‘Haunted, yet hopeful’: DC partners confront history of racism

By Julie Pennington-RussellOn a frigid Saturday morning in February, some fifty women, men and children from First Baptist Church here in Washington, D.C., where I serve as pastor, and from Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, led by the Rev. Dr. Darryl Roberts—two...

A word for the journey — March 2019

I was lucky. In my home, I never doubted that if I wanted, I could become a minister. My dad, who was also my pastor growing up, was always encouraging of me and my gifts. He took me to deacons meetings (it wasn’t a punishment, I asked to go) and let me know that if I...

Charlottesville CofA co-hosts MLK event

Former President and CEO of the NAACP Cornell Brooks was the keynote speaker at the 34th Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration in Charlottesville, Va, hosted by the 50-member Charlottesville Clergy Collective and NBC Covenant of Action partners New Beginnings...

Words for the journey — February 2019

February is Black History Month. It is a time when we remember and celebrate the contributions and triumphs of our African-American sisters and brothers. Far too often their accomplishments and contributions have been erased from our history books or retold in ways...

Black history is Christian history too

As we celebrate Black History Month in the U.S. each year, we often remind ourselves and others that “Black history is American history.” A reminder that we tend to offer less often is that Black history is Christian history, too. Although European colonization and...

Remembering Dr. Jimmy Allen

I remember running into Dr. Allen at a CBF gathering one time. We were staying on the same floor of the hotel and stood waiting together for the elevator to come. When the next elevator arrived, it was already packed full of people. Never one to pass up the...

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