Religion News Service photo by Adelle M. Banks

Religion News Service photo by Adelle M. Banks

(RNS) As protests against police brutality and the killing of unarmed black men continue from coast to coast, religious leaders are spearheading church-based gatherings to find ways to bridge America’s racial divide.

On the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Baptists from different traditions convened by former President Jimmy Carter met in Atlanta, as Christians from a range of perspectives gathered in Dallas in a meeting hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes. In March, a racially diverse group of Southern Baptists will meet in Nashville, Tenn.

Religion News Service asked leaders from each of the gatherings to talk about the root causes of the nation’s racial divide and possible next steps. Here are their responses:

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