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.

2014 Minority Cancer Awareness Month Resource Center

2014 Minority Cancer Awareness Month Resource Center'

 

According to the American Cancer Society, minority populations suffer the highest cancer death rate and the shortest survival time throughout the country. Thanks to House Bill 114, authored by Representative Ruth Jones McClendon, this month will regularly be observed as Minority Cancer Awareness Month. The purpose of the bill is to increase recognition for minority cancer education, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.    Rep. McClendon hopes the bill will elevate cancer awareness among the general public and minority population.

So, how can your faith community fight minority cancer? See our resources available today!

From The News: Rep. McClendon Releases Minority Cancer Awareness Month Op Ed

Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon recently released an Op Ed about Minority Cancer Awareness Month. (San Antonio Express-News)

We believe that Minority Cancer Awareness Month is a great opportunity to "connect disparate outcomes to root causes."

Read Bee Moorhead's Austin American-Statesman Op Ed.

Order complimentary bulletin inserts in English and Spanish.

Minority Cancer Awareness Month: Austin American-Statesman Op Ed and Capitol Presentations

Watch the Minority Cancer Awareness Month Press Conference.


Note: Originally published in the Austin American-Statesman April 6, 2014.

On February 17, 2006, San Antonio Congressman Charlie Gonzalez delivered a speech memorializing Bonnie Terry, an uninsured Black constituent who had died of untreated, late-stage breast cancer just three weeks earlier at age 49. Gonzalez praised Terry as a fierce fighter for justice for the disadvantaged. In fact, her story was itself a grim example of the systemic injustice she fought.

March 28: CPRI Monthly Conference Call TOMORROW Featuring Board Member Rev. Kevin Young

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

This Friday at 11:00, Texas Impact Board Member and Pastor of St. John’s UMC in Lubbock Kevin Young will provide a theological reflection on the Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI) and share from his church’s experience in completing the CPRI MOU Process and getting started as part of the The (CPRI) Faith Community Conference Call. The call will begin at 11:00. Dial in: (712) 432-3066, Conference Code: 424548.

In addition, Texas Impact CPRI AmeriCorps VISTAs will be available to provide further CPRI information and answer questions. Then, Texas Impact staff will introduce their “Treasure Hunt” designed to help Community Partners, churches and other groups better know their community. We hope to talk to you on the call!

April Is Minority Cancer Awareness Month. Learn More And Order Your Complimentary Bulletin Inserts Today!

April is now Minority Cancer Awareness Month in Texas!

According to the American Cancer Society, minority populations suffer the highest cancer death rate and the shortest survival time throughout the country.

So, how can your faith community fight minority cancer? You can help by downloading or ordering Faith and Wellness bulletin inserts and including information in your congregation's newsletter. Download newsletter text.

Bulletin inserts are FREE and available in Spanish or English! 

Texas Impact will ship your desired amount at no cost--just  click here to fill out your order form.  You can also view and download the insert by clicking here.

Thanks to House Bill 114, authored by Representative Ruth Jones McClendon, this month will regularly be observed as Minority Cancer Awareness Month. The purpose of the bill is to increase recognition for minority cancer education, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.    Rep. McClendon hopes the bill will elevate cancer awareness among the general public and minority population.

STATEMENT OF TEXAS RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON RECENT ANTI-METHODIST COMMENTS

In a Friday morning Fort Worth Star Telegram article by Bud Kennedy, we became aware that Tea Party leader Julie McCarty has opposed a local candidate for criminal court judge because “he is a Methodist…Methodists tend not to take a stand on issues – anything goes.”  She explained why she is supporting another candidate in the race: “My preference is a straitlaced Baptist to an everything-goes Methodist.” 

Be A Better Neighbor: Community Partners Presentation In Stephenville and Mineral Wells, February 17, 2014

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:00pm - 7:00pm

There’s a new way for faith communities to help needy Texans get food, medical and other benefits. Texas’ Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) has launched it’s statewide Community Partner Program, a great way for local organizations to serve their communities more effectively by providing internet access and/or trained volunteer navigators to help low-income Texas families apply for state benefit programs.

2014 UMW Resources Order Form

Use the form below to request printed copies of UMW materials.

For more information, contact Cara Chiodo at cara@texasimpact.org or call the office at (512)-971-6814.

UMW Legislative Event Resource Center

 

TEXAS UNITED METHODIST WOMEN'S 26TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE EVENT

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