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April 2018

Theologian and counsel to world leaders as relevant now as ever

Austin Seminary is delighted to present the film "An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story" to an Austin audience on April 24. The award-winning film's director, Martin Doblmeier, will be in attendance, and a panel discussion including him and Professors Cynthia Rigby and Asante Todd will round out the evening. Co-presented with UT's Harry Ransom Center, the event will take place in the Prothro Theater at 6:30 p.m. Please join us!

Read Filmmaker Martin Doblmeier's take on Niebuhr's profound influence here.


Book targets timely converations

Professor Carolyn Helsel, assistant professor of homiletics, has been in airplanes and on the air waves discussing her new book, Anxious to Talk about It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism. The book, which was published in February by Chalice Press, invites readers to reimagine these difficult conversations through the lens of gratitude. Austin's NPR station interviewed Carolyon last Friday. Listen to the interview here. Between interviews, Helsel is putting the final touches on a new book geared toward preaching about racial matters, due out in the fall.


Listen to a podcast about the book.

Read Carolyn's blog.

See where is she speaking. 

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PLPL Fellows go to Washington

The 2017-19 Pastoral Leadership for Public Life (PLPL) Fellows traveled to Washington, D.C., April 3-6, 2018, on a “Pilgrimage of Tangled Roots.” Accompanying the twelve ministers were Education Beyond the Walls staff Melissa Wiginton and Erica Knisely along with Professor Asante Todd. They packed their three-day sojourn by working with a Wesley Theological Seminary professor, exploring the African American History Museum, participating in the "Unite to End Racism" rally on the National Mall, attending a worship service at Howard University School of Divinity Chapel, and meeting with a pastor from the Metropolitan A.M.E Church. They were in D.C. for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Fellowship develops pastors' theological and practical capacities to speak and act at the intersection of the Good News and the Common Good.


Some of the PLPL Fellows grab a selfie in front of the Martin Luther King memorial.


Students promote “Beloved Community”

On April 5, students, faculty, staff, and others in the Austin Seminary community gathered for a special worship time in Shelton Chapel. The service offered ways to receive and reflect on the Beloved Community Covenant that has been created as part of the work of the President’s Commission on Diversity. It was a beautiful and inspiring worship time. Work on this covenant began several years ago and many of our alumni played roles over the years as we studied, listened, and discerned how to merit a “culture of radical hospitality.” Click here to read the Beloved Community Covenant.

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Service in Witness to the Resurrection and in Gratitude to God for the Life and Witness of Robert M. Shelton
(Austin Seminary President, 1997-2002)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:10 a.m., Shelton Chapel

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