How Black Lives Matter Is Changing the Church – The New Yorker

One December evening, in 2014, Brenda Salter McNeil, a pastor and Black evangelical leader, descended into a church basement in Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with young activists from a broad-based group called Ferguson Action. In the four months since Michael Brown, a local eighteen-year-old, had been fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a police officer, Ferguson had become the national center of protest against police violence and the proving ground for the new Black Lives Matter movement; some of the activists running Ferguson Action went on to lead the B.L.M. movement nationwide. Salter McNeil, who is in her fifties and wears thick-rimmed glasses, had come with a handful of other evangelical leaders on a pilgrimage sponsored by Sojourners, a progressive evangelical organization, to ask the activists what role the church should take in addressing police brutality against people of color.

Several of the religious leaders who came that day were proponents of a church movement called racial reconciliation, which seeks to end racism by addressing it as a sin in individuals that can be eradicated through Biblical study, confession, and prayer. Salter McNeil—who became Christian at the age of nineteen and went on to receive a master-of-divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she began to identify as evangelical—was one of the most prominent figures in the racial-reconciliation movement. For the previous thirty years, she had touted reconciliation around the world, often addressing tens of thousands of listeners, mostly conservative white evangelicals, at conferences and megachurches. When she spoke, she explicitly avoided talking about aspects of structural racism, such as the racial wealth gap, or the high death rate of Black mothers during childbirth; she sought to insure that her sermons were rooted in the Bible and not, as she saw it, in politics. She also stayed away from topics such as sexuality and abortion, for fear that she’d be labelled a liberal with a hidden agenda. Her workshops focussed on inspiring personal stories but left listeners with few practical tools to root out racism in their communities. (Read more)

The Church Has Got To Accept Some Responsibility – Hell I Been Saying That Since The Late 80’s Early 90’s

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This Pastor gets it! What are the Pastors in your community saying? Oh they talking about why folk talking about the COVID-19 and mad when folk challenge the church. Many of them are worrying about going back in the church, worrying about the Tithes/Offerings.

Oh they are ready to preach your love ones funeral and get paid but what did they say and do before then?

It is time for the Church to get it right.

I’ll Wait!


Coronavirus teaches us that ‘church’ is a verb


Brian Crisp

In this time of coronavirus, we need a new grammar of church.

“Church” is not a noun with a cynosure of place. It is a verb. It is a verb not to be used in the singular but always in the plural: We church, you all church, they church. We may parse new and greater understandings of the divine and humanity as we work together toward creating that commonwealth continually heralded in our sacred texts.

Equally, we should embrace the infinitive of this verb: to church. The infinitive does not bind us to one time but suggests that this work is ongoing and continuing. It shall not be impeded by circumstances or fickle desires, but it will persevere in ways that address and react to the contexts in which it moves, breathes, helps, cries, aids, feeds, cares and liberates. This is not a church concerned with self-preservation, but a movement focused on being in a contemporary world.

It would be irresponsible of me to say I do not miss seeing the good people of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church gather on Sunday morning to collectively give worth to the ideals we uphold. Yet I would also feel a deepened grief and pronounced culpability knowing that such a gathering could cause one of these people harm or death.

My personal longings do not outweigh the health and wellbeing of others. (Read more)

#Blacklivesmatter #Iwatchedvideo
#Iamnotok #Ibeenengagedbeforenow
#Coronavirusstayfocused #Stayhome

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

During The Pandemic So You Listening To Trump & Governor Roy Cooper But Are You Listening To God?

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But did you hear from God? Wow! I have been in some conversations on Facebook with some Safe Black Negro Pastors and Church Folk that confirm that they are just Selfish.
What you better recognize is that when you open them church doors and let folk come in that you are responsible for the outcome.
Report back after you are in the house! I’ll Wait!

Note: Thanks Evangelist Teresa Everett Horne for sharing. Good to Me!

