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Want information on the screening process for refugees entering the United States?  Our national friends at ELCA Advocacy and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) provided the following information on Refugee Resettlement in the United States and the Security Screening of Refugees Admitted to the Un

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Welcoming Communities, Advocate, Current Calls to Action

Texas Interfaith Power and Light is going to Paris! We (that’s us, Yaira & Bee) will be there for the first week of UN climate talks, November 30-December 6, 2015. As leaders from 196 nations meet to hammer out a binding and universal agreement on global climate action, we’ll connect with activists, scientists, and religious leaders from around the world in order to bring real-world climate justice stories home to the Texas faith community through videos, photos, and blog shorts in a special series we’re calling “Boots ‘n’ Berets.”

Today, Texas Impact delivered a letter to the Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) expressing "shock and dismay" that the agency would direct local volunteer agencies, many of whom are faith-based organizations, to violate federal law.  

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Welcoming Communities, Advocate, Statements

Sign On: An Open Letter to Governor Abbott on Welcoming the Stranger

Dear Governor Abbott,

As fellow Texans of faith, we urge you to reaffirm our state’s commitment to welcome all who would call Texas home–especially those displaced by oppression and injustice.

We exhort you to desist from fearful, reactionary statements and directives that threaten religious freedom and expose all Texans to dangerous conflict.

We call on you to use your position as leader of this state to advance the true values of courage, generosity, and faithful service that characterize Texas' ideals, so that Texas can serve as a model of hospitality for the United States and the world.

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National Adoption Month has been celebrated since 1995. This year, National Adoption Month focuses on the adoption of older youth currently in foster care—because “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family." The Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) provides special resources to congregations and other faith-based groups wishing to participate in Adoption Month.

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Engage, Better Neighbors, Community Partners

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, White House and State Department officials hosted conversations among diverse U.S. religious leaders who are working on creation care and climate justice. The focus? Upcoming UN climate talks in Paris.

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Engage, TXIPL

This Veterans’ Day, as part of the Better Neighbors project, Texas Impact traveled to Temple, Texas for a presentation and discussion about veterans’ issues in our state. The gathering at St. James United Methodist Church, complete with wonderful fellowship and food, included an intimate and often emotional conversation about the unique challenges military service members face both in wartime and upon returning home.

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Engage, Better Neighbors

As a staff member of Texas Impact and a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, standing in the middle of the Captain Joe Byrd Prison Cemetery on a plot of land I often drive by without a second thought for the “In Remembrance” event is always a very spiritual moment for me, inviting me to reflect on the notion that all lives are of sacred value.

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