Texas Ag Commish invites employees to prayer following weekend disasters

Following the Memorial Day weekend floods, Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller sent out an email on Tuesday, May 26, inviting his state employees to pray at state headquarters. A conference call dial-in number was set up for employees in other parts of the state to participate.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at an event in March, 2015.     (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at an event in March, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

A portion of the email:

To all TDA Staff –

In light of the recent weather tragedies in and around the state of Texas and the tremendous loss of lives and property.  I have invited Chaplain Michael Tummillo to stop by TDA Austin Headquarters office today at 1:30pm to hold a prayer devotional to pray for guidance and relief to so many hurting Texans.  Chaplain Tummillo is a non-denominational clergyman.

If you feel the need to pray or reflect for yourself, your family, friends and for the flood and tornado victims across Texas – please feel free to attend.

The end of the email, following background information on Michael Tummillo, who has led prayers following other disasters in Texas and Oklahoma, explained that the event “is strictly a voluntary event and open to all TDA Employees.”

Author: Asher Price

Asher Price has covered energy and the environment for the American-Statesman since 2006. Twice the Society of Environmental Journalists has named him a finalist for its beat reporter of the year award. He spent part of the spring of 2011 as an environmental science journalism fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and during the 2011-12 academic year was stationed at Columbia’s business and journalism schools as a Knight-Bagehot fellow. He is the co-author of the book The Great Texas Wind Rush: How George Bush, Ann Richards and a Bunch of Tinkerers Helped the Oil and Gas State Win the Race to Wind Power. (UT Press.) His new book, Year of the Dunk, comes out in May 2015. He lives in the South Congress neighborhood with his wife and dog.

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