Federal court backs California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders keeping churches closed

A federal appeals court has backed California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order banning in-church services to blunt the spread of coronavirus, rejecting an argument from clerics that the governor is treading on their First Amendment right to free exercise of their religious beliefs.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a split 2-1 ruling denying the request for a temporary restraining order against Newsom’s in-church service ban filed this month by the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California.

The ruling was issued late on Friday, the same day President Donald Trump demanded governors nationwide allow churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship to reopen immediately.

“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, for this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors,” Trump said as his administration released detailed guidance on how religious institutions can safely reopen amid the virus that has killed nearly 100,000 people and infected more than 1.6 million in the United States. “In America we need more prayer, not less.”

It is unclear what legal authority the president has to overrule a governor and the White House could not cite a specific provision that would give Trump that power. (Read more)

Here is the very best possible response to Donald Trump’s urging the Churches to open "right away, this weekend."

The Political Agitator’s response: This is it! Until a Safe Black Negro Preacher attempt to put a Twist on these Trues! Oh some folk didn’t get that. I know some Caucasians are standing with Trump but I am a Black Man and I am talking to Black Folk right now but oh others read my stuff.
Cathy Cox thanks for sharing

From the Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Missouri, Deon K. Johnson:

“The work of the church is essential.
The work of caring for the lonely, the marginalized, and the oppressed is essential.
The work of speaking truth to power and seeking justice is essential.
The work of being a loving, liberating, and life giving presence in the world is essential.
The work of welcoming the stranger, the refugee and the undocumented is essential.
The work of reconciliation and healing and caring is essential.
The church does not need to “open” because the church never “closed”. We who make up the Body of Christ, the church, love God and our neighbors and ourselves so much that we will stay away from our buildings until it is safe. We are the church.”

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Hell Yeah The President Is Seeking Votes! This Is Where I Have Been And I Don’t Even Own A Couch! I Thank The Author For Setting The Record Straight

James W. Taylor thank your for sharing!

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Georgette Hill

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People will say the president call for churches to be open for votes.

Ab so damn lute ly! A damn light bulb came on because he was the one that started to shut downs and the Governors followed his lead by deciding on what they felt were best for their states.

No he called for churches to be open bc pastors, and churches who want to be open, have been fighting for their rights, are tired of the police showing up, and going to jail. They know their rights, do you?

Hell yeah folk know their right and knew them long before the Coronavirus. It is funny as hell to me that now some Pastors and some Church Folk are now talking about Constitutional Rights when they have not stood up for injustices. So all of you Pastors and Church Folk who are talking about rights tell me what you have stood for? I’ll wait!

Where have you been, oh on the couch eating popcorn watching fake news?

I have been working every day because I was considered an Essential Worker and had no choice but to go to work to keep my job. Common damn sense! I have been following the news and I know what is fake new and what is not. I have seen where folk have contracted the virus, died from the virus and some have recovered. I know some in all categories. I have also attended local meetings but recently when attending them virtually. I have been in touch with the NAACP where I am a Life Fully Paid member and also in touch with my US Congressman and other elected officials. I know what is real and what is fake.

Why they feed you fear. Turn off that TV, and go pray !!! Time to pray ask God for discernment.

Who in the hell is scared? I damn sure ain’t! I ain’t turning off the TV I am holding ignant ass folk accountable for what they are saying. Prayer without Works are Dead!

A law suit was even file in may states. Where have y’all been.

There has been many of lawsuits filed but what? Hell Black Folk have been been falsely accused all of our life.

Churches should’ve never been closed.

Churches have not been closed! They were limited to how many folk could go in the building so there is a difference. I am in total agreement with the restrictions that were put in place however I am so glad I can comprehend and make informed decisions for myself. Don’t get it twist it, I receive what other folk say but in the final analysis I make the final decision.

Once again we see church people who don’t want to attend church, sharing negative things on FB. You stay home, let others attend.

