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Teenagers from an Iowa church youth group and Baltimore schoolchildren take a break during a summer learning camp. Photo by J.M. Giordano

Baltimore mission program subverts the notion of church groups "fixing" or "saving" people

At Baltimore’s The Center, church groups from across the U.S. work with outreach ministries of local congregations while learning about the theology of missions and the root causes of poverty and racism. Organizers hope they will apply these lessons in their home communities.

Youth march in the street holding banner reading "Peace Starts Here"

Chicago high school students from The Faith Community of St. Sabina's B.R.A.V.E. program (Bold Resistance Against Violence Everywhere) along with other high school from the neighborhood around St. Sabina attend anti-gun violence rally and march on the South Side. Photo by Anne Ryan

B.R.A.V.E. Youth Leaders chart a strategy to combat violence and promote peace

Youth on Chicago’s South Side are taking anti-violence work into their own hands. Rallies and protests are just part of a campaign that also includes advocacy and policy change.

Detail from the book cover of "Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel" by Gary Dorrien.

Gary Dorrien: Martin Luther King Jr. and the black social gospel

Though often overlooked by historians, the black social gospel -- a black church variant of the social gospel -- played a major role in the theology and ministry of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, says the seminary professor and author.

On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Tri-Faith Initiative hosted a multi-faith "circle of peace" to remember those who died and to look forward to a future of peace and understanding. Photo by Creatista/Scott Griessel

Christians, Jews and Muslims share a campus in a unique interfaith collaboration

Three Abrahamic congregations in Omaha, Nebraska, have created the Tri-Faith Initiative, building separate houses of worship and a shared community center to promote peace and understanding among communities of different faiths.

The Rev. William J. Barber, left, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove are working together on the Poor People's Campaign, a nationwide effort to "challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality." Photo courtesy of Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove: Reckoning with the racist history of American Christianity

Understanding the way that America’s history has subverted our reading of the Bible is necessary if we are to be freed from institutional racism and to embrace a Christianity that recognizes the equal worth of every person, says the author of “Reconstructing the Gospel.”

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