This edition of ReligionLink features experts on racial reconciliation, multi-ethnic churches and racism in sacred spaces.
The Rev. Albert Tate is co-founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Church, a multiethnic house of worship in Monrovia, California.
Taylor Rutland is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama. He has spoken about the importance of addressing racism as a white pastor.
The Rev. Philip Pinckney is the lead pastor of Radiant Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also a church planting associate with the Charleston Baptist Association. In July 2020, Pinckney shared his experiences leading discussions on race in white churches with The Atlantic.
The Rev. Sam McGlothlin is the associate pastor of Belle Meade United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of the United Methodist Church’s liturgy on the deaths of black men and women in police custody.
The Most Rev. Michael Curry is presiding bishop and chief executive officer of the Episcopal Church. He is the first African American pastor to serve in the role. Arrange an interview through the Episcopal Church’s communication office.
The Rev. Don Coleman is the lead pastor of East End Fellowship, a multiracial congregation in Richmond, Virginia.
The Rev. Rick Armstrong is pastor of Great Redeemer Church in Arlington, Texas. In June 2020, he published an open letter to fellow Southern Baptist leaders calling on them to acknowledge and work to address systemic racism.
The Rev. Layton E. Williams is a Presbyterian pastor, writer and poet. She is the author of Holy Disunity: How What Separates Us Can Save Us. The Rev. Williams is also a communications specialist for Next Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s effort to update and transform ministry work to better suit the 21st century.