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Sons and Daughters of Ham Cemetery rededication ceremony this week

The Sons and Daughters of Ham Cemetery, a historic Black cemetery that neighbors the University of Richmond and the city’s Bandy Field Nature Park, will be rededicated on Thursday, July 28, it has been announced.

In Canada, Pope Francis apologizes to Indigenous peoples, says it’s only ‘first step’

Pope Francis issued his first apology to the Indigenous peoples in Canada for the Catholic Church’s role in administering residential schools, which robbed many of their families and culture.

Faith leaders attend White House celebration of gun control law

Faith leaders from a wide range of traditions, including those whose houses of worship have been attacked, were at the White House on July 11 as members of Congress and other gun control advocates gathered for a celebration of the ...

‘The Bible does not speak about abortion’

Dr. Michael J. Jones is ready to debate anyone who claims that a ban on abortion is based on the Bible.

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church elects second woman and African bishops

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has elected its second woman bishop and received its first episcopal address from a woman during its quadrennial General Conference.

After Roe’s fall, Black churches support some or all reproductive health options

For Evangelist Lesley W. Monet, the weeks since the fall of Roe v. Wade has been a time of praise and preparation.

Sixth Mount Zion honors Rev. Jasper

Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond has installed an interpretative sign at the gravesite of its founding pastor, the Rev. John Jasper, in celebration of his 210th birthday.

‘Blessing of Elders’ lauds 7 Black Christian luminaries at Museum of the Bible

Well-known names from the world of gospel music and the Black church gathered at the Museum of the Bible to hail the contributions of African-American churches and to call for continued efforts toward building unity and bridging divides.

‘You wear out’: How chronic illness grounds and inspires William Barber’s activism

Standing outside a church in rural North Carolina this spring, the Rev. William Barber II leaned on his dented and scuffed wooden cane. With one powerful hand he pushed himself up and into the seat of a long black Chevrolet ...

Mississippi civil rights activist ‘Bud’ McGee dies at 81

William “Bud” McGee, a Mississippi civil rights activist who worked to register Black voters in the 1960s, has died.

Civil rights advocate Xernona Clayton is still ‘fearless’

A key aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who helped sustain the civil rights movement in the 1960s says she’s deeply saddened by the hate crimes seeking to terrorize people across America. But Xernona Clayton has been working ...

Union Presbyterian Seminary given grant to develop park

Union Presbyterian Seminary has received a $1,000 grant to help develop its new Yaupon Place Eco-Park in Richmond’s Northside.

Juneteenth Concert is a ‘Celebration of Freedom’

Juneteenth (or Freedom Day) will be celebrated in its truest sense at St. James’s Episcopal Church at 5 p.m. June 19 at the church, 1205 W. Franklin St. This event features a spectacular “Freedom Day Organ Recital” performed by renowned ...

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland distributes $175,000 in reparations grants

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has made an inaugural grant distribution of $175,000 after church members overwhelmingly approved a reparations fund a year and a half ago.

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 ...

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