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January 7-10, 2019

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Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes the one who sent me … and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple – truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” Matthew 10:40 & 42

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Our faith in Jesus is not meant to be lived in solitude, hidden behind stained-glass windows, or oblivious to the conditions and pain of the world. As disciples of Jesus, we are called to worship and pray, but we are also called to work toward the holy dream that God has for all of God’s children. We are called to live our lives of faith in the light of God’s deep and wide welcome.

Join other college-aged students for four days and three nights at wonderful Mo-Ranch as we tackle real issues that impact our world, and that demand a faithful, engaged response from us. We will seek to “put feet to our faith” while considering things like immigration, inclusion, and how to engage public issues guided by faith.

We know that by early January, you’re going to be ready to do something! So, get away from your folks, enjoy a change of scenery before school starts for the spring semester, and take a deep dive into wrestling with your faith and God’s good news. We will engage our minds and hearts, but we will also play, sing, worship and enjoy s’mores!

Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or registrar@moranch.org.

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This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Bee Moorhead, executive director of Texas Impact. Learn more about Bee on the leadership tab!

Texas Impact is a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Texas Impact exists to advance state public policies that are consistent with universally held social principles of the Abrahamic traditions.

Texas Impact accomplishes its mission by developing grassroots networks in local communities and mobilizing them to advocate with their legislators on specific issues. Developing these networks includes a process of broad policy and advocacy education in congregations and denominational bodies. Networks are also built through a variety of exercises such as team-building activities in local faith communities; leadership development with key individuals and groups; and coordination with lawmakers, media, and other public interest groups.

Texas Impact was founded on the central religious conviction that religious communities are called to minister to the whole person — to respond with compassion to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all people. The Texas religious leaders who established Texas Impact in 1973 believed that such a ministry cannot perform adequately without a concern for basic social problems at the state government level.

Texas Impact’s board consists of a delegation made up of up to two representatives from each member organization as well as several at-large and special members. Currently, there are approximately 50 members on the board. Member Organizations make annual pledges to Texas Impact and send members to Texas Impact’s board. Member organizations include:

• Judicatories (regional governing bodies) of mainline Christian denominations in Texas such as United Methodist annual conferences
• Regional chapters of social justice groups affiliated with specific religious traditions such as the American Jewish Congress
• Regional and local single-faith and interfaith groups such as Interfaith Action of Central Texas
• Statewide units of religious women’s groups such as Church Women United

 

Bee Moorhead is the executive director of Texas Impact and has held this position for 18 years. She is also the executive director of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, which is the sister organization of Texas Impact. Bee Moorhead, with the Texas Impact board of directors, was instrumental in developing the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy. Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy’s main mission is to improve and expand interfaith public policy education and dialogue.

Under her leadership, Texas Impact and the Interfaith Center have earned state and national recognition for work on interfaith education and community leadership development. Texas Impact has received two merit awards from the Religion Communicators Council for outstanding publications. Radian 6 named Texas Impact as one of the most influential Twitter feeds of the 82nd Texas legislative session.

Bee previously served as a senior fiscal policy analyst for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts where she helped lead the nationally known Texas Performance Review. This review provides members of the legislature with numerous recommendations for strengthening state government and state services; many of these review recommendations are now state law. She was the the architect of “Family Pathfinders”, a unique initiative linking families on public assistance with faith and community-based organizations.

Bee holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an undergraduate degree in theatrical costumer design. She has studied theology and the New Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Bee serves as an adjunct faculty member at St. Edward’s University in the political science department where she teaches legislative process and lobbying courses. She also lectures on faith and public policy at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

An ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Bee has been a member of University Presbyterian Church in Austin since 1983. She is married to Robert Moorhead, a longtime staff member of the award-winning PBS television show “Austin City Limits”, and they have three children.

 

Cost and Housing

Participants will be housed in group housing (e.g., Milk Barn, Log Lodge, etc.)

Full conference participant: $315
Commuter rate: $280 (Excludes housing at Mo-Ranch. Includes tuition, lunch and dinner during the retreat.)

Registration/Cancellation

A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration.

Full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

What to Bring

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer and rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.

Transportation

Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

Click here for directions to Mo.

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