Faith in Texas is a multi-racial movement that organizes congregations across social divides for economic and racial justice. Faith in Texas was founded in 2015 by a diverse team of pastors in Dallas, and in its first three years, has grown into one of the most powerful justice organizations in Texas. The organization currently works in four counties (Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton) and is currently expanding into Harris and Fort Bend Counties.
By 2020, we aim to build an organization of 200 churches in 20 cities that moves over 75,000 people to action for city, county, and statewide policy change. Our four primary issue campaigns were chosen by our member congregations through intensive listening in affected communities: scaling down mass incarceration, ending predatory lending, providing quality public education, and keeping immigrant families together. Faith in Texas is affiliated with the PICO National Network, the nation's largest network developing civic leadership in low-and-moderate income faith communities for economic and racial justice.
The staff of Faith in Texas is co-led by Dr. Lydia Bean and Rev. Edwin Robinson. Executive Director Dr. Lydia Bean is a Harvard-trained social scientist and the author of The Politics of Evangelical Identity (Princeton UP 2014). Managing Director, Rev. Edwin Robinson, holds degrees from Duke University and Mary Hardin-Baylor. Before helping to found Faith in Texas, Edwin was Young Adult pastor at Concord Church in southern Dallas and served in the U.S. Army.
Did you know? *Texans celebrate the dignity of work... Yet Texas places the heaviest tax burden on working-class families struggling to enter the middle class. *Texans believe in caring for our neighbors... Yet Texas ranks #5 among states for the percentage of our population in prison. *Texans value families... Yet every day in Texas, over a million children live in fear of being separated from their parents through incarceration or deportation. This reality does not reflect the majority of Texans' values, and faith communities must play a role in healing this disconnect. Faith in Texas was built for such a time as this. 2016 and 2017 have been extremely challenging years of division and uncertainty for our multi-racial, multi-faith movement. However, they have also been years of powerful growth for Faith in Texas. We move forward in hope, knowing that we are putting down deep roots that WILL crack the concrete of injustice. But how you ask? Faith in Texas trains teams made up of lay leaders in local congregations. These 'Justice Teams' identify systemic problems that affect their community, and move entire congregations to action through powerful, policy campaigns. Faith in Texas creates space for empathy, storytelling, and shared action across the boundaries of race, religion, class, and ideology. Additionally, leading up to local and national elections, Faith in Texas congregations create plans and build teams to achieve 100% voting among eligible citizens within their congregations. Our Justice Teams organize community canvasses to invite their neighbors to register and vote. This North Texas Giving Day, Faith in Texas needs to raise $25,000 to build a strong base in preparation for 2018 and 2020 elections. We have already trained 500+ leaders, however, your donation TODAY will allow us to train 10 new congregations, providing 100 newly trained, working-class leaders. Will join you this faithful movement TODAY? Invest in the Power of Faithful People!
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