Faith Action for Women in Need – Healthcare Vigils

Faith Action for Women in Need (Fawn) cordially invite your faith community to participate in The Interfaith Prayer/Meditation Vigil for Healthcare Funding each Saturday, 8:00-10:00am at the Governor’s Mansion.  Because 26% of Texas citizens lack health insurance and TFAWNexas ranks worst in the nation for health care coverage, we are seeking:

·         Acceptance of all available Medicaid fund.

·         Reinstatement of Planned Parenthood into the Women’s Health Program

·         Expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act

·         Restoration of cuts to program designed to encourage doctors to stay in Texas and to enter General Practice.

The prayer vigil will be ongoing until our goal is achieved.  The vigil is interfaith, and secularists are welcome.   Contact Cindy Noland at or 512-636-1333 with questions. Also on Facebook at:

Save the Date – Crop Hunger Walker – March 3


When:  March 3, 2013 @ 1:45 PM – 5:00 PM 

Where:  Camp Mabry – 2200 W 35th St

Contact:  Desaree Williams  (512) 386-9145 ext. 308


Sunday, March 3, 2013, starting at 1:45 p.m.

Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703

Recruiter Orientation on Saturday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church in Wesley Hall, 1201 Lavaca St, 78701

Please visit the Austin CROP Hunger Walk website for more information on registering for the walk and ways to participate.

Building Bridges-Conversations on Race


Simpson United Methodist Church

1701 E 12th St
Eliminating Crime & Violence in the Travis County/Austin Capital Area

From #3 to #1 Safest Community Area in the United States by 2015 & Beyond

January 4

First Saturday Town Halls 

1:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Presenters are:

Travis County Sheriff’s Office/Travis County Services

Location: 1709 East 12th Street

Austin, Texas 78702 512/472-8818

Town Hall Moderator: Kenneth Thompson, Sr. –KAZI Talk Show Host

 Community Advisor: Nelson Linder Business Owner; President, NAACP Austin Branch

For more information, contact:  Mike Manor, LCSW, ACSW, c/o:

Travis County Sheriff’s Office Building Bridges: Brick by Brick, (512) 854-9172


Courageous Conversations on Race

Saturday, January 4 – The TX Health & Human Services Center for Elimination of Disproportionality & Disparities hosts: First Saturday’s Courageous Conversations on Race

“Courageous Conversation” the first Saturday of each month fosters dialogue among people throughout the community to develop better understanding and to dispel stereotypes. St. James Episcopal Church Founder’s Hall, 1941 Webberville Rd., 9 -11:30.  Town Hall meeting from 1:30 – 4:00pm.


Community Events


Date: January 19, 2013

Time: 1:00 pm  to  10:00 pm

Activate Austin hosts a day of knowledge sharing and music, featuring Lisa Fithian, CommonSpark Collective, local folk band The Sparrowmakers, and singer songwriter, David Rovics.

Highlights of the day include “Deconstructing Empire, Building for the Long Haul’ with Lisa Fithian at 1 pm; “Decolonizing the Commons, The Rising of Collective Power” with Ellen Friedman, Megan Keith & Jim Casey of CommonSpark Collective at 4 pm; and dinner at 5:30 pm. Music begins at 7 pm with The Sparrowmakers, followed by David Rovics at 8 pm.

Full event tickets start at $25 (sliding scale) and concert only tickets start at $10.

Anyone interested in tabling, volunteering, sponsoring, or donating a raffle prize should contact

The Festival of the Commons is a benefit for CommonSpark Collective’s Commons Library Project and the Orun Center for Cultural Arts.  For more information, check online and at Facebook.

Location: Daytime events at Orun Center of Cultural Arts, 1720 East 12th St., Austin. Evening music at The Annex at 1808, 1808 East 12th St., Austin



Date: January 27, 2013

Time: 12:15 pm  to  2:00 pm

Peggy Kelsey, director of the Afghan Women’s Project, will discuss her book Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women. She created the project in 2002 after meeting with a delegation 14 Afghan women who came to Austin. She visited Afghanistan in 2003 and 2010 to photograph and interview women.


Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive (exit off I-35, west on Wells Branch Parkway)



Date: February 7, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Economist James K. Galbraith,  one of the country’s leading analysts of the financial crisis, will speak on the link between the growing inequality and economic instability. Galbraith, a professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, will focus on the argument in his new book, Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just before the Great Crisis, which demonstrates that increased inequality is a product of the rise of windfall profits in finance and the deregulation of markets. For an exploration of these ideas, watch Bill Moyers’ interview with Galbraith online.

Galