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 (jlcurry@austin.rr.com 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.” 

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