RNS Morning Report: State of the Union; Pastor Andrew Brunson; Environmentalist Priest in Peru

President Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., watch on Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Need to know: Thursday, February 7, 2019

References to Religion

Trump’s State of the Union garners mixed reactions among faith groups

"We can make our communities safer ... our faith deeper and our middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before,” President Trump said. More from Religion News Service

Hiring Decisions Questioned

As Southern Baptists mull executive vacancies, will diversity play a role?

Two former SBC presidents, joined by a Las Vegas pastor, took the unusual step of sending a letter to the search committee for the new president of the SBC Executive Committee, inquiring about the breadth of efforts to fill the position. More from Religion News Service

Detained Abroad

Andrew Brunson, back in US after detention, hopes to return to Turkey one day

The evangelical pastor recalled at an event hosted by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom that its commissioners were among the first people to visit him in prison after his arrest in 2016. More from Religion News Service

Price of Gold

Environmentalist priest in Peru says little has changed since pope’s visit

The Rev. Xavier Arbex has warned for years about the devastating impact of rapacious mining in the mineral-rich country. More from Religion News Service


There are no real evangelicals. Only imagined ones.

There are, in fact, many evangelicalisms and each has a different center and different boundaries, writes Kristin Kobes Du Mez. More from Religion News Service

Origin Story

Darwin in America: The evolution debate in the United States

About one-in-five U.S. adults reject the basic idea that life on Earth has evolved at all. And roughly half of the U.S. adult population accepts evolutionary theory, but only as an instrument of God’s will. More from Pew Research Center



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