Faith News

August spells spirit of giving

In the weeks and days leading up to Richmond area students entering a new school year, several churches, businesses and other organizations stepped up to provide backpacks, clothing, shoes, lunchboxes and even cash in an effort to ensure that children ...

Women at the first March on Washington: A secretary, a future bishop and a marshal

In front of the crowds and the cameras, the speeches of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other men loomed large 60 years ago at the March on Washington. But the women, including those of faith, who played roles ...

Albert Ruffin assumes lead Eastern Star post

A Richmond area man has been elected to a top state post in the women’s auxiliary of the Prince Hall Masons.

Frederick D. Haynes III on succeeding Jesse Jackson, marching and ‘woke preaching’

The Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III, who has led a Black megachurch in Dallas for 40 years, has just been chosen to succeed the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition for more than five decades. Like ...

Many African-American SBC churches have women pastors on staff

Earlier this year, Southern Baptists expelled five churches from the nation’s largest Protestant denomination for having women as pastors. Now, the leader of a fellowship of African-American Southern Baptist pastors wonders if their churches will be next.

Faith and fate of affirmative action

It’s a different colorblindness than the one envisioned in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject the race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina comes ...

VCU’s Project Gabriel hosts second round of community forums

A Virginia Commonwealth University commission has announced two public forums as it moves to carry out a 2021 state law requiring the school to set up a scholarship program for descendents of enslaved people and to memorialize those enslaved who ...

Salvation Army gains new leadership

A new couple is in charge of Salvation Army Central Virginia, based at 2 W. Grace St.

Maryland church, with $100,000 in vandalism damage, continues in faith

The Rev. Jerome Jones Sr. is shocked by two things: the extensive vandalism that took place in his church building in Maryland’s capital in early June and the outpouring of support Fowler United Methodist Church has received in the aftermath.

Fourth Baptist receives historic preservation grant

Fourth Baptist Church in Richmond’s East End has been awarded a $150,000 grant to support preservation of the education wing as the church prepares to mark the 164th anniversary of its founding.

A Black preacher, ‘no longer at war with her body,’ on connecting flesh with the divine

Lyvonne Briggs describes herself as “a Black woman spiritual leader who is no longer at war with her body.” Her mission, in her new book, “Sensual Faith,” is to help other women stop being at war with their bodies too.

Nun whose body shows little decay since 2019 death draws hundreds to rural Missouri

Hundreds of people flocked to a small town in Missouri this week and last to see a Black nun whose body has barely decomposed since 2019. Some say it’s a sign of holiness in Catholicism, while others say the lack ...

John Blake, journalist on religion and race, goes personal with new memoir

Journalist John Blake, who has long written about religion and race in America, is the author of “More than I Imagined: What a Black Man Discovered About the White Mother He Never Knew.” The book recounts how multiracial churches helped ...

Alphas trailblazers — again

When Tyler Parker, a member of the Henrico County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, was informed by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources on Sept. 15, 2022, that its application for a “Trailblazers of a New Era” highway marker ...

Why do Christians create structures that hurt trans children?, by Candice Benbow

There are currently 44 states with anti-trans legislation. They run the gamut from banning drag performances to prohibiting care to trans youths to restricting the use of public restrooms and facilities.