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Amazing Grace: ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fear...

By Rev. Dorothy S. Boulware AFRO Managing editor It was 1972 when Aretha Franklin filmed the movie, “Amazing Grace,” over a two-night period at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, accompanied by the Southern California Community Choir. It...

Black spirituality seen as breaking from organized religion

By Akira Kyles The Fayetteville Observer/ The Associated Press The shift, mainly within younger generations, toward spirituality rather than religiosity can be seen in Fayetteville. The Rev. Kelli W. Taylor, chaplain and vice president of religious life and community engagement at Methodist...

Racial tensions simmer as Southern Baptists set to elect new leadership

By David Crary, Travis Loller and Peter Smith The Associated Press Race-related tensions within the Southern Baptist Convention are high heading into a national meeting next week. The election of a new SBC president and debate over the concept of systemic...

The Clark Sisters Are Bringing Us Some Sunshine

JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS – If gospel music had a Mount Rushmore, The Clark Sisters would be on it. With songs like “You Brought the Sunshine” and “Is My Living in Vain” in their repertoire, they’ve released 17 albums and...

Pastor ‘pays the price’ for heading civil rights group

By Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell In a former life, Pastor Walter Womack of Faithful Baptist Church was the “right-hand man” to the late Rev. Dwight Montgomery, the outspoken, long-time president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Memphis Chapter. Today, as...

Bishop T.D. Jakes details what the church needs to know about COVID-19 vaccines

By John W. Davis OW Reporter Bishop T.D. Jakes believes there’s power in faith, but it is time for action to end the COVID-19 pandemic, once and for all. “Trouble doesn’t last always but trauma holds on for a while. The church...

Bishop-elect Clark muses over the spirituality of food

By Bishop-elect Paula Clark There is a spirituality of food, it’s been captured in popular culture, such as in the movie and television series “Soul Food.” That notion of soul food is intimately tied to the consumer of the food....

Feeding the Spirit

By Sean Yoes AFRO Senior Reporter syoes@afro.com God is Great, God is Good, Let us thank Him For our food, Amen. This is one of the first prayers most of us learn as small children, to give thanks to God for the food that nourishes our bodies...

PJ Morton, Anthony Brown earn multiple Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations

The nominees in the 36th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards have been announced. Anthony Brown & group therAPy earned eight nominations. Their album, 2econd Wind: Ready (Key of A / Tyscot / FairTrade), pulled seven of them – including Album of the Year and...

Dr. Al Hathaway to retire this summer from historic Union Baptist Church

By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Pastor and community activist Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway will be stepping down as leader of West Baltimore's Union Baptist Church in August, closing out 14 years of service to the historic institution. At that time,...

Will COVID-19 kill church attendance?

By Ralph E. Moore Jr. Special to the AFRO Church membership has declined below 50% among American adults for the first time in the 80 years since the Gallup Poll started keeping track.  Only 47% responded yes, down from the 50%...

Funeral Notice – Dorothy Theresa Briscoe Mason

Dorothy Theresa Briscoe Mason mother of Rev. Dr. Cleveland T. A.  Mason II, Deacon Vivian A. Glenn, Darlene Butler, Anita Mason and Eric D. Mason died on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:40 P.M. Services will be as follows TUESDAY, MAY 18,...

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