Faith News

Sixth Mount Zion honors Rev. Jasper

Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond has installed an interpretative sign at the gravesite of its founding pastor, the Rev. John Jasper, in celebration of his 210th birthday.

‘Blessing of Elders’ lauds 7 Black Christian luminaries at Museum of the Bible

Well-known names from the world of gospel music and the Black church gathered at the Museum of the Bible to hail the contributions of African-American churches and to call for continued efforts toward building unity and bridging divides.

‘You wear out’: How chronic illness grounds and inspires William Barber’s activism

Standing outside a church in rural North Carolina this spring, the Rev. William Barber II leaned on his dented and scuffed wooden cane. With one powerful hand he pushed himself up and into the seat of a long black Chevrolet ...

Mississippi civil rights activist ‘Bud’ McGee dies at 81

William “Bud” McGee, a Mississippi civil rights activist who worked to register Black voters in the 1960s, has died.

Civil rights advocate Xernona Clayton is still ‘fearless’

A key aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who helped sustain the civil rights movement in the 1960s says she’s deeply saddened by the hate crimes seeking to terrorize people across America. But Xernona Clayton has been working ...

Union Presbyterian Seminary given grant to develop park

Union Presbyterian Seminary has received a $1,000 grant to help develop its new Yaupon Place Eco-Park in Richmond’s Northside.

Juneteenth Concert is a ‘Celebration of Freedom’

Juneteenth (or Freedom Day) will be celebrated in its truest sense at St. James’s Episcopal Church at 5 p.m. June 19 at the church, 1205 W. Franklin St. This event features a spectacular “Freedom Day Organ Recital” performed by renowned ...

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland distributes $175,000 in reparations grants

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has made an inaugural grant distribution of $175,000 after church members overwhelmingly approved a reparations fund a year and a half ago.

Two years after George Floyd’s murder, racial trauma permeates Black Americans

Black Men Heal co-founder Zakia Williams was deeply moved as she watched a young Black man become emotional while speaking about the mental health toll the past few years have taken on him. “He said, ‘I just want to play ...

New St. Philip’s rector envisions a more inclusive ministry

Following her recent installation as the 23rd rector of historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in North Side, the Rev. Marlene E. Forrest described the occasion as a “beautiful, spirit-filled service.” Rev. Forrest’s installation at the church came nearly two years ...

Black Catholic nuns: A compelling, long-overlooked history

Even as a young adult, Shannen Dee Williams – who grew up Black and Catholic in Memphis, Tenn.,–knew of only one Black nun, and a fake one at that: Sister Mary Clarence, as played by Whoopi Goldberg in the comic ...

Pastor Anthony Franklin Sr. sees his mission as giving back where a community has needs

For years, Pastor Anthony Franklin Sr. struggled to pay the rent and keep the lights on for the small non-denominational Richmond church he founded called Truth Ministries.

Rev. Marlene E. Forrest to be installed as rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

The Rev. Marlene E. Forrest will be installed as the 23rd rector of historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in North Side on Saturday, May 14.

Rev. Wilbert D. Talley reaches 50th anniversary milestone at King William church

“I never expected to reach this kind of milestone.”

Richmond Public Schools to close May 3 in observance of Eid al-Fitr

One of the most significant holidays of Islam, Eid al-Fitr, will be recognized for the first time by Richmond Public Schools.