As an African-American and a Catholic bishop, I have looked forward to visiting the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and examining its treatment of the church.
Martin Luther King Jr.
"Patience is a Christian virtue, to be sure. But in the present mean-spirited and divisive political climate, and given the coming disaster on Jan. 20 that we have brought on ourselves, I want to say a good word for impatience," writes Will Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke Divinity School and a retired United Methodist bishop.
NCR Today: Nonviolent protest, modeled by Dr. Martin Luther King, is a way to address injustices; it has an important history in our democracy and our Christian churches.
In New York, Minneapolis and Atlanta, artifacts and art illustrate the life and times of Martin Luther, while over in Europe, a moving museum hits the road.
USCCB meeting: The plan sets priorities for evangelization, marriage and family life, human life and dignity, vocations and religious freedom.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke at the National Baptist Convention USA's 136th annual session at the Kansas City Convention Center.
NCR Today: I often think fondly of the priests and nuns who taught me during college -- but the memories of most of them are bittersweet.
Take and Read: Reading Malcolm X's biography taught me seriousness of purpose, black pride, love of black history -- and resistance, resolve, and daring. He led me to black consciousness.
Commentary: What is an authentically Catholic response to the Black Lives Matter movement, mass incarceration, abuse of police power and de-facto segregation in many public schools and communities?
As a narrative lens for his speech, Francis cited the Golden Rule -- Jesus' teaching in Matthew's Gospel to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."