A Conversation With Our Bishop

Rio Texas MFSA will have our next virtual meeting on Thursday, August 12, 2021

Our guest is Bishop Robert Schnase, who currently serves as bishop of the Río Texas Annual Conference. He was assigned to Río Texas in September 2016 after serving twelve years as the bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference.  Prior to his election as bishop in 2004, Schnase served for 15 years as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, McAllen, Texas. 

We have invited Bishop Schnase to be with us on Thursday, August 12th from 7:00 to 8:00 on Zoom to give us his perspective on the state of  the United Methodist Church, locally and in the world. 

As you join this zoom call, we ask each caller to MUTE themselves, unless the caller is part of the program.

If you have questions for Bishop Schnase, you may type them on the “chat” link.

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Welcome Cindy Andrade Johnson at our next Chapter Meeting!

We will have our next virtual meeting on
Thursday, November 12, 2020   7pm

Our guest speaker is Cindy Andrade Johnson, a deaconess with the Rio Texas Conference.  She has worked tirelessly and made personal contact with the asylum seekers on the Rio Grande border.  Even in the middle of this election period she has been present for the people who are in the most need. The migrant camp in Mexico is causing harm to our migrant siblings because of inhumane US policies. 

Please join us as we discuss what we can do even if we cannot be present, and how we can support this issue.

Follow and support Cindy on her Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/cindy.johnson.94695 We’ll also spend some time catching up with each other!

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September 10 – Let’s have a (virtual) meeting!

We will have a virtual chapter meeting via Zoom on September 10 from 7 to 8 pm CDT.  We want to use this time to catch up with our members and find out what our congregations are doing on social justice issues during the pandemic.

In addition, we will discuss efforts to Get Out the Vote for the November General Elections.

 

Topic: MFSA Meeting

 

Time: Sep 10, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

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Thanks to Kenneth and Deana Henry for setting this call up!

Get Out the Vote!

 

General Election:  November 3

Last Day to Register:  October 5

Early Voting Begins:  October 13

Early Voting Ends:  October 30

Texas Voter Information  https://www.votetexas.gov/

League of Women Voters  https://my.lwv.org/texas/voting-elections

Vote Forward  https://votefwd.org/

Anti-Racism Workshop by Rio Texas MFSA in Austin

Anti-Racism Workshop in Austin

Saturday, February 29th, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Rev. Neal Christie will host the workshop, “Shaping Beloved Community: From Dignity, Recognition and Inclusivity to Advocacy and Equity” at Saint John’s UMC on Saturday, February 29th, 9:00am – 3:30pm. The event is cosponsored by the Rio Texas MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action) and the Saint John’s Risk-Taking Mission & Service Committee. Cost for the workshop is $10. A light lunch will be provided.

This workshop will examine the concepts of diversity, inclusivity, equity, cultural humility, and intersectionality; how both external and internalized racism and ethnocentrism create and perpetuate racist systems.  We’ll explore what it means to live in a race-dominant culture and how white privilege perpetuates that culture; what does a race-equitable culture look like?  We will look at specific public policies in the U.S. and how they perpetuate exclusion, marginalization, and oppression.

Join us as we learn more about ourselves as persons created in the image of God, and to affirm Christ’s grace in our church and society.

Rev. Christie, who serves as Assistant General Secretary for Education and Leadership Formation on the UMC General Board of Church and Society, directs the agency’s educational opportunities, including world-wide trainings, workshops, seminars, and internships. He also coordinates curriculum related to the UM Social Principles. Rev. Christie has authored a number of publications and produced several educational videos on social justice for the church. He is an elder in the Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church. Neal has been devoted to the ministry with Church and Society for 20 years.

Register at https://2020anti-racism_workshop.eventbrite.com. If you have questions, please contact Anne Mund at ennadnum@hotmail.com. To pay by check, please follow the instructions at the bottom of event flyer: Anti-racism_Flyer2020

From ACLU Texas

From Michael Seifert, ACLU Brownsville:

https://resourcesfortheborder.blogspot.com/2020/01/support-asylum-seekers.html

Friends, it’s been one year since the Trump administration began the policy “Remain in Mexico” (or MPP). Today, over 60,000 asylum seekers have been forcefully returned to Mexico to wait there for their U.S. immigration hearings.

Many migrant families are living for months in shelters or tent camps facing endless hurdles, and struggling to get basic necessities.

We can’t accept this as the norm. Since people are pushed out of the country and are “out of sight”, it is easier to forget we are complicit in the violence they experience.

Continue to demand an end to this policy and support those people who are stuck in Mexico waiting.

These wish lists are full of needed items that will be going directly to the shelters/ tent camps where these families are at.  It takes only a few minutes to buy an item!

*lists are only open for a week*

🔸Angry Tias and Abuelas in Matamoros: bit.ly/2RyMV2M

🔸Red de Albergues “Somos Uno X Juárez” in Cd. Juarez: bit.ly/37Bx1dz

🔸Kino Border Initiative in Nogales: bit.ly/2RCfMTC

 

Best,

Michael Seifert

Brownsville, Texas

Texas Interfaith Advocacy Conference

This conference brings Texans of faith together for three days of advocacy and legislative training on February 16-18, 2020.

