Much like the evangelical megachurches that have since taken over many a suburban mall movie theater, shopping malls initially catered to middle-class America during the height of White flight and represent an interesting case study of social stratification and culture.
This issue of A Public Witness takes you inside the recent Summit for Religious Freedom put on by Americans United for Separation of Church and State to consider both the challenges of the moment and the path toward a better future.
In "Christianity and Critical Race Theory: A Faithful and Constructive Conversation," authors Robert Chao Romero and Jeff M. Liou provide the foundation for a conversation that must take place if we wish to understand and address the ordinariness of racism that is present in our
Seventeen months after Southwest Baptist University found its accreditation on probation, the school is trying to convince the Higher Learning Commission that the problems have been fixed. But as the HLC conducts a review on Monday, a key problem remains unresolved.
More than 60 years ago, a historic Black church was forced to give up its sanctuary, compensated for what it says was a fraction of its value, to an urban renewal project that wiped out the heart of an African American neighborhood known as the Hill District.
In "Corpse Care: Ethics for Tending the Dead," Cody Sanders and Mikeal Parsons spark new conversations that reclaim responsibility for faith communities from the funeral directors and other deathcare providers that professionally process our corpses without much reflection on their meaning.
In "We Will Be Free: The Life and Faith of Sojourner Truth," Nancy Koester brings to life the powerful story of a complicated woman whose voice still needs to be heard — especially at this moment when so many Christians want to whitewash and ignore