ICE deports undocumented immigrant who left church sanctuary

He left church sanctuary for what he hoped was a short appointment with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He never returned.

Cedar Street Baptist to hold dedication service Dec.15

Cedar Street Baptist Church of God has spent three years and $3.5 million renovating its original sanctuary at Cedar and 24th streets in Church Hill.

Einstein’s ‘God letter’ hits auction block

A handwritten 1954 letter by physicist Albert Einstein in which the Nobel laureate is dismissive of religion in general and Judaism in particular is expected to bring a seven-figure price when auctioned by Christie’s in New York City on Tuesday, ...

Vernita Lee, mother of Oprah Winfrey, dies on Thanksgiving

Vernita Lee, the mother of Oprah Winfrey, has died at age 83. A spokeswoman for Ms. Winfrey issued a statement on Monday saying Ms. Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2018.

Small North Side congregation works hard to keep doors open

John S. “Johnny” Walker is on a mission to save All Souls Presbyterian Church as a center of faith and tolerance in North Side. Despite a shrinking congregation that has fallen to 40 contributing congregants, the 64-year-old Richmond native still ...

VICPP to host advocacy forum this Saturday

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is hosting a free forum to help empower people to address a range of critical issues facing the community, including health care, criminal justice reform, wage theft, eviction reduction, and to help community ...

Local real estate firm helping anti-hunger efforts

A lot of canned goods get thrown away when people move away. Now moving companies and real estate firms in Richmond and other parts of the country are making an effort to collect nonperishable foods and give them to food ...

Rare ‘Slave Bible’ exhibition offers glimpse of Christianity’s role in slavery

On display on the ground floor of the Museum of the Bible is a lone volume that stands out from the many versions of the Bible shown in the building devoted to the holy book. It’s a small set of ...

Ali Center receives donation for Muslim cultures exhibit

The Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky has received a donation to support an exhibit showcasing the diversity of Muslim cultures.

Summit shares resources to boost health, food equity

Volunteers planted fruit trees and raspberries and blackberries last week on part of the lawn at Faith Community Baptist Church on Cool Lane in the East End.

Rev. Roaf leaving St. Philip’s Episcopal to be ordained bishop of Western Tennessee

The Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf soon will be leaving the pulpit at historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in North Side to become bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee in Memphis.

Civil rights advocate and adviser to Dr. King recommended for Congressional Gold Medal

The Rev. James Lawson, a United Methodist minister known for his advocacy of nonviolence in the civil rights era and beyond, has been recommended for a Congressional Gold Medal.

Churches fight predatory payday lending with political pressure, small loans

Anyra Cano Valencia was having dinner with her husband, Carlos, and their family when an urgent knock came at their door. The Valencias, pastors at Iglesia Bautista Victoria en Cristo in Fort Worth, Texas, opened the door to a desperate, ...

Richmond native and noted musician Melvin ‘Wah Wah Watson’ Ragin dies at 67

Melvin Marcellus Ragin learned to strum a guitar in Richmond and went on to become a legendary studio musician whose unique sound can be heard in more than 150 recordings that topped the charts at No. 1.

Wallace ‘Wally’ Triplett, football pioneer, dies at 92

Wallace “Wally” Triplett, who set many “firsts” as a pioneering African-American football player, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at his home in metropolitan Detroit. He was 92.