Weekly Witness is an opportunity for Texans of faith to learn about important public policy issues through a faith lens, and find out timely opportunities to participate in the public policy process. Weekly Witness is broadcast live on Zoom and Facebook with a studio audience. The Weekly Witness podcast features content from the live event and is usually available the day after it is recorded.

It features a brief reflection, a moment of hope to start, then a guest expert on some policy issue of importance in the legislative session. The guest will answer questions. Finally, there will be a report on what is current in the legislature, what bills are in which stage of development, what is encouraging, what is discouraging, and, most important, what response is called for NOW by people of faith wanting a better future for Texas.

You can download the current Action Alert at the Texas Impact website: https://texasimpact.org

There you will find toll-free numbers for legislators, email addresses (at this point phone calls are better, and they will be brief), and more information about Texas Impact. Weekly Witness can also be found on YouTube.

Rapid Response Teams:

Our goal is to have people in each legislative district willing to make time-sensitive contacts to their legislator or key legislators during the Texas Legislative Session. You will be given the choice to receive rapid response notifications by text or email.

Currently a lot is happening and bills can change minute by minute. Some bills are still in committee, some are on their way to the floor for vote, and some have been approved by one or both chambers. This requires close monitoring and quick response to the right people. You can be part of that response by joining a rapid response team.

Shared by Sheila Angerer, TX Impact Board Member

Do You Know Texas Impact?

Texas Impact exists to put faith into action. We equip faith leaders and their congregations with the information, opportunities, and outreach tools to educate their communities and engage with lawmakers on pressing public policy issues. We are an interfaith group that works together on issues that impact the most vulnerable people in our communities. We help people live out their faith in the public square, moving the faith community from charity to justice. 

I have served on the TX Impact board for the past four years. This is not an elected position; it is completely volunteer. During this legislative term, I have sent emails to many of you to call your local representative and senator. TX Impact gives you all the tools in an email to complete a call and have your voice heard.  

TX Impact is comprised of a diversity of faiths. That is what makes this non-profit organization unique. I was present at the Capitol during the legislative session before the session now in progress. We are using Zoom and other electronic messaging to be in contact with our representatives and senators. The Capitol is open with restrictions. Texas Impact has committed to stop voter suppression, support Medicaid expansion, revise gun laws and other bills that we as a body either reject or support. 

I was encouraged when I received an email from the Reverend Dr. Whit Bodman asking me to share information about TX Impact with the South Central Conference, UCC. With the support and involvement of the conference, there will more representation for the betterment of TX Impact and our state.

Shared by Sheila Angerer, TX Impact Board Member