Faith News

Power, resistance and spiritual beliefs all told in Richmond cemeteries

To Dr. Ryan K. Smith, cemeteries are ideal places to learn about the past and present of a community.

Pope Francis lauds NBA players

Pope Francis met with NBA players at the Vatican on Monday, lauding them as “champions” and saying he supported their work on social justice.

’You can’t just jump to hope’

The weekend before Election Day, Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, led an interfaith prayer service live streamed from Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital.

Bishop Michael Curry to speak about love and perseverance during troubling times

Bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church, will speak on how to navigate periods of change, such as during a pandemic, with love, resilience and grace.

Prayers, fireworks as Indians celebrate Kamala Harris’ win

Waking up to the news of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris’ election as vice president, overjoyed people in her Indian grandfather’s hometown set off firecrackers and offered prayers last Sunday.

Rev. Warnock locked in battle for U.S. Senate seat

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, the 51-year-old pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the historic church once co-pastored by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is running as a Democrat for U.S. Senate in a special election in Georgia.

Friends of East End Cemetery end work at historic cemetery after rift with new owner

The all-volunteer Friends of East End Cemetery no longer is involved in restoring the once abandoned historic African-American burial ground.

All Souls Presbyterian shares its North Side sanctuary with new nondenominational ministry

Sharing space with other ministries. That is the formula that 68-year-old All Souls Presbyterian Church in North Side is using to keep its doors open.

Ousted president sues Liberty University over damaged reputation

Jerry Falwell Jr. has sued Liberty University, alleging the evangelical school founded by his late pastor father damaged his reputation in a series of public statements that followed his resignation as president and chancellor in August amid a series of ...

Pope makes D.C. archbishop first Black cardinal in U.S.

Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory is now the first Black U.S. prelate to assume the rank of cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, a historic appointment that comes months after nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice.

Woman’s obituary: In lieu of flowers, ‘do not vote for Trump’

An obituary for a Minneapolis-area woman who died at age 93 included one specific request for her mourners: Do not vote for President Trump.

Online sessions to highlight Weekend of Mourning on Oct. 23 and 24

With gun violence occurring regularly in Richmond, members of Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities, or RISC, are collaborating with Temple Beth-El for a two-day Weekend of Mourning to reflect on the lives lost, pray for those affected and to ...

Stacey Abrams’ zeal for activism began with preacher parents

Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House minority leader who lost a razor-thin race for governor in 2018, voted on Oct. 15, driving her ballot to a local drop box.

South Side pastor withstands termination vote

Dr. Michael A. Sanders remains the pastor of historic Mt. Olive Baptist Church in South Side.

’The Secret Lives of Church Ladies’ is finalist for National Book Award

For years, Deesha Philyaw, a Pittsburgh writer, editor and writing coach, has gradually crafted stories about church ladies — but these are not the stories you’d likely hear sitting in the pew of a Black church.