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Note: this article was written by Associate Policy Analyst Joe Czap after a recent trip to South Texas.

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The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy is honored to be the recipient of a grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation to support our health care work.

The grant will help further the Texas Interfaith Center’s mission of educating faith communities in Texas about policy and engaging them in the policymaking process by connecting Texas faith communities with resources to advocate for health care as a basic human need.

Texas is home to some of the most advanced health care in the world...but many Texans are getting left behind.

  • Texas leads the nation in both number and percent of uninsured residents.

  • We rank 34th among the states for health, and even worse for senior health.

We can do better. 

Faith communities are health care providers, consumers, and advocates. We celebrate the human mind and body as gifts of a loving Creator.

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In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Orlando on Saturday night, June 11, 2016, Texans of all faiths and none have responded by coming together in community to mourn, remember, and call for unity.

Hundreds attended a vigil at Celebration Community Church in Fort Worth on Monday, June 13th. Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald and Mayor Betsy Price both attended and spoke briefly.

Photo: Students with bust of Gov. Ma Ferguson at Texas Muslim Capitol Day 2015

In the face of widespread mourning and intensified fear of discrimination, two legal opinions this week in Texas affirmed our nation’s basic principles of religious freedom and nondiscrimination.

From May 23 to May 26, Water Captains Director, Rev. Sam Brannon, attended a week-long environmental spiritual retreat in Garrison, New York. The event was held at the Garrison Institute, which once housed the Monastery of Mary Immaculate. The Institute is up the Hudson River from New York City and diagonally adjacent to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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The 2017 Texas legislative session convenes in 6 months, and we need your input!

Please take 2-3 minutes to complete this brief anonymous survey, Faith Priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session.

In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, Texas Impact's Board of Directors will convene this fall to determine our legislative agenda for 2017-2018. Data from this survey will allow us to assess the interests of the faith communities we represent. 

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If a Category 5 Hurricane ever made landfall on South Padre Island, the storm surge could drive vicious winds and rain some 35 miles inland, forcing the evacuation of Brownsville, San Benito, Los Fresnos and other Rio Grande Valley communities. That possible scenario played out this week (June 8-9) in Texas’ largest-ever full-scale air evacuation drill, and Texas Impact was along for the ride! 

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Photo, from left to right:  Texas Impact board members Rev. Chuck Freeman, Ellen Sable, Dr. Whit Bodman, Rev. Sue Abold, Amanda Quraishi and Membership Director, Sadia Tirmizi

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