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Buckner Family Pathways empowers single mom to dream again

Buckner Family Pathways empowers single mom to dream again

Sitting in a shelter for abused women was never in Michaella Saucedo’s plans. But that’s exactly where she found herself, her young daughter and her soon-to-be-born son. But when she "hit rock bottom," she found help at Buckner Family Pathways in Midland.

       
Why most people leave religion? They just ‘stop believing’

Why most people leave religion? They just ‘stop believing’

A majority of the religiously unaffiliated—the so-called “Nones”—say they fell away from faith not because of any negative experience, but because they “stopped believing,” usually before the age of 30.

       
Texan Amanda Tyler named BJC executive director-elect

Texan Amanda Tyler named BJC executive director-elect

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty board of directors named Amanda Tyler—an Austin native who has served on the staff of a Texas Congressman—as the next executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based religious liberty organization.

       
More Nones than you think, but many won’t show up on Election Day

More Nones than you think, but many won’t show up on Election Day

A quarter of U.S. adults do not affiliate with any religion, a new study shows. But these so-called “Nones” are not voting as a bloc and may have little collective influence on the upcoming presidential election.

       
School vouchers a civil rights issue? Not according to Pastors for Texas Children

School vouchers a civil rights issue? 'No,' says Pastors for Texas Children

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has framed the school voucher debate in terms of enabling parents choose their child’s school, calling it a crucial civil rights issue. And a Baptist minister who leads a pro-public education advocacy group calls that “blasphemous.”

       
Texas threatens to withdraw from refugee resettlement program

Texas threatens to withdraw from refugee resettlement program

Texas intends to withdraw from the national refugee resettlement program unless the federal government unconditionally accepts an alternative plan the state submitted. The executive director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission is disappointed ministry to refugees could be disrupted.

       
TBM completes disaster relief work in Louisiana

TBM completes disaster relief work in Louisiana

About five weeks after storms dumped more rain on South Louisiana in 48 hours than Hurricane Katrina did in 2005, Texas Baptist Men wrapped up disaster relief in Jefferson Davis and Arcadia parishes after donating 1,269 volunteer days and completing 175 job requests.

       
Missionary and daughter launch clothing line produced by refugees

Missionary and daughter launch clothing line produced by refugees

Nell Green, a Houston-based field worker with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and her daughter, Christen Kinard, are launching Threads by Nomad—a business that pays refugees well to create fashionable clothing using fabric from around the world. (BNG)

 

       

On the Move: Lowrie, Salvato, Shaw and Smith

Staff changes noted for churches in Decatur and San Angelo.

       
Around the State: Patriot Day in Pasadena; Baylor seeks input on presidential search

Around the State: Patriot Day in Pasadena; Baylor seeks input on presidential search

South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena observed Patriot Day Sept. 11 by honoring local first responders. Baylor University is seeking input regarding the characteristics the university’s next president should possess, as well as soliciting names of candidates for the position.

       
Challenge: Eliminate barriers that limit access to healthy food

Challenge: Eliminate barriers that limit access to healthy food

Improved access to healthy food means eliminating both geographic and economic barriers, speakers told the fifth annual Dallas Hunger Summit.

       
 
 

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