Scott Harvey / KSMU

Unity was among the keywords recited during an interfaith service Friday morning in Springfield just as inauguration festivities were beginning in Washington, D.C.

Roughly two dozen faith and community leaders offered prayers, readings and musical selections inside historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church at Drury University. Many called for strengthening goodwill toward others amid a divisive political climate.

Rev. Mark Struckhoff said the purpose was to “pray for love to reign.” 

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Springfield was front and center at Friday morning’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. as the Missouri State University Chorale performed before thousands on the National Mall and millions on television.

Just minutes before Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, the nearly 50-member choir sang “Now We Belong,” whose lyrics embrace a sense of unity. The group has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa, but Friday’s event came in front of its biggest audience by far.

ARTS NEWS FOR Jan 20 2017

Support for KSMU Arts News is provided by Don Wessel Honda at 3520 S. Campbell.  Don Wessel Honda—a supporter of all arts which make Springfield a better place to live.


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Eagle Days returns to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow (1/21) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday (1/22) from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Michele Skalicky talks with nature center naturalist, Kim Banner, about the event.

Dickerson Park Zoo will present programs featuring a live eagle every hour on the hour until 3 tomorrow and until 3:30 Sunday, and you can try to spot eagles in the wild at the Lake Springfield Boathouse.  To learn more click here or 888-4237.