CHR Comment: The Article describes the significance of wheel imagery in west central African culture, which connected with the wheel imagery in the Bible to form an important topic of African Christian spirituality. One might also remember that Christianity was known in Africa from ancient times due to the presence of Coptic and Ethiopian Christianity. An interesting study would be to learn whether views from these Christian traditions were spread to central and west Africa, seeding the later conversion of Africans after they encountered Western Christianity. For example, are there artifacts from African forms of Christianity that show up outside the Egyptian and Ethiopian regions?
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CHR Comment: This is part of Trump’s effort to reach out to African Americans as potential voters. This is the second news report I’ve seen about him visiting African American churches.
Source: Pastor cuts Trump short during anti-Clinton speech in Flint | Reuters
(RNS) Hillary Clinton quoted Scripture, hymns and even St. Francis of Assisi as she spoke at length about her faith — something she said doesn’t come naturally to a ‘Midwestern Methodist.’
CHR Comment: The article includes extensive comment on the candidates beliefs and experiences as a Methodist Christian. She addressed the National Baptist Convention, one of the oldest African American denominations.
Source: Clinton describes her ‘activist, social justice faith’ to Baptists | Religion News Service
The Republican nominee delivered a scripted speech to black churchgoers in Detroit on Saturday in his latest attempt to connect with African American voters.
CHR Comment: Ben Carson escorted Trump to the service at Great Faith Ministers, a point unfortunately left out of the article. We pray that Carson’s humble and sincere manner continues to have good effect on this presidential candidate.
Source: Trump well-received by Detroit church: Should more remarks be scripted? (+video) – CSMonitor.com
Several Chicago pastors held a press conference this morning, demanding that footage depicting another white police officer shooting an unarmed black teenager be released to the public.
CHR Comment: Three pastors are circulating a petition to remove Mayor Emanuel from office due to the handling of an investigation into a police shooting. While the pastors express concern for social justice, the mayor is likely concerned to keep civil order in a tense situation.
Source: Why Chicago pastors reject Mayor Emanuel’s ‘olive branch of peace’ – CSMonitor.com
Donald Trump sounded enthusiastic following a meeting with black pastors in New York on Monday amid controversy over whether they plan to endorse the billionaire businessman’s presidential bid.
CHR Comment: African American Christian leaders have sharply different views of presidential candidate, Donald Trump. The conservative-liberal divide so far focuses on things that Trump says rather than on specific decisions or treatment of minorities, such as questioning his fairness in business dealings or philanthropy.
Source: Donald Trump enthused after meeting with black pastors – CNNPolitics.com
CHR Comment: The article is specifically about urban religion but comments more broadly about mapping projects in religious studies. Focus thus far has been on Catholics, Jews, and African Americans (likely Protestants).
Source: Religion in American History: What the Map of Urban Religious Histories Shows Us
U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson recommended praying for rival Donald Trump after the real-estate mogul and television personality, in a 95-minute rant in Iowa, likened him to a child molester, Carson’s business manager said on Friday.
CHR Comment: Carson’s demeanor is helpful and positive in this stormy political season. The question is whether this approach is what voters are looking for.
Source: Carson’s comeback to Trump’s insults: ‘Pray for him’ | Reuters#ZBQpkGF8FbQ6xkuc.97
This is a surprisingly under-reported story. NBCI is an organization representing Black and Latino churches, especially on social issues. Their website includes an article expressing concern about the Supreme Court potentially redefining marriage.
34,000 Black Churches Break Ties With Presbyterian Church USA.
Notes on the pastor’s sermon and comments seem conservative theologically, emphasizing Christ’s resurrection. The end of the article gives some information about the historic congregation, which baptized its first African American member in 1803. Obama and family attend Easter service at historic Baptist church – CSMonitor.com.