Texas Impact "Courts and Ports"

Texas Impact was founded in 1973 on the central religious conviction that religious communities are called to minister to the whole person–to respond with compassion to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all people. Texas Impact’s member organizations include Christian denominational bodies, regional Jewish and Muslim social justice committees, and local interfaith councils. Texas Impact and its sister organization, the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, form an interfaith network that brings faith to bear on social issues through grassroots education and policy advocacy. Individuals and communities can become members of Texas Impact to join in this work of faithful advocacy, several members from Ascension have made this commitment in the past few years.

Texas Impact currently sponsors an educational program called "Courts and Ports" This program encourages interfaith teams to travel to the Texas border at Brownsville to observe the immigration process. The teams will attend a district court hearing, talk with ACLU representatives on current legislation, assist at respite centers, tour a refugee sponsoring community, spend time at the International Bridge into Mexico and talk to refugees who are waiting on the bridge to be accepted into the US. Mother Marci and her husband Tracy traveled with the program in April. We are excited to be sending a group of eight folks from Ascension, September 15 - 18. It is our hope that they return to Ascension with new perspectives and ideas on how we might continue to "offer a cup of cold water to the least of these." Jesus calls us to radical love and hospitality to all!

Want to know more? Please see www.texasimpact.org.

Christ's Peace,
Mother Marci+