Category: African American Religions

Let My People Go

Mass incarceration is Jim Crow’s most obvious descendent. Faith communities must focus on the collective work of dismantling this catastrophic system. By Raphael G. Warnock

A Movement with a Theology

How black churches relate to the Black Lives Matter movement is a complex and ever-evolving story. By Adelle M. Banks

In Queer the New Black?

“Quareing” Afro-Diasporic religion allows for the possibility of celebrating nonnormative sexual identities in Black religious spaces. By Jennifer S. Leath

Recovering the Black Social Gospel

Given the legacy of the black social gospel tradition, retrieving the leading figures and ideas of this important movement is long overdue. By Gary Dorrien

Harvesting Souls

Black Pentecostal women’s altar work is physical and spiritual labor that yields individual and communal rewards. By Judith Casselberry

A Muslim’s Search for Meaning

The author starts from his own narrative to explore what it means to be part of a community (ummah) that engages the Qur’an as a living text. By Zain Abdullah

An Equilibrist Vodou Goddess

The Vodou spirit Ezili Freda represents an image of femininity defined by Haiti’s complex history. By Eziaku Atuama Nwokocha

The Myth of Purity

The idea of purity in Yoruba-derived traditions needs to be challenged and complicated. By Ayodeji Ogunnaike

Lost and Found in Translation

Whether planned or accidental, desired or dreaded, the passage from one place to another, one life stage to another, or one state or status to another, often figures centrally in the stories we tell about our lives. By Michael Jackson

Playing Jane

Separated by 150 years, the life stories of two black Mormon women reveal how believers at the margins of a faith can move the center. By Max Perry Mueller