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Man holds on to fence at the site of destroyed Quick Trip after Police Chief Thomas Jackson release of the name of the officer that shot Michael Brown.

A man in Ferguson, Missouri, holds on to a fence on August 15, 2014, at the site of a convenience store destroyed during rioting after the shooting death of Michael Brown by police.
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Dominique D. Gilliard: Reclaiming the power of lament

In an age of nonstop media that exposes us as never before to the world’s pain and brokenness, lamentation is an essential and even revolutionary act, one that the church needs desperately to reclaim, says a young pastor.

Memorial Service at Emanuel AME Church

The Rev. William H. Lamar IV, (center, in the pulpit), at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C., at a June 21, 2015, service which honored the nine victims of the mass killing in Charleston, South Carolina.
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William H. Lamar IV: Reject the myth of redemptive violence

In the aftermath of the mass killings in Charleston, South Carolina, church leaders must begin having real conversations about the truth of America’s history and its mistaken belief in the myth of redemptive violence, the pastor of Metropolitan AME Church says in this interview.

Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA

The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, center, addresses a crowd at a gathering for social justice.
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Raphael G. Warnock: You don't have to look hard or far to see what needs to be done

The senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, says you don’t have to be in a prestigious pulpit to work for justice and the gospel. Look around at the issues in your own community, he says in this interview.

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