During a recent advocacy effort at the State Capitol by UMC ministers, the Governor and others signed on to release partial monies out of the Rainy Day Fund for the current budget. While there is still more that can be done for the next budget, 2012-2013, this should soften some of the inevitable impact of the crisis. MFSA member, Joy Butler, took this photo. Left to right in the group picture is Dr. George Atkinson, Rev. Julius Malone-Wardley, Dr. Paul Escamilla, Rev. Romonica Malone-Wardley, Rev. Tommy Williams, Dr. Jim Bankston, Rev. Kevin King, Rev. Terry Thompson.
More than 1,500 United Methodists from rural, urban and suburban Texas who signed the letter, which had been signed by all Texas Methodist bishops.