Faith News

Foundation poised with cash to purchase Woodland Cemetery

The Evergreen Restoration Foundation has raised the $50,000 needed to purchase Woodland Cemetery, a historic African-American cemetery in Henrico County that is the burial ground of Arthur Ashe Jr., the Richmond-born tennis great and humanitarian.

Feds sue Stafford County over law blocking Islamic cemetery

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against a Virginia county for “imposing restrictive zoning requirements” that blocked an Islamic nonprofit from building a cemetery.

Clergy testify to outrage, hope in D.C. demonstrations

A series of religious demonstrations in Washington last weekend mixed prayerful calls for racial equality with frustra- tion with law enforcement, lawmakers and the Trump administration.

Ministers join call for citizen review board

Faith leaders from 35 churches, synagogues and mosques serving Richmond issued a petition Tuesday calling for city political leaders to create a civilian oversight board for the Richmond Police Department.

Falwell apologies for tweet with racist photo

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. apologized Monday for a tweet that included a racist photo that appeared on Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s medical school yearbook page decades ago.

Shorter services, less singing and no dinners for churches during pandemic reopening

For more than a quarter century, Dr. James L. Sailes knew that every Sunday morning around 10:30, he would be proudly walking the aisles of Antioch Baptist Church in Varina, greeting scores of his 500 or so members with handshakes ...

Episcopal bishop ‘outraged’ by Trump church photo op

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington sharply criticized President Trump on Monday for staging a visit to the historic St. John’s Church across from the White House, where he held up a Bible after authorities had cleared the ...

Campaign mounts to purchase Woodland Cemetery

Neglected Woodland Cemetery — the final resting place of Richmond-born tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe Jr. and thousands of other African-Americans — soon could have new ownership if money can be raised.

Homegoing for Bishop

Mother Marcietia S. Glenn, first lady of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield County, is comforted during the funeral last Friday of her late husband, Bishop Gerald O. Glenn. The 66-year-old founder and pastor of the church died Saturday, April ...

Hopewell man still waiting for Islamic center's collection to benefit his injured wife

After his wife was shot and nearly killed in their Hopewell home, Iftikhar H. Saiyed was grateful when the Tri Cities Islamic Center in Chester took up a collection from worshippers to benefit the family during her recovery. But nearly ...

As Ramadan nears, prisons urged to accommodate faith needs during pandemic

A coalition of 20 faith groups is pressing prison officials across the country to accommodate all prisoners’ religious needs during the outbreak of the coronavirus, particularly with Ramadan beginning this week.

Black clergy memorialize the dead; ask gov’t. to address disparities

The Rev. Frank Williams has been so busy leading two black churches in the New York borough of the Bronx that he hadn’t really considered the full extent of COVID-19’s impact on his congregation, his family and his community.

COVID-19 changes funeral traditions

COVID-19 has taken thousands of lives and upended business as usual around the world during the past few months. Just as the pandemic is changing daily life for millions, it is rapidly changing how the living lay their loved ones ...

Churches change their sermon delivery, tithing methods for mandate guidelines

Churches across Richmond have undergone a substantial transformation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as state and national officials have forced them to adopt a new paradigm.

Starting as a pastor in the midst of a pandemic

“I never imagined I would start my ministry in the midst of a pandemic,” Dr. Joshua L. Mitchell said.