For the Bible Tells Me So – September 25

“For the Bible Tells Me So” – September 25

Ever wonder what you would do if you had a gay child, or what the Bible says about contemporary understandings of sexuality? People of faith such as former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson as well as Bishop Desmond Tutu and Harvard’s Peter Gomes share their stories and offer healing, clarity and understanding about scripture and sexual identity in For the Bible Tells Me So.

The Reconciling Ministries Team at Saint John’s UMC will show this film at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Dr., Austin, TX. Admission is free and all are welcome.

45 Austin United Methodists March in Austin Pride Parade

The Southwest Texas Chapter of  Methodist Federation for Social Action was proud to sponsor a group of 45 United Methodists from 6 Austin churches to march in the 2011 Austin Pride Parade on Saturday, September 10.  Participants were showing support for full inclusion in the United Methodist Church and in society.  See other photos at

September Update and Meeting Information

Chapter Meeting – Thursday, September 8

MFSA will meet at University UMC for an Interfaith Pride Worship Service

The September 8 monthly MFSA meeting will be at the Interfaith Pride Worship Service at University Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe Street in Austin, at 7:00pm.  We will join University UMC for this special Interfaith Pride Worship Service, which includes a large Shower of Stoles display.  A reception in their Fellowship Hall will follow the service.  If you would like to carpool from St. John’s, please meet at 6:15pm.  Contact Janice Curry ( or 836-7004) if you would like to carpool.  More information follows.

LGBT Multi-faith Worship Service

Featured Speaker: Rev. Dr. Stephen Sprinkle

Reception afterwards in Fellowship Hall

Display of 150 Stoles from the Shower of Stoles Project

Thursday, September 8, 2011

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Austin, Texas – University United Methodist Church on the University of Texas campus is sponsoring an eclectic and celebratory service with participation from a number of denominations and faiths.  Everyone is welcome to join us at UUMC for this special Multi-faith Pride Worship Service.  It includes an installation from the Shower of Stoles Project featuring 150 stoles from gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people who are active in their faith communities.  It includes those who have been ordained, or have lost their ordination.

At a February 2011 called church conference, 94 percent of the UUMC members present voted to join the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) of the United Methodist Church and become a positive voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Sprinkle is the director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry, and an Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. His current research focuses on the theology of the Lord’s Supper and LGBT History. He is working on an upcoming book, “Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memory of LGBT Hate Crimes Murder Victims.” 

MFSA to March in Austin’s Pride Parade Saturday, September 10

Please join the Methodist Federation for Social Action and fellow United Methodists as we walk in the 2011 Austin Pride Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10.  Walkers will wear our rainbow stoles in support of full inclusion of LGBT persons in the United Methodist Church and in society.  We will join with members of First, Grace, St. John’s, Trinity, University, and other area Methodist churches to show our support.  A convertible will be available for anyone who would like to ride in the parade.  A group will be meeting at Saint John’s at 8:30 a.m. to carpool downtown.  If you want to meet us at the west side of South First and Riverside, where the parade begins, please try to be downtown by 9:15 a.m.  Parking is available in the Palmer Events Center Parking Garage located between Riverside Drive, South First Street and Barton Springs Road just south of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin (cost: $7.00 per car).  If you are interested in participating in the Pride Parade or carpooling from St. John’s, email Rowland Curry at  See a map of the event at

Sing A New Song a Tremendous Success!

Sing A New Song, the collaborative convocation sponsored by MFSA and RMN was an amazing event!  Almost 700 people came together in Huron, Ohio in late August to sing, pray, participate in learning events, and enjoy this spirit-filled convergence.  Our chapter was well represented by Anne Mund, Rowland & Janice Curry, Joy Butler, Robbie Ausley, and David Mauzy.  The worship services and bible studies were outstanding.  We will be providing a briefing on this event at the October 13 MFSA meeting.  In the meantime, go to to view the exceptional messages by Rev Amy DeLong, Bishop Joseph Sprague, and others.

Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)

The Red Bench: Interfaith Conversations that Matter
All at First United Methodist Family Life Center
13th & Trinity

The first of the Red Bench conversations will take place on   Wednesday, September 7, at 6:00pm.  The focus of this conversation will be on the ways that 9/11 changed our individual lives.  The Tuesday, September 27, conversation will conclude the dialogue about the topic.

Upcoming 2011-2012 Red Bench conversations on October 25, December 6, January 24, February 28, March 27, April 24, May 22, and June 26.

10th Anniversary Memorial Service
Remembering 9/11 – An Interfaith Memorial Service

Sunday, September 11, 4:00-5:15pm (Plan on arriving by 3:30pm as seating is limited.)
First Baptist Church – 901 Trinity St.   Free parking in the First Baptist Parking Garage and on surrounding streets.

In recognition of the continued work that needs to be done to foster improved relationships between our region’s diverse religious communities, Interfaith Action of Central Texas in collaboration with The City of Austin, Muslims for Peace and Unity, The Institute for Interfaith Dialogue, Congregation Beth Israel, First Baptist Church, and other iACT member congregations will be holding a city-wide Memorial Service commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Saint John’s UMC Austin to Hold Special 9/11 Service

Saint John’s invites the congregation and community to gather for a special service commemorating the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. It will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 in the evening in the sanctuary.  The hour-long service will include choral and instrumental music, readings, the lighting of candles, and a compelling visual montage, as well as congregational singing and time for silence and reflection. The evening is meant to be not only a memorial, but also a call to make a difference in the world by moving from sadness to newly inspired ways of living. Please invite friends, neighbors, coworkers and family to share in this occasion of remembrance and hope.