Better Neighbors | October 2015: Oil and Gas Drilling

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October 17: New Texas Gun Laws and Religious Properties, Approved for CLE Credit

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

New Texas Gun Laws and Religious Properties

Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
Saturday, Oct. 17th 2-4pm
Where: University Presbyterian Church - Sanctuary | 2203 San Antonio Street, Austin 78705 | Free Parking available at the UT Co-op Garage

No cost to attend, but please RSVP at

Pope Francis Remarks to a Joint Session of Congress, September 24, 2015

Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress this morning, September 24, 2015. His prepared remarks are available below.

Original source and other language options here.

Mr. Vice-President,
Mr. Speaker,
Honorable Members of Congress,
Dear Friends,

Coalition Press Release: Texas Scientists, Communities, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Speak Out for Strong Rules to Reduce Harmful Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas Activity

One of our board members, Rev. Mel Caraway, speaks at the press conference and is quoted in this release from a coalition of environmental groups speaking out in favor of new methane reduction rules from the EPA. Read more about the event in the media advisory, here.

Air Alliance Houston * Denton Drilling Awareness Group * Downwinders at Risk
Earthworks * Environmental Defense Fund * Environment Texas * Liveable Arlington

Mansfield Gas Well Awareness * Moms Clean Air Force * Public Citizen * Sierra Club
Texas Campaign for the Environment

Press Release: Sept. 23

Alan Septoff, Earthworks, 202-657-6378
Kelsey Robinson, Environmental Defense Fund, 512-691-3404
Matt Johnson, Sierra Club, 512-605-6376

Texas Scientists, Communities, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Speak Out for Strong Rules to Reduce Harmful Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas Activity

EPA collects public comment on its proposed rule to cut methane & associated pollution from oil and gas development

DALLAS, Tex -- Sept 23 --  Today, faith leaders, scientists, and community members told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency why strong federal rules are needed to protect human health and the climate from oil and gas development’s air pollution. EPA held a hearing today at City Hall to collect public comments on its proposal to reduce methane and associated air pollution from oil and gas activity.

“The proposed EPA rules are a good first step for protecting the climate from methane, but they’ll also help protect the health of families from other oil and gas pollution too,” said Reverend Mel Caraway of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.  He continued, “Because Texas, like many states, doesn’t adequately control this pollution, EPA’s rules are our best hope to protect our communities and the climate.”

Friday, September 25, 2015 CPRI Monthly Faith-Based Call, Featuring A Discussion On Immigration

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Friday September 25 at 11:00, Texas Impact will host the monthly Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI) Faith-based call.

This Friday, Texas Impact's Welcoming Communities Initiative (WCI) AmeriCorps VISTA members will talk about the unaccompanied minors and family detention immigration crisis of last summer. They'll also be giving updates on Texas' current response to the crisis, the insights they've gained in the first half of their AmeriCorps term, and share some stories they've collected from immigrants, faith based organizations involved in the crisis, and city responders.

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.

We look forward to visiting with you on the call and hope you will invite people you know who might be interested.

Time is 11:00AM, Friday, September 25. Dial in: (512) 472-3903, Input 201# at the automatic message, Password 1973#

Texas Impact Provides Signs for Regulating Firearms in Faith Communities


Effective January 1, 2016, NEW Texas Laws will make it legal to bring openly carried and concealed firearms into faith communities.

Religious organizations wishing to regulate firearms in their buildings are now required to post new signs at all public entrances to their buildings. Texas Impact has secured a bulk discount rate for signs that meet the legal specifications of the new law. 

Two types of signs available - you may choose one or both:

  • 30.07 Signs to ban Open Carry inside houses of worship
  • 30.06 Signs to ban Concealed Carry inside houses of worship

Order your signs today at

Order now to ensure that you have your signs posted before December 31st. Signs can be customized with your logo or text. 

FREE Shipping Available with promo code 5TIFShip at checkout

  • $49.99 for aluminum (outdoor use)
  • $29.99 for corrugated plastic (outdoor and indoor use)
  • $24.99 for poster (indoor use only)

For questions or more information, please email or by phone at 512-472-3903 ext. 123

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