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Immigration: A Human Story

Our fifth monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is about immigration, coinciding with the new series on immigration on our podcast: Good God.   The second Monday in October is known traditionally as Columbus Day and more recently as Indigenous People’s Day. The Congressional Research Service states that when Congress made Columbus Day a federal holiday in 1968, it believed that “the nation would be honoring the courage and determination which enabled generations of immigrants from many nations to find freedom

Immigration: A Human Story2021-11-01T15:41:30+00:00

Thoughts from the Commons: Upstanders

Our fourth monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is about being an "Upstander," and learning to speak up and stand up for justice.   The term “Upstander,” first used by diplomat Samantha Power prior to her stint as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N, is widely touted as the morally superior alternative to the silence of a Bystander when responding to an abuse of power. Twenty states, including Texas, mandate teaching the history of the Holocaust to convey the consequences of failing to

Thoughts from the Commons: Upstanders2021-11-01T14:59:37+00:00

Is there a crisis at the Southern border? Follow the numbers

By Andy Brookshire The official Twitter account of the Arizona Republican Party tweeted on Aug. 9, “The border is wide open, and our towns are being overrun by migrants.” U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn tweeted on Aug. 4, “The Democrats have abandoned our border security.” A quick search for the #BidenBorderCrisis hashtag reveals dozens of equally histrionic pronouncements. So what exactly has President Joe Biden done with respect to immigration, and how has it changed the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border?

Is there a crisis at the Southern border? Follow the numbers2022-01-18T20:55:08+00:00

Thoughts from the Commons: Prayer and the New Normal

Our third monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is not issue-based this month, but a word of comfort and preparation for dark days ahead.   August in Texas. A bittersweet time, as the easier pace of summer gives way to fall’s flurry of activity. The Jewish High Holy Days come early this year, so the month of preparation that precedes the ten days of internal reckoning has begun, and with it a question that anyone of any faith might ask; “What

Thoughts from the Commons: Prayer and the New Normal2021-08-17T21:37:08+00:00

Thoughts from the Commons: Critical Race Theory

Our second monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is about Critical Race Theory:   In our monthly newsletter, Faith Commons seeks to break down barriers of communication we may put up when we hear language we don't fully understand. Sometimes terminology can obfuscate or misrepresent the intention of the person using it. We want to practice listening and understanding with compassion so that language becomes a tool for understanding rather than division. Last month, we broached the subject of polarization with regard

Thoughts from the Commons: Critical Race Theory2021-07-02T19:37:45+00:00

Thoughts from the Commons: Israel/Palestine Conflict

Our first monthly newsletter from Faith Commons is about the Israel/Palestine conflict: This monthly newsletter will introduce you to stories, language and strategies that may feel unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and even at times threatening. Our goal is to build our muscle for thoughtful, nuanced conversations that dig beneath the surface of habitual assumptions and reactions. We want to create a space where relationships rather than slogans inform our thinking. At a time when polarization threatens to reduce every position to “acceptable” or “unacceptable,”

Thoughts from the Commons: Israel/Palestine Conflict2021-11-01T16:07:27+00:00

Speech by Rabbi Kasten at a rally at the Texas Capitol on reproductive rights

Speech by Rabbi Kasten at a rally at the Texas Capitol on reproductive rights   My name is Rabbi Nancy Kasten and I am the Chief Relationship Officer for Faith Commons,  a multi-faith organization devoted to bringing the voices of people of faith into the public square for the common good.  Thank you to Just Texas: Faith Voices for Justice  for providing this opportunity to speak out against bills that put the lives and wellbeing of women and their families

Speech by Rabbi Kasten at a rally at the Texas Capitol on reproductive rights2021-11-09T14:34:31+00:00

Words of Challenge from a White Pastor

By George Mason Speech to the Texas Legislative Black Caucus March 29, 2021   Introductory Words Many thanks for the invitation to speak to you. I imagine this is an unusual thing for a white Baptist pastor to offer words of challenge to Black legislators. I want to thank my friend and fellow minister, Rep. Carl Sherman, for the trust this invitation represents. And it’s a double honor to be joined in this effort by my friend and colleague in

Words of Challenge from a White Pastor2021-11-01T15:37:53+00:00

“Dying to Self”

The Pastoral Reflections Institute recently published a video conversation between Monseigneur Don Fischer and Reverend George Mason. The two clergy were both featured for many years on Sunday mornings on WFAA. They discuss theology, ministry and a Holy Week theme of "Dying to Self." View the video here.

“Dying to Self”2021-04-01T13:05:28+00:00

Faith leaders call on state leaders to reject Trump’s visit to Texas

Press coverage on the letter (shown below) that Faith Commons circulated to faith leaders in Texas and sent to the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general: A story on KERA, Texas Public Radio https://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/we-are-dismayed-faith-leaders-call-on-leaders-to-reject-trumps-visit-to-texas https://dallasvoice.com/faith-leaders-call-on-state-leaders-to-reject-trumps-visit-to-the-border/ https://spectrumnews1.com/oh/toledo/news/2021/01/12/president-trump-to-break-silence-during-visit-to-texas-border-wall   To:       Governor Greg Abbott             Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick             Attorney General Ken Paxton   January 11, 2021   As faith leaders in Texas we are dismayed by your failure to object to President Donald Trump’s visit this week, where he will speak in public for

Faith leaders call on state leaders to reject Trump’s visit to Texas2021-01-15T21:11:18+00:00

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