Five months after the murders of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church by white supremacist Dylan Roof rocked the city of Charleston, South Carolina — and much of the country — singer-songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams rocked the Emanuel congregation Sunday with a performance of his evocative song "Freedom."
"We are grateful to be here in this place, in this building, and to be able to feel the spirit of resilience," the 42-year-old Grammy Award-winner told worshippers Nov. 1, according to The Post And Courier. "You've been hit by fire, rain, wind ... but it's still standing."
The church's interim pastor Rev. Norvel Goff, Sr. spoke highly of Williams saying, "This young man has a message that will bless the world ... a message of freedom, diversity and inclusiveness." more >>
A group representing Latinos in Congress is demanding that Saturday Night Live cancel Donald Trump's scheduled hosting of its next episode.
"Mr. Trump's 'racist remarks' and his continued rhetoric demonizing Latinos and immigrants has created fear within these communities around the country, many of which are represented in Congress," reads the Monday statement from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
"[T]he Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges NBCUniversal to stand by its earlier commitment to end its relationship with Mr. Trump because the values of 'respect and dignity for all people' are more important than ratings and ad revenues." more >>
NEW YORK — A Scripture that had troubled her for 10 years finally revealed its message to the Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil recently. It was an explosive revelation to the Church about the Black Lives Matter movement and it "messed" with her.
"It's been bugging me for at least 10 years," declared McNeil as she opened up her presentation last Thursday at the Movement Day 2015 conference hosted by the New York City Leadership Center.
With the measured cadence of a preacher on fire, McNeil, an associate professor of reconciliation studies in the School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University, revealed the scripture that "messed" with her: Mark 2:21-22. more >>
NEW YORK — It doesn't matter if you are rich, poor, black, white or Asian, if you're a Christian, suggests Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, that identity and all the qualities attached to it should trump all else. And here's why.
At an annual leadership initiative called Movement Day, hosted at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan, Keller suggested that if Christians focused more on the identity they all share in Christ — instead of identities based on differences — they could more positively impact their communities.
"There are great spiritual and cultural divides in every city. There are temperamental divides. There are cultural, racial and generational divides. And we can't communicate the Gospel by word and expect anybody to hear it unless we also back up our communication with deeds," said Keller. more >>
Over the past 20 years, a little over half of all church fires in the United States have been intentional, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.
Using data compiled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Pew found that of 4,705 reported fire incidents at places of worship from 1996 to 2015, 51 percent were ruled intentional.
"Fires caused by arson are far more common at houses of worship than in most other kinds of structures," according to ATF figures reported by Pew reported earlier this week. more >>
Black and white congregational leaders from churches across the United States are meeting to discuss how local churches can be catalysts for healing the racial divide and animosity toward police in blighted communities across the nation.
The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ronnie Floyd, will co-lead a conversation on racial unity next Wednesday in Jackson, Mississippi, along with Jerry Young, the head of America's largest African-American Baptist denomination, National Baptist Convention.
Floyd told The Christian Post that the conversation aims to spark a discussion among leaders on how churches can act to bring tangible change to the problems that are causing racial tensions in their towns. more >>