Faith News

Religious leaders sue to block Missouri’s abortion ban

A group of religious leaders who support abortion rights filed a lawsuit Jan. 19 challenging Missouri’s abortion ban, saying lawmakers openly invoked their religious beliefs while drafting the measure and thereby imposed those beliefs on others who don’t share them.

Virginia Union University announces Founder’s Day Convocation

Dr. Darran T. Brandon Sr., pastor of the historic First Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk and president of the Virginia Baptist State Convention, will be the keynote speaker during Virginia Union University’s Founder’s Day Convocation at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. ...

Black churches to receive share of $4M for preservation work

Nearly three dozen historic Black religious sites will receive a $4 million infusion of funding to help them with renovations and preservation of their buildings across the country.

The role of Blackness in the Hamline Islamic art controversy

In early October, Erika López Prater, a professor at Hamline University in Minnesota, showed her online Islamic art history class an image of the Prophet Muhammad. A Muslim student in the class complained, citing Islamic tradition barring representations of the ...

Pope Francis praises ‘gentle’ Pope Benedict XVI ahead of funeral

Pope Francis praised Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s “acute and gentle thought” as he presided over a packed Wednesday general audience in the Vatican, while thousands of people paid tribute to the former pope on the final day of public viewing ...

William Barber launches new center at Yale

Yale Divinity School is launching a new Center for Public Theology and Public Policy, an advocacy-focused body to be led by prominent pastor and activist the Rev. William Barber II.

‘Treat everybody like family,’ advises Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church

Last Saturday marked months of planning for the ordination and consecration of The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson as the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia on Dec. 3 at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Henrico County.

Blessing of the Animals’ is Dec. 9

The traditional Richmond Blessing of the Animals is scheduled for noon Friday, Dec. 9, at the Morgan Fountain in Shockoe Slip in Downtown.

No, Stacey Abrams is not Moses, by Candice Marie Benbow

When I moved to Atlanta in September of 2020, the first thing I did was register to vote.

NMAAHC religion exhibit features Little Richard’s Bible, Rev. Ike’s suit

Musician Dizzy Gillespie embraced the Baha’i faith and its belief in universal humanity — a concept he saw reflected in jazz, which he viewed as a blending of musical elements from Africa and Europe. Activist Angela Davis, faced with the ...

Saint Paul’s Baptist Church hosts veterans’ brunch, Thanksgiving food distribution

The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church Veterans Celebration Brunch and the RVA Community Thanksgiving Food Distribution will occur on the following dates and times:

Rev. Calvin Butts, influential pillar of Harlem, dies at 73

The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, who fought poverty and racism and skillfully navigated New York’s power structure as pastor of Harlem’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, died Oct. 28 at age 73, the church announced.

Black church tradition survives Georgia’s voting changes

Black church leaders and activists in Georgia rallied Sunday in a push to get congregants to vote — a long-standing tradition known as “souls to the polls” that is taking on greater meaning this year amid new obstacles to casting ...

CeCe Winans first Black female to win Dove Artist of the Year

CeCe Winans, already a multi-Grammy-winning gospel singer, added a historic win at the 2022 GMA Dove Awards, the contemporary Christian music honors, becoming the first African-American female solo artist to be named Artist of the Year.

Scholar and preacher Walton named next president of Princeton Seminary

The Rev. Jonathan Lee Walton, an academician, preacher and administrator who has served on the faculties of Wake Forest and Harvard divinity schools, has been named the next president of Princeton Theological Seminary.