Advocacy Matters

"All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy." Samantha Power

I believe that following Christ includes advocating for the needs of others.  Our political system can make advocacy complicated, intimidating and generally challenging.  I believe our separation of Church and State is helpful; as such I refrain from endorsing a candidate or party, but instead focus on specific legislation or more broadly on particular issues.

I am grateful to serve as a member of the board for Texas Impact.  Many of you know this, as we have talked about different organizations and means to be engaged politically in the context of our faith.  Texas Impact focuses on Texas legislation, I know that several members have subscribed to their updates and have enjoyed the connection.

I am in Austin today attending a board meeting for Texas Impact.  I am happy to say that the general legislative outcome was positive.  That said, there were some substantial bills that we opposed that still passed.  Perhaps most notably SB4, the 'sanctuary cities' bill.  The fact that a federal court has an injunction against it is good news.  I have a one page summary of the bills we addressed and the outcome if you are interested.

I am grateful for the support I have experienced from Ascension for my advocacy.  I will continue my efforts and am happy to share more about how I'm engaged with this, as well as offer encouragement as to how you can be involved as you are interested.

Blessings -
Fr. Paul