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Morris Heads ACU’s Center for Building Community

Wendy Kilmer, wendy.kilmer@acu.eduDirector of Communications and Media Relations Dr. Jason Morris has been named executive director of Abilene Christian University’s Center for Building Community and director of the Lynay program. Morris is dean of the Honors College and director of the Office of Major Scholarships at ACU and will continue to serve in those roles. The Center for Building Community

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ACU’s Summit Moving to fall/Spring Format

Wendy KilmerACU Director of Communications and Media Relations Beginning in October 2021, Abilene Christian University’s traditional gathering for church leaders will take a new shape with two events each year, both focused on specific small-group communities with an emphasis on fellowship and dialogue. The 115th annual ACU Summit will take place Oct. 14-15 with a theme of “Seeking Hope, Finding Joy.”

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The American Church in Decline

By WES CRAWFORD The headline of a March 2021 issue of The Washington Post grabbed the attention of many American Christian leaders by reporting that church membership in the United States dipped below 50 percent for the first time in this nation’s history. To put that statistic into perspective, the number of Americans claiming membership in a church, synagogue, or

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Ebola Survivor Faces COVID Challenges Serving in Africa

By ROBIN SAYLORAbilene Christian University The COVID-19 pandemic might feel like déjà vu for ACU graduate Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 while serving as a medical missionary in Liberia. Six years later, Brantly and his family returned to Africa, where Kent works in Zambia at Mukinge Mission Hospital. Read a Q&A conducted in 2020 with Brantly

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Siburt Institute Makes Leadership Changes

ACU’s Siburt Institute for Church Ministry recently announced leadership changes, including David Wray stepping down as director of the annul Summit. The 115th Summit will be held in the fall, with details to be announced. Known for years as Lectureship, the annual event changed to Summit in 2008.  Leah Andrews, Wray’s Summit assistant, is now the Summit director. Wray will

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Postponed Black History Month Program Set for April 28 at ACU

ACU NEWS RELEASEWendy Kilmer, Director of Communications and Media Relations Dr. Billy Curl, a former missionary in Ethiopia and current minister of Crenshaw Church of Christ in Los Angeles, will speak at Abilene Christian University April 28 about his experience as one of the first two Black undergraduate students to integrate ACU.  The event, sponsored by ACU’s Office of Multicultural

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Blessed Are The Poor

 IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Abilene Christian University’s stunning 53-52 win over the University of Texas at the NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament is a great example of why the annual event is called “March Madness.” It was ACU’s second trip to the “big dance,” and its first win in the biggest basketball upset since David bested Goliath. Abilene radio sportscaster

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Lecture Series Features Race, Religion, And Culture Author

Jemar Tisby, president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, will be guest speaker for the 2021 Don Williams and Royce Money Distinguished Lecture Series at Abilene Christian University Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11. The series, hosted by ACU’s Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action, will be presented in person and virtually. Both are free and open to

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ACU Offering Free Marriage And Family Counseling During Pandemic

ACU NEWS RELEASEWendy KilmerDirector of Communications and Media Relations The Department of Marriage and Family Studies at Abilene Christian University is offering free counseling sessions for couples and families to address the stress experienced during the pandemic, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Abilene. “We are concerned that rates of domestic violence, substance use, and mental health

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