United Church of Christ declares racism a public health crisis


(RNS) — The United Church of Christ kicked off its Special Edition General Synod on Sunday (July 11) by passing a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. RELATED: As United Church of Christ takes on race and LGBTQ issues, consensus reigns Delegates to the mainline denomination’s biennial meeting, held virtually this year, approved “A … Read more

Gordon Conwell seminary alumni and staff protest loss of Black professor


(RNS) — A group of alumni and staff of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and other regional clergy are expressing concern that the school decided not to renew the contract of its sole Black full professor.  The Rev. Emmett Price III was the founding executive director of the seminary’s Institute for the Study of the Black … Read more

James Forbes’ ode to Juneteenth calls on Americans to embrace the promise of freedom


(RNS) — The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr. was already an adult when he first began to understand the significance of Juneteenth. It was his wife, Bettye, whom he met in the early ’60s when they were both students at Howard University, who helped him gain an appreciation for the commemoration. She had grown up … Read more