Richmond Hill is an ecumenical, residential Christian Community located in the historic monastery of the Sisters of the Visitation of Monte Maria on Church Hill in the center of Richmond. The mission of the Community is to pray and work for the transformation of the metropolitan city. Prayers are three times a day—at 7 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. A bell rings to call the community to prayer.

Shola Walker lived at Richmond Hill when she was a teenager.

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As anti- Muslim rhetoric becomes part of the public and political conversation this election season, Muslims in this country feel more vulnerable.  That has Muslim students at Virginia Tech thinking about how to cope with the situation, and… how to improve it.

Current events are shining a spotlight on Muslims in this country.  And that’s both a problem and an opportunity, says Sana Rauf, a junior, studying business information technology at Virginia.

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Known for years as the Church of the Confederacy, St Paul’s Episcopal Church is just across the street from Capitol Square in Richmond. But the church has announced steps this week to remove certain images of the Confederate Flag from inside the sanctuary – it’s part of an effort at racial reconciliation.

LGBT Rights: Church-Based Discrimination

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When the Supreme Court affirmed the right of same sex couples to marry, some people assumed the gay community was home free, with all the legal protections it might need.  In fact, Virginia’s ACLU says otherwise.

When the Kiwanis Club rallied for its annual 5K run in the parking lot of a church in Charlottesville, participants were told they could not come back next year.  A rumor circulated that the church didn’t want gay athletes in the neighborhood.  That was a distressing moment for Kenny Ball – an avid runner.

Buddhists from around the state are expected in Charlottesville this weekend, where an unusual traveling exhibit opens – promising peace and medical miracles. 

The source -- mysterious bead-like objects that remain when spiritual leaders are cremated. 

A video posted online tells the tale of the Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour featuring relics taken from the cremated remains of Buddhist masters.  Leena Rose Miller, who organized the event here, says these pearl-like objects promote peace, healing and inspiration.