The problem with this is hell no I am not attending church and I will say what the hell I please on Facebook and Publicly. Why should you worry about what folk are saying such as myself that I am not going and hell yeah I am going to say why. I am going to stay at home adhering to the Order that was put in place and just because it has been lifted I am still going to STAY AT HOME!

So for those who want to go, just damnit go why respond to those who ain’t going? Those who ain’t going are concerned about contracting the virus.

While home pray against that Antichrist spirit you carry.

While home I am going to pray against ignant ass mess such as some Pastors and some Church Folk who are selfish as hell.

When the people are upset the President made churches top priority. Stated house of worship should be open.

So where is it documented that Trump made churches top priority? Now that is FAKE NEWS because I must have missed that in all of the different media that I follow.

Especially Christians upset something is clearly wrong. Keep your doors close if you like.

So I assume you and the others who think like you are the only real Christians. Get the hell out of here. You are ab so damn lute ly correct something is clearly wrong. Those Pastors that I have seen post that are concerned are choosing not to go into their churches but I have not seen one church say they have closed their doors but they are not going to have church in the building. Again FAKE NEWS!

Yet the work of the Lord must go on.

So are you saying the work of the Lord has stopped since the Coronavirus?

Forsake not the assembly, even more during these times. Do you know your Bible? Would God tell some to fight to be open, and others to fight to stay home? Something ain’t adding up?

I love it when folk use certain Scriptures to only justify their point as if others can’t use certain Scriptures to counteract.

It’s strange times bc the same people in line to shop, at the restaurants, etc. I thought you needed to stay inside. Foolishness, we always fall for it. Faith over fear.

This is about as ignant as it get. It is Essential to shop for certain things, to eat and etc. Funny you didn’t add going to work but you see you are probably one of those ones that say oh you can’t go to church but you can go to work. More ignance because don’t shop, don’t eat and don’t go to work and see what happens. Go figure!

Mad at the church for having church.


Mad at the President for making churches ESSENTIAL.

Now to me this is about as ignant as it gets because Trump can’t make the church anything and damn sure can’t make it ESSENTIAL!

Antichrist spirit! Check your spirit. You’re helping set the stage for the Antichrist.

Wow! Judge me. Oh I think it is a Scripture about Judging.

Christians that are antichurch

Wow! Now that is Fake News. How in the hell can a Christian be anti-church? Help me to understand! I’ll wait!

Who closed their doors willingly during a spiritual war? No fight, super soft bc of fear, no faith.

Fear? Really! Smart folk follow protocol by authorities that can set policies and procedures. Fussing about going in a church building but I know more folk who are fussing about they have to go to work. These folk wanted atleast a 2 week shutdown to help curve the virus hell they didn’t say they didn’t want to go back to work. But you and others ain’t talking about the church folk who have to go to work but you are concerned about the church receiving tithes and offerings.

You got to use common sense.

Now I totally agree with must use common sense and that is what I am going to continue to do.

Well if you don’t have spiritual sense, how can you have common sense?

Wow! Now that is Fake News! I know many folk who do not and have not ever been to church so that means they have no common sense. I believe that all folk were born with common sense but it is how they choose to use their senses. Just my ignant opinion.

Why cant you sense spiritual things? Why don’t you know the tricks of the enemy? Why don’t you know who the enemy is? Why don’t you have discernment?

I know who the enemy is and I challenge them.

Your members down at the Chinese restaurant, Burlington Coat factory, crabhouse, and have no desire to fight to come to church.

Pastors have no control over where their members go. However what Pastors have control over is opening the church building where they are responsible for the health and welfare of their congregation. Any Pastor that does otherwise are just SELFISH and I am watching and taking names of Pastors and Church Folk whom I consider are selfish.

Sir you have a greater problem.

Wow! So I see this message was a response to a certain male. Interesting because I was not clear where this was coming from but now I see. I read 2 Pastors posts about House of Worship are not ESSENTIAL but specified that Worship is ESSENTIAL.

Let’s hope Walmart don’t get those tithes, and offerings.

