Faith News

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 ...

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

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.

Boys 2 Men Father/Son conference set for Saturday at Cedar Street

A former Seattle Seahawks fullback, a comedian and a gospel rapper are among the speakers scheduled for a conference designed to address some of the challenges facing African-American boys and men and to provide tools for maturely navigating those challenges.

Spiritual Boot Camp for women to start June 17

Women United For Christ Ministry is sponsoring a “Spiritual Boot Camp,” a monthly session to educate and empower women in all areas of their lives.

CeCe Winans talks about new solo CD and pastoring

CeCe Winans, one of the most celebrated female gospel artists, is back on tour after releasing her first solo CD in almost a decade.

Evergreen Cemetery sold to Enrichmond Foundation

Unkempt, but historic Evergreen Cemetery has a new owner eager to preserve and protect the burial ground for banker Maggie L. Walker, crusading journalist John Mitchell Jr. and as many as 50,000 other African-Americans. After months of talks, Enrichmond Foundation, ...

With crackdown on panhandling, people wrestle with their conscience

Driving to his downtown clothing business, Hans Herman Thun finds it impossible to ignore the beggars. They catch his attention with handwritten, cardboard signs such as “Homeless and hungry,” “Anything helps! God bless” and even “I’ll be honest — I ...

Ebenezer marks its 160th

Ebenezer Baptist Church will host a series of public events this week to mark its 160th anniversary as a beacon of faith in Jackson Ward, it has been announced.