Better Neighbors | July 2014: Disaster Response

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CPRI Faith Community Conference Call Friday, including Better Neighbors Focus of Disaster Preparedness

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Friday July 25 at 11:00, Texas Impact will host the monthly Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI) Faith-based call.

In addition to CPRI AmeriCorp VISTA Justin Yoo leading a discussion about the Community Partner Program, Congregational Outreach Director Scott Atnip and Texas Impact staff will talk about other opportunities for local communities of faith to partner with state agencies as part of Texas Impact’s “Better Neighbor” initiative.
This month, a portion of the call will focus on how congregations and people of faith can focus on disaster preparedness, Texas Impact’s Better Neighbors Focus of the Month. Texas Impact staff member Rachel Dodd will also provide a brief update on how communities of faith can help respond to the crisis on the border. We look forward to visiting with you on the call and hope you will invite people you know who might be interested.

The call will begin at 11:00. Dial in: (712) 432-3066, Conference Code: 424548.

July 29: Better Neighbors Disaster Response Event, First UMC Corpus Christi 5:30PM

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Texas Impact “Better Neighbors” Disaster Response Event

July 29 at 5:30pm First United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi

You are invited to a Better Neighbors presentation by Texas Impact staff at First United Methodist Church, Corpus Christi on Tuesday, July 29 at 5:30pm. We will be discussing how local congregations can better engage their local communities, Disaster Preparedness, and the Community Partner Recruitment Initiative. For July, the focus is on Disaster Preparedness.

Texas Impact is the state’s oldest and largest interfaith network made up of member denominational bodies, individual congregations and tens of thousands of individual Texans of faith. Texas Impact is a non-profit, non-partisan network promoting civic engagement around public policy issues of shared concern among our member denominations. (More info at www.texasimpact.org).

The presentation is a part of our Better Neighbors initiative. Better Neighbors is a new initiative aimed at educating and engaging local congregations on ways to be a “Better Neighbor,” reaching out to people in their local communities through direct service and policy implementation. Every month, Texas Impact will provide resources on a “Focus of the Month” campaign aimed at educating local communities of faith on how they can partner with the State to implement public policy on the local level.

We are providing a newsletter to our individual and organizational members on how they can participate in being prepared for future disasters. This month’s newsletter may be found online at http://texasimpact.org/BetterNeighbors/2014-July

To see previous Better Neighbor Newsletters, go to: http://texasimpact.org/BetterNeighbors

For more information on Texas Impact, the presentation, or to RSVP (preferred so we can prepare), please feel free to contact Congregational Outreach Director Scott Atnip at scott@texasimpact.org.

Learn more about disaster response at Texas Impact's Disaster Response page.

Humanitarian Crisis on the Border (Texas Interfaith Center)

In the last few months, the number of unaccompanied children coming into the United States without parents or visas has increased at a significant rate. More than 75% of these children are coming from Central America. While state and federal officials work to strengthen law enforcement and international cooperation, faith and community-based groups on the border are struggling to address what has become a widely recognized humanitarian crisis.



Photo "Looking North" by Nathan Gibbs Licensed Under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

Water Captains Training Event

Event Time: 
Sun, 09/07/2014 - 2:00pm - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 2:00pm

at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Register for this event

CPRI Faith-Based Conference Call | Reentry | June 27, 2014

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Friday June 27 at 11:00, Texas Impact will host the monthly Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI) Faith-based call.

In addition to CPRI AmeriCorp VISTAs leading a discussion about the Community Partner Program, Congregational Outreach Director Scott Atnip and Texas Impact staff will talk about other opportunities for local communities of faith to partner with state agencies as part of Texas Impact’s “Better Neighbor” initiative.

This month, Policy Specialist Caitlin Dunklee will discuss reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals and how communities of faith can get involved in promoting a stronger and more inclusive Texas.

June 24: Better Neighbors Reentry Event, Islamic Center Of Greater Houston

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Texas Impact “Better Neighbors” Reentry Event

June 24 at 6:00pm Islamic Society of Greater Houston 3110 Eastside Dr

Better Neighbors LIVE comes to Houston on Tuesday, June 24, at the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. We hope you will join us and invite interested friends from your faith community.

This month's focus issue is reentry. We are delighted that joining us will be Rep. Alma Allen, a member of the Texas House Criminal Justice Committee and long-time advocate for improved supports and services for those entering the community after incarceration.

Also on the program, Texas Impact Congregational Outreach Director Scott Atnip and Houston AmeriCorps VISTA Amariee Collins will tell you about our new reentry initiative "Reinvested Communities." And you'll get practical information about opportunities for you and your faith community to be social justice leaders in partnership with Texas Impact.

June 15: Yaira Robinson Preaches About Climate Justice at First UU Houston

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Join First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston this Sunday for a sermon from Yaira Robinson, "Climate Justice, the Sabbatical Year, and Local Resilience!"

From First UU:

"As glaciers melt ever faster and carbon pollution continues to rise, scientists’ predictions about global warming become increasingly dire. Climate change is real, it’s human-caused, and it’s not going away. What can we do, in the face of such a huge and complex problem?

Friday, May 30, 2014 CPRI Monthly Faith-Based Call, Featuring A Discussion On Energy Efficiency!

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Friday May 30 at 11:00, Texas Impact will host the monthly Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI) Faith-based call.

In addition to CPRI AmeriCorp VISTAs leading a discussion about the Community Partner Program, Congregational Outreach Director Scott Atnip and Texas Impact staff will talk about other opportunities for local communities of faith to partner with state agencies as part of Texas Impact’s “Better Neighbor” initiative.

Texas Impact and Texas Interfaith Center Statement on Candidates' Anti-Muslim Comments

 

Austin, TX--Political rhetoric in the runoff for Texas House District 53 has crossed the line into religious bigotry and fear-mongering. Voters in that district and across Texas should insist that candidates show respect for all faiths. Candidates should not seek political gain at the expense of any religious tradition.

Candidate for Texas House District 53 Rob Henneke said on a local religious radio program, "I'm very concerned about the infiltration of our society by Muslims right now in Texas. I don't think people are aware how pervasive that has become in our society."   

Sign-On Statement: Keep Religious Prejudice Out of Texas Politics

 

Our founding fathers, products of religiously diverse colonies, knew sectarian strife was best avoided by protecting the rights of all religions. Unfortunately, there are those in Texas whose political rhetoric during the 2014 primary elections continues to cross the line into religious bigotry.

A Buddhist Perspective On Social Justice, May 25, 2014

Sun, 05/25/2014 (All day)

On May 25, 2014, the Texas Interfaith Center will host Bhante Wellawatte Seelagawesi to discuss:

Is There a Role in the Four Noble Truths for Social Justice? A Buddhist Perspective.

The four noble truths are the foundation of Buddhism, laying out the nature and cause of human suffering as well as a pathway towards freedom from such suffering. The question often posed to Buddhist practitioners is whether in attempting to eradicate our personal suffering, there is also space for working towards the elimination of human suffering.

Better Neighbors Inaugural Presentation | Granbury, TX | May 20, 2014

Better Neighbors Presentation

Join us this month in Granbury, Texas for our inaugural Better Neighbors presentation! Congregational Outreach Director Scott Atnip and a team from Texas Impact and the Texas Hunger Initiative will discuss how local congregations can learn about issues impacting their local communities.

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