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Below is the complete "Open Letter to Governor Rick Perry,"our response to Gov. Perry's Response prayer event on August 6. Join us on Thursday, August 4, at 5:00pm, Pegasus Plaza, Main at Akard in downtown Dallas for a brief rally to announce and support the statement. Plenty of trees for shade.

We are just below 50% of our goal of 100 signers:

To sign in support of the statement, go here.

Help us disseminate the statement and spread the word. More information below, following the open letter.


An Open Letter to Governor Rick Perry: Repentance Means 'Go A New Way'

A Reply to Governor Perry's August 6 "Response" Prayer Gathering



Dear Governor Perry:


You have called for August 6 to be a day of gathering "in humility and repentance." The Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance joins this call for repentance, a word which means to "go a new way." We call for repentance when we consider the condition of our state, the mandate from God to love our neighbors, and the vision of the future that is the answer to our prayers. We embrace government as one way to fulfill God's will on earth as it is in heaven*. Jesus called the NATIONS to judgment. The prophets he came to fulfill-Amos, Jeremiah, Isaiah in particular-condemned the governments of their day, the kings, for not serving the poor and the oppressed.



 �  Jesus says that the nations that care for the sick are "blessed," while those who do not he says are "accursed" (Matthew 25:31-45) Texas is first among all states in the percentage of citizens who are uninsured, and ranks number 41 in health services. Let us go a new way toward health care and health security and turn from the road that leads to the fate of the accursed.



 �  Jesus said in Mark 10:14 "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." Currently, one of every four Texas children lives in poverty. Funding to education has been severely cut for all children attending public schools even while our state ranks last among all states in issuing high school diplomas. Let us go a new way toward a time when no child in Texas lives in poverty and educational opportunity is available equally and for all.



 �  Jesus blessed the poor, told the rich that "you have had your fill," (Luke 6:20-21, 24) and said in Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:12, "No one can serve two masters...You cannot serve God and wealth." The state of Texas is first among states in the gap between the wealthy and those living in poverty. Let us go a new way, a way in which not wealth but the common good is served. And let us not be as Judas, the keeper of the purse, who did not really care about the poor. (John 12:6)



 �  In Luke 4:19, Jesus declared "Good News to the Poor" and "the Year of Our Lord's Favor," the year of Jubilee when goods were redistributed and debts forgiven. Progressive taxation best captures the spirit of the Jubilee in our times. The bottom fifth of Texas earners pay over 12 percent of their income to state and local governments - more than three times the share of income that the state's richest taxpayers pay. Let the contributions to the common good not disproportionally fall on the backs of "the least of these."



 �  The prophet Jeremiah condemned a king, the leader of his day, for "mak[ing] his neighbors work for nothing and does not give them their wages." James the brother of Jesus [5:4] and Malachi [3:5] decry those who do defraud laborers of their wages. And Jesus himself in the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard, taken literally, reminds us that the basic needs of workers must be met.  Texas leads the nation in the percentage and number of people working at minimum wage. One in three Texas workers don't bring home enough pay to keep a family of four out of poverty. Let us go a new way toward a day when all wages are living wages.



 �  Jesus also considered nations accursed when they do not welcome the stranger, alien, outsider, immigrant. (Matthew 25:31-45) Immigrant children who have only known life in the United States have been denied the opportunity to have legal status here and instead they and their families are often targeted for hatred and abuse by those who wear the name "Christian." Let us go a new path toward a blessed country that creates just laws that represent that we truly "love our neighbor."



 � The earth and all that is in it belongs to God (Psalm 24:1). We are called to be stewards of God's creation, not its destroyer. Texas is the biggest polluter in the country, leading the nation in carbon dioxide and cancer-causing emissions. Let us go a new way by protecting the creation with which we have been entrusted as stewards.



We urge you to consider that August 6 as every day be one in which we strive to be more like Christ, who called us in the Great Commission to teach all that he commanded. Let us "be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves." (James 1:22)



* We share these values with other faiths and with all who care about humanity.     

Response How you can help spread the word:

Do any or all of the following. It will only take you a few minutes and will help us make a bigger impact.

  1. Forward this email to everyone you know. 
  2. Sign the petition supporting the statement that will be forwarded to Gov. Perry and his guests at the Response rally, Governors Jindal of Louisiana and Brownback of Kansas.
  3. Email a message and the statement to Governors Perry, Jindal and Brownback. Email information is below. 
  4. In addition to, or instead of, the email, send a letter by mail. Sample letters can be downloaded below.
  5. If you are on Facebook, "Like" the statement's Facebook page. That page can be found here
  6. If you are on Twitter, help us with a "Twitter Revival" on August 6. Follow the Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance ( or click above) and send out messages throughout the day by "re-tweeting" our messages or sending out others. Use a program such as to pre-program "tweets" that will appear throughout the day. With all messages, use #PerryRepent, #TexasRepent, #Christian, and/or #jesustweeters as part of each message.

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Send an email and/or letter, including mailing address, which includes the statement.  For a sample letter to:

  • Governor Perry, click here .
  • Governor Jindal, click here .
  • Gov. Brownback, clickhere






September 6, 7pm: Rev. Ed Middleton, First Community United Church of Christ 

The Quest for Workers' Justice and the Silence of the Church: An Examination of Flannery O'Connor's Obadiah Elihue Parker

Speakers will address the justice foundation of faith and the connection between faith communities and public policy.  
Do you have a reflection that you'd like to contribute to a future Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance newsletter? Have you heard a sermon that addresses the issues of concern to DACPA members? Send submissions for consideration to Matthew-25@
Upcoming Events

September 10, 2pm: The Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance monthly meeting following summer hiatus. Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston at Northaven.

August 4, noon: CitySquare's Urban Engagement Book Club, Highland Park United Methodist Church. For more information, see 'Events' above.

August 11: Dallas Peace Center, 7th Annual Summer Dinner Series featuring Matthew Hoh, Director, The Afghanistan Study Group, "A New Way Forward: Rethinking U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan & Pakistan." Reception: 6:30pm; Dinner and Lecture: 7:00pm., FunAsia, 1210 E. Beltline Rd., Richardson.

August 18, noon: CitySquare's Urban Engagement Book Club, First United Methodist Church. For more information, see 'Events' above.

September 6, 7pm:  Rev. Ed Middleton, Pastor, First Community United Church of Christ "The Quest for Workers' Justice and the Silence of the Church: An Examination of Flannery O'Connor's Obadiah Elihue Parker." Faith Voices on Justice Series. Co-sponsored by the Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance and Northaven United Methodist Church. Northaven United Methodist, 11211 Preston at Northaven.

See the "Events" section of the DACPA web site for more information. To have your event listed, send information to:


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