Rev. Dr. Whit Bodman's Comments at Texas Muslim Capitol Day, January 29, 2015

Update: Statement from Speaker Straus

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) today released the following statement:

"The Texas Capitol belongs to all the people of this state, and legislators have a responsibility to treat all visitors just as we expect to be treated -- with dignity and respect. Anything else reflects poorly on the entire body and distracts from the very important work in front of us."

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Texas Impact and the Interfaith Center for Public Policy assist people of faith from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions to participate in the work of shaping our lives together. The voices of the faithful from every shape of religion thus belong in the statehouse.

2015 UMW Legislative Event Resource Center


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27th Annual United Methodist Women's Legislative Event

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 1:00pm - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:00pm

Update: Three-Day Agenda Now Posted!


Promotional video "A People of Action" now available!

Watch "A People of Action: Faithful Engagement with Public Policy in Texas", featuring Texas Impact board members and staff.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Texas Impact Interfaith Prayer Service at Capitol

For more information contact Bee Moorhead @ 512-636-3135

"We are Sisters and Brothers:"

Texas Impact Holds Interfaith Service of Public Witness at Capitol to Open Legislative Session

Video available on YouTube at 6pm CST. Email for more information.

Texas Impact 2015 Legislative Agenda

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Prayer Calendar 2015

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Better Neighbors | January 2015: The Legislative Session

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2015 Legislative Prayer Meetup Locations

Join us around the state to pray and learn more about the upcoming legislative session. New locations and information incoming daily!

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2015 Texas Impact Legislative Session Prayer Meetups: Seeking Hosts!

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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

Update: Prayer Meetup Locations Posted Here.

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.

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