Faith News

‘They tried to ban one. We’re coming back with a hundred’

Hundreds of pastors both rallied and prayed last week outside the trial of three white men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. They gathered in response to a defense lawyer’s bid to keep Black ministers out of the courtroom.

State historic markers honor Black church, civil rights leader

When Rev. Charles Henry Johnson moved in 1890 from Richmond to Bristol, which served as a railroad town, he became the minister of a little wooden church started by 39 freed slaves. A few pastors had come through Lee Street ...

Catholic group pushes expedited sainthood for 6 African-Americans

BALTIMORE The process of recognizing saints in Catholicism is so arduous that it can take generations, even centuries, to complete, but even the usually slow-moving Catholic church can accelerate matters when it wants to. In the cases of Mother Teresa ...

Families of 9 killed in Mother Emanuel AME Church massacre settle lawsuit over faulty gun background check

Families of the nine victims killed in the 2015 racist attack at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., have reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a faulty background check that allowed convicted shooter Dylann Roof to ...

Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery in South Side to receive state funds for maintenance

A historic city-owned Black cemetery in South Side has received a state grant to assist with maintenance of 4,617 graves.

Tennessee city adds statue honoring Black Civil War soldiers

Four years ago, a deadly white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Va., led pastors in the Tennessee city of Franklin to call for the removal of a Confederate monument in their town square. A lawsuit and political maneuverings made that impractical, ...

Gang demands $17M ransom for 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group has demanded a $17 million ransom for them, according to Haiti’s justice minister, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

Archaeologists uncover remnants of one of nation’s first Black churches in Williamsburg

The brick foundation of one of the nation’s oldest Black churches has been unearthed at Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum that continues to reckon with its past storytelling about the country’s origins and the role of Black Americans.

Pat Robertson retiring at 91 from ‘The 700 Club’

Pat Robertson, who turned Christian TV into political power — and blew it up with wacky prophecy — announced last week his intention to retire as daily host of “The 700 Club.”

Religious groups call for commission on Indian boarding school policy

A number of Catholic groups and Protestant denominations are calling for the United States to establish a Truth and Healing Commission to reckon with the country’s history of boarding schools that separated thousands of Indigenous children from their families and ...

BlackTop youth program loses gym space

A private South Side youth program that won plaudits and a $500,000 city grant for its virtual school operation that served more than 80 students daily during the 2020-21 school year has been evicted from its home in a church ...

Trial set for Oct. 12 in Fourth Baptist Church dispute

A Richmond Circuit Court judge on Tuesday refused to throw out a case in which some members of historic Fourth Baptist Church have sought protection for their voting rights in church affairs, clearing the way for a trial scheduled for ...

Pandemic forcing Black morticians to bury their own in profession

When the last mourners departed and funeral director Shawn Troy was left among the headstones, he wept alone.

Headstones from historic African-American cemetery being relocated

Dozens of headstones from a historic African-American cemetery in the nation’s capital that were used for erosion control along the Virginia shoreline of the Potomac River are being relocated to a memorial garden in Maryland.

MLK’s initial leadership site gets preservation funding

As the Alabama church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was elected to his first leadership position in the Civil Rights Movement marks its 155th anniversary, work has begun to make a museum out of the crumbling building where ...