Faith News

Drive-in homecoming worship brings church members together

For the past 27 Sundays, the Moore Street Missionary Baptist Church congregation has held worship service over Zoom and Bible study via conference calls.

Benefit fundraiser for Larry Bland Sept. 27

Friends and admirers of legendary Richmond choir director Larry Bland will hold a drive-thru fundraiser this weekend in an effort to aid the seri- ously ill musician cover the cost of care, it has been announced.

Black Jesus version of Michelangelo’s Pieta divides Catholics on race and politics

An interpretation of Michel- angelo’s iconic Pietà featuring a Black Jesus has unexpectedly caused a debate about Black Lives Matter, the sanctity of art and the evangelization of Africa after the Pontifical Academy of Life, an official Vatican think tank, ...

First Baptist Church launches 200th anniversary celebration

Last Sunday nearly 300 people attended the Grand Illumination at First Baptist Church of South Richmond, a celebration kicking off a yearlong commemoration of the church’s bicentennial.

Black woman chaplain makes rank of colonel and history

The U.S. Army has promoted an active-duty African- American woman chaplain to the rank of colonel for the first time.

Hospital Street burial ground gets support as new historic district

Lenora C. McQueen’s three-year crusade to gain recognition for the long forgotten and largely destroyed Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground at 5th and Hospital streets in Richmond is starting to secure results.

WE CARE Community Giveaway slated for Sunday in North Side

A coalition of eight North Side churches is sponsoring the annual WE CARE Community Giveaway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School, 2300 1st Ave. in Highland Park.

Civil rights groups to commemorate 57th anniversary of historic March on Washington

A series of events led by a coalition of civil rights groups such as the NAACP, the National Action Network and a coalition, including Martin Luther King III and the families of George Floyd, Eric Garner and Breonna Taylor, will ...

Kirk Franklin sweeps with 6 Stellar Awards

Kirk Franklin served as a co-host and also walked off with the most awards at the virtual 35th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

Push for evangelical Christian colleges to address racial justice

After the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, George Fox University, a Quaker-founded evangelical Christian school in Oregon, announced plans to change its campus culture, improve police engagement and diversify its board of trustees.

‘Silence is violence’

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil has been on stages, in classrooms and pulpits, preaching for decades about bridging racial divides. In her new book, “Becoming Brave — Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now,” the associate professor of reconciliation at ...

New liberal Christian groups working to dump Trump from office

Liberal-leaning Christian groups and faith leaders have formed a slate of new political action committees and initiatives in recent weeks, most of which criticize President Trump in ways that could help Democrats with religious voters in November.

5 faith facts about VP pick Kamala Harris – a Black Baptist with Hindu family

Few, if any, vice presidential candidates have had as much exposure to the world’s religions as U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the 55-year-old from California whom Demo- cratic presidential contender Joe Biden named Tuesday as his running mate.

Larry J. Bland seriously ill

Larry J. Bland, Richmond’s celebrated gospel choir director, issued an email Tuesday stating that he is suffering from a serious illness and included a request for prayers and privacy.

Falwell out as president of Liberty U.

Jerry Falwell Jr. is out at conservative Liberty University.