Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington is establishing a new track of study for students to follow footsteps of the pastor, killed with eight others by a white supremacist while leading a Bible study last June at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
For those who see religion as primarily an opiate, African-American Christianity offers a riposte. For those who see Christianity itself as a faith that encourages quiescence and conservatism, the tradition of the black church is a sign of contradiction.
On this Fourth of July, in Lincoln’s own spirit of charity toward all and malice toward none, we ought to embrace those Republicans who have reaffirmed their loyalty to the one flag that represents all of us.
The president spoke of gun violence, the hunger of children, the brazen hatred that inspired the alleged shooter, yet it seemed fitting that he returned that night to a White House bathed in colors of the rainbow. One could almost see history making a great, wide turn toward freedom.
Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.
President Obama ended his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in a way best befitting a man of the cloth: by singing “Amazing Grace.”
Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of the nine people killed last week in a shooting at the church. A suspect has been arrested and confessed to the shooting, citing white supremacy as the motivation.
In 2013 Pinckney welcomed a group of visitors to “Mother Emanuel,” and shared with them its legacy as an institution of African-American life and of the civil rights movement.