African American Religious Affairs

The African American Religious Affairs division is a joint project of PFAW and PFAW Foundation.





VASHTI Women and Girls Initiative

Values*Affirmation*Self-Respect*Health*Talent*Integrity. If you change even the smallest of life's details, you completely change its outcome.

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi: Four Years After Citizens United: A Faith Perspective

Four years ago this week, ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, the high court infamously gave corporations the distinction, the same constitutional right as real people -- as you and me -- to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing elections. Four years later we are still advocating a point that should be obvious: Corporations are not people.

AAMLC Covenant of Commitment to Reduce Gun Violence 2016

We join in Covenant with parents, educators, community leaders, one another and other communities to aggressively raise awareness of gun violence as a spiritual and moral crisis.

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi: On Voting Rights, More Bridges to Cross

In response to the Supreme Court's recent Voting Rights Act decision, Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights hero and Georgia congressman, said, "I take it very personally. I gave a little blood on that bridge for the right to vote, for the right to participate in a democratic process."


VESSELS are people of faith -- clergy, pastors, ministry and community leaders, men, women and young adults -- firmly committed to increasing civic participation in communities that traditionally have been disenfranchised or discriminated against.


Our Work

Healing Grace – Shepherds Gathering: A Dialogue on The Black Church and Homophobia

Information on a few things African American pastors, faith leaders and ministries can do to create peace, safety and justice for all God’s children in our churches.

VASHTI 2015 Annual Report

Over the past year, AARA has been advancing the work of VASHTI. Our primary goal was to bring together a core group of 20-25 African American women in order to develop a women's faith-based leadership agenda for civic engagement and social justice.

Who We Are: Micah Leadership Council

Representing a new phase in People For the American Way Foundation's commitment to constitutional values through progressive leadership development, the Micah Leadership Council is a formal network of African American ministers and emerging faith and community leaders.

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