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In the US, reparations campaign takes new forms with Bible study, Juneteenth march

Pastor Les Robinson interacts with members of the congregation at The Sanctuary Church, on Sunday, 14th May, 2023, in Santa Clarita, California

United StatesRNS The long campaign for reparations for slavery in the United States has taken numerous forms. Members of Congress have supported a commission to study the matter. Pastor Les Robinson interacts with members of the congregation at The Sanctuary Church on Sunday, 14th May, 2023, in Santa Clarita, California. For Black Californians who have […]

In the US, William Sterling Cary, pioneering Black pastor, dies at 94

Chicago, USAP William Sterling Cary, a pioneering minister and civil rights activist who was the first Black person in prominent church leadership roles including president of the National Council of Churches, has died, according to family members. He was 94. Cary died Sunday at his suburban Chicago home in Flossmoor following heart failure after a […]

Jewish group condemns United Church of Christ resolution on Israel, Palestinians

Jerusalem Palestinians wave flags near Dome of the Rock

RNS A Jewish advocacy group has condemned a resolution adopted at a meeting of the United Church of Christ on Sunday that calls the continued oppression of the Palestinian people a “sin”. The American Jewish Committee denounced the UCC resolution, a “Declaration for a Just Peace Between Palestine and Israel”, saying the measure “demonizes Israel, fails to offer […]

In the US, United Church of Christ declares racism a public health crisis

Poster racism is a virus too

RNS The United Church of Christ kicked off its Special Edition General Synod on Sunday by passing a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. Delegates to the mainline denomination’s biennial meeting, held virtually this year, approved “A Resolution to Declare and Respond to Racism as a Public Health Crisis” with 96 per cent of the […]

In the US, as United Church of Christ takes on race and LGBTQ issues, consensus reigns

US Rev Traci Blackmon pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ

RNS When the United Church of Christ kicks off its General Synod on Sunday, Rev Traci Blackmon isn’t worried about fractious votes, conservative insurgencies or to-do’s over high-level resignations – or calls for the same. The UCC, in short, is no Southern Baptist Convention, which endured all of the above at its annual meeting last […]

Florida church says offering free beach parking is a religious act. Judge agrees

US Florida Pass a Grille Beach Community Church

RNS A federal judge in the US state of Florida has ruled that a Gulf Coast community could not stop a local church from allowing beachgoers to use its parking lot, calling the practice, which allowed the church’s youth group to fundraise and evangelise those who used the lot, a legitimate ministry. The church’s victory […]