Wow! So someone has finally put it out there the real deal comparing Walmart to tithes and offerings and the church.

Keep telling people church is in their heart. They going to keep those funds in their wallets, and take them to the restaurant.

Wow! All I can say is WOW! That is it right there! Finally someone has put it out there that the Church being ESSENTIAL because they are about Tithes and Offerings.

Offerings going to be down, churches might just stay close.

So now we are getting to the REAL FEAR! There are Scriptures for this but I ain’t going there.

The enemy knows this, why don’t you? It wasn’t done for votes, the very people who were fighting to keep their churches open, he already has their votes. Make it make sense. They wont be voting for any party for killing the unborn.

Well this last paragraph took me for a loop and I can’t even respond to that NONSENSE right now.

I am happy that someone has said what many were thinking.

I want to thank the author of this post I am responding to for setting the record straight!

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

Worship Is Essential But It Appears It Is Not The Houses Of Worship That Makes It Essential

The Political Agitator’s response: What I get from this is that Worship is Essential but the House of Worship (the building) does not make it Essential. Trump has figured out that lots of folk go to Houses of Worships and that if he say something that will make them happy that it will possibly get him some votes in my opinion. But anyone that are happy just because Trump is making Houses of Worship Essential and threatening to override Governors that do not agree with him, are unconscious, in denial or just don’t give a damn about life. I will not be going to a House of Worship the rest of this year because the timing is not right. But this is what I am going to do so do you. I have the option to watch and/or listen to the Word from the comfort of my home and/or my vehicle if I am out.
James T. Worthy

Dear Mr. Trump,

FOR THE RECORD….SJMBC IS OPEN every Sunday for Worship Service! Where? Online! Each Sunday, as the Lord leads, I attempt to share a Word from the riches of His Word. Where? Online! We’ve been blessed with 19 decisions for Christ in the last two months. Where? Online!! We observe the Lord’s Supper together on the 1st Sundays and three Bible Studies every Tuesday. Where? Online!

Once again you are late in the process….we were declared essential over 2,000 years!!!

Pastors Saying It Is Not About Going Back In The Church It Is About Constitutional Rights

Wow! This is quite interesting because it took a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for some Pastors and church folk to realize there is such a thing as Constitutional Rights.

In the scenes I seen on TV last week where Caucasian Pastors and church folk protested and filed a motion against Governor Roy Cooper asking that the church open to no more than 10 folk when having inside services. It was funny to me that Black Pastors that I have seen on Facebook mad because they can’t have all of their members inside of the church, I didn’t see none of them at the protest nor make comments anywhere. Oh but they hiding behind the Caucasians protest ready to move in. 

So with all that has been going on in this world as it relates to Constitutional Rights being violated when it comes to Black folk, where in the hell have these Black and Caucasian Pastors and church folk been?

Oh they don’t want to talk about them trues.

Continue on because I am going to see what the outcome going to be while this 14 day temporary order against our Governor who has the best interest of all folk lives at heart even though Black folk are the ones that they say are more than likely to contract the coronavirus.

Now Run & Tell That While I Wait!

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

Op-Ed – Why Church Buildings Should not Re-Open…..Yet


Message from Pastor Gailliard

Op-Ed – Why Church Buildings Should not Re-Open…..Yet

Over 500 years ago,Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenburg igniting what we know as the Protestant Reformation. Two thousand years ago an innocent man was crucified outside the city on a hill called Golgotha paving the way for all of mankind to be saved. The two most significant acts of the Christian church both occurred outside the church building. Not to mention, the Apostle Paul spent most of his ministry physically distanced from those he repeatedly expressed he longed to see. Yet, somehow, churches were planted and the New Testament was written. Buildings are important,but they are not to be worshipped. The notion that Christians cannot worship without assembling together in a building is flawed both scripturally and historically.

