Pride Parade Reflection

This was my first pride parade, and I was not in the best of moods about being in a gay parade. I anticipated an unfavorable reception from the crowd, or at best, only some support. I did not expect what happened; the crowd was wildly supportive and very emotional. Instead of “boo’s” or negative shouting the exact opposite happened. I was overwhelmed with joy. The church universal has sinned against the gays to the point that persons are asked to leave (silently or openly) from churches. The church universal seems to have developed a harshly negative connotation to gay with vehement opposition. I did not attend because I was a supporter, but because I was asked to represent my church. Now I may be radical enough to call myself a supporter. I say radical since other than gays themselves, I never hear people say or show through their actions that they support gays; I can count those people on my hands.
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My Job: Risk-Taking Justice and Mercy to be June 27 in Austin

The Austin District and the Amos Commission are pleased to host the second in a series of opportunities to gain the practical skills necessary to address The United Methodist Church’s four areas of focus. The event, to be held June 27 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Memorial UMC, will feature keynote speaker Robert Linthicum and will focus on ways that individuals and local churches can work to end poverty and the killer diseases that accompany poverty.

Linthicum is a Presbyterian pastor and a renowned writer and community organizer with a passion for urban renewal. His keynote address and workshop times will offer practical advice about how congregations can strengthen their communities by working for Biblical justice.

My Job: Risk-Taking Justice and Mercy offers a sweeping view of Biblical justice and the skills and information necessary for congregations—in both urban and rural settings—to address poverty and health issues.

Besides Linthicum, other presenters include representatives from Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Texas Impact and the United Methodist Committee on Relief as well as representatives from local churches who have already begun to organize their communities so that they can impact poverty. Breakout sessions will be organized around three main concerns: poverty, global health and the environment. Participants will have the option to take an in-depth look how each of these issues can be addressed globally, in an urban setting or in a rural setting.

The event is free, though registration is required by June 15 in order to provide you with lunch or to guarantee childcare. For more information contact (512) 444-1983 or or visit

TCADP Spring Fundraiser

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is having their annual spring fundraiser:

  • Thursday, June 11, 2009
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave
  • 7:00pm silent auction
  • 8:00pm the play “Trying”, presented by Austin’s Paradox Players.  “Trying” is the story of the violent but warm relationship between Francis Biddle who had been the Attorney General under Franklin D. Roosevelt, and a judge at the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials, and his young, spunky personal secretary.
  • Refreshments will be served.
  • All proceeds from the evening benefit TCADP.
  • Tickets $20 available in advance (recommended) at, or at the door.  Seating is limited.  Anne Mund (343-0803) has tickets to sell.

We Still Need Your Membership!

Please Help Us Continue Our Programs

If you have not yet paid your membership gift for 2009, please make plans to do so as soon as possible.  There are now two easy ways to join MFSA.  You can log onto the national MFSA website, and follow the instructions there (you can safely use a credit card), or you can simply bring a check to the next meeting, made out to “MFSA” and we will see that it is registered in our account.  Either way, our local chapter gets a portion of the gift for our programs.  We continue to need funding for visibility within our communities and to advance our social action movement.

Benefits of membership:

  • Receive the MFSA newsletter (Social Questions Bulletin)
  • Receive the MFSA E-newsletter with action updates
  • Receive discounts on events sponsored by MFSA
  • Connect with other justice-seekers in your annual conference
  • Join with others in speaking up for justice in the UMC and world

Membership in MFSA is not predicated on ability to pay.  Any amount of money you are able to give is gratefully accepted.  Membership gifts to MFSA are tax deductible as provided by law.

Join us!

MFSA Chapter Planning Meeting June 11

We have scheduled a planning meeting on Thursday, June 11 from 5 to 9 pm at Bethany UMC, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd.  We will be looking at our mission and goals for the 2009-2010 program year.  All interested persons are welcome!

Yes, this conflicts with the TCADP event, but schedules are tough! Contact Deana Henry ( or Rowland Curry ( for additional details.

Where to meet for the Pride Parade

We will start decorating the trailer at 4 pm at Grace United Methodist Church at 205 East Munroe Street, Austin TX, 78704.  Paul Hudson has volunteered to bring the trailer and tow vehicle.  He is also coordinating the sound system.  If you can’t meet us there look for the float at the south end of the 1st Street Bridge before the start of the parade at 8:30 pm.