August 2016 Rio Texas MFSA Newsletter

No Rio Texas MFSA meeting in August, but consider participating in Austin Pride Week activities described in the August newsletter:  2016 August_news.

Description of the Champions of Clergy Equality Award

MFSA Works as Part of LYN Coalition at General Conference

The theme for the UMC’s 2016 General Conference was, “Therefore, Go”.  The kindest thing we can say about GC16 is, “it’s gone.”  Our progressive coalition marched, prayed, witnessed, and sang together throughout GC, and while there were a few bright spots, the results of GC were pretty grim.

Thanks to our supporters and over 400 volunteers over the 11 days of GC, many of us sensed the presence of God within our midst.  Unfortunately, we were not able to overturn the unreasonable discrimination practiced by our denomination toward our LGBTQI brothers and sisters.  The GC finally approved a recommendation by the Council of Bishops to establish another commission to study the church’s stance on “human sexuality”.  Only time will tell whether this will produce results, or is just “kicking the can down the road.”

There are many articles being circulated online as we reflect on the events in Portland.
Click here for the UMC News Service’s official wrap-up.

GC_collagePhoto Credits: R Curry, UM News Service, Jim Quinn, Dave Jerde

Reconciling Service Sunday at Saint John’s UMC Austin

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Rio Texas Annual Conference – Corpus Christi

Rio Texas MFSA will again have a presence at the 2016 Annual Conference meetings in Corpus Christi June 9 – 12.  Because of policy changes this year, we will be limited to only one table for our displays in the Exhibit Hall.  We will continue to provide information at our booth about our organization and our activities.  And we will sponsor our Sixth Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon.

As a result of limited space, however, we will not have a book fair as we have for the past 7 years.  Please find other meaningful places to donate your used religious and spiritual books.

 

Peace & Justice Luncheon registration extended to June 8 at 9am

  Where do we go from here?

  Reflections on General Conference 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center – Watergarden A (upstairs)

Corpus Christi, Texas

Sixth Annual Peace & Justice Luncheon

Methodist Federation for Social Action, Rio Texas Chapter

Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team

Featuring

luncheon speakers                   Jay Brim          Rev. Laura Merrill     Rev. Steve Clunn      Jarell Wilson

We are pleased to have these four United Methodists share their perspectives about General Conference 2016.

·       Jay Brim is a member of Westlake UMC-Austin who currently serves as Chancellor to the Bishops of the Rio Texas Conference. He is a lay delegate to GC 2016.

·       Rev. Laura Merrill is District Superintendent of the El Valle District in the Rio Texas Conference. She is a clergy delegate to GC 2016.

·       Rev. Steve Clunn is the coordinator of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition, a partnership of 13 United Methodist Church related Caucus groups working for a just, inclusive and grace filled denomination.

·       Jarell Wilson is a United Methodist candidate for ordination and a May graduate from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This is his first General Conference.

Join us for this on-site luncheon. In addition, we will honor the recipients of the MFSA “Building a Just Community” Awards.

Luncheon Cost: $12.00 in advance (by June 8); $15.00 at MFSA booth (limited number available)

Purchase tickets with credit card Here

See luncheon flyer at: https://riotexasmfsa.org/2016/04/05/peace-and-justice-luncheon-2016/luncheonflyer2016/

Reconciling Worship Service During RTX Annual Conference

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