Faith News

UR religion professor honored for 54 years

There is one word in the English language that Frank Edwin Eakin Jr. never utters: “Retirement.” Dr. Eakin has spent 54 years teaching religious studies courses, including 52 years at the University of Richmond, and he’s still going strong.

Medieval manuscript returned after museum discovers it was stolen

One year after the Green family — owners of the craft store chain Hobby Lobby and principal sponsors of the Museum of the Bible — agreed to pay a $3 million fine for illegally importing artifacts from Iraq, the museum ...

Coalition seeks sainthood for 5 African-Americans

The founders of two religious orders and an African-American priest who had to train in Rome because no U.S. seminary would accept him are among five candidates being supported for sainthood by a new coalition of black Catholic organizations.

Some Muslim candidates face backlash on campaign trail

Two months ago, Fardousa Jama did something no other Muslim woman in South-Central Minnesota has done: She filed to run for a City Council seat in Mankato, Minn.

Bishop Curry has prostate surgery

The American clergyman who preached about the power of love at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has undergone surgery for prostate cancer. An Episcopal Church spokeswoman said the surgery was performed July 31 on the Presiding Bishop ...

Alabama minister, wife purchase Rosa Parks letter

A letter written by civil rights activist Rosa Parks describing the 1957 bombing of her neighbors’ home has been purchased at auction by the couple targeted in the attack.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church hosts 10th Annual Jazz & Food Festival Saturday

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church is hosting its 10th Annual Jazz & Food Festival this weekend.

Rare Bible that went to moon up for sale

For the collector who has almost everything, there’s still a chance to own a Bible that literally was out of this world.

Partisanship drives religious attitudes and not the other way around

Which comes first — religion or politics? On the one hand, political scientists have long held that people’s political choices are formed by their childhood faith, which, for the most part, sticks with them. On the other, 81 percent of ...

Chesterfield reader offers payment to Morning Star Baptist guest preacher

The Rev. Ernest Blue Jr. finally has been paid for delivering a guest sermon July 1 at Morning Star Baptist Church in South Side.

James Meredith on mission from God

James Meredith is a civil rights legend who resists neatly defined narratives.

Nominees sought for 2018 Manny Awards

My Brother’s Keeper of Greater Richmond is accepting nominations for the 2018 Manny Awards honoring unsung heroes in the region who are making their communities better.

Morman Church teams up with NAACP

The Mormon Church is teaming up with the national NAACP on a new education and employment program on the East Coast, an outgrowth from the first official meeting between the groups in May.

At 91, Carlton T. Brooks still going strong

Carlton T. Brooks said as a young man he faced the big decision of figuring out how to make a living.

AME Church and black banks launch partnership for black wealth

The black church, among the most prosperous institutions in America, has long led movements for the spiritual, social and civic uplift of black people.