2015 Texas Impact Legislative Session Prayer Meetups: Seeking Hosts!

The 84th Session of the Texas Legislature kicks off on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. The Legislature will be making major decisions that will affect the way we relate to one another in our local communities--but most local communities can't come to Austin to participate in the festivities or offer lawmakers moral support.

That's why this year Texas Impact invites you to host a 2015 Texas Impact Legislative Session Kickoff Prayer Meet-up at your home or church the evening of January 13th. Get together and pray for members of the Texas Legislature and for the 26 million Texans lawmakers' actions will impact. Using video and print resources from Texas Impact, learn about key legislative issues and concerns.

Meet-up hosts will receive access to a video of Texas Impact's Service of Public Witness at the Capitol from earlier in the morning of January 13 to share with your local community, so people of faith throughout Texas can all pray together for legislators and the legislative session. Hosts will also have access to the Texas Impact Legislative Agenda and other materials if they would like to begin a conversation with attendees.

Join Us for Legislative Session Opening Day Events: Service of Public Witness and Legislative Training

Faithful engagement with civil power has always held in tension the prophetic and the pastoral, the pragmatic and the pure.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 is the opening day of the 84th Texas Legislature. Join us at 9:00 a.m. on the South Steps of the Capitol for our Interfaith Service of Public Witness, featuring prayers and wisdom from leaders of diverse religious traditions about our shared responsibility to work together for the common good.

CPRI Faith Community Conference Call December 19, including Better Neighbors Focus of Domestic Violence

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for our December Community Partner Faith Discussion, a monthly conference call where we share information, stories and best practices among congregations helping their neighbors get access to food and health care through Texas' Community Partner Recruitment Initiative.

Date: Friday December 19
Time: 11:00AM to Noon
Dial-in: (712) 432-3066, Conference Code: 424548

This month, our guest speaker will be Jeff Sternberg, who will provide information on our Better Neighbors Focus of the Month, Domestic Violence.

We look forward to visiting with you on the call and hope you will invite people you know who might be interested.

Better Neighbors | December 2014: Domestic Violence

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International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Visit to Texas Impact, December 2

GlobalAustin, in conjunction with the US Department of State, coordinated a visit to the Texas Impact office on December 2. Mr. Yong Zhang, Secretary General of the Nanning Youth Health Service Council, met with Texas Impact Executive Director Bee Moorhead to discuss the work of their respective organizations. They discussed opportunities and challenges in civic engagement in China and the U.S. The visit was a part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which coordinates meetings and opportunities for cross-cultural sharing for over 400 international dignitaries from over 90 countries.

In the News: Bee Moorhead Discusses Health Care

Update: Audio from the KUT panel is now streaming online.


Yesterday, Bee Moorhead published an opinion piece about the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's sunset review in the Austin American-Statesman entitled "Fixes to health and human services will keep evolving."

"Meeting human needs in a state as vast and varied as Texas is not a question of “one and done.” Legislators will be working to keep up with changing needs and conditions far into the future."

Read more here.

Bee was also a part of a KUT panel on Tuesday to discuss the second year of the Affordable Care Act. Other panelists included State Representative John Zerwas (R-Simonton), LBJ School Professor Sam Richardson and Tim Eaton with the Austin American-Statesman.

Read the Daily Texan's coverage of the panel here.

CPRI Faith Community Conference Call November 21, including Better Neighbors Focus of Mental Health

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Community Partners Monthly Faith Discussion
This month's call includes information on Mental Health

Join us for our November Community Partner Faith Discussion, a monthly conference call where we share information, stories and best practices among congregations helping their neighbors get access to food and health care through Texas' Community Partner Recruitment Initiative.

Date: Friday November 21
Time: 11:00AM to Noon
Dial-in: (712) 432-3066, Conference Code: 424548

Get Ready for Session: Advocacy 101 November 15 | Ft. Worth , Texas

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 8:30am - 1:30pm

Join Texas Impact and University Christian Church of Ft. Worth for training on hot issues, hard questions, and how you can be a faithful, effective advocate for the people of Texas.

Advocacy 101:
WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: University Christian Church in Fort Worth
2720 S. University, 76109

November 18, KUT Presents Texas and the Affordable Care Act, Year Two, feat. Bee Moorhead, Panelist

On Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., KUT in Austin will host a panel discussion about the Affordable Care Act and its implications for Texas health care in the wake of the beginning of open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace on November 15.

KUT's Veronica Zaragovia will moderate the discussion with a panel of health care experts and policy-makers:

Better Neighbors | November 2014: Mental Health in Texas

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Better Neighbors Event in Kerrville, Texas | November 17, 2014

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Texas Impact, the state's oldest and largest interfaith network, would like to invite you to a Better Neighbors presentation at the Doyle School Community Center in Kerrville Monday, November 17 at 5:30pm. This event will feature Texas Impact staff and speakers in a discussion on the state of mental health in Texas. Presenters will discuss how local congregations can partner with state government to address mental health issues in their communities, as well as the Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI), and other public policy opportunities.

CPRI Faith Community Conference Call October 31, including Better Neighbors Focus of Food Security

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Community Partners Monthly Faith Discussion
This month's call includes information on Food Security and Hunger

Join us for our October Community Partner Faith Discussion, a monthly conference call where we share information, stories and best practices among congregations helping their neighbors get access to food and health care through Texas' Community Partner Recruitment Initiative.

Date: Friday October 31
Time: 11:00AM to Noon
Dial-in: (712) 432-3066, Conference Code: 424548

2014 Early Voting Is Underway

Between October 20-October 31st, 2014, Texans can vote early on statewide candidates, state representatives, and proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that were initiated during the 83rd Legislative Session. Many Texans can also vote on important local races, including city council members, mayors, and/or local bonds.

Election Day is November 4th.

Learn more at VoteTexas.gov.

Better Neighbors Event in Tyler Texas | October 27, 2014

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

When: October 27, 2014, 5:30PM-7PM
Where: St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Tyler, TX
            215 S Clayton Ave, Tyler, TX
RSVP: Scott Atnip, scott@texasimpact.org

Better Neighbors | October 2014: Food Security and Hunger In Texas

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