Pastor Chris Markert
About 100 Lutherans from the three synods in Texas gathered in Austin in mid-February to participate in the annual Lutheran Legislative Event. This event was planned in conjunction with Texas Impact and the Poverty and Justice Task Force of the Southwestern Texas Synod.
The first two days were spent learning about the ELCA’s priorities in public advocacy, as well as the current legislation that is pending before the Texas Legislature. Then as a group, with our bishops acting as facilitators, we together identified our common Lutheran core priorities for state advocacy.
On Tuesday, February 14, we traveled to the State Capitol, where we spent the day visiting the offices of our state senators and representatives, sharing our common convictions, and listening to ways we could partner with them to support the poor and vulnerable in Texas.
The Gulf Coast Synod had four participants at this year’s Lutheran Legislative Event in Texas. As a caucus, we agreed to come back and convene a gathering of those who are interested in advocacy work within our own synod, starting with the Houston area, and then growing beyond to other parts of our synod.
If you are interested in being part of this initial gathering, please contact Chris Markert.