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Oklahoma State University Diversity Coordinator Lawrence Ware Writes Op-Ed In ‘New York Times’ on Why He Is Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention

The first time I was called a nigger to my face was by a fellow camper at a Southern Baptist Convention retreat near Oklahoma City. I was 13, and it was 1995. Devastated, I complained to a counselor who suggested I pray for the ability to turn the other cheek.

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Pastor and Author Efrem Smith: “We Cannot Surrender the Outposts of God’s Kingdom To the Ways of Our Nation. Christians Are Here To Transform.”

Over the past several years, cultural divisions of race, class, politics and faith have become starker than any time in recent memory. While it would be easy to only think of American politics here, it is a worldwide phenomenon, one that requires a quiet, global response of love and reconciliation

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Actor Shia LaBeouf Asks For Forgiveness After Telling An Officer he’s ‘Going to Hell’ Because he’s Black In Drunken Tirade

Troubled actor Shia LaBeouf is now seeking forgiveness after going on a drunken racist tirade at the Savannah Police Department in Georgia where he told a black officer that he will be "going straight to hell" because of his race. (more…)

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Why the Local Church Is Unrivaled In Its Potential To Bring About Meaningful Transformation In the Areas of Race and Ethnicity

In my previous post, I offered some reflections on the racist incidences at Fenway Park. In this follow-up post, I will attempt to explain why I believe the local church is an ideal context in which to pursue racial reconciliation. (more…)

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What Young Black Women Need From Black Men—And the Church—In the Realm of Relationships

African American women still face significant challenges in their relationships with men. (more…)

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Alaska to Honor Segregated Black Soldiers Who Helped Build Famed World War II Highway

Leonard Larkins and nearly 4,000 other segregated black soldiers helped build a highway across Alaska and Canada during World War II, a contribution largely ignored for decades but drawing attention as the 75th anniversary approaches. (more…)

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WATCH: Oprah Picks Cameroonian Author’s Debut Novel ‘Behold the Dreamers’ for Book Club; Says It Has ‘Everything That’s Grabbing The Headlines In America Right Now’

This morning, Oprah Winfrey announced her latest selection for “Oprah’s Book Club” ― and it’s as topical as it is gripping. Behold the Dreamers is a powerful novel by 36-year-old Imbolo Mbue, whose own experience as an immigrant from Cameroon is woven through a tale of Jende and Neni Jonga,

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Baptist21 Panel Calls for Christians to Unite Around Gospel Despite Political, Theological, Racial Differences

Christian unity should transcend differences on Calvinism, politics and race for the advancement of the Gospel, panelists told more than 800 attendees June 13 at the ninth annual Baptist21 luncheon during the Southern Baptist Convention's meeting in Phoenix. (more…)

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WATCH: First Trailer Released For “Marshall”; Chadwick Boseman Depicts First African-American Supreme Court Justice In Biopic

Many of us are looking forward to seeing Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, but before that happens, he's playing a real-life superhero. Marshall tells a story about the early career of Thurgood Marshall, the man who would become the first African-American Justice of the Supreme Court and the man who

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Sanya Richards-Ross Says My Abortion Broke Me, But God Redeemed Me

Sanya Richards-Ross won Olympic Gold medals in 2004, 2008, and 2012 and was considered the best 400-meter female runner for over a decade. Her latest book, Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me about God and Life (Zondervan), explores her spiritual journey through both victories and failures—losing and

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Seattle Police Fatally Shoot Black Pregnant Mother of Four Who Allegedly Confronted Them With a Knife

Seattle police officers shot and killed a 30-year-old mother of four at her apartment Sunday morning in front of “several children” when the woman “confronted” them with a knife, according to a statement from authorities. The Seattle Times said she had called police to report a possible burglary. (more…)

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New Study Documents the Experiences of African American Christian Counseling Students with LGB Clients

A new study looks at the experiences of African American Christian counseling students from the Black church as they seek to balance their faith and ethical responsibilities in working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) clients. (more…)

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Why White-Centered Women’s Discipleship Hurts Us All and How It Can Be Transformed

A vision for bringing racial equity to the spiritual training of women. (more…)

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Minnesota Officer Charged in Shooting of Philando Castile Goes on Trial

The graphic video showing Philando Castile’s final moments after he was shot by a Minnesota police officer made headlines nearly a year ago and led to calls for changes in policing. But another video could emerge as key evidence in the case against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who

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