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Remembering the Way to Healing

By Brian Kaylor for Word & Way, Jan. 20, 2021 On Tuesday evening as the nation’s COVID death toll passed 400,000, a man who knows grief too well told the nation why we needed to pause and reflect. To heal we must remember. It’s hard sometimes to remember. But that’s how we heal.  President-elect Joe […]

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Biden’s Bible Puts Him in Line with Inaugural Tradition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office on Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition — and one that appears nowhere in the law. The Constitution does not require the use of a specific text for swearing-in ceremonies […]

Warnock, Pastor & Politician, has Role Models Who Did Both

(RNS) — The Rev. Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two runoff elections for U.S. Senate and might be sworn in later this week. Will he be both a pastor and a politician? Yes, says Michael Brewer, a spokesman for the minister’s campaign, “he will remain senior pastor.” Marla Frederick, professor of religion and culture […]

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Advancing Religious Freedom Abroad Starts at Home

(RNS) — Threats to religious freedom around the world are on the rise — from the persecution of Uighur Muslims, Christians and others in China, to Ahmadis in Pakistan, to the Rohingya in Myanmar — the list goes on. America’s First Amendment rights have long made us a beacon of these human rights to other nations. But over the past four years, […]

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Even After Insurrection, Pro-Trump Prayer Meeting Filled with Calls for a Trump ‘Miracle’

(RNS) — An online pro-Trump prayer meeting was filled with defiance on Wednesday night (Jan. 6), even as evangelical and charismatic supporters of President Donald Trump admitted that chances the election will be overturned were slim. The prayer time came after a pro-Trump mob violently stormed the Capitol as lawmakers debated certifying Joe Biden’s victory. […]

Statement on Violence in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021

The North American Baptist Fellowship joins those across the United States and around the world in prayer for peace and justice in Washington, D.C. We condemn the violence, especially when done with Christan symbols and messages. We support democracy, which includes peaceful protest but not a lawless attempt to overturn a free and fair election. […]

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Warnock Makes History with Senate Win

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the party’s reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. […]

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Photos: Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta

By Brian Kaylor for Word & Way, Jan. 6, 2021 “Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena,” Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed on Mar. 25, 1965. “Let us march on ballot boxes until we send to our city councils, state legislatures, and the United […]

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Judges 9 in photos

By Brian Kaylor for Word & Way, Jan. 6, 2021 One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree, ‘Be our king.’ But the olive tree answered, ‘Should I give up my oil, by which both gods and humans are honored, to hold sway over the […]

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As Chaos Hits Capitol, Two Forms of Faith on Display

WASHINGTON (RNS) — On Wednesday morning (Jan. 6), an interfaith group of religious leaders gathered outside of Luther Place Memorial Church in the nation’s capital. For two hours, the clergy prayed for an end to violence, for an eradication of white nationalism, and for a groundswell of racial justice. Read the full article here: https://wordandway.org/2021/01/06/as-chaos-hits-capitol-two-forms-of-faith-on-display/