FPIO to Convene Unity Prayer Service and Walk on August 15

We are living in troubling times on many levels; from terrorist attacks both globally and on American soil, to economic volatility impacting families across our state, racial strife and civil unrest. Still looming is a tumultuous election cycle and yet another black mass once again scheduled at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. As people search for answers, now is the time for the Body of Christ in Oklahoma to come together in unity across denominational lines in a Call to Prayer. Christ’s unified followers in Oklahoma City can provide the peace and hope our neighbors are desperately seeking just as Christ envisioned in John 17.

In this time of trouble, the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma is convening the Christian faith community to come together in prayer for our families, our neighborhoods, our communities and our leaders.

Who: Faithful Catholics, Methodists, Anglicans, Baptists, Evangelicals, Pentecostals and other Christ-followers.

When: Monday, August 15-Prayer Walk starting at 6:00 P.M. at the Jesus Wept Statue at St. Joseph, N.W. 5th and Harvey Avenue in downtown Oklahoma City. The walk will lead to First Church, 131 N.W. 4th and Robinson for a Prayer Service at 6:30 P.M.

What: Prayers led by Christian faith leaders from multiple denominations acknowledging Christ as the Savior and seeking His power, protection and peace.

To download the Prayer Service and Walk Event Flyer, in English click here and Spanish click here


FPIO to join Franklin Graham Prayer Gathering at OK Capitol April 27, 2016

Come join the Family Policy Institute of OK as we participate in a time of prayer for Oklahoma, America, government leaders and the upcoming elections led by Franklin Graham at the OK State Capitol at Noon on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Understandably, Oklahomans are stressed about the 2016 elections at all levels—local, state and federal. It is no secret that Oklahomans and Americans have expressed a high level of anger and discontent that has been displayed during the campaigns so far. However, Christ-followers have the opportunity to keep their focus on the peace and comfort God provides through prayer regardless of the circumstances. [Philippians 4:4-9]

What: Franklin Graham Decision American Tour 2016 Pray Gathering
When: Noon, Wednesday April 27, 2016
Where: OK State Capitol-South Parking Lot, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., OKC 73105

For more information, visit the Decision America OK webpage here

Leading up to April 27, Oklahomans are encouraged to pray daily for the Prayer Gathering. To start praying daily, please download the Daily Prayer Calendar here.


FPIO to host Family Policy Briefings with Marriage Scholar Brad Wilcox on Feb. 9, 2016

2:00 PM Briefing, “Strong Families, Prosperous States”
University of Virginia professor Bradford Wilcox will discuss how strong families increase GDP and median family income, reduce child poverty, and strengthen the American Dream for poor children across the United States and in Oklahoma. Professor Wilcox will also address various strategies for creating a more prosperous Oklahoma, including family strengthening services and eliminating marriage penalties in state and federal welfare programs.

Tuesday, February 9th 
2:00-3:00pm 
Metro Tech, Ballroom H 
1900 Springlake Dr, OKC 73111
*This event is free and open to the public.*
To register: http://ow.ly/XyXsK

Wilcox is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a senior fellow of the Institute for Family Studies, and a member of Oklahoma's Research Advisory Group where he provides guidance to the nationally respected Family Expectations and Project Relate programs and strategies.

3:30 PM Briefing, “Stronger Together: The Church’s Role in Strengthening Minority Families”
University of Virginia professor Bradford Wilcox will discuss his new book, Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love & Marriage Among African Africans and Latinos (Oxford, 2016). Wilcox will spotlight the important and oft-overlooked work the Black Church does in forging strong and happy African American marriages and families. He will also discuss the important role that fathers and marriage plays in the lives of black men, women, and children today in America. 
 
Tuesday, February 9th 
3:30-4:30pm 
Metro Tech, Ballroom H 
1900 Springlake Dr, OKC 73111
*This event is free and open to the public.*
To register: http://ow.ly/XyXVW

Wilcox is a senior fellow of the Institute for Family Studies, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a member of Oklahoma's Research Advisory Group where he provides guidance to the nationally respected Family Expectations and Project Relate programs and strategies.

To learn more about the book Soul Mates, visit here: http://ow.ly/Xz1UX



FIRST AMENDMENT BANQUET AND TRAINING SEMINAR/CLE

Date: 02-Nov-2015

Join the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma on Monday, November 2, 2015 for our First Amendment Banquet and Seminar/CLE.

With religious liberty in the headlines every week, how can faith-based ministries, churches and religious organizations legally protect themselves in their continued efforts to advance their Kingdom mission?

On the afternoon of November 2, join the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma and the Alliance Defending Freedom as they host a training seminar for faith leaders and a Continuing Legal Education program for attorneys focused on the current state of religious liberty and how to engage the culture. That evening, former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran will share his inspiring story of faith under fire and the blessings of suffering after Chief Cochran was dismissed from his job for writing a men's Christian devotional book that had nothing to do with his job performance.

You won’t want to miss out on the inspirational messages, as well as the tips and tools you will gain to advance the Christian message in a challenging culture.


CapitolBeatOK: At First Amendment Banquet, Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran recounts clash of “Kingdom Consequences” and “Worldly Consequences”

Date: Nov. 9, 2015

Read here: http://www.capitolbeatok.com/reports/at-first-amendment-banquet-fire-chief-kelvin-cochran-recounts-clash-of-kingdom-consequences-and-worl