Faith News

Muslim firefighter settles lawsuit

A Muslim firefighter who said he was subjected to firehouse harassment over his faith and race, including being fed pork in violation of his religious beliefs, has settled his lawsuit against New York City.

Stray bullet narrowly misses pastor during New Year’s Eve service

A bullet that was fired into the air as the new year neared fell through a Texas church roof and narrowly missed a pastor, who said he then turned the service into a celebration of life.

New center dedicated

Yvette Glasgow Keesee of Greenwood Village, Colo., and the Rev. William E. Jackson Sr., pastor-elect of Fourth Baptist Church, cut the ribbon opening the church’s Mary and John T. Glasgow Youth and Christian Development Center in Church Hill.

Muslim superhero who fought Nazis in comic books making a comeback

In 1944, the world met Kismet, an Algerian superhero who fought against fascists in southern France while wearing a yellow fez. He punched Nazis, foiled Hitler’s plans and came to the aid of civilians in need.

Crystal Cathedral, former home of ‘Hour of Power’ to become Roman Catholic seat

For nearly 30 years, the Rev. Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral was not only a religious landmark, but an architectural wonder and an embodiment of flush times in Southern California’s Orange County.

Deacon Charles Williams named interim head of Office for Black Catholics

Deacon Charles Williams has been appointed interim director of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Office for Black Catholics. The appointment was made by Bishop Barry C. Knestout, effective Dec. 1.

‘Revival!’ brings mostly black cast to movie depiction of Gospel of John

For creator Harry Lennix, the new movie “Revival!” — a retelling of the Gospel of John with a mostly African-American cast — is a film whose time has come.

Southern Baptist seminary report ties founders to slavery, white supremacy

Founders of one of the nation’s largest seminaries owned more than 50 slaves and said that slavery was morally correct.

Rev. Roslyn Brock to speak at annual Emancipation Proclamation Day service Jan. 1

The Rev. Roslyn M. Brock, chairwoman emeritus of the national NAACP Board of Directors, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Emancipation Proclamation Day service at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at Fifth Baptist Church, 1415 W. Cary St.

At Christmas, babe in manger is not always white

When the Rev. Kip Banks’ family pulls out its nativity scene each Christmas, the African features of the baby Jesus provide lessons on both the Bible and self-esteem.

With tears, megachurch pastor defends $200K Lamborghini gift to wife

The new pastor of a South Carolina megachurch gave his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini SUV for their eighth anniversary earlier this month, and he’s been getting heat on social media for it ever since.

State NAACP to push ‘Energy from God’ bill

Schools, churches, mosques and synagogues across Virginia could go solar, if the Virginia State Conference NAACP has its way. Under a legislative proposal the civil rights organization is advancing dubbed the “Energy from God” bill, a $1 billion, three-year pilot ...

ICE deports undocumented immigrant who left church sanctuary

He left church sanctuary for what he hoped was a short appointment with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He never returned.

Cedar Street Baptist to hold dedication service Dec.15

Cedar Street Baptist Church of God has spent three years and $3.5 million renovating its original sanctuary at Cedar and 24th streets in Church Hill.

Einstein’s ‘God letter’ hits auction block

A handwritten 1954 letter by physicist Albert Einstein in which the Nobel laureate is dismissive of religion in general and Judaism in particular is expected to bring a seven-figure price when auctioned by Christie’s in New York City on Tuesday, ...