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May 2018

Cynthia Rigby’s new book strives to make theology accessible

This spring Dr. Cynthia L. Rigby, The W.C. Brown Professor at Austin Seminary, published her fourth book, Holding Faith: A Practical Introduction to Christian Doctrine (Abingdon Press, 2018).

This introduction to Christian theology shows how various understandings of particular doctrines play out in relation to the way we live our lives. It explores the content of core Christian doctrines and celebrates the “so what?” of each. Using theological literature and Scripture, but also current events, sociology, fiction, and movies, Rigby shows that theology is key to how we come to understand and negotiate our world. Holding Faith contends that some approaches to Christian doctrine are preferable to others, making persuasive arguments for creative ways of believing that can enliven our lives, and the life of the world. Theology has relevance because it can stymie or transform. How will we hold our faith?

Rigby, Holding Faith

“This is an extraordinary book. [Rigby] does not make theology accessible by watering it down, but rather by explaining it with compelling clarity.”
- Shannon Craig-Snell


Cuban leader to deliver commencement address

Austin Seminary will hold commencement exercises on Sunday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, Austin. The class of 2018 consists of thirty-five students in four programs: the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts, the Master of Arts in Ministry Practice, and the Doctor of Ministry. The Reverend Dr. Carlos Emilio Ham-Stanard (DMin'99) rector (president) of Seminario Evangélico de Teologia in Matanzas, Cuba, will deliver the Commencement Address. We welcome our friend Carlos and offer congratulations to the Class of 2018!


2017 Graduates:
Where are they now?

It’s been almost a year since our 2017 graduates received their master’s hoods. Historically, within a year of graduation, 85% of Austin Seminary graduates report they have been placed in ministry/mission vocations or are in other educational opportunities made possible by their Austin Seminary degree. As they approach this one-year milestone, our 2017 graduates show similar success: thirty-one have been called or placed in church, chaplaincy, or educational opportunities.

  • 16 are serving as pastors in local congregation or Christian education-related positions
  • 6 are working in clinical pastoral education (CPE) residency programs
  • 2 have been called as chaplains
  • 4 are pursuing PhD or additional educational opportunities
  • 2 are working other ministry or mission- related jobs in the non-profit sector
  • 1 is teaching Latin for a private high school
  • 3 are completing ordination processes as they continue to pursue a call to church ministry.

 Austin Seminary is raising up a new generation of church leaders, teachers, prophets, and pastors.

But we need your help.


Spring brings new books!

Nothing announces spring quite like the aroma of a new book, hot off the press! We're proud of two new publications emerging out of the Austin Seminary community. 

Mentoring: Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives features contributions by Seminary President Ted Wardlaw, Professor Cynthia Rigby, and alums Tom Currie (MDiv’73) and Jill Duffield (DMin’13).

The highly anticipated revision of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Book of Common Worship (in 3 parts!) incorporates the labors of many faithful Presbyterians, including these with Austin Seminary ties: Professors Margaret Aymer, Paul Hooker, Jennifer Lord, Cynthia Rigby, Eric Wall, and Ted Wardlaw; staffer Nancy Benson-Nicol, and alumni David Gambrell (co-editor), David Batchelder, Paul Galbreath, Brent Hampton, Mark Hinds, Meredith Kemp-Pappan, James Lee, John Leedy, Laura Mendenhall, Carol Howard Merritt, Allie Utley, Michael Waschevski, and John Wurster.

Get ready to read!

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