Faith News

Fourth Baptist Church tumult raises concern among congregation

Started in 1859 before the Civil War, Fourth Baptist Church is now a venerable beacon of Christian faith in Church Hill and the fountainhead from which nine other area churches have sprung. But a major dispute between the current pastor ...

Rev. William Barber II to preach at inaugural interfaith prayer service

The Washington National Cathedral will host a virtual iteration of its traditional interfaith worship service on Thursday, Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Activist and pastor the Rev. William Barber ...

Historic Black church in DC sues Proud Boys over property destruction

A historic Black church has filed a lawsuit against members of the Proud Boys after a leader of the white supremacist group took credit for burning a Black Lives Matter sign belonging to the Washington church.

Emancipation Proclamation Day service to take place online

With a stroke of a pen, President Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery in the warring South 158 years ago.

Work at historic cemeteries continues during pandemic

Drive into historic Evergreen and East End cemeteries, and it is immediately evident that the 12 years of restoration work is paying off.

Do you see what I see? Planetary alignment to create a ‘Christmas star’

A star, a star will dance in the night on Monday, Dec. 21.

More U.S. churches commit to reparations

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas acknowledges that its first bishop in 1859 was a slaveholder. An Episcopal church erects a plaque noting the building’s creation in New York City in 1810 was made possible by wealth resulting from slavery.

Food distribution set for Saturday at Petersburg church

A Petersburg church will host the distribution of 5,000 to-go meals in partnership with a Newport News nonprofit that is on the front lines of feeding people.

The Ingramettes to receive honorary degrees

The Richmond-based Ingramettes are still serving up gospel music five years after the death of their founder and leader, Maggie Ingram.

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.