Amos Commission Workshop Nov. 6 – Economic Justice

Economic Justice – a Jesus Imperative

Workshop – Saturday, November 6, 2010
9 am – 4 pm
Parker Lane UMC
2105 Parker Lane, Austin

The Austin District Amos Commission will present its annual Workshop on Economic Justice featuring Professor Joerg Rieger of Perkins School of Theology, a renowned theologian who will bring a challenging message about the Gospel and the theology of biblical economic justice.

Learn how to put that Biblical justice to work.

He will be supported by Douglas Greco, Director of Austin Interfaith.  Greco will help us understand the power of community organizing and how it can provide our congregations with leadership and skills to become engaged with the poor.

Breakaway sessions will cover practical examples of ministries to the poor and the use of community organizing.

The Mission of the Austin District Amos Commission is to empower and equip members of each United Methodist congregation in the District to influence public policy in ways that are consistent with the Gospel and the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.  The Amos Commission’s goal is to provide churches with resources to do advocacy and justice work.  The intent is to enable every United Methodist to become passionate about doing justice, going beyond charity, to change systems, and to bring God’s Kingdom here on earth.

For more information, go to http://www.amoscommission.org.

Mark Your Calendar – November Meeting – Texas Impact

Our November meeting will be on Thursday, November 11th, and will feature our friends from Texas Impact – “people of faith working for justice.”  Texas Impact is a grassroots network for Texas religious communities. Our members include regional and statewide religious organizations, local congregations and alliances, and individuals.

At the November meeting, we will hear from Texas Impact what they believe are the most likely social justice issues to be addressed by the Texas Legislature as it convenes its biennial session in January 2011.  Our MFSA chapter and its members will then decide which of these issues are the most consistent with our objectives, and we will examine how we can help as an organization and as individuals.

Calendar for AAIM (Austin Area Interreligious Ministries)

The Red Bench: Interfaith Conversations that Matter
All at First United Methodist Family Life Center – 13th & Trinity
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6:00-8:00pm
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 6:00-8:00pm

A Night Under One Sky — AAIM’s Fall Fund-raising Event
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6:30-9:00pm
Umlauf Sculpture Gardens – 605 Robert E. Lee Rd
A sacred evening of dining & dialog, celebrating the relationships we
have and those we hope to build.  Tickets are $50.

26th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service & Celebration
Sunday, Nov. 21, 3:30-6:30pm
Location To Be Announced
AAIM’s premier event, gathering nearly 1000 people each year!

Death Penalty Conference; Just for People of Faith, Nov. 16-17!!

UMC General Board of Church & Society

(from Bill Mefford, Director, United Methodists Against the Death Penalty)

One of the best parts of attending events and conferences, if not the best part, is connecting with like-minded people who share your values and passion.  The Kairos Conference, Nov. 16-17 in Atlanta will be that kind of event. It is specifically for people of faith working to abolish the death penalty.

Many of you have expressed an interest to me in wanting to better connect with other United Methodists from throughout the country.  United Methodists will be at the Kairos Conference!

Some of you have said that you want to connect with people of other faiths.  Other faiths will be represented!

And almost all of us have felt the need to be better trained so that our abolition work can be the most effective.  This event will incorporate excellent training!

I hope you will not only come to the Kairos Conference, but also bring your friends, fellow church members, and other abolitionists.  We need all of you to be there!

Register today!!

A Gathering of Progressive Texas Connections Readers

The following message is from Barbara Wendland, who publishes the Connections newsletter:

I continually hear from concerned readers who see the need for change in the church and the world. They see the need for churches to disseminate up-to-date information and views about Jesus, Christian history, and the Bible. They see the need for letting varied views be heard and for discussing openly what following Jesus may require in today’s world. They see the urgent need to promote justice actively and to oppose injustice actively, within the church and elsewhere.  Many of these readers, especially those who live in the South, tell me they feel alone in their local churches and communities because of having these concerns. For a long time, therefore, I’ve wanted to bring some of these kindred spirits together to meet each other and consider how to promote the changes they see as needed.

Finally I’m doing that.  I’m hosting a gathering of Texas Connections readers on Friday evening and Saturday, November 19-20, in Temple.  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Jim Rigby, pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin.

If you’re in Texas and want to consider attending this gathering, please let me know immediately, preferably by e-mailing me at bcwendland@aol.com. If space at the event is still available when I hear from you, I’ll send you details about its content, cost, and lodging, along with an opportunity to register. (If you got my e-mail message about this event and you’ve told me you’re interested, you don’t need to let me know again. I’ll send you the details when they’re available.)

For more Connections information, see www.connectionsonline.org.

Sing A New Song, August 25 – 28, 2011

Mark next year’s calendar for the RMN/MFSA Convocation, “Sing a New Song”.
(Reconciling Ministries Network mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.)

Join hundreds of United Methodists singing of and organizing for justice and inclusion for all God’s children as we celebrate in joyful worship designed by Mark Miller and Tanya Bennett.

In word and song, at rest and play, through action and organizing, being church together, “We are called to act with justice, we are called to love tenderly, we are called to serve on another, to walk humbly with God!”

Sawmill Creek Resort
400 Sawmill Creek Drive West
Huron, OH 44839

For more information, see http://www.rmnetwork.org.

MFSA Still Needs Your Financial Support!

Please help us continue and improve the programs and activities of MFSA through your generosity!

There are several easy ways to join or support MFSA.  You can log onto the national MFSA website, http://www.mfsaweb.org and follow the instructions there (you can safely use a credit card).

Or, you can mail a check made out to “SWT – MFSA” to our Treasurer, Janice Curry, at 1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd, Austin 78758.  The suggested donation is $60, but any amount is welcome.  Thanks for your support!