Faith News

Greening project at South Side church designed to reduce pollution

Nearly 50 trees are now growing in a portion of the parking lot of Branch’s Baptist Church, 3400 Broad rock Blvd. in South Side.

Fourth Baptist Church minister says he will resign

Dr. William E. Jackson Sr. plans to step down as pastor of historic Fourth Baptist Church in Church Hill.

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s first Black female bishop takes office

Everyone would have understood if Bishop Paula E. Clark had stepped away from her call to lead the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, said her fellow bishop, Mariann Edgar Budde of Washington, D.C.

‘Fifth Little Girl’ of 1963 Klan bombing reunites with nurse

When an initially blinded, and nearly lifeless, 12-year-old girl found in the rubble of a church bombing was wheeled onto the 10th floor of University Hospital in Birmingham nearly 60 years ago, one of the first people to tend to ...

Fourth Baptist Church votes to keep trustees, finance team

A two-year battle for control of historic but fractured Fourth Baptist Church ended Monday night with a stinging defeat for the pastor, Dr. William E. Jackson Sr., and his deacon allies.

Members to decide fate of Fourth Baptist Church’s funds, trustees

The battle for control of Fourth Baptist Church will come down to an in-person congregational meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.

Ministers, medical experts honored

A group that was launched two years ago to provide Black pastors with information on Covid-19 and other health issues to share with their congregants received recognition from City Council Monday.

‘Honk for Jesus’ a wild ride that drives home paradox of faith in the Black church

“If you can’t say ‘amen,’ then say ‘ouch.’” If you’ve spent any considerable length of time in a traditional Black church context, you’ve heard this. It’s usually said by a preacher when they know a sermon is hitting a little ...

Sistine Chapel frescoes come to Richmond

Most people know about the remarkable paintings that Michelangelo created on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, even if they have never been to Rome. Now Richmond area residents can get a close-up view of his famous frescoes that still ...

Excavation of graves begins at site of Colonial Black church

Archaeologists in Virginia began excavating three suspected graves at the original site of one of the nation’s oldest Black churches on July 18, 2022, commencing a month's long effort to learn who was buried there and how they lived.

Minister continues legal pursuit of control of Fourth Baptist Church

The battle for control of historic Fourth Baptist Church is once again headed to court.

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.