In addition to the MFSA chapter awards, the Conference Peace with Justice Coordinator Susan Aguilar presented three of the recipients of Peace with Justice Grants. Rev. Carole Lahti of Pharr UMC was again recognized for their efforts in the Justice for Our Neighbors program that provides advocacy and assistance to our immigrant neighbors.
Rev. Kent Kinard was recognized for the Green Bridges Community Youth Garden at Chapel Hill UMC in San Antonio. This valuable program aids youth so that they can work in the garden and develop positive experiences with creation and the community as they perform community service hours assigned to them by the Juvenile Probation Department.
Additionally, the SWTX Conference is supporting a restorative justice program that provides meaningful employment to ex-offenders of the law. This worthwhile program, Redemptive Employment, is associated with Parker Lane UMC in Austin. Rev. Abby Parker was on hand to describe this program to the gathering.