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BlackTop youth program loses gym space

A private South Side youth program that won plaudits and a $500,000 city grant for its virtual school operation that served more than 80 students daily during the 2020-21 school year has been evicted from its home in a church ...

Trial set for Oct. 12 in Fourth Baptist Church dispute

A Richmond Circuit Court judge on Tuesday refused to throw out a case in which some members of historic Fourth Baptist Church have sought protection for their voting rights in church affairs, clearing the way for a trial scheduled for ...

Pandemic forcing Black morticians to bury their own in profession

When the last mourners departed and funeral director Shawn Troy was left among the headstones, he wept alone.

Headstones from historic African-American cemetery being relocated

Dozens of headstones from a historic African-American cemetery in the nation’s capital that were used for erosion control along the Virginia shoreline of the Potomac River are being relocated to a memorial garden in Maryland.

MLK’s initial leadership site gets preservation funding

As the Alabama church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was elected to his first leadership position in the Civil Rights Movement marks its 155th anniversary, work has begun to make a museum out of the crumbling building where ...

Praise, doubt as Facebook rolls out new prayer tool

Facebook already asks for your thoughts. Now it wants your prayers.

Hundreds arrested in D.C. at faith-led protest for voting rights

As police escorted a demonstrator in a wheelchair away from the chanting throng descending on the U.S. Capitol on Monday, fellow protesters turned to watch the person go. The group paused for a moment, then altered their call. They screamed ...

Muslims scale back Eid al-Adha observance in midst of pandemic

Muslims around the world this week begin observing a major Islamic holiday in the shadow of the pandemic amid growing concerns about the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus.

Jehovah’s Witnesses move annual conventions online for second year

For the second consecutive year, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have canceled their large, in-person annual three-day conventions in Richmond and around the globe because of the coronavirus pandemic.

AME bishops address COVID-19, critical race theory, voting rights as annual meeting opens

The bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church opened their denomination’s major meeting — a year after it was delayed due to the coronavirus — with a call for greater worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines and testing.

Church’s tax-exempt status restored

The Community Church of God in Christ is once again being recognized by the city as an active, functioning church, according to 2nd District City Councilwoman Katherine Jordan.

Fulton family receives unexpected blessing of mortgage payoff

It began as a casual conversation. Then it quickly turned into what Travis L. and Latarsha F. Woods can only call “a blessing from God.”

Hindu group holds healing ceremony at Hanover County plantation before selling

A Hindu group that had hoped to build a temple on a former plantation in Hanover County held a ceremony last week to honor and bless the enslaved who had worked there and to heal the land that they now ...

Jewish community prays for miracles after condo collapse

Numerous members of an Orthodox synagogue are among those missing after the collapse last week of a seaside condominium tower in Surfside, Fla.

COGIC church gets whopping tax bill after city revokes tax-exempt status

A Richmond church that has been in operation for 112 years has been hit with a surprise $46,128 property tax bill from City Hall after its tax-exempt status was revoked.

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