Faith News

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.

Holy Rosary celebrates 50th year for Knights of Columbus 6457

Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the oldest African-American Catholic congregation in Richmond, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Father Charles G. O’Leary Knights of Columbus Council 6457 on Saturday, April 29, beginning at 4 p.m. with a meet and greet, ...

Swansboro Baptist partners with nonprofit to offer free meals

For Kevin Alston and dozens of other hungry South Side residents struggling with food costs, Swansboro Baptist Church is now the place to go for a free hot lunch.

How Black clergy are reframing approach on abortion with congregations

For the Rev. Irene Prince, discussions around reproductive choice start in Bible study.

From Senate subcommittee to Easter sermon: Raphael Warnock on life as a pastor-politician

Raphael Warnock, U.S. senator and Baptist pastor, was wrapping up his time on Capitol Hill before heading back to his native Georgia in time for what is perhaps the busiest week of the year for Christian clergy.

A brief history of the Black church’s diversity, and its vital role in American political history, by Jason Evans

With religious affiliation on the decline, continuing racism and increasing income inequality, some scholars and activists are soul-searching about the Black church’s role in today’s United States.

What is Black History Month in a white Christian nation?

Just in time for Black History Month, the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution have released a fascinating new survey about Christian nationalism that points to the ways that stories about race in American history get told and ...