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Va. inmate wins religious freedom lawsuit

For more than three years, Alfonza H. Greenhill has persisted in battling Virginia prison policies that blocked him from practicing the strict Sufi branch of Islam.

City Planning Commission to take up Salvation Army relocation request in new year

A holiday truce has been declared in the seven-month battle over the Salvation Army’s proposal to move its Central Virginia headquarters and shelter from Downtown to North Side.

Blessing of the Animals Dec. 13 in Shockoe Slip

The annual pre-Christmas ceremony to bless pets and working animals will take place at noon Friday, Dec. 13, at its traditional site — Morgan Fountain in the Shockoe Slip Plaza at 13th and Cary streets.

RVA Street Singers host free concert Dec. 13

The RVA Street Singers will perform a free concert, “Unity, Happiness & Light,” at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 411 E. Grace St. in Downtown.

Funeral programs helping to connect African-American families to roots

Volunteers across the state are combing through a large collection of old African-American funeral programs to help families connect with distant relatives of the past.

Faith groups sue Trump administration over refugee resettlement order

Three faith-based groups that assist with refugee resettlement are suing the federal government, arguing a recent executive order granting state and local officials the authority to block refugee resettlement violates federal law and inhibits their ability to practice their faith.

Rev. Barber wins highest N.C. award

The Rev. William J. Barber II, a social justice activist and co-leader of the national Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, has been awarded the state of North Carolina’s highest honor.

'Yes in God's Backyard' to use church land for affordable housing

Faith congregations across California are responding to the state’s housing crisis by sharing their parking lots with people living in their cars, providing mobile showers for the homeless and joining their neighbors in calling for rent control in their communities.

Jimmy Carter still drawing devotees to church

The pilgrims arrive early and from all over, gathering hours before daybreak in an old pecan grove that surrounds a country church. They come, they say, for a dose of simple decency and devotion wrapped up in a Bible lesson. ...

Church grapples with aftermath of latest school shooting

Soon after a 16-year-old shot and killed two of his classmates and wounded three others at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Nov. 14, Grace Baptist Church Senior Pastor David W. Hegg and members of his church opened ...

VUU honors Wyatt Tee Walker legacy with new society

Virginia Union University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology announced the creation of the “Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Social Justice Society of Preachers and Prophetic Witnesses” during a formal service Monday in Coburn Hall on campus.

Jackson Ward church hosting free community dinner Nov. 15

Friday night could be a nourishing one for the Richmond community in more ways than one, courtesy of Third Street Bethel A.M.E. Church in Jackson Ward.

Hanover church organization hosting group trip to 'Harriet'

More than 100 members of predominantly African-American churches in Hanover County are gathering to see the story and journey of Harriet Tubman on the big screen in the new biopic “Harriet” on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Holiday gift assistance programs ready to give

Angel Tree, Silver Bell and other holiday gift assistance programs are now in full swing in the Richmond area.

New rule would allow foster care, adoption agencies to exclude on religious grounds

The Trump administration is proposing a new rule that would allow adoption, foster care agencies and other social service providers receiving taxpayer funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to refuse to serve people based on religion, ...

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