Common Ground for Texans

“Advocating positive solutions through civil engagement”

At our next meeting, on Saturday, Sept. 8, join us for a discussion with Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, the head county official for elections.  A new voting system called ExpressVote was recently approved by Travis County Commissioners and is expected to be ready by November 2019.  Learn about this system’s features and why it was selected.

In a recently published report, Texas earned a grade of “D” for election security. How will the new system affect this grade, and what else can we do to improve it?  What are the risks we face this year from election hacking?  Come and listen to Dana DeBeauvoir explain her perspective on these issues.

Election Security in Texas

When: Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin, TX 78731 (map)

We hope to see you there!

The event is sponsored by Common Ground for Texans, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in Austin.

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Americans are more politically divided than we’ve been since the Civil War.  These tribal disagreements rip apart families, friendships, governments, and, not surprisingly, churches.  Because of this, polarization becomes a primary part of any pastor’s context and a challenge to her or his work.  Add to all this that Jesus prayed for his disciples, “that they all may be one,” and that their unity should impact the world, (John 17:21) and this becomes an integral part of faithful ministry.  Join Rev. Allen Hilton as he engages this crucial leadership issue of our time on the way to helping the American church become a “House United.”

The two parts of this series offer independent, but equally important content.

Presenter: Rev. Allen Hilton

Dates: Oct. 9 & Nov. 15, 2018

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost:  $35 for each session (lunch included)

Recommended for: clergy and church leaders

You may register for one or both sessions

Session One

In this session, Dr. Hilton will introduce “Courageous Conversations,” a model he uses around the country to help congregations learn to talk well about controversial matters on which they differ passionately.

Date:  Oct. 9, 2018

Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm, followed by lunch until 1:00 pm

Cost:  $35 (lunch included)

Register here for the October 9 session

Session Two

In this session, Dr. Hilton will introduce “Christian Mingle,” an initiative to bring leaders and congregations together in fellowship and mission to build relationship across the left-right divide.

Date:  Nov. 15, 2018

Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm, followed by lunch until 1:00 pm

Cost:  $35 (lunch included)

Register here for the November 15 session

iACT Red Bench

 

The Red Bench – HOME

Join us on Tuesday, February 27 for a courageous conversation on

the topic of Home at Unity Church of Austin
(5501 West Highway 290, Austin TX 78735).

If you plan to attend, please RSVP

iACT Red Bench

The Red Bench – HOME

Join us on Tuesday, February 27 for a courageous conversation on

the topic of Home at Unity Church of Austin
(5501 West Highway 290, Austin TX 78735).

If you plan to attend, please RSVP

The Red Bench: Grace

redbench_logo-300x79Join us on Tuesday January 31 for a courageous conversation on the topic of Grace

at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

If you plan to attend, please RSVP

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm