October Meeting:  Examining RMN’s Rooted and Rising Project

Our Zoom meeting on Thursday, October 14th will be led by Reverends Nancy Mossman and Richard Bates.  They will share what has been developing in the Rio Texas Rooted and Rising Project, associated with RMN congregations and individuals.  Rooted & Rising is a call to the Reconciling movement for the next season of our collective work for LGBTQ justice and inclusion in the Church. It represents our vision for a Church that thirsts for justice and that searches for living water, no matter what the denomination decides when the General Conference meets.

Richard and Nancy, along with others from around the conference, are planning three test worship services to be held via ZOOM and directed towards LGBTQ folks and allies who live in desert areas and are in need of a healing and inclusive worship setting.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.  Please join us!

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MFSA Racial Audit Team Reflection, by Pat Stewart

I have to confess that when I said yes to working with Sean as co-convener of the Audit Team, I did not know what to expect. There are so many things I have learned. MFSA, as an organization, has gone through many ups and downs since it was first started. The organization has survived because it has been willing to change as needed to meet the needs of persons who have been marginalized. It has protested policies that overall helped one group maintain power and others feel powerless.

In this difficult time period we can no longer ignore the treatment of people who have been outside the circle of power in the world and in the Methodist church. I want to thank the board and program council for being willing to look within our policies, practices and unintentional biases to see how we can do things differently. By this, I mean, how can we be more inclusive? How can we be more of a partner to our constituency groups? How can we learn to lead by sometimes following?

To find out where we can begin this process, we are preparing two surveys to send out. The surveys’ purpose is to get feedback from those we communicate with the most and the least. Your input is important to MFSA. We cannot grow as an organization in programming or membership without knowing your thoughts and ideas. I hope you are willing to be part of this process by returning the first survey which is mainly intended to give or verify your e -mail address to MFSA. The second survey will be more detailed.

We are becoming an organization that can meet the needs of a diverse pool of people. We will continue to support social justice issues, especially those that have an economic impact in the world. We recognize that this may mean change and change is not always easy. I hope that you will journey with us as we seek to learn what the Lord requires of us

Pat Stewart is Co-President of Rio Texas MFSA.

From October MFSA Voices

Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors Gala

To feel “at home” means having a sense of comfort and belonging. With the support of our donors and the strength of our clients, our work is not just to secure legal status and access to work; we work together, all of us, to create a community where all of us are at home together.

The gala will feature storytellers from the forthcoming video compilation “The Truth in Our Stories,” part of a collaborative grant project featuring a book by the same title, funded by the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life and made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. 


Pumpkin Patches are Back!

Many United Methodist Churches sell pumpkins before Halloween to raise funds for local ministries. Check out Pumpkin Patches at these churches and others near you for dates & times:

  • Bethany UMC Austin
  • Cedar Park UMC
  • Leander UMC
  • Manchaca UMC
  • Pflugerville First UMC
  • Saint John’s UMC Austin
  • St. Luke UMC Austin
  • Tarrytown UMC Austin
  • First UMC of Del Rio

Interfaith Action of Central Texas

Dear Friends and iACT supporters,
In case you haven’t already heard, one of Austin’s most loved events is just around the corner–iACT’s A Night Under One Sky on October 19th at 7pm. Our theme this year is Better Angels in Action, and we’re featuring two of Austin’s better angels–noted author and UT history professor, Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, who will be interviewed by Evan Smith, the founder of the Texas Tribune.
Over the past three decades, Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) has been doing what we all wish we could do more of: bringing people together across our divides in the spirit of respect and peace to share and celebrate the fact that we human beings have much more that binds us than separates us. A Night Under One Sky gives us the chance to celebrate our friendships, raise funds for our mission, and be with special people who exemplify what it means to live in harmony and inclusion with one another.
Please consider sponsoring, underwriting, or attending this year’s virtual event-the hundreds of people we serve need you!

Virtual event via Zoom

Sponsors & Tickets

‘Oh Mercy’ Film Screening

Worldwide Documentaries Presents

Seeing is Believing-
A National Screening Initiative

We are the Change We Seek 

On October 1st, Worldwide Documentaries launched Seeing is Believing, a month-long screening initiative featuring Oh Mercy – Searching for Hope in the Promised Land – https://bit.ly/3kfZcpk. The goal of this initiative is to share the film in as many homes and communities as possible, so as to humanize the immigration issue and move it from the current isolationist tone to one of compassion. To give a face and a voice to the victims of this cruelty.

A free access link to the film, as well as a toolkit featuring a discussion guide, screening flyer, resource center and more, is available on our website, https://www.ohmercyfilm.com.

If you have any questions, please contact heidi@worldwidedocumentaries.com.

Hands On Housing

The upcoming Raise the Roof event will stretch over 3 weeks, from October 11th to October 31st.  Team Leaders can now register a team of more than 10 people if they wish, or can choose to cap their team size at 10, as before. We will leave that decision up to the team leader and their team members. Volunteers registering as individuals will be paired with one of our teams according to their availability. Here is the link to register your team.

Foundation Communities

Tuesday, October 19 – Noon – 1 PM

Livestreamed on YouTube

See more at FoundCom.org.

Sid Hall Retirement Celebration

Please join us on Sunday, November 7, 2021 from 3:30-7:30pm to celebrate Sid Hall’s 33 years of ministry with Trinity Church of Austin!


Sid retired as of July 1 of this year, but due to pandemic conditions, we delayed his retirement celebration until it was cool enough for us to gather outdoors. We encourage you to mask up and join us for live music, food, drinks, and fellowship at Ranch Austin with the Trinity community.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the ongoing ministries of Trinity Church of Austin. Your generous tax-deductible donations allow us to fund sliding scale admissions for those in our community who could not otherwise afford to attend.

Texas Impact

Texas Impact Joins Lawsuit Challenging Restrictive Voting Legislation

Read https://texasimpact.org/2021/09/sb1-lawsuit/Why We’re Suing

Courts & Ports Program

Courts & Ports is a 2-day immersion experience designed to build understanding of the many challenges facing migrants and public servants at the Texas-Mexico border. 

Find out more:  https://texasimpact.org/courts-ports/

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