God. Governing. At the Texas Capitol these days, the two seem intrinsically linked.
It’s why we’ve spent the last six months interviewing dozens of elected officials on camera and scouring hundreds of hours of legislative footage to produce a first-of-its-kind documentary project, “God & Governing.”
The five-part video series, which launches today, dives deep into the way lawmakers’ faith directs their decision-making — on everything from abortion and gun rights to same-sex marriage and abstinence-only education. You can watch lawmakers' full, unedited interviews here.
A related 30-minute documentary — produced in partnership with KLRU, Austin's PBS station — will be distributed nationally and air on nine public television stations statewide beginning this month. (Find out when it’s playing in your market here.)
We’re also hosting a live “God & Governing” forum tonight at the LBJ Library in Austin in partnership with the Future Forum; the event, which features four lawmakers discussing the role of faith in the Texas Legislature, is at capacity, but we’re livestreaming it here starting at 6:30 p.m.
This is just the latest Tribune project that pushes the boundaries of traditional legislative reporting and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the motivations of the people elected to represent you. Tune in and take a look; we hope you're intrigued by what you see.