Register here.

Speakers and sessions will cover immigration, health equity, and climate – with an opportunity for participants to meet with their state elected officials.

Information about hotels to come soon.

Download and print the flyer here.

Discussions Ramp Up in Preparation for GC 2020

In February 2019 the United Methodist Church, assembled in St. Louis at a special General Conference, adopted the Traditionalist Plan which strengthened the anti-LGBTQ stance of the denomination.  In the months since, there has been intense discussion about the future of the church.  Several groups have drafted plans dealing with changes to the denomination’s laws, the Book of Discipline.  In May 2020, the global UMC will have a General Conference in Minneapolis where it will consider further changes.

If you are interested in the discussions about the future of our denomination, stay alert!

If your congregation is not having conversations about this, they should be!

Progressive Resources:

United Methodist News Service:  https://www.umnews.org/en/

Mainstream UMC:  https://mainstreamumc.com/

UMC Next:  https://umcnext.com/

Hacking Christianity:  http://hackingchristianity.net/

UM Insight:  https://um-insight.net/

UM Forward:  https://um-forward.org/

iACT – The Red Bench

Join us for the next Red Bench on February 25 at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church (9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759) at 6:30pm on the topic: Who Counts & Who Matters? 

If you plant to attend, please be sure to RSVP.

RMN Convocation – Connection2020

REGISTER FOR CONNECTION2020

Even as The UMC wrestles with its future, RMN’s mission remains unchanged. We are steadfast in our commitment to LGBTQ justice, not only where The UMC currently exists, but across the expanse of any future expressions of Methodism or denominations birthed out of the Wesleyan movement. Given that commitment, we invite you to join us in Nashville this February to bless one another’s liberative work and to accomplish the following:

  1. Mobilize Reconciling individuals who want to resist, reform, and build something new
  2. Resource and train Reconciling Churches and Communities to resist the Traditionalist Plan and affirm LGBTQ people in their local context
  3. Gather General Conference delegates to strategize toward GC2020

Register Here

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Upcoming events

TCADP 2020 Annual Conference

The TCADP 2020 Annual Conference – 2020 Vision for Texas: A Leap Towards Justice – will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Whitley Theological Center on the campus of Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.  Register today!

Our program will feature a panel discussion between the current and former district attorneys of Bexar County, in-depth workshops led by experts, and the presentation of our annual awards to extraordinary individuals.

If you can’t join us for the full day, purchase a ticket for our awards luncheon and keynote address by Wana Akpan and Roderick Reed.  Roderick and Wana, in collaboration with the family-led Reed Justice Initiative, mobilized millions of people worldwide to oppose Rodney Reed’s scheduled execution on November 20, 2019.  Consider sponsoring a table at the luncheon or placing an ad in the conference program to commend Wana and Roderick and our award recipients.

Learn more about the conference, including details on our speakers and award winners.

TCADP has secured a block of hotel rooms at the TownePlace Suites San Antonio Airport (214 N.E. Loop 410 San Antonio, Texas 78216) for Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29.  The rate is $99 per night, plus tax; this rate is available until February 14, 2020.  The hotel provides free breakfast, as well as a free shuttle to the conference venue (Oblate School of Theology) and other amenities. Make your reservation directly with the hotel using this link.

UM Forward Gathering

Trailblazing the Liberation Methodist Church

Purpose: •Radically reimagine the ways we relate to one another and the world.

Goal: •Mobilize the Liberation Methodist Church where: the marginalized are centered, power is equitably distributed, and we are free to act in solidarity with movements for justice.

Friday, March 6th at 4pm and ends Sunday, March 8th at 5pm.

United Methodist Church of Preston Hollow 6315 Walnut Hill Lane

Dallas, TX 75230

[near Love Field Airport] https://um-forward.org/

Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze (BOPA) Recycling

Join us in MFSA’s Annual BOPA event!  March 7!

BOPA (Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze) Recycling in the parking lot of Crestview United Methodist Church, 1300 Morrow St, Austin, TX on Saturday March 7, starting at 8 am. We’ll close at 10:30 am or when our trailers are full, whichever comes first.  Bring Batteries, Oil, Paint and Antifreeze (the last three in closed containers). We can accept only these items! No aerosols!  The items will be taken to the city’s hazardous waste recycling depot. Just drive up, give your zip code (requested by the city) and volunteers will unload your vehicle.

Bring your stuff, or contact Rowland Curry at rcurry@austin.rr.com to volunteer to help!

Austin Crop Hunger Walk

March 1, 2020
2:00 pm Registration; 2:30 pm Grand Step-Off

Camp Mabry
2200 W. 35th St.
ID Required for all adults

www.austincrophungerwalk.org

New This Year:
Tiny Tails Petting Z00
Austin Ukelele Society

iACT Hands On Housing in April

Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 9 AM – 5 PM

Interfaith Action of Central Texas – iACT