About Border Interfaith

Border Interfaith is a broad-based community organization located in El Paso, Texas. We are affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the West / Southwest IAF and the Texas IAF.  We develop leadership through education and interfaith relationships to encourage democratic practices and meaningful community action.

Our members are faith and neighborhood communities who work across religious, racial, ethnic, economic, generational and neighborhood lines for the good of the whole community.  Border Interfaith's goal is to develop leadership in our member institutions.

Border Interfaith believes that in order for community leaders to be effective, we must be educated and informed citizens.  We engage in public discourse and initiate action guided by that conversation.  Active citizenship creates opportunities for ordinary people to effect real and dramatic change in the community.  We strive to hold elected officials accountable for their public responsibilities.

Teaching & Practicing Democracy

Border Interfaith embraces a vision of a vibrant bilingual border community.  We are convinced that El Paso can be a better place to live – better schools, better jobs, healthier citizens.

• We commit as institutional members to work for a community where the schools are excellent, all residents have affordable healthcare, and all people are treated with respect.

• We hold our elected officials accountable to ensure they protect our natural environment, manage growth carefully, and make basic services available to all.

• We pledge to identify and train leaders whose web of relationships transcend economic, racial, gender, and religious divisions.

Through building relational power and engaging actively in democratic civic life, our institutions and leaders will transform our border region.  Our motivation comes from the teaching of our diverse faiths and from our fervent belief in liberty and justice.


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    EPISO/Border Interfaith: We Must Not Let Fear Succeed in Creating Distrust

    [Excerpt below] On Aug. 3, our El Paso community was viciously attacked, and we are experiencing deep grief. Yes, we need to take the necessary time to process this pain and publicly lament together. But soon we must also begin to channel this sense of loss to reclaim a sense of community that we will all be proud of.      Terrorism wants to create mistrust and deep hateful fear. Such fear works to drive people away from one another. It scapegoats the immigrant, people of color, those of different faith traditions, people of a different culture and language. It twists and turns us to make others seem not human.  That is not El Paso, and we must not let fear succeed.... We Must Not Let Fear Succeed in Creating Distrust, Hateful Fear, El Paso Times [pdf] Standing Against Fear: Catholic Church Hosts Interfaith Gathering After Mass Shooting, El Paso Times [pdf] Multiethnic Group Holds Vigil to Remember Victims of El Paso Shooting, FOX NewsWhat Next? El Paso Faith Community Shares Stories of Fear and Anger in Shooting Aftermath, America Magazine [pdf]
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    Statement on Shooting in El Paso

    For immediate release: August 4, 2019       Media Contacts: Dr. Kathy Staudt 915-240-5826   Fr. Pablo Matta 915-500-9919   Adriana Garcia 915-867-1707 EPISO/BI Assembly: Thursday, August 8, 2019, 7PMSt. Paul’s Catholic Church: 7424 Mimosa Ave., El Paso, TX  79915 We are heartbroken over Saturday morning’s attack on innocent victims in our community.  This Thursday, August 8th at 7pm, EPISO/Border Interfaith (BI) leaders will come together to demonstrate that this hate-filled act has no place in El Paso, and we will stand as a united effort to grieve and rebuild the bonds of trust to overcome fear and hate.  We as Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish leaders representing 19 local institutions from all walks of life and backgrounds, condemn yesterday’s attack. El Paso is the largest US city on the border and among the safest in our country.  We will not let this senseless act of violence define us or define who we are as a border community.  We recall the story of the Good Samaritan.  In it, we are challenged to see the humanity in those we have been taught to despise and to practice neighborliness, not to be divided by senseless acts of violence. This week EPISO/BI recommits to its long-term political work of building vital public relationships, rooted in trust.  This entails the following: 1) Urging our community to come together and publicly demonstrate our unity and sorrow through the many prayer vigils and gatherings. We must confront this fear together as a community and in local congregations and not allow those most fearful to withdraw into their isolation, whether they require medical care, grief counseling, or simply the caring support of their neighbors. 2) Working to publicly reassure our communities, especially the most vulnerable, to trust law enforcement and local government.  On August 8, we will convene with local officials to recommit to our mutual work of creating a safe, vibrant community. 3) Meeting with Congressional members and legislative delegation to propose common sense legislation to prevent such violence in the future. Most of all, we urge the people of the El Paso area to reach out to those who might feel isolated or fearful and with that same intent and seek fruitful relationships not just in the coming days and weeks, but for the long term.  Those kinds of efforts can forge new relationships with people who are different, and to strategize together on building long-term solutions. EPISO/ Border Interfaith is a multi-ethnic group of institutions, primarily congregations, in the El Paso metro area.  EPISO and BI are non-partisan organizations and never accept government funds or supports any candidate.  The purpose of EPISO/ BI is to give ordinary citizens a structure through which they can negotiate effectively with the government and private institutions that affect their lives. EPISO /BI are the vehicle through which member congregations and organizations act on the interests of their families and local communities, helping them become an effective force for promoting faith values and democratic traditions.
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