Faith News

Faith leaders call for de-escalation after missile strike kills Iranian general

Concern about the growing tensions between the United States and Iran has been bubbling within the Vatican, as Pope Francis and other faith leaders urge global leaders to employ self-restraint and dialogue.

Latest spate of religious violence again raises safety questions

People across the nation were grappling with a spate of religious violence that struck at a rabbi’s New York home Saturday during a Hanukkah celebration and erupted at a North Texas church on Sunday.

Rev. Darran Brandon to speak Jan. 1 at Emancipation Proclamation Day service

The Rev. Darran Brandon, pastor of First Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, will speak at the annual Emancipation Proclamation Day service hosted on New Year’s Day by the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Richmond and Vicinity.

Nativity scene shows Holy Family separated in cages

The Nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church is striking. Mannequins of Jesus, Mary and Joseph are separated in individual cages topped with barbed wire. A baby Jesus is wrapped in what resembles a Mylar blanket, similar to the sheets ...

Evangelical magazine editorial calls for Trump’s removal from office

A major evangelical Christian magazine founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham has called for President Trump’s removal from office.

Black church believed to be oldest in U.S. finishes repairs in time for 246th anniversary

A black congregation that began worship services before the American Revolution has restored its historic church to a version of its former glory.

Who are the Black Hebrew Israelites?

On Dec. 10, two individuals opened fire on a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, N.J. The violent attack — which occurred shortly after the assailants allegedly killed a police officer in a nearby cemetery — ultimately left three bystanders dead ...

Study: 40% of millenials not affiliated with religion

Millennials — those between ages 23 and 48 — are shaking up the workplace, transforming dating and undoing organized religion.

Va. inmate wins religious freedom lawsuit

For more than three years, Alfonza H. Greenhill has persisted in battling Virginia prison policies that blocked him from practicing the strict Sufi branch of Islam.

City Planning Commission to take up Salvation Army relocation request in new year

A holiday truce has been declared in the seven-month battle over the Salvation Army’s proposal to move its Central Virginia headquarters and shelter from Downtown to North Side.

Blessing of the Animals Dec. 13 in Shockoe Slip

The annual pre-Christmas ceremony to bless pets and working animals will take place at noon Friday, Dec. 13, at its traditional site — Morgan Fountain in the Shockoe Slip Plaza at 13th and Cary streets.

RVA Street Singers host free concert Dec. 13

The RVA Street Singers will perform a free concert, “Unity, Happiness & Light,” at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 411 E. Grace St. in Downtown.

Funeral programs helping to connect African-American families to roots

Volunteers across the state are combing through a large collection of old African-American funeral programs to help families connect with distant relatives of the past.

Faith groups sue Trump administration over refugee resettlement order

Three faith-based groups that assist with refugee resettlement are suing the federal government, arguing a recent executive order granting state and local officials the authority to block refugee resettlement violates federal law and inhibits their ability to practice their faith.

Rev. Barber wins highest N.C. award

The Rev. William J. Barber II, a social justice activist and co-leader of the national Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, has been awarded the state of North Carolina’s highest honor.