LISTEN: Nigeria Church Shooting Kills 11, Wounds 18; Britain Extradites Kenyan ‘Pastor’ Who Claimed to Create Miracle Pregnancies (BCNN1, 8/7/2017)

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Monday, August 7, 2017.

1. According to the Associated Press, authorities in Nigeria say at least 11 people are dead and others were critically wounded when gunmen attacked a church in southeastern Nigeria. Garba Umar, police commissioner of Anambra state, said a gunman attacked St. Philip Catholic Church early Sunday. But one parishioner, Uche Nonoso, told The Associated Press there were in fact two gunmen and more than 15 killed at the church. The Rev. Hygi Aghaulor, communications director for the Nnewi Diocese, said the community was praying for the wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the police say a manhunt has been launched. Authorities said they did not believe Boko Haram was behind the attack. The group has burned hundreds of churches over the past decade.

2. According to BBC News, the UK has extradited a self-styled Kenyan pastor, who claimed he created miraculous pregnancies, to Kenya to face child-trafficking charges. Gilbert Deya’s extradition came after he failed in his decade-long legal battle to remain in the UK. He denied charges of stealing five children between 1999 and 2004 when he appeared in court in Nairobi. Concerns were first raised about the conduct of Mr Deya, who ran a church in London, in a BBC investigation in 2004. Kenya’s police spokesman Charles Owino told the BBC that Mr Deya had arrived in Nairobi aboard a Kenya Airways flight following his extradition. Mr Deya had opposed his extradition, saying he feared being tortured and sentenced to death.

3. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Daily Progress, political activist Cornel West and faith leaders from around the country will join Charlottesville-area clergy members later this month to confront a gathering of white nationalists who will be protesting the planned removal of the city’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park. At a news conference outside St. Paul’s Memorial Church on Monday, members of Congregate C’ville discussed their counter-protest plans. They also shared a news release that quoted West saying he is coming to the city to “stand against white supremacy and bear witness to love and justice.”

4. According to the Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com, church and community leaders are convening a town hall meeting to discuss “driving while black” after a prominent pastor said a Jacksonville police officer pointed a gun at him and his nephew while questioning their vehicle’s tinted windows. The Rev. Darien K. Bolden Sr., past president of the Baptist Ministers Conference, said he won’t comment on what happened until Friday’s gathering, and the Sheriff’s Office has been limited in its response. But nevertheless the incident has been condemned by the head of the local NAACP as well as the man in charge of the Florida General Baptist Convention.

5. According to the Denver Post, the congregation of Denver’s oldest African-American church on Sunday showed its support for Ditch the Ditch, a group that has sued Denver to prevent the proposed expansion of Interstate 70 through the communities of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea. Addressing the congregation and residents of the communities hosted by the Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Rev. Timothy E. Tyler, Shorter’s senior pastor, called for mindful development — and for Mayor Michael Hancock and the City Council “to consider an alternative route.” The project requires the demolition of 56 homes and 17 businesses in Elyria-Swansea and surrounding areas.

6. According to the Christian Post, married Christian couples will be the focus of a new OWN docu-series called “Black Love.” The series will explore five celebrity marriages with the goal of answering the age old question: “What is the secret to making a marriage work?” The couples who will appear on the OWN series include Oscar winner Viola Davis and Julius Tennon; Hollywood power couple Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin; NAACP Image Award-winner Tia Mowry-Hardrict and actor Cory Hardrict; NAACP Image Award-nominee Flex Alexander and Grammy-nominated recording artist Shanice; gospel singer Erica Campbell and music producer Warryn Campbell; and NAACP Image Award nominee Vanessa Bell Calloway and Dr. Anthony Calloway. The series which debuts on Aug. 29 was created by Codie and Tommy Oliver, husband-and-wife filmmakers who are known for films like “1982.”

7. According to Refinery 29, the actors who play together, stay together? If that’s the case, Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon have a long relationship ahead. According to TVLine, Tennon will join How To Get Away With Murder in season 4, alongside his real-life leading lady. TVLine reports that Tennon, an actor who recently appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will have a guest role on the upcoming season of the mystery series, which is set to debut on September 28. Right now, nothing about his role is known, but regardless of which character Tennon plays on the Philadelphia-set series, it will be exciting to see the married stars appear side by side — even if it’s not the first time they’ve done so.