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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.

Judge Barrett nomination fight leaves progressive Catholics feeling unseen

Elizabeth Ajiduah took to Twitter in late September, ask- ing progressive and LGBTQ- friendly Catholics to come forward.

Trump evangelical advisers exposed to COVID-19 flout CDC guidelines, preach in public

At least two faith leaders, including one of President Trump’s unofficial evangelical advisers, have tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a White House Rose Garden ceremony and a separate evangelical gathering in Wash- ington.

Alabama governor apologizes to 1963 church bombing survivor

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has apologized to a survivor of a racist 1963 church bombing that killed four Black girls, calling the blast an “egregious injustice.” But the governor declined on Sept. 30 to pay restitution without legislative involvement.

Dr. Adam L. Bond, Ebenezer Baptist Church’s new pastor, eases into transition during pandemic

Dr. Adam L. Bond is blending the old with the new at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, despite the disruption from the pandemic.

Church-based education pod opens in East End

Dr. Patricia A. Gould-Champ’s ministry is supporting East End students and parents with learning pods as a daily education solution.

City joining preservation effort for historic African-American cemetery

City Hall is finally joining an effort to recognize, preserve and protect a historic African-American cemetery that city government spent more than 120 years trying to erase.