• COVID Won’t Halt Operation Christmas Child

    OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILDWhen: National collection week Nov. 16-23Where: Local drop-off locations are First Baptist Church, 1133 N. Third St., and Wylie United Methodist Church. 3430 Antilley Road. First Baptist drop-off hours:

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  • Character Counts

    By JIM NICHOLS My editor has issued a caution to avoid writing anything that is too political. I will do my best, but note that I am presenting a testimonial

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  • Local Universities show increasing denominational diversity

    By LORETTA FULTON In March 2019, Bishop Michael Sis of the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo conducted Ash Wednesday services at all three of Abilene’s universities–and no one did a

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  • Teaching on Roller Coaster Days

    By NANCY PATRICK In the midst of COVID restrictions, racial unrest across the country, and national political upheaval, I find my days full of frustration, emotional ups and downs, confusion,

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  • Glad About/Sad About

    By JIM NICHOLS Perhaps you have participated in the same exercise that some of my grandchildren have. They call it “glad about/sad about.” For them, this occurs as their parents

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  • It Takes Courage

    By DANNY MINTON His name was Louis “Moses” Rose.  Few people recognize the name, and I doubt that one in a hundred people would know about him. He was born

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  • I Was Wondering About A Couple of Things

    By JIM NICHOLS As I was leaving for the office on a recent morning, I noticed two workmen-type individuals carefully walking across the front yard of my immediate neighbor. They

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  • Were They Important?

    By DANNY MINTON Seventy-five years ago, on September 15, 1935, the “German Nuremberg Laws” were initiated. Those laws stripped the Jews of their German citizenship. A Jew was defined as

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  • Ministry Leads to More Purposeful Life

    Editor’s Note: Everyday Ministry is an occasional feature of Spirit of Abilene, highlighting people who weave ministry into their everyday lives. If you know someone you would like to see

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  • Speaker: Racial Justice ‘Definitely Sacred Work’

    By LORETTA FULTON “You can’t really have faith without social justice.” That emphatic statement set the tone for one session of the annual Religion News Association conference held Sept. 24-25.

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A Call to Leadership

By DANNY MINTON The story in Kelly Tyler-Lewis’ book, “The Lost Men,” was intriguing and one of those hard to put down. When I finished, I was struck by how what had happened was mainly due to the failure of proper leadership. In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail with his crew aboard the Endurance to try and be the first men to cross the Antarctic. Several books and documentaries focus on the story.

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Interfaith Council hosting Video Series on Abilene Faith Communities

A tour of Temple Mizpah and a discussion of Judaism led by Dr Marc Orner is the first installment of a Facebook video series hosted by the Abilene Interfaith Council. Due to COVID-19, the council is “meeting” on Facebook this year with a monthly video series of faith communities in Abilene. Additional videoes are being prepared for coming months. Click

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An Era Gone Too Soon

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury The day’s twilight came with September at its best. My wife urged me to take Sailor, our rescue dog, on a walk around the block. So away we went, thankful for a cool breeze, gorgeous sunset and sidewalks. We chanced to walk alongside a next-block neighbor who posed a random-as-it-gets question: “Do you remember anything

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Study: Spirituality Connected to Civic and Political Action

FETZER INSTITUTE NEWS RELEASE The likelihood that Americans will vote or otherwise engage in civic and political life is informed by their spiritual identity, according to a new two-year study released less than two months before the 2020 elections. People who identify themselves as “highly spiritual” are more likely to say that it is important to make a difference in

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The Tragedy of Suicide

By NANCY PATRICK September is National Suicide Prevention Month. As one of the wealthiest and most powerful countries in the world, America should be one of the happiest places to live. Unfortunately, the rise in American suicides implies the opposite.  A couple of years ago, the suicides of 55-year-old fashion designer Kate Spade and internationally popular chef and food techy

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The Facebook Trap

By JIM NICHOLS There is a subtitle for today’s contribution and that is “Avoiding a Place of Fear.” Once again, two back-to-back items appeared in my reading. One involved Dr. Francis Collins. Dr. Collins is what in the academic world is referred to as a “physician-scientist.” He has both an M.D. degree (qualifying him in the medical doctor world) and

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Summit speaker Shares Story of Refugee’s Remarkable Quest for Peace and Justice

By LORETTA FULTON “if we want peace, we must begin with justice.” Those words are more than a slogan to Jessica Goudeau, they are a universal truth. Goudeau was convinced of that after getting to know a former refugee from Myanmar, Dr. Salai Tun Than, who spent 18 months of a seven-year sentence in a military prison for protesting the

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High Holy Days a Virtual Experience in Abilene

By LORETTA FULTON The Jewish High Holy Days are being observed online in Abilene this year, with in-person services being another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Monica J. O’Desky, cantor at Abilene’s Temple Mizpah, said in an email that she prepared recordings of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for members to watch. They were filmed inside the sanctuary

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