(RNS) Officials who spearheaded three church-based gatherings on race relations commented on the root causes of the nation’s racial divides and possible next steps.
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(RNS) As racial tensions continue to simmer in the wake of the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white officers in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and elsewhere, churches have offered themselves up as trusted go-betweens for the police and angry residents, particularly in black communities.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “’Love your neighbor as yourself’ means you picture yourself being choked and surrounded by five men while you say, ‘I can’t breathe,’” said Scott Slayton, a white Southern Baptist pastor in Chelsea, Ala.
(RNS) The statement calls on African-American churches to memorialize Michael Brown and to elect politicians who “represent the preservation of life in ethnic communities.”
(RNS) The U.S. denomination alone is a United Nations of some 3.1 million faithful — with a membership that is 41 percent nonwhite, up from 31 percent a decade ago.