RNS Morning Report: LA Historic Mural Blessing; Belmont University Hiring Policies; Sen. Romney Vote

A man holds an incense burner during a mural blessing on Jan. 26, 2020, in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. RNS photo by Alejandra Molina

Need to know: Thursday, February 6, 2020

'The Wall That Talks'

In this LA neighborhood, residents unite to bless one of its most sacred murals

On a recent Sunday afternoon, more than 100 people gathered at a northeast Los Angeles intersection to honor what some refer to as the neighborhood’s most sacred mural. More from Religion News Service

Special Consideration Given

Christian university says it is open to hiring non-Christian art faculty in merger

A Christian university says it is open to hiring non-Christian faculty from an art school it recently acquired. Belmont University's provost had made headlines for saying the school would not hire non-Christians. More from Religion News Service

'Divinely Inspired'

Romney cites faith as inspiring his vote to convict Trump

'I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am,' he said, taking a long pause to collect himself. 'I take an oath before God as enormously consequential.' More from Religion News Service

Direct Appeals

Breaking down Trump’s religion-heavy State of the Union

The president made several appeals to faith throughout his annual speech to the nation and the U.S. Congress, some of which appear to be targeted at certain demographics. More from Religion News Service


From young evangelicals to National Prayer Breakfast: An urgent call on climate change

'It is in this spirit of gratitude that we write you today, as young Christians, to implore you to engage the climate crisis with the full and faithful urgency that it requires,' the signers proclaim, writes Kyle Meyaard-Schaap. More from Religion News Service

Following Senate Vote

Hours after Trump’s impeachment acquittal, Pelosi and Trump will address the National Prayer Breakfast

Hours after a deeply divided Senate voted to acquit President Trump of two impeachment charges, he is scheduled to address a huge gathering Thursday morning of Christian lawmakers and others founded to display reconciliation and bridge-building. More from The Washington Post🔒




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