Even after the worst atrocities, forgiveness is possible, says a South African psychologist and researcher. At its core lies empathy, the turning point where people encounter and recognize each other as human beings.
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Hip hop is this era’s sacred hope, says the dean of the Howard University School of Divinity.
The 1960s campaign to integrate churches needs to be remembered and re-examined, says the author of “The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-Ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation.”
The search for a church committed to racial reconciliation didn’t go quickly. But the waiting for it, like the waiting of Advent, was a time to learn to love God and neighbor and find miracles in small and surprising places.
Demographic changes in the United States suggest that an increasing number of churches should move to the biblical model: congregations that are not racial niches but are multiracial and multiethnic.
Efrem Smith uses hip-hop music in church, but it’s not a marketing gimmick. For this pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, embracing hip-hop culture is an expression of his theology and a means of achieving the goal of his ministry: a church that’s a mosaic of all kinds of people.