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COVID Brings Unlikely Opportunity for ACU Student

By LORETTA FULTON Not many people can cite something good from the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Elizabeth Miller is an exception. She, like everyone else, would rather the pandemic had never occurred. But it did. And with it came the cancelation of many in-person events. Once that started happening, the word “Zoom” zipped into our vocabulary.

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2020 in the Rearview Mirror

By LORETTA FULTON It shouldn’t surprise anyone that members of Religion News Association voted the effects of COVID-19 on religious institutions and their members as the top religion story of 2020. Coming in second was the racial unrest that followed police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans, with many faith-based activists and groups taking part in

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ACU Summit 2020 a Virtual Success

ACU SUMMIT—IT’S A WRAP* Theme for the 114th Summit was “Blessed are the Peacemakers: Bridging the Divides.” Thirteen interactive digital guidebooks were created to supplement each Pathway. Those guidebooks, with links to videos, can be used as a resource for church and Sunday School curriculum planners. The free guidebooks can be accessed at http://www.acusummit.org* Summit 2020 was in an all-virtual

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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 double-take. All three universities are affiliated with a denomination, but none has a Catholic connection. The campuses are affiliated with the Church of Christ (Abilene Christian), Baptist (Hardin-Simmons) and United

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‘God Will. God Always Has’

Editor’s Note: The following Lectionary to Life reflection, based on Psalm 145: 8-14, was written by Loretta Fulton for the Center for Congregational Ethics Facebook page. It was posted July 3. The center was founded by Bill Tillman, former ethics professor at the Logsdon School of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University. Psalm 145: 8-14, the appointed reading for today, is one

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GIVING A RIDE PROVIDES A LIFT

By LORETTA FULTON Not long after the word “coronavirus” started popping up in the news, Brian Massey called social workers at Hendrick Medical Center to see if he could help. Some people are just like that–looking to help, not looking to hunker down. Massey, founder of Houses for Healing, is one of those. Over the past few years, he has

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THE CHURCH IS OPEN

By LORETTA FULTON Saturday morning, the day before Palm Sunday, was miserable. Cold and rainy, a perfect complement to the misery inflicted on society by the coronavirus pandemic. Traffic was light down Sayles Boulevard and onto South Seventh Street, to the parking lot of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. Even if the weather had been warm and sunny,

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HEALTHCARE STUDENTS PROVIDING AID

By LORETTA FULTON Second-semester students in the physician assistant program at Hardin-Simmons University were all set for a mission trip to Peru at the end of April when their plans were abruptly halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The students were disappointed but quickly regrouped and turned their attention to people in need in Abilene or wherever the students are

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