiritual condition, asserts the Rev. Franklin Graham.
During a prayer rally held Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, a stop on the evangelist's "Decision America" tour, Graham said that America brought the mass shooting upon itself because it has become a "godless nation," reports The Cap Times.
Graham began the rally, which drew nearly 6,000 to Madison's Capitol Square, with prayer for the Orlando massacre's 49 dead, 53 injured, affected families and those in attendance. more >>
Public discourse in America is like "a really bad marriage," says Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas.
In an hour-long interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jakes described the cultural climate as "a really bad marriage where everybody is trying to be polite but nobody gets down to the communication that's necessary to heal it again."
"And the man thinks he knows what the woman ought to do and the woman knows what the man ought to do because you make assumptions about other people without ever talking to the people you make assumptions about." more >>
Marguerite Barankitse, a Christian humanitarian worker who rescued tens of thousands of children in her orphanages in the wake of the Burundian civil war, has said that forgiveness must be offered to everyone, even to those that killed 60 people in her own extended family.
Barankitse, who in April received the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, a prestigious award commemorating the 1915 Armenian genocide, told The Christian Post in an interview that amidst all the suffering and the atrocities she has witnessed, she has never given up hope in believing in humanity, and insisted that forgiveness is always possible.
Barankitse founded the orphanage Maison Shalom in eastern Burundi in 1993 as the country's devastating civil war was unfolding, sheltering and saving children from both the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups, despite great risks and pressures. more >>