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Martin Luther King Jr. | Nonviolence | Vigil

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Unfinished Work of Nonviolence

More than ever, Martin Luther King Jr.'s insistent critiques of the insidious and progressive nature of violence are relevant to our contemporary moment....

January 12, 2023
Walker

Baptist Christianity | structural racism | Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday Politics in Georgia: Punting on Historical Reckoning

As Sen. Raphael Warnock seeks reelection this year in Georgia, the Baptist minister might find a key group working against him—fellow pastors....

April 12, 2022
Photos: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the site of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) / Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.(AP Photo)

Russian War on Ukraine | democracy | Martin Luther King Jr.

Why Believe in Democracy? What Martin Luther King Jr. and Volodymyr Zelensky Have to Teach Us

Why is democracy a good thing? Is it? Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s appeal to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helps us understand what it takes to answer this question. ...

March 29, 2022
no justice no peace

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
MLK

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

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