Faith News

Churches, nonprofits to be hit with taxes under new federal code

Republicans have quietly imposed a new, but limited tax on churches, synagogues and other nonprofits, a little-noticed and surprising change that could cost some groups tens of thousands of dollars.

Second Baptist Church to host Christian hip-hop concert June 29

The Rev. Ralph S. Hodge wants to present positive, upbeat Christian messages in a musical form that is attractive to Richmond youths.

2nd Annual Community Potluck Iftar

A local church is hosting a community iftar, a dinner to break the fast for Ramadan. The 2nd Annual Community Potluck Iftar will be held 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Bon Air United Methodist Church, 1645 Buford ...

Muslims in U.S. working toward greener Ramadan with less waste

Religion News Service Neekta Hamidi usually gets a few strange looks when she sits down for an iftar, the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast, at her mosque in Boston.

Former President Carter launches Liberty University address with jab at Trump

Former President Jimmy Carter took a gentle poke at President Trump at the start of a commencement address to graduates of Liberty University in Lynchburg.

Prison justice hearing May 19 at Second Baptist Church

Stories of jail and prison life will be shared at a public hearing on prison justice 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Second Baptist Church, 1400 Idlewood Ave., it has been announced.

Thirty-first Street Baptist calls May 21 congregation meeting

After five months of requests from members, Thirty-first Street Baptist Church has scheduled a congregational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at the sanctuary, 823 N. 31st St. in Church Hill.

Pope Francis thinks about leaving

Pope Francis said he has thought about when it might be time to “take leave” of his flock.

Gifts to charity, needy count as tithing, study finds

Most Protestant churchgoers believe that giving 10 percent of their income is a biblical requirement they should follow, but they define the practice of tithing in a variety of ways, a new survey shows.

Bishop Curry to speak at royal wedding

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, will speak at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace has announced.

Priest caught in political fire reinstated as House chaplain

Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan has announced he will reinstate the Rev. Patrick Conroy as chaplain for the House of Representatives after the controversial Jesuit priest challenged the stated rationale for removing him.

Assemblies of God elects first woman executive in more than a century

The top U.S. board of the Assemblies of God has unanimously elected its first woman general secretary in the Pentecostal denomination’s more than 100-year history.

House Speaker Paul Ryan forces out chaplain

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan forced out the Jesuit priest who had served as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011 because he said in a prayer during deliberations on tax cuts that lawmakers should be “fair to ...

U.S. Supreme Court hears Muslim travel ban arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court has so far had little to say about Donald Trump’s time as president, even as the nation has moved from one Trump controversy to another. That’s about to change.

Historian doesn’t want Civil War soldier’s story lost

It’s such a small, unremarkable headstone for such a remarkable life. In an age when the average male life expectancy barely topped 40, 56-year-old Peter Williams enlisted with the 29th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry, to fight for the Union in ...