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What's the role of the church in troubled times? Pastors disagree.
What's the role of the church in troubled times? Pastors disagree.

The black church has always been on the front lines of the civil rights movement, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant says. And it's in that spirit, he says, that he's taken a leading and controversial role in protesting the death of Freddie Gray. The charismatic local pastor has led rallies, exhorted marchers — and called for the arrest on murder charges of the six officers involved in Gray's arrest. Many of Bryant's colleagues have disavowed that demand, but they agree that the city's African-American churches have a special role to play in the search for social justice. A group of pastors met with the mayor Friday at City Hall to talk about the community's...

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