MFSA Meeting Thursday, October 13, 7pm


Voices of Tamar

The ministry Voices of Tamar is a body of women and men working together from varied congregations and organizations in the greater Austin area (developed by The Social Action Committee of Wesley United Methodist Women in 2011).  Their goal is to bring awareness to issues of domestic violence and sexual assault in communities of faith, as well as the extended Austin community.

On October 13, 2016 the Rio Texas Methodist Federation for Social Action will host Voices of Tamar and they will present Purple Ribbons of Hope, a domestic violence and sexual assault awareness program led by Debra J. Johnson, PhD, Coordinator of the Voices of Tamar Ministry at Wesley UMC.

The program will be held at St. John’s UMC Austin.
The discussion will conclude with participants  personalizing purple ribbons.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Remember to display or wear purple!

Join us at 6:30p for snacks. The program begins at 7p. All are welcome.

Event by Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights


‘NIGHT IN GAZA: A DOCTOR’S JOURNEY’, featuring Dr. Mads Gilbert  

Friday, October 7th – Reception at 6:00, Presentation at 7:00pm

at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive, Austin

 Dr. Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian doctor and head of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Norway. Dr. Gilbert dropped everything and rushed to Gaza in the midst of its assault by Israel and worked alongside Palestinian doctors around the clock to treat the injured. He did this in 2006, ’08, ’11, and ’14, until he was permanently banned from entering by Israel, which described his work as a threat to its security! In this presentation he shares his experiences on the front lines of war, shares stories about Palestinian resilience and lessons he’s learnt from his colleagues and his patients, and concludes with the role of the global community and our responsibility to push for peace with justice.

The reception features Middle Eastern appetizers, Palestinian sage tea and book signing.

Limited seating: click here to get your tickets now! $30 / students $15

Proceeds benefit KinderUSA’s humanitarian relief efforts for the children in Palestine.

The Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights seeks peace with justice for the Palestinian people and calls for the fulfillment of their human rights in accordance with international law and UN resolutions, including the inalienable right of refugees to return to their homes.

News From TCADP

tcadpState of Texas executes Barney Fuller

Yesterday, the State of Texas carried out its first execution in six months, putting Barney Fuller to death for the 2003 murders of his neighbors, Nathan and Annette Copeland, in Houston County. Fuller pled guilty to the crime and has waived further appeals in his case, ordering his attorneys not to file any additional legal challenges.  In June, a federal judge deemed him competent to drop his appeals. Fuller is 58 years old.

According to the Texas Tribune, Fuller’s execution will mark the first time Houston County (about 100 miles north of Houston) has put someone to death since the penalty was reinstated in the United States in 1976.

According to Rob Dunham with the Death Penalty Information Center, 143 people have been executed in the United States after giving up their appeals.  This represents just under 10% of U.S. executions since 1977.  In Texas, 29 people have been executed after forfeiting their appeals.  This includes Daniel Lopez, who was put to death in August 2015 at the age of 27 after spending 5 1/2 years on death row.

The State of Texas has put six people to death in 2016. Eight individuals have received stays.

From the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; more here.

Texas Impact

“What Limits Does Faith Place on Love?”

Texas Interfaith Leaders Protest State’s Withdrawal 

from Refugee Program

Like organizations of many faiths from across the state, Texas Impact’s board of directors issued a statement protesting the decision of state policymakers to withdraw from Texas’ participation in the federal Refugee Resettlement Program. Texas Impact board members also participated in a press conference with refugee service providers.

Statement of Texas Impact’s Board of Directors:

The State of Texas’ decision to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program does not reflect the values of Texans. Texans are courageous, hospitable, and faithful. Texans should not tolerate this decision made on their behalf, which seeks to impede the process of meeting critical needs for some of the most beleaguered of God’s children….Refugees see Texas as a place of freedom and safety for themselves and their families. The State’s decision notwithstanding, we will continue to work to ensure that their faith in our state is well founded.

Read the full statement, quotes from Texas Impact’s Board of Directors, and other religious statements here. Watch Thursday’s press conference segments here or the full video here.

Sign the Interfaith Statement on Health Coverage Expansion!

Texas Impact’s Board of Directors adopted the following statement supporting health coverage expansion, and invites Texans of all faiths to endorse the statement.

We call on every member of the Texas Legislature to commit to supporting a solution that will, at a minimum, ensure that federally subsidized health coverage options are available to every Texan who meets federal eligibility standards including proof of U.S. citizenship. We also encourage legislators to make overdue improvements to Texas’ health care finance systems, especially by adjusting reimbursement rates for health care providers and simplifying eligibility and enrollment for publicly funded health care programs.


Sign on to the statement here.


Don’t forget to sign up for Health Justice Sabbath Nov 18-20!

University UMC Austin Presents Robin Meyers


Rev. Dr. Robin R. Meyers, a nationally known UCC pastor, philosophy professor, peace activist, and the author of seven books about progressive Christianity and American society, will be the guest lecturer at University UMC-Austin on November 4-5.

Special Weekend with Robin Meyers

Fri. Nov. 4, 7 pm

Lecture: “From Galilean Sage to Supernatural Savior: The Heresy of Orthodoxy”

Sat. Nov. 5, 9 am to 12 pm

Lecture: “The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus”

Workshop: “What kind of church would you find irresistible?”

Pumpkin Patches are Coming!


Watch for Pumpkin Patches in October at area churches:

Austin: Bethany UMC, Manchaca UMC, St Mark UMC, Saint John’s UMC, Tarrytown UMC, and Buda UMC & more!

St. Mark UMC – Market Day

St. Mark United Methodist Church 601 W. Braker Lane (512) 836-5747 Saturday, October 22, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Craft Booths *** Plant Sale Bake Sale *** Entertainment *** BBQ Sale *** Pumpkin Patch *** Just in time for Halloween!!!

Building Green Justice Forum


The third annual Building Green Justice Forum will be held on October 13th on the Huston-Tillotson University campus in the Dickey-Lawless Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Race, Health, and the Environment.” The event is free and open to all.  More information and the RSVP located here:

Huston-Tillotson University will host the third annual Building Green Justice Forum, this year focusing on “Race, Health, and the Environment” from scientific, sociological, political, and historical perspectives.

Keynote speakers include Mario Sims, social epidemiologist with the Jackson Heart Study and a professor in the University of Mississippi’s Department of Medicine, addressing the Jackson study’s research on the greater prevalence of cardiovascular disease among African Americans and the reasons for the disparity.

Also delivering a keynote address will be Paula Flores-Gregg from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Rev. Eugene Keahey, pastor of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, who will discuss the fight for environmental justice in Sandbranch, a community southeast of Dallas that has been battling for water rights for over 30 years.

Workshops will feature activists, community members, students, and researchers working on issues of environmental justice and health.

The forum is sponsored by Green is the New Black, The Dumpster Project, and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. For more information, contact Karen Magid, or Amanda Masino,