Faith News

Florida faith leader: Black history toolkit gains interest outside the state

When the Rev. Rhonda Thomas decided to create a toolkit to help teach Black history outside the public school system — after Florida legislators approved revisions to its required instruction — she expected Black churches like her own would be ...

Funds available for groups hurt by Enrichmond’s collapse

A promised $250,000 bailout fund for more than 80 community groups that lost most of their money in the 2022 collapse of the Enrichmond Foundation is finally available.

Harvard Divinity School selects first Black woman as dean

A cultural anthropologist of the Black religious experience has been named dean of the Harvard Divinity School, effective Jan. 1.

Coming full faith circle

The Rev. Donté McCutchen has taken the pulpit at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, adding to an already busy schedule.

Thousands gather for March on Washington’s 60th anniversary

Thousands of people assembled near the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 26 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, paying tribute to the historic civil rights gathering led by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while voicing new ...

Richmond Divine Nine members go to D.C.

About 85 members of several Richmond area fraternities and sororities attended last Saturday’s March on Washington in Washington, D.C., where they joined thousands of others to commemorate the historic event’s 60th anniversary.

Rev. Ellison now part of Sears' staff

The Rev. Joseph F. “Joe” Ellison Jr. is the new director community engagement for Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears.

August spells spirit of giving

In the weeks and days leading up to Richmond area students entering a new school year, several churches, businesses and other organizations stepped up to provide backpacks, clothing, shoes, lunchboxes and even cash in an effort to ensure that children ...

Women at the first March on Washington: A secretary, a future bishop and a marshal

In front of the crowds and the cameras, the speeches of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other men loomed large 60 years ago at the March on Washington. But the women, including those of faith, who played roles ...

Albert Ruffin assumes lead Eastern Star post

A Richmond area man has been elected to a top state post in the women’s auxiliary of the Prince Hall Masons.

Frederick D. Haynes III on succeeding Jesse Jackson, marching and ‘woke preaching’

The Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III, who has led a Black megachurch in Dallas for 40 years, has just been chosen to succeed the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition for more than five decades. Like ...

Many African-American SBC churches have women pastors on staff

Earlier this year, Southern Baptists expelled five churches from the nation’s largest Protestant denomination for having women as pastors. Now, the leader of a fellowship of African-American Southern Baptist pastors wonders if their churches will be next.

Faith and fate of affirmative action

It’s a different colorblindness than the one envisioned in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject the race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina comes ...

VCU’s Project Gabriel hosts second round of community forums

A Virginia Commonwealth University commission has announced two public forums as it moves to carry out a 2021 state law requiring the school to set up a scholarship program for descendents of enslaved people and to memorialize those enslaved who ...

Salvation Army gains new leadership

A new couple is in charge of Salvation Army Central Virginia, based at 2 W. Grace St.