Around the State: Human Trafficking Awareness day rally set

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The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission is among about a dozen organizations co-sponsoring a Jan. 22 rally in Austin to raise awareness about human trafficking. Coordinated by lead sponsor Children at Risk, the rally will be held at 11 a.m. on the south steps of the Texas Capitol. After the event, organizers are encouraging participants to visit with their elected representatives and state senators to urge them to make the fight against human trafficking a priority issue during the 86th Texas Legislature.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor received $1.5 million from the Grogan Lord Foundation of Georgetown for the university’s Ida Myrtle Roberts Manning Endowed Scholarship. The foundation gift makes the endowed scholarship one of the largest at UMHB. Sharon Lord Daggett, who created the endowed scholarship in 1996 in memory of her grandmother, has facilitated the awarding of grants to UMHB from the Grogan Lord Foundation, which her father established. Since its inception, the scholarship has helped 326 students at UMHB.

Matthew Kaemingk, assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary and associate dean of Fuller Texas in Houston, will deliver the 12th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics at Howard Payne University, Feb. 7-8 in Brownwood. He is the author of Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear, published last year by Eerdmans. “Muslim Immigration: Following Christ through the Debate” is the theme of Kaemingk’s presentations in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center. He will deliver a lecture on “Muslim Immigration and Christ’s Crown” at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 7, and a lecture on “Muslim Immigration and Christ’s Cross” at 10 a.m., Feb. 8. Admission is free but reservations are requested. For reservations or more information, email currie-strickland@hputx.edu or call (325) 649-8403.

todd still 130Todd Still, dean of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, will serve as the William Barclay Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Trinity College of the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He will teach an honors course on the theology of Philippians and Philemon, deliver a public lecture and offer a seminar paper at the university. He also will present papers and lectures at various other universities across the United Kingdom. The fellowship begins in mid-January and concludes in mid-March. During that time, he will preach most Sundays in Baptist churches throughout Scotland, including the congregation where he was pastor when he was a doctoral student at the University of Glasgow.

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