Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Souls of Black Folk

Church enthrones its first black archbishop

LONDON -- With drums beating time to an African hymn, Ugandan-born John Sentamu was enthroned yesterday as the first black archbishop in the Church of England. Sentamu traveled by boat along the River Ouse from his official residence to the ceremony celebrating his becoming the 97th archbishop of York, the church's second-highest cleric after the archbishop of Canterbury. Inside York Minster, 20 dancers in leopard-print outfits, their heads covered in feathers of red, white, and black, performed a dance of rejoicing and thanksgiving in front of a 3,500-strong congregation. Sentamu, 56, on Oct. 10 became the first black archbishop in the nearly 500-year history of the state Church of England. (AP)

Also in the news are the efforts of men of African Descent in New York to transform their city through the power of prayer.

NEW YORK, 28 November 2005 (BWNS) -- The sounds of African drums and soaring voices burst out over a normally quiet lower Manhattan Street lined with antique dealers and four-story apartment buildings.
It was a recent Sunday morning and the pulsating energy was coming from the New York Baha'i Center where a drum circle was being led by African-American men, with people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds joining in.

Read this entire inspirational article here.