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Black, Evangelical, and Tornposted on March 21, 2023
For The New York Times Magazine, Caleb Gayle profiles the Rev. John Onwuchekwa, a Black preacher whose church left the Southern Baptist Convention over concerns about the denomination’s approach to race. He writes, “For Onwuchekwa, the fissure lies in the inability of the S.B.C. and white evangelicals to confront and make up for in tangible ways their historical and ongoing treatment of their congregants of color, especially Black people.” Other Black churches have remained part of the SBC and tried to affect change from within, though their efforts have been met with resistance from SBC leaders who have emphasized racial harmony rather than reconciliation in recent years.
Read at The New York Times Magazine