Faith News

Controversial Bishop Eddie L. Long dies at 63

During a 30-year tenure, Bishop Eddie Lee Long transformed the once tiny New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta into a megachurch that peaked at 25,000 members before he became embroiled in a sex scandal. A controversial figure who lived ...

Jury sentences white supremacist to death in S.C. church massacre

Unrepentant white supremacist Dylann Roof was sentenced to death Tuesday for fatally shooting nine African-American church members during Bible study at a landmark Charleston, S.C., church, becoming the first person ordered executed for a federal hate crime.

Prosperity preachers to pray at Trump inaugural

Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, who hosted President-elect Donald Trump with his Detroit congregation in September, is among the religious leaders chosen to offer prayers at the new president’s swearing-in next week in Washington. The inaugural committee announced that prosperity gospel ...

Super Bowl 51 Gospel Celebration

The NFL Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, the only multicultural event sanctioned by the National Football League, will kick off Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 3 with its 18th annual star-studded concert at Lakewood Church in Houston.

Powered by faith and family, gospel queen Sheilah Belle triumphs over illnesses

Richmond gospel queen Sheilah Belle is “pressing forward” through the health challenges that have dogged her for six months.

New year starts with blessings of cars

The new year rolled in with a special transportation blessing for three Richmond area women. Kambria Cook, Vivian Jefferson and Beverly Tyler each received free cars on New Year’s Eve from Village of Faith Ministries, which has sanctuaries in Henrico ...

Emancipation Proclamation Day Service Jan. 2

Amid a raging Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln took a major step to promote the American ideal of liberty.

Roof guilty in church massacre

The jury in the federal hate crimes trial of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof found him guilty on all counts for gunning down nine African-American parishioners at a historic church in Charleston, S.C., last year.

Delta House property returned to church

The dreams have evaporated for turning a former Church Hill church sanctuary into the home of the Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Church collecting basic necessities for incarcerated people

A Church Hill congregation is seeking to dramatically expand its efforts to provide care packages of toiletries and underwear to people who are incarcerated, it has been announced.

As president of the Old Dominion Medical Society, Dr. Sonja Johns is looking to use the organization’s lobbying power to ensure that all Virginians have access to quality health care.

First Shiloh Baptist Church’s music and arts ministries are hosting “It’s All About the Baby,” a Christmas worship celebration, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the church, 8150 Walnut Grove Road in Mechanicsville.

Painful testimony from 72-year-old survivor of S.C. church massacre

A 72-year-old retired nurse recounted for jurors on Wednesday how she cowered under a table while Dylann Roof killed nine of her fellow worshippers at a historic black church but spared her so she could tell the story of what ...

Va. Center for Inclusive Communities holds support rally at Jackson Ward church

More than 400 people poured into Belle Hall at Third Street Bethel A.M.E. Church in Jackson Ward on Sunday afternoon to show support for religious tolerance.

Company helps churches, nonprofits start websites — for free

Religion News Service Members of Trueworship Tabernacle used to walk their Corpus Christi, Texas, neighborhood handing out fliers about upcoming events.

Religious leaders celebrate denial of easement for Dakota Access pipeline

Native American and other religious leaders called the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision on Sunday to deny an easement for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline an answer to prayer.