NAMI Walk Coming Up October 6

Mental illness impacts the lives of one in four adults and one in 10 children in the U.S.  Yes, 60 million people.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for all these people.  The local affiliate, NAMI Austin, works all year long to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people living with mental illness and their loved ones.  To support this event, go to and choose whether to register to walk or donate.

Important Voter Registration Information

Tuesday, October 9, is the last day for Texans to register to vote in the November 6 Presidential Election.  With the recent confusion about voter registration, you may want to check to make sure you are registered at the Texas Secretary of State website: , or at the Travis County Tax Office website:

The voter registration application can be used for first time voters, to change your address if you have voted in Texas before, or to get a replacement voter card.  Did you know that in Texas:

  • You can register your spouse, your child, or a parent (driver’s license number or last 4 numbers of Social Security # required).
  • Early voting begins on October 22 through Friday, November 2.
  • Voters are not required to present photo ID – Texas law struck down by court.

If you live in Travis County:

  • There are 19 ballot issues in addition to voting for the US President.
  • You  can vote at any poll on Election Day.

i-Act – Interfaith Action of Central Texas

The Red Bench: Interfaith Conversations that Matter is a dialogue program centered on moderated small group discussions that are genuinely respectful and safe. No one has to be an expert – individual participants are invited to share from their personal experiences and listen with their hearts.

The Red Bench meets at the “Family Life Center” of First United Methodist Church at 1300 Lavaca Street in downtown Austin. A light meal is served from 6:30-7:00 PM and the conversation runs from 7:00-8:30 PM.

In October we will meet on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30 PM. Our topic will be “Civility & Polarization.”
RSVP for this conversation at

We will close out our fall programs on Tuesday, November 27 at 6:30 PM with a conversation about “Authenticity.” RSVP for this conversation at 


Before you vote…Attend iACT’s Health and Housing Forum

by Tom Spencer, CEO of iACT  

We are so blessed to live in Austin, Texas! Our economy continues to outperform the rest of the nation and we live in a beautiful community brimming with genuinely creative and hospitable souls. However, many of our neighbors are feeling less welcomed than before… housing prices are pushing working families out of our city and decent healthcare is beyond the reach of thousands more.

This November, Austin voters will be asked to approve two ballot propositions that can help address these pressing moral concerns: An Affordable Housing Bond Package and an initiative that would create a new University of Texas Teaching Hospital.

In order to help keep our faith community partners informed about these issues, iACT in partnership with The Seton Healthcare Network, will be holding a Health and Housing Forum for clergy and all interested Austin citizens during the lunch hour on Monday, October the 8th, 2012 from noon – 1:30 PM. We are inviting you to come, enjoy a wholesome meal, and learn about the difference that communities of faith can make in addressing these crucial concerns. The Health and Housing Forum will be held at the Dell Children’s Medical Center Auditorium, 4900 Mueller Blvd., Austin, Texas 78723.

Please mark your calendars now for this important community forum! You may RSVP by sending an e-mail to or by calling Jason Erick Taylor at (512) 386-9145 x 303

Night Under One Sky

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum.


“We may be of different tribes, but we all live under one sky.”

A Night Under One Sky is a sacred evening of dining and dialogue in celebration of the relationships we have and those we hope to build. A Night Under One Sky has become a truly beloved tradition in our community. It celebrates the notion that there is common ground we can all walk in search of peace and harmony in this world. The setting is magical. The food is delightful. The music is inspiring. The conversation is uplifting.

This year, A Night Under One Sky will feature a special guest: Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder, senior associate pastor at First Rowlett United Methodist Church in Rowlett, Texas. Rev. Magruder recently attracted international attention when decided to join his friend, Imam Yaseen Shaikh of Plano, in observing the Ramadan fast. He wrote about the experience on his personal blog, offering insights into the practice of fasting and how his interaction with his Muslim friends deepened his Christian faith. For more information contact Simone Talma Flowers at (512) 386-9145 x302 or send an e-mail to

Interfaith Environmental Network

Invites You to Attend our Monthly Symposium
7:00 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2012
at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
in the Hazel McCord Community Center
100 East 27th Street, in Central Austin

This month’s symposium

Finding our Place in Nature: 
an Interfaith Perspective
Part II

Please join the Interfaith Environmental Network for our second interfaith panel discussion on the relationship between humans and nature, and spiritual practices that can help us find this relationship.

Featured Panelists:

Kosho McCall, Head Priest, Austin Zen Center

Imam Islam Mossaad, North Austin Muslim Community Center

Rev. Tom Van de Stadt, Pastor, Congregational Church of Austin

Dr. Allan Boesak to Speak at Southwestern University

On October 4, Dr. Allan Boesak, South African Liberation Theologian and Activist, will present “Seeking Justice in a Civilized World” at Southwestern University.  Dr. Boesak is a hero of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle as the founder of the United Democratic Front.  A theologian in the Reformed tradition, he is a powerful, eloquent, and dynamic speaker.

“Quietly Bringing Justice”, 11:00 am, Lois Perkins Chapel

“The Glory That Is Not Steeped In Blood: War And Peace In A Globalized World”
4:00 pm, Mood-Bridwell Atrium

Women’s Retreat, October 5 & 6

Within Our Reach-Reflections on Women, Faith, and Health

Monya Stubbs, Associate Professor of New Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary will be leading our retreat this Fall on Friday evening, October 5 and Saturday, October 6.  Something new – UUMC and Trinity UMC are jointly planning the retreat which will be held at Trinity UMC, 4001 Speedway.

If you would like to register for the retreat or need more information, please contact Rev. Susan Sprague at 478-9387.  COST – $35.  Scholarships available. Click here to view the flier and registration form.

Faith and Reason Workshop in San Antonio

OCTOBER 12 – 13, 2012



Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.  She holds the B.A. from Smith College, the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and honorary doctorates from Christian Theological Seminary, Drury University, the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and the University of South Carolina-Upstate.

This seminar is in partnership with THE WORK SHOP, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Temple Bethel, Trinity University, Oblate School of Theology, Church of Reconciliation, The SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church, all of San Antonio, Texas, and Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX.

COST:  $35.00    

To register, visit or CLICK HERE.

The D. L. Dykes, Jr. Foundation