The recent lawsuit filed in Greenville federal court blocking the Governor’s Executive Order restricting indoor religious services asserts that churches are being treated differently than retailers and other secular businesses. Well, churches are different. Churches should have stricter re-opening guidelines than restaurants or hair salons for the simple fact that we gather far more people in close contact for longer periods of time. Reduced to the lowest common denominator,the church gathers people. We refer to our memberships as “congregations”, “fellowships”, “assemblies”. The typical church gathers 10-100 times the people of any other community-based business and North Carolina has more churches than any other state in America except Texas and Florida.

More importantly churches are the only community-based business with the mission to love our neighbors. One infected person in a gathering of even 100 people puts at risk an entire community. This is not loving. It is especially not loving to African Americans who are disproportionately impacted by this disease. Churches continue to worship and develop disciples – virtually. In many situations churches are growing. Our first amendment rights have not been violated.

So, while God has allowed for this season of evangelism, racial reconciliation and innovation, the response has become-“let’s sue.
”Churches that open too quickly are treading on dangerous ground. Each congregation should assess within their local church context, “what is our real motivation for opening now?” If it’s because of money, then I would remind you of Jesus’ words in
Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters.. ” If it’s because of loyalty to conservative ideology, political party or race,then consider Colossians 3:3 “…your life is now hidden with Christ.” These are hard times for us all and we need the church more now than ever. I too am eager to hug our members again;I just want to have as many of them alive as possible to hug.

James D. Gailliard, is Senior Pastor of the 3,000 member Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, NC

More sheriffs plan to stand down and allow indoor religious services

The Political Agitator’s response: This to me is about Politics and nothing more. When I think about the Sheriff Office the first thing that comes to mind is Protect and Serve. This is sad that the churches are pushing for the Governor to allow churches to go back to normal and now these guys are adding to trying to discredit Governor Roy Cooper. Thank you Governor for standing your ground and relying on Science and the Facts. I find it funny as hell these guys are comparing going to Lowes to going to church. In Lowes folk are passing through and Lowes is a huge store. Most churches have limited space and folk will be sitting for a long period of time. I would say hell let them do it but then when I think about these church folk may contaminate other folk so I can’t agree with this political move.

SMITHFIELD, N.C. — Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said his deputies won’t “interfere or prevent churchgoers to peaceably assemble and exercise their constitutional right to freely worship.”

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association along with many other sheriffs departments are siding with those who want indoor services.

Father Peter of Saint Ann Catholic Church said, “People are stressed and they need the churches. They need this encouragement.”

The state plan to resume business and social activities during the pandemic suggests that churches hold outdoor worship services or limit services to 10 people at an indoor service for now, but law enforcement officials, ministers and others have been pushing back against that restriction in recent days, noting retailers can have dozens and sometimes hundreds of people inside their stores.

The governor’s office clarified that for churches where outdoor or limited service is impossible, an exception can be made.

An updated document shared with the sheriff’s association includes this caveat: “In situations where it is not possible to conduct worship services outdoors or through other accommodations – such as through, for example, a series of indoor services of ten or fewer attendees, or through online services – the ten-person attendance limit on indoor worship services does not apply.” (Read more)

Christian leaders rally in Raleigh demanding reopening of churches

The Political Agitator’s response: I can’t believe these Pastors want to put their congregation lives in danger.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Churchgoers from across the state gathered in downtown Raleigh Thursday to rally against Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order and demand the right to hold services inside their buildings.

The group leading the charge, Return America, is led by pastors and Christian educators. During the rally, the group announced that they had filed a lawsuit against Cooper over not allowing indoor assemblies at churches.

Berean Baptist Church, Return America member Ronnie Baity and People’s Baptist Church filed the federal lawsuit to block enforcement of rules covering religious services. Those filing the suit say the state’s restrictions violate the First Amendment and treat churches differently from retailers.

Under the first part of a three-phase plan to resume business and social activities in the state during the pandemic, there is no limit to the number of people who can attend an outdoor worship or wedding service. But an indoor gathering is still limited to 10 people or fewer. (Read more)

Pastors Should Be Using The Bible To Give Out Information That Can Be Used Pertaining To The Coronavirus Time

Pastors, preachers, church folk and others ought to be using this time to educate folk about what is going on as it relates to the coronavirus.

We have heard them scriptures before and it is time to stop using scriptures for one self aggrandizement. It is time for the church competition to end. It is time out for the scripture rhymes and to give folk something they can truly use such as stay at home, when going out wear a mask and gloves, do not visit family members unless it is to take them food and/or other that is really needed.

I see some pastors especially those whom have experienced in real time that the coronavirus is real because they have had it and/or they have preached some funerals of folk that have had it. One pastor that I just read about a few days ago talked about he tested positive and waiting on his wife to get results. He said they did all the right things on Easter Sunday by limiting the number of folk who came to the service by allowing a few choir members and others to attend. He said it is believed that one of the choir members had the coronavirus and he think he may have contracted it through him or her. Now this pastor is stressing that churches need to do their services online and/or over the phone.

Community spread is something serious because folk contract the coronavirus and don’t really know where he or she contracted it from.

Folk need to understand that you can sanitize the building be it the church, workplace and other but the people are the carriers. The sad part is the carriers have it and don’t even know they have the coronavirus because they don’t have the symptoms. This is called asymptomatic. This is a real problem.

Pastors, preachers, church folk and others need to be educating folk about the seriousness of the coronavirus and how to cope with it. There also need to be a discussion about how the church will move forward because we are in for a coronavirus time for a while especially until a vaccine has been tested and is working.

Some church folk are very insensitive when it comes to talking about the function of the church. All folk are affected directly and/or indirectly by the coronavirus so folk need to be able to deal with the what one may call the good, the bad and the ugly. What I do know is doing whatever is in the best interest of keeping folk safe should be the main thing.


WPD: Don’t do drive-in church services on Sunday – This Was How My Ignant Ass Read The Stay At Home Order

Daniel Thurston, City of Wilmington Police Attorney, said . . .

April 8, 2020 at 4:53 PM EDT – Updated April 8 at 5:05 PM

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Wilmington Police sent out a public notice Wednesday night that “drive-in” church services are not allowed under the state’s “Stay at Home” order, according to their interpretation. With Easter Sunday approaching, some local churches were making plans to hold services with people sitting in their cars and the pastors speaking from a loud speaker system.

According to WPD, some pastors reached out to ask if plans for “drive-in” services are allowed. The attorney for the police department said they suggest sticking with virtual services instead.

“We thank churches and all houses of worship for doing their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and believe that their participation is critical in our community-wide success,” Daniel Thurston, City of Wilmington Police Attorney, said. “We strongly urge all churches and houses of worship to continue with virtual services, including for Easter.”

The state’s order prohibits any event where more than ten individuals are gathered in one indoor or outdoor place. A spokesperson for the WPD says they plan to monitor the situation Sunday. (Read It For Yourself)

Are religious functions allowed?

Religious gatherings are subject to the mass gathering ban and may not have more than 10 people. Participants should practice social distancing.



Read it for yourself Executive Order No. 121

Local City Government And County Commissioners Can Set Rules & Regulations That Are Stricter Than The Governors’ Mandates

Local Government can set rules and regulations but they are waiting on the Governor. Really!

Blame your local leaders for not doing the most. But local Republicans will attempt to use the current order against our Governor to attempt to unseat him in November. I am quite sure he has caught hell from some Democratic Pastors putting pressure on him because they mad think he don’t want their ass to have church. SMDH!

It is about the Benjamins. Hell get mad with me for talking about these trues. You have not supported The DCN News Blog Online TV although I have promoted you so I have nothing to lose. My ministry have been surviving because I am my brothers keeper even in spite of Ungrateful Negro Black Folk. But it ain’t about me and them but about him.

In case they didn’t know I stopped by to tell them that it is so it is in the Order.

Read Entire Original Stay At Home Order

Executive Order No. 121 

Read Section 4 Local Orders

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