Faith News

Hurricane relief efforts started by SCLC and others

Black Baptist churches and a civil rights organization in the Newport News area are gearing up to send aid to people in and around Wilmington, N.C., who were hard hit by Hurricane Florence, it has been announced.

Centenary United Methodist Church celebrates 9 years as Reconciling Congregation

For the first time, members of historic Centenary United Methodist Church will have a booth at VA PrideFest 2018 to tell the church’s story and encourage the thousands of festival participants to attend.

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy to host annual awards ceremony Sept. 26

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy will recognize several people and organizations for their work advocating for Medicaid expansion, criminal justice reform, immigrant rights and higher wages for workers.

At Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, business leaders reflect on ethics

Roughly one-sixth of the 613 commandments in the Torah, the Hebrew Scriptures, touch on business and monetary practices. The Talmud, the commentary on Jewish law, fleshes out these principals with real-life scenarios.

First Baptist Church Super Saturday rescheduled

First Baptist Church of South Richmond has rescheduled its Super Saturday family festival for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the church’s North Chesterfield campus, 6201 Ironbridge Road.

‘Fat and Faithful’: New book probes spirituality of body image

As a teenager, J. Nicole Morgan was fond of her reflection in the mirror. She liked her eyes and her smile. But then she looked at her arms and stomach and reminded herself that she was not pretty and could ...

Vacation Bible School group puts message into practice

Petersburg High School’s Marching Crimson Wave has been trying to raise money for new uniforms for the marching band since spring.

Rev. John E. Johnson Jr. to be installed at Union Baptist Church in Hopewell

Union Baptist Church in Hopewell has a new pastor.

African-American burial ground could impact proposed Cumberland landfill

A long forgotten African-American burial ground is gaining renewed attention as opponents use it to raise fresh objections to a proposed 1,200-acre landfill in rural Cumberland County about 50 miles west of Richmond.

Lux Church moves into Sharon Baptist Church’s former Jackson Ward home

Last Sunday was a big day for Pastor Victor Immanuel “Manny” Peña and the 100-member congregation of Lux Church. Bubbling with enthusiasm, the 35-year-old pastor led the rejoicing as church members held their first service in the church’s new home ...

UR religion professor honored for 54 years

There is one word in the English language that Frank Edwin Eakin Jr. never utters: “Retirement.” Dr. Eakin has spent 54 years teaching religious studies courses, including 52 years at the University of Richmond, and he’s still going strong.

Medieval manuscript returned after museum discovers it was stolen

One year after the Green family — owners of the craft store chain Hobby Lobby and principal sponsors of the Museum of the Bible — agreed to pay a $3 million fine for illegally importing artifacts from Iraq, the museum ...

Coalition seeks sainthood for 5 African-Americans

The founders of two religious orders and an African-American priest who had to train in Rome because no U.S. seminary would accept him are among five candidates being supported for sainthood by a new coalition of black Catholic organizations.

Some Muslim candidates face backlash on campaign trail

Two months ago, Fardousa Jama did something no other Muslim woman in South-Central Minnesota has done: She filed to run for a City Council seat in Mankato, Minn.

Bishop Curry has prostate surgery

The American clergyman who preached about the power of love at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has undergone surgery for prostate cancer. An Episcopal Church spokeswoman said the surgery was performed July 31 on the Presiding Bishop ...