January Chapter Meeting – Thursday, January 10

Building Bridges: Race and Cultural Engagement

 Why are we uncomfortable talking about race?  What are the intended and unintended consequences of the Austin 1928 race codes?  Why are the UT Austin admission criteria contested by white students as “reverse racism”?  How does racism affect the white community?  What can we do about racism in our community?

Join us on January 10 as Rev. Mike Manor, of the Travis County Sherriff’s Building Bridges: Brick by Brick program, explores how to break down the walls of racism and race privilege, power and fear, to build strong bridges of unity across our community and law enforcement.

Rev. Manor, an Associate Minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, is a certified mediator with a MS in Social Work from the University of Texas.  Building Bridges is a community agenda initiative launched by Sheriff Greg Hamilton as a continuous effort at creating, accomplishing meaningful and sustainable conversations between Travis County residents, faith communities, public safety communities, and law enforcement.

Please join us on Thursday, January 10, at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd., for this interesting program.   Snacks and visiting begin at 6:30pm; the program begins at 7:00.

Message from MFSA National

MFSA Responds to School Violence

Monday, December 17th, 2012 1:57 pm

PHOTO-CANDLESThe Methodist Federation for Social Action’s board, staff, and members continue to grieve the loss of life in Newtown, Connecticut this past Friday. “We stand firmly in our belief that violence, in all its forms, is anathema to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We encourage all people of faith to work for a world in which such violence is no longer commonplace,” stated Chett Pritchett, Interim Executive Director

MFSA encourages United Methodists to put into action General Conference Resolution 3426 (2008, 2012 Book of Resolutions) which encourages communities and congregations to address the issues of gun violence in schools and among children. “Advocating for stronger accountability in regards to gun ownership and greater access to mental health care are two ways to pro-actively work so that an event of this magnitude will not happen again,” stated Pritchett  “But beyond advocating for public policy changes, we must also change the way we address, or don’t address, these issues throughout our Church.”

Reconciling Ministries Workshop – January 18 -19

RMN logoYou are invited to participate in the January Reconciling Ministries workshop, Fri 1/18, and Sat 1/19 at Travis Park UMC in San Antonio.  This is a more in-depth training than the 2012 workshop and will involve learning how to help facilitate Reconciling processes in UMC groups and congregations.  Please contact Joy Butler joylbutler@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

2013 MLK March & Festival– Monday, January 21

MLK marchThe Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9 a.m. with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. We will then march to the Capitol for Gospel music and then on to historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned.  If you are interested in marching with the MFSA banner, please meet at the MLK Statue at 9am. Contact Anne Mund with questions – ennadnum@hotmail.com  or 343-0803.

Day of Service

Join State Representative Dawnna Dukes and United Way for Greater Austin at the 14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Clean Up on Saturday, January 19, 2013. This year, the entire MLK Day of Service will be focused on cleaning MLK Blvd.

This event is family friendly! Volunteers will meet at JJ Seabrook Park to get cleaning supplies and refreshments and then set off to beautify the roadside of MLK Blvd. Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothing that can withstand the weather- whatever it may be and are encouraged to wear bright and comfortable clothing. Long pants or jeans are recommended. www.handsoncentraltexas.org

Southwest Texas Annual Conference – Called Session

Bishop James Dorff has called a January session of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference for Saturday, January 26, 2013, at University UMC in San Antonio.

University United Methodist Church, San Antonio
5084 DeZavala Rd.
San Antonio, TX  78249
(210) 696-1033

Preliminary Agenda

  • 9:00 am 10:00 am Gathering
  • 10:00 am 11:25 am Morning Session
  • Opening by Bishop Dorff
  • Worship Moment
  • UMM Eagle Scout Recognition
  • Methodist Children’s Home ‐ Waco
  • Worship Moment
  • 11:30 am 1:00 pm Great Thanksgiving and Lunch
  • 1:00 pm– 2:55 pm Afternoon Session
  • Worship
  • Methodist Healthcare Ministries with focus on Wesley Nurses
  • Morningside Ministries
  • Methodist Mission Home
  • Worship Moment
  • Huston ‐ Tillotson College;
  • Lydia Patterson Institute
  • Texas United Methodist College Association
  • Worship Moment
  • Report on Unification
  • New church Starts and Transformation

3:00 pm ‐ 4:00 pm Closing Worship

United Methodist Women in Texas Legislative Event

UMW leg

Program planned and produced by Texas Impact 

 JANUARY 27-29, 2013

Austin, Texas 

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
6000 Middle Fiskville

Monday Evening Keynote Speaker:

Harriett Jane Olson, United Methodist –

Women’s Deputy General Secretary





Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Annual Conference – February 23


“Changing the Conversation”

 Saturday, February 23, 2013

St. Edward’s University 8:00am – 5:30pm

3001 South Congress Avenue Austin, Texas

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TCADP Announces Annual Award Winners!

The TCADP Board of Directors is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2013 TCADP Annual Awards.  These individuals and organizations will be recognized at the TCADP 2013 Annual Conference – Changing the Conversation – on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.  Please make plans to join us in celebrating these extraordinary individuals and organizations!

  • AppreciationJC Dufresne, who played an instrumental role in the Texas Democratic Party’s decision to endorse abolition of the death penalty in its 2012 Platform.
  • Appreciation: Methodist Federation for Social Action-Southwest Texas Chapter, for their years of involvement and ongoing contributions to the abolition movement.
  • Media: Joe Bailey, Jr. and Steve Mims (pictured), Filmmakers of “Incendiary”, a documentary about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 despite serious flaws in the forensic science used to convict him and doubts about his guilt.

Plenary Session
In addition to the annual awards luncheon, the conference will feature a plenary session on how instances of wrongful convictions and evidence of wrongful executions are changing the conversation on the death penalty. Confirmed panelists are:

  • Karen Boudrie, an award-winning journalist, news director, and public relations consultant who covered the trial of Carlos DeLuna in Corpus Christi in 1983 and was the last person to speak with him before his wrongful execution in 1989;
  • Anthony Graves, a motivational speaker and legal consultant who spent 12.5 years on death row before being exonerated in 2010; and
  • Professor James Liebman, Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, and the lead author of Los Tocayos Carlos: An Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

Pre-register for the conference today and book your hotel by February 1!  Special rates are available for TCADP members and students. https://secure.qgiv.com/for/tcadp/event/15076/