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U.S. appeals court strikes down prayer practice before government meeting

Government officials who lead Christian prayers to open meetings are violating the U.S. Constitution, a divided federal appeals court in Richmond has ruled.

Clergy members arrested at D.C. protest

Hoping to steer national politics in a different direction, African-American clergy members from several denominations came together this week for the first “African American Clergy Advocacy Day” on Capitol Hill to protest federal budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration.

AME bishops seek NAACP overhaul

Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church are urging an overhaul of the NAACP, while acknowledging both historic black organizations need to find modern ways to build their influence.

Faith group opposes Trump on voting data request

A national network of progressive faith organizations is rallying support for officials in Virginia and 43 other states and the District of Columbia who have rebuffed a Trump administration effort to collect detailed personal information on voters as part of ...

Broadcast legend ‘Tiger Tom’ Mitchell dies

“Tiger Tom” Mitchell built his life on the spoken and written word. For more than 30 years, the celebrated broadcaster entertained untold thousands of listeners with his radio show on long-gone WANT AM 990.

Dr. William C. Jones, 83, noted obstetrician, dies

Expectant mothers often filled the waiting room in Dr. William Collins Jones’ busy North Side office. They could be there for hours while Dr. Jones handled a delivery at a nearby hospital. But none of the women left because each ...

Margaret P. Howlette, 55-year city educator, dies

Margaret Poindexter Howlette mothered thousands of Richmond children, although she never had any of her own. For 55 years, Mrs. Howlette dedicated herself to the elementary students she came in contact with, first as a teacher for 29 years and ...

Shirley Clarke, former civic leader and community activist, dies at 86

Shirley Hagins Johnson Clarke enjoyed trying new career directions.

Rev. Joseph R. Young, pastor of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Amelia, succumbs at 81

For The Rev. Joseph Roger Young, the call to ministry came late in life. The retired insurance claims adjuster was 65 when he entered Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond to begin his new career.

Street sign unveiled

It’s not official, but a stretch of Duval Street in Jackson Ward is now John Jasper Way. Unveiled last Sunday at Duval Street and Chamberlayne Parkway, the honorary street sign pays tribute to the

Claudette C. Harris, retired elementary schoolteacher, dies at 72

Claudette Chavis Harris touched the lives of hundreds of Richmond children during her 30-year career as an elementary schoolteacher.

Obstacles, inspiration detailed in new book about Maggie Ingram by her granddaughter

Joy Harris doesn’t remember a time when gospel music didn’t play an important role in the lives of her family. She grew up hearing her grandmother, mother, aunts and uncles sing some of the most familiar songs in traditional gospel ...

Jehovah’s Witnesses to focus on Bible, resilience

During a time when people around the world are struggling with feelings of hopelessness, the Jehovah’s Witnesses plan to address those difficulties during its annual series of conventions in Richmond during upcoming weekends. The theme: “Don’t Give Up!”

Ramadan ends with celebrations in area, around the globe

Saturday, June 24, marked the end of the monthlong fasting that began in late May for Ramadan, a sacred observance for Muslims.

Unitarian Universalists elect first woman president

An Arizona pastor and immigrant advocate has been elected as the first woman president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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