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McMurry Announces Community Commitment Scholarship

McMurry University News releaseAlaisha Montanez McMurry University is offering a Community Commitment scholarship for new freshmen and transfer students whose families have chosen careers in service. The scholarship will offer a minimum of half tuition for students who fit that category. Students do not have to financially qualify, and additional merit and need-based scholarships may be added. “This meaningful and

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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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Usual and Not-so-Usual Chapel Services Greet Students

By LORETTA FULTON Praise music, scripture reading, prayers, homilies–and a dash of COVID-19 humor–greeted Abilene university students this week as they returned to campus after an extra long spring break that morphed into summer. Like most colleges nationwide, Abilene’s three universities shut down on-campus classes after spring break due to the COVID pandemic. Classes were held online for the remainder

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McM Eliminates TiPi Village Citing Respect for American Indians

 McMURRY UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASEAlaisha Montanez McMurry University announced today (July 14) the unanimous approval of a Board of Trustees resolution eliminating Tipi Village as a homecoming activity. Recently, the University began to examine Tipi Village and how the activity could be perceived by some to be dishonoring American Indian tribes rather than the original intention of bringing honor to their

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Church: ‘The Last Refuge when Everything Else Fails’

Editor’s Note: McKenzie Flowers Fergus, a McMurry University graduate, is actively engaged in various human rights, anti-discrimination, sustainable development, and peace-building organizations. After graduating with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Yale University, she was awarded a Russell Berrie Fellowship in a program that collaborates globally with interfaith institutions and universities to promote interreligious dialogue. She also received her degree

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Student Voices Lifted in Protest And Prayer

By LORETTA FULTON The voices sometimes were loud, sometimes plaintive, sometimes pleading, sometimes angry, all from students, faculty, and associates of Abilene’s three church-affiliated universities. They joined the chorus of other voices across Abilene and the nation that have spoken in the same tones in recent days. All were spoken in the aftermath of the latest incident of police brutality

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FORMER McMURRY PROFESSOR SHARES STORY OF COVID-19 RECOVERY

Editor’s Note: The following article is reposted with permission from Episcopal News Service, where it first appeared on April 15. The Rev. Robert Pace is a former McMurry University history professor and former rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo. Abilene and Amarillo both are in the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas. By EGAN MILLARD Episcopal News Service When

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UNIVERSITIES EXTEND SPRING BREAK DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Hardin-Simmons and Abilene Christian universities announded March 12 that spring break has been extended due to the threat of the coronavirus. Both universities were set to resume classes on Monday, March 16, but have extended the days off. Following are announcements from both universities: HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY A plan has been formulated for Hardin-Simmons University that would allow us to protect

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