Faith News

Two years after George Floyd’s murder, racial trauma permeates Black Americans

Black Men Heal co-founder Zakia Williams was deeply moved as she watched a young Black man become emotional while speaking about the mental health toll the past few years have taken on him. “He said, ‘I just want to play ...

New St. Philip’s rector envisions a more inclusive ministry

Following her recent installation as the 23rd rector of historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in North Side, the Rev. Marlene E. Forrest described the occasion as a “beautiful, spirit-filled service.” Rev. Forrest’s installation at the church came nearly two years ...

Black Catholic nuns: A compelling, long-overlooked history

Even as a young adult, Shannen Dee Williams – who grew up Black and Catholic in Memphis, Tenn.,–knew of only one Black nun, and a fake one at that: Sister Mary Clarence, as played by Whoopi Goldberg in the comic ...

Pastor Anthony Franklin Sr. sees his mission as giving back where a community has needs

For years, Pastor Anthony Franklin Sr. struggled to pay the rent and keep the lights on for the small non-denominational Richmond church he founded called Truth Ministries.

Rev. Marlene E. Forrest to be installed as rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

The Rev. Marlene E. Forrest will be installed as the 23rd rector of historic St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in North Side on Saturday, May 14.

Rev. Wilbert D. Talley reaches 50th anniversary milestone at King William church

“I never expected to reach this kind of milestone.”

Richmond Public Schools to close May 3 in observance of Eid al-Fitr

One of the most significant holidays of Islam, Eid al-Fitr, will be recognized for the first time by Richmond Public Schools.

Climate crisis increasingly a refugee crisis, faith resettlement groups say

For Monique Verdin, the apocalypse came in 2005.

Family at Fourth Baptist Church sues pastor, two deacons

The pastor of historic Fourth Baptist Church is facing another legal challenge, this time from a Richmond family that claims he and two deacons wrongly removed them from the active membership rolls.

Pope Francis calls for Easter truce in Ukraine

Pope Francis opened Holy Week on Sunday with a call for an Easter truce in Ukraine to make room for a negotiated peace, highlighting the need for leaders to “make some sacrifices for the good of the people.”

Zambian mission trip spurs desire to forge greater ties for Dr. Michael Jones

It is not unusual for church members to go on mission trips to provide help and support to those in need in other countries. However, Dr. Michael J. Jones said he and a small delegation from the Village of Faith ...

Afghan evacuees mark first U.S. Ramadan with gratitude, agony

Sitting cross-legged on the floor as his wife and six children laid plates of fruit on a red cloth in front of him, Wolayat Khan Samadzoi watched through the open balcony door for the sliver of the new moon to ...

Booker T. Washington National Monument seeking public’s help to unravel mystery

Officials at the Booker T. Washington National Monument outside Roanoke are asking the public for help in unraveling one of its biggest mysteries.

Report: AME Church suspends payments to retirees, investigates missing pension funds

One of the nation’s largest Black Protestant denominations has stopped making payments to retired ministers on its pension plan, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Holding on to their faith: Strengthening Black families living with dementia

When Dr. Fayron Epps was growing up in New Orleans, worship services weren’t limited to Sundays.