Faith News

Restoration work at John Jasper Monument

From left, Daniel Castro, Wilson Zelaya and Jose Hernandez complete work last Friday on a new foundation for the John Jasper Monument at Woodland Cemetery on Magnolia Road in East Highland Park. Rev. Jasper, who was born into slavery in ...

South Side churches merge, with Pastor Alexander ‘Jay’ Patrick as new head

Celebration Church and Outreach Center, formerly the Richmond Outreach Center, ap- pears to have merged with the nearby Liberation Church, with Pastor Alexander “Jay” Patrick of Liberation named the pastor of the newly merged church.

Area churches to celebrate Easter in various, special ways

Area churches are ready to celebrate Easter by welcoming congregants back to services both inside their sanctuaries and some outdoors.

Good Friday Pilgrimage April 2 in Downtown

The 6th Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage in Richmond will be held Friday, April 2, it has been announced.

Bishop J. Drew Sheard named new presiding bishop of Church of God in Christ

A Detroit bishop of the Church of God in Christ has been named the new presiding bishop of the nation’s largest historically Black Pentecostal denomination.

Kirk Franklin apologizes after son releases obscenity-laced, family feud audio

Gospel entertainer Kirk Franklin has posted an online apology after one of his sons released a recording of an obscenity-laced and physically threatening argument he claimed was with Mr. Franklin.

Forget Black protestants; white evangelicals least likely to get COVID-19 vaccine

Since before the COVID-19 vaccines hit the market, it has been predicted that Black Americans would choose to be vaccinated at dramatically lower rates than white Americans due to a historic mistrust of the health system. Media stories defined the ...

Virtual Metro Revival and social justice rally slated for next week

The Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Richmond and Vicinity is hosting a virtual Metro Revival next week featuring two out-of-town pastors, followed by a social justice rally.

Pastor resigns moderator position after criticizing women’s weight

Leaders of the General Baptist Council of Associations have recommended an investigation of a minister who preached that “weight control” by wives is the solution for marital problems.

Dr. Cornel West returns to Union Theological Seminary after 2nd Harvard rift

Dr. Cornel West is rejoining the faculty of Union Theologi- cal Seminary in New York, where he started his teaching career more than 40 years ago, the seminary said Monday.

Bloody Sunday memorial March 7 to honor late civil rights giants

This year’s commemoration of a pivotal moment in the fight for voting rights for African-Americans will honor four giants of the Civil Rights Movement who died in 2020, including the late Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.

Dean Yolanda Pierce on grandmother theology, Black Jesus

Dean Yolanda Pierce of the Howard University School of Divinity has been shaped by, and now teaches, womanist theology, the study of religion through the lens of gender, race and class.

Opponents to Fourth Baptist Church’s incorporation tie up names with SCC

The rush to incorporate Fourth Baptist Church apparently has slowed after opponents temporarily claimed the church’s name along with eight variations.

Faith leaders issue BHM book challenge to Richmond area residents

Challenge to Richmond area residents: Spend February reading award-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson’s widely praised book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” then participate in a Zoom discussion of the book 7 p.m. Monday, March 1.

Black clergy offer churches as COVID-19 vaccination sites

After more than 1,100 people received the coronavirus vaccine in the fellowship hall of a Black church in Oklahoma City, its pastor credited trust and teamwork for the accom- plishment.