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Posted Monday, Apr 18, 2011 4:01:04 PM
Schools are in the news with K-12 budget cuts the talk of the day across Texas, and Washington debating whether to trim Pell Grants and other forms of higher education spending. And there are plenty of discussions going on in Texas and nationally about getting better teachers into classrooms, expanding the number of charter schools and updating the No Child Left Behind Act. Naturally, many education constituencies speak out about these issues. But not much is heard from the religious community. When it comes to public policy, religious leaders usually speak out about issues like poverty, abortion or war. The Texas Faith Panel, including Austin Seminary's Professor Cynthia Rigby, answers the question: Should religious organizations speak out about education issues?
Posted Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011 9:27:40 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court last week agreed to hear a case about the legal protections afforded religious organizations from anti-discrimination laws when it comes to hiring their own clergy and employees. Employment is just one area where churches sometimes are treated differently than secular organizations in civil courts. There are property disputes, for example. Zoning issues. An employer's responsibility for an employee's actions. The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life examines all this in a new report. The Texas Faith Panel, including Austin Seminary's Cynthia Rigby, answers the question: Are legal disputes involving churches and other religious institutions constitutionally different from those involving their secular counterparts?
Posted Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 8:47:03 AM
Throughout this year, celebrations are being held around the world to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Websites touting the anniversary of its publication, such as this one, talk about the King James Bible as "the book that changed the world." The Texas Faith Panel, including Austin Seminary's Cynthia Rigby, weigh in with their thoughts.
Posted Monday, Mar 28, 2011 8:40:07 AM
Melissa Wiginton, Vice President for Education Beyond the Walls at Austin Seminary, shares a blog post in "Call & Response" on what the church could learn from the food trailer movement in Austin, Texas.
Posted Friday, Mar 25, 2011 9:22:57 AM
Dr. Theodore J. Wardlaw, president of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, will be guest speaker at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, March 26, at First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Prince St. in Conway, Arkansas.
Posted Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 8:49:08 AM
The Texas Faith Panel, including Austin Seminary's professor Cynthia Rigby, share their thoughts on proposed Texas legislation requiring women to have sonograms before having an abortion.
Posted Thursday, Mar 10, 2011 10:48:49 AM
Last week, a wide range of evangelical leaders released a paper they're calling "A Call for Intergenerational Justice: A Christian Proposal on the American Debt Crisis." In the report, they recognize that: "Our national debt now puts us on a path towards economic disaster. If unchanged, our current culture of debt threatens to bankrupt us both economically and morally. The biblical call to stewardship demands that we pass on an economic order in which our children and their children can flourish." The Texas Faith Panel, including Austin Seminary's Cynthia Rigby, answers the question: How do we keep the debt from limiting the future of younger Americans?
Posted Wednesday, Mar 2, 2011 8:45:08 AM
Texas Faith Panel, including Austin Seminary professor Cynthia Rigby and board of trustees member Joe Clifford, answer: Is the broader digital world providing something our places of faith once did - a center of social networking? Is that a problem? And if so, what do we do about it?
Posted Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 4:41:00 PM
Texas Faith Blog Panel, including Austin Seminary's Cynthia Rigby, answers the question: What do you see as the blessings and burdens of social networking and the general ease with which people stay in touch these days? Would you, through your religious tradition, advocate periods of withdrawal?
Posted Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 1:36:23 PM
Texas Faith Blog Panel, including Austin Seminary's Cynthia Rigby, answers the question: Do religious organizations have a moral responsibility to help assimilate so many Latino families into American society, particularly those who are recent immigrants? If not, why not? If so, in what ways should churches help families assimilate?

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