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Rev. George Battle III talked about the voice of the faith community in discussions of violence in the wake of Thursday's Dallas shootings. (Click here to watch the video on MSNBC.)

State health officials addressing a packed house at the McAllen Convention Center yesterday (July 6), said Texas is likely to be one of the first areas of the country to see an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The good news is that Texas already leads the nation in planning and prevention of the disease which severely affects unborn children.

Originally posted on the National Wildlife Federation blog. Tom Spencer is the Director of the Texas Living Waters Project.

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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