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Saturday, July 24, 2021


River of Dreams

When Becky Richard was a child, she used to canoe in the Trinity River near her home in Fort Worth, spending time with her family, floating along the meandering river. During those days, she only enjoyed the fun - it never crossed her mind to wonder about the pollution in the Trinity River.

But today, that's her job.

Richard is an environmental consultant at her own firm, Environmental Trainers, where she is currently cleaning up properties north of downtown Fort Worth for redevelopment.

West Berry revamp too lengthy

After months of students pulling U-turns, dodging potholes and swerving across confusing lanes, the West Berry Street Project is still not complete. The Berry Street Initiative began in 1997 with a vision for the street to become a place for business opportunities and for people to feel safe and socialize in an urban environment. The program funding was $1.5 million to clean up and urbanize Berry Street in order to make it an appealing street in the TCU community.

Loosen the purse strings; buy reusable items

Responsible consumerism, the act of buying items with the producer in mind, is on the rise among people between the ages of 13 and 25, according to a 2006 poll conducted by Cone Inc., a public relations and research company, and the AMP Agency, a youth-focused marketing agency.In today's world of liquidation sales, buy-in-bulk, reduced prices and buy-one-get-one-free deals, sometimes it's worth it to spend a bit more.

Recyclable items are a start.

Irwin’s death not spectacle

Animal and nature enthusiasts around the globe are mourning the death of Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter."Irwin was the beloved TV personality on many wildlife adventure shows, who was killed unexpectedly Monday from a stingray attack while filming a children's TV show off the Great Barrier Reef.

While in the water, Irwin swam over a hidden stingray and was stabbed in the chest with its barb. He was pulled from the water by his boat crew and rushed to a nearby island for emergency treatment. However, all attempts to save Irwin were unsuccessful.

Brite dean pursues call of God in job

Brite Divinity School Dean Nancy J. Ramsay said she is not doing what she does simply for the sake of the students at Brite. Ramsay explained that those students only get the benefit: She feels called by God to the work."A call suggests that God calls us to do something that uses our gifts and passions," she said. "I had the sense that my calling could help me keep my faith."

Ramsay, an executive vice president and dean of Brite, is extremely qualified and committed to Brite, said Brite President Newell Williams.

Religious leader named honorary Horned Frog

The Catholic bishop of Fort Worth was made an honorary Horned Frog by Chancellor Victor Boschini while celebrating the Bishop's second visit to TCU on Sunday. After his ordination at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in July 2005, Bishop Kevin Vann came back to celebrate Mass in the Brown-Lupton Student Center Ballroom."I can't think of a better way to finish my day than to be here with you," Vann said.

Bilingual workshop at TCU

As the world changes and the traditional centers of Christianity change, so must the efforts to spread the Gospel, attendees at Saturday's bilingual workshop were told.The workshop, organized by the Brite Borderlands Center for Latina/Latino Church Studies, was taught by the Rev. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi and drew about 20 members from the TCU community.

The Borderlands Center is a part of Brite that tries to provide continuing education events for ministers and church leaders already working in churches, according to a Borderlands Center brochure.

Panel to discuss same-sex marriage

Early voting for the Texas State elections has begun, and Brite Divinity School is hosting a discussion panel today to debate and inform students, faculty, staff and members of the public about the proposed amendment, Proposition 2.The state law prohibits the issuance of a marriage license for the marriage of persons of the same sex, according to Texas Online.

In 2003, the Texas Legislature passed the Defense of Marriage Act that states: "Same-sex marriage or civil union is contrary to the public policy of this state and is void in this state."

Minister to address impact of technology

Harvard Divinity School Minister Peter J. Gomes is speaking to TCU students and faculty Friday about the relevance of preaching in a technology-driven society, according to the Brite Divinity School.Gomes, Plummer professor of Christian morals and Pusey minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard Divinity School, is the recipient of 30 honorary degrees. He was also named clergy of the year by Religion in American Life.

Brite professor inaugurated

The "encouraging" Brite Divinity School professor Russell W. Dalton was inaugurated Tuesday as the associate professor of Christian education during his second year at Brite."It's been a while since Brite has had a Christian education professor," Dalton said. "I want to inspire students to be aware of Christian education."

At Brite, Dalton has taught classes such as youth ministries, ministries with children, ministry in the digital culture and faith and film.

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