October 18, 2017

The founder and managing editor of R3, Rev. Dr. Andre Johnson, was a guest on the podcast Theology Live. Hosted by Meredith Day, Dr. Johnson discussed the intersection of theology and race, focusing on the recent white supremacist rally in #Charlottesville and the work he and others are doing here in Memphis with #TakeEmDown901. He also discussed the hashtag he created, #WhiteChurchQuiet and the one created by Christopher Stroop, #EmptythePews. He argued that in order to understand race and all… Read more

October 15, 2017

This article was first published in Christian History. Tradition holds that Henry McNeal Turner’s grandfather David Greer, was an African prince. While his royal blood did not save him from human traders who kidnapped him from his nation and brought him to South Carolina in the late 1700s, his lineage ultimately kept him and his family from slavery. South Carolina was a British colony when the prince arrived, and it was against British law to enslave royal blood. Free—but unable… Read more

October 2, 2017

by Alphonso Saville As America trods the path towards another showdown in the saga for racial justice, communities of faith must be prepared to provide spiritual and pragmatic resources for sustained resistance.  Renowned scholar and theologian Josiah Young explains black spirituality is an antidote to anti-black racism and its aesthetics forms can be detected in the acts and perspectives that counter methods and systems of racial injustice.  The internal fortitude produced by this artistic tradition is a testament to a… Read more

September 27, 2017

by Alphonso F. Saville Did you see where NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the expansion of the league was “inevitable” and mentioned Mexico City as a possibility? With the Toronto Raptors already playing in Canada, the league would then have a foothold on the entire continent of North America. Did you also see the NBA Africa vs NBA International game in Johannesburg? It featured NBA players from Africa vs. an international team of NBA players from the rest of the… Read more

September 27, 2017

by Jervette R. Ward In the last ten days, I’ve been individually contacted by two older “white Christian friends” who wanted to inform me that they agreed with what I was saying about racism, discrimination, and inequality in our nation and our personal lives; however, one informed me that I was being too aggressive and making white people in our circles uncomfortable, and the other informed me that I wasn’t doing enough to address racial issues and that I should… Read more

September 26, 2017

by Alphonso Saville America has a long and contentious history when it comes to black people praying in public.  In the brush harbor churches during the early days of the Black Church, black worshipers had to be wary of owners and overseers breaking up their meetings.  When North America’s first ordained black minister, the Rev. John Marrant, led a group of enslaved black people from the Jenkins’ Plantation in Combahee, South Carolina out to the woods to pray, Mrs. Jenkins,… Read more

September 26, 2017

by Scott Prather I think it’s been seventeen years since I stood for a national anthem or mumbled a pledge of allegiance. That was around the time I started reading theology and discovered that America was an empire whose “original sin” was but one chapter in a long story of violence toward nonwhite peoples that continues being written, through actual war and through the softer war for the American people’s lived acceptance of The Lie at the heart of the… Read more

September 25, 2017

Gaines, Steven Tramel. No Half Savior: Jarena Lee’s Autobiography as Prophetic Rhetoric. Carolinas Communication Annual. Vol. XXXIII, 2017 The tradition of prophetic rhetoric stretches back to ancient Hebrew literature, and James Darsey’s The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America provides a fresh foundation for the study of prophetic rhetoric in the United States of America. Darsey’s book focuses on white men, and more recent scholarly literature further expands our understanding of prophetic rhetoric. For example, Kerith Woodyard urges the tradition to consider… Read more

September 25, 2017

How can we protest without offending people? Here’s a few ways: Read more

September 23, 2017

I believe that healthcare is a God-given right. Read more

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