THE DAILY PUGH: Faith and politics, Mount Vernon Nazarene and Francesca Battistelli

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New book offers solutions for Christians who feel left out of the political process |MVNU Music Department earns full accreditation| Francesca Battistelli to Bring “The Own It Tour”

New book offers solutions for Christians who feel left out of the political process

Restoring America's Soul: Advancing Timeless Conservative Principles in a Wayward Culture; Hardcover; Author - Rita M. Dunaway

From The Adams Group

A recent Voter Study Group survey by the Cato Institute showed a division in the Republican party along religious lines. The study concluded that churchgoing Republicans look more like the party many conservatives believed existed before the 2016 Presidential election: more racially-tolerant, more accepting of multiculturalism and globalization, and more consistently libertarian on economics. In her new book, “Restoring America’s Soul: Advancing Timeless Conservative Principles in a Wayward Culture,” attorney, author and radio personality Rita Dunaway says the study confirms her personal observations, but doesn’t accurately portray the frustration of Christians.

“I think Christians are incredibly frustrated by the current political climate,” says Dunaway. “And the reason for their frustration is that even when they believe they are sending good candidates to Washington—candidates who represent their values—nothing seems to really change. The federal government just continues to expand its reach as individual liberties and state policy-making authority continue to shrink. And as that happens, citizens have less and less impact on the laws and policies that affect them, because those laws and policies are primarily made in Washington, D.C., where ordinary citizens hold very little influence. The good news is that while we, of course, must absolutely continue to vote, there are things we can do beyond voting that can bring about the changes we want to see.”

With “Restoring America’s Soul,” Dunaway offers those who consider themselves conservatives a way forward that involves better articulating their views on a host of issues including abortion, caring for the poor, traditional marriage and other cultural issues. The first step, according to Dunaway, is redefining the conservative movement.

MVNU Music Department earns full accreditation

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From Mount Vernon Nazarene University

The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Music Department is pleased to announce that all programs and degrees within the department have been reaccredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Having received initial accreditation in 2009, the MVNU music program moves from associate member status to full member status.

This reaccreditation was given after a thorough self-evaluation of each program within the Music Department followed by a comprehensive on-site review. The review team compiled a report, which was reviewed by the NASM commission, the decision-making body for accreditation. The MVNU Music Department was then given the opportunity to offer responses to the commission. The reaccreditation process was completed over a period of two and a half years.

“This is great news for our music programs at MVNU,” said department chair Dr. John Packard. “We knew we were providing outstanding music education to our students, but it’s a pleasure — and useful — to be affirmed by an external agency like NASM.”

Francesca Battistelli to bring “The Own It Tour” to top markets in the spring

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From Emily Travis

Francesca Battistelli has announced “The Own It Tour,” named after the multi-award winning artist’s latest critically acclaimed release. This March and April, the tour will hit top markets across the country including Denver, Houston, Portland, Seattle and more. Promoted by Premier Productions and produced by Sometimes Savvy Management, the tour features special guests Stars Go Dim and Elle Limebear.

“The songs on this album Own It are so empowering. It meant so much to finally get to share them when the album was released, but there is something even more special about getting to experience them live together,” said Battistelli. “To truly own your identity in Christ is so important, and I’m excited to invite people into that with me. It’s going to be an amazing tour!”

Battistelli will be performing songs from her latest release, Own It, along with many of her previous hits and fan favorites. It will be a night to listen, interact, and worship. Tickets for “The Own It Tour” are available nationwide on Jan. 29.

The tour includes a stop March 22 in Akron.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos from Twitter and advertisement screen captures.

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