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social justice | Black Church | Martin Luther King Jr.

On Prophetic Rage

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a prophetic rage that rejected the status quo and strove for a just and loving community: we should too.

October 21, 2021
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Martin Luther King Jr. | protests | George Floyd | Race and religion

Asking the Right Questions about Riots

Contemplating the questions we should and shouldn't be asking about riots by looking to the example of Martin Luther King Jr.

June 4, 2020

2016 presidential election | Donald Trump | evangelical Christians | Hillary Clinton | Martin Luther King Jr. | progressives | white evangelicals

Progressives, Evangelicals, and Presidential Politics: What Love Has, and Hasn’t, Got to Do with It

A recent analysis of the dynamics of the 2016 presidential election in Sightings—Myriam Renaud, “Progressives: To Take Back the White House, Love Your White Evangelical Neighbors”—is useful. As Ms. Renaud says, the Clinton campaign failed to replicat...

October 5, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. | contested humanity | Ethel Lance | Emanuel AME Church | Alexander Stephens | Louis Farrakhan | Gaspar Yanga | Cheryl Townsend Gilkes | James Baldwin | Rituals | forgiveness

Martin Luther King Jr. "Nonviolence Is the Sword That Heals

“I forgive you.” At the hearing for Dylann Roof, the daughter of Ethel Lance, one of the people Roof killed, told him: “I will never talk to her ever again, never be able to hold her again. I forgive you and have mercy on your soul. You hurt me, y...

January 14, 2016

Clementa Pinckney | Emanuel A.M.E. Church | Charleston | South Carolina | Mahatma Gandhi | Martin Luther King Jr. | Malala Yousafzai | Pope Francis | Desmond Tutu | Amos Brown

What Can We Learn From the Charleston Shootings? Hard Choices Yield Great Rewards

In life, we are all faced with the opportunity to serve. It is at times a hard choice to make but those hard choices yield great rewards. Those rewards are mostly for others and not for ourselves. That's what service is all about. - Clementa Pin...

June 27, 2015

Martin Marty | John Marty | Martin Luther King Jr. | Selma marches | Bloody Sunday | Turnaround Tuesday | Edmund Pettus Bridge | Civil Rights | Southern Christian Leadership Conference | John Lewis | Voting Rights

Sustaining the Momentum III -- Martin E. Marty

The Jubilee of the Selma marches of 1965 attracts veterans of those marches who are now labeled "foot soldiers" in the Civil Rights experiences in the small Alabama city. (See my 2013 Sightings, “Selma: Sustaining the Momentum Still,” in “Sources” to...

March 16, 2015

Martin Marty | Amos | American exceptionalism | Edmund Burke | Martin Luther King Jr. | Abraham Lincoln | Chosen People

Connected Criticism -- Martin E. Marty

“Open your Bibles to the book of the Prophet Amos…” That sounds like a command from a Bible Class of old. Instead, it’s a response to a column by a favorite of ours, William Galston, from the Wall Street Journal (Feb. 24). Quoting Amos may seem arcan...

March 2, 2015