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 >>
The African Union has described cases of extreme suffering and violence in the South Sudan civil war, with some people reportedly being forced to eat human flesh and drink blood.
"The commission believes that war crimes were committed in Juba, Bor, Bentiu and Malakal," the AU said in its report, according to BBC News.
Witnesses in the report claimed that people in Juba were forced to drink the blood and eat the flesh of people who had just been killed. more >>
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been asked to look into an incident in which a police officer was caught on video body slamming a female high school student inside a classroom in South Carolina.
The amateur video of the classroom incident at Spring Valley High School has attracted widespread criticism on the Internet, especially because the female student is African-American. Ben Fields, the deputy seen in the footage, has been placed on an administrative duty while an internal investigation is in the works, according to NBC News.
In an interview with NBC, a male student said the teacher told the girl in the video to proceed to the disciplinarian's office, but she had refused to do so. The officer was asked to intervene and he made the girl choose between going to the office on her own or be made to do so. Richland Country Sheriff Leon Lott also told NBC affiliate WIS said the female student stood her ground and refused to leave the room even when Fields put her under arrest, the report relays. more >>
Religious leaders in St. Louis suspect racism could be to blame for what became the city's seventh church fire to occur in less than two weeks on Thursday, but authorities have not yet pinpointed what motivated the arson attacks.
Since Oct. 8, more than half a dozen churches, which all vary denominationally, have been targeted in what police believe to be deliberate acts of arson. The latest attack occurred on Thursday at the downtown Shrine of St. Joseph Church, which sustained fire damage to its rectory doors.
Police found similarities in the arson attacks in that the fires at all seven churches were similarly set and occurred when the church was empty. The attacks have occurred at predominantly black congregations located near Ferguson, with the exception of St. Josephs although it is located in a predominantly black neighborhood. more >>
Wycliffe College, an evangelical theology school at the University of Toronto with historic ties to the Anglican Church of Canada, has begun offering seminary training programs for the nation's indigenous population to help them adjust to seminary life.
The week-long program took place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, with organizers expecting to do more sessions in later academic years.
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, who aided in teaching the weeklong program, stated in the Anglican Journal that he hoped attendees "will have a sense of confidence in their own learning and ministry." more >>
While honoring her husband for his unconditional love, actress and "The Real" co-host, Tamera Mowry-Housley, says God has kept her and FOX News correspondent Adam Housley married for four years.
"We've been through ups and downs, through thick and thin. People always ask what makes our love our love," Mowry-Housley wrote in an Instagram post on Monday.
"Persistence, forgiveness, unconditional love, honesty, communication, but most importantly our relationship with God:) You love me anyhow @adamhousley and I thank you for that." more >>