We’ve been saying “White Lives Matter” ever since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, says a Baptist pastor in Dallas. It’s past time for white Christians to acknowledge the ongoing sin of racism, confess our own biases, and seek to create new patterns of thought and behavior.
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The Rev. Laura Everett, in front row wearing black and white skirt, joins congregants and other visitors at a June 15 interfaith prayer vigil, asking for healing and unity following gun violence in Orlando, Boston and elsewhere. The vigil was held at Bethel AME in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Getty Images / Photo by Lane Turner.
The June 12, 2016, mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, generated an outpouring of news and commentary across the internet, much of it speaking directly to or about the church. Here are links to some of the most interesting and thought-provoking.
A year after the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church, the congregation is healing from its own unique and often overlooked loss. And the hand of God is moving still, says a pastor assigned to the church after the shooting.
Everyone knows that a ‘small, country church’ isn’t interested in liturgy or making changes. But a young pastor found otherwise at Shady Grove UMC in Providence, North Carolina.
The author's daughter has helped her streamline her ministry, remember to bring all of herself to the church and glimpse God's parental love.
Photo courtesy of Christine Hribar
The balance of a baby and a parish proved daunting at first to a new mother. But then she began counting the ways that parenthood honed her skills for ministry.
Volunteers from Cullowhee United Methodist Church collect and chop firewood and deliver it to homes across the community.
Photos courtesy of Cullowhee UMC
In declining rural communities, churches are some of the few viable institutions. They can use this position to help strengthen the wider community, writes the rural church fellow at the Institute for Emerging Issues.
The Rev. Richard Joyner ties up onions with some of the young people who are learning about growing and selling food as well as healthy eating. Photo courtesy of Encore.org; videos by Alex Maness
A pastor in rural North Carolina has developed a farming and beekeeping operation that improves the health of local residents while training a new generation.