El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization (EPISO) is a broad-based community organization located in El Paso, Texas. Our members are faith and neighborhood institutions who work across religious, racial, ethnic, economic, generational and neighborhood lines for the good of the whole community.
EPISO 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, creating opportunities for ordinary people to make real and dramatic change in the community. We strive to hold elected officials accountable for their public responsibilities.
Affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the West/Southwest IAF and the Texas IAF, EPISO builds relational power and exercises that power to strengthen our communities and bring about a more just society.
Teaching & Practicing Democracy
EPISO embraces a vision of a vibrant bilingual border community. We are convinced that El Paso can be a better place to live – with better schools, better jobs, and 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 teachings of our diverse faiths and from our fervent belief in liberty and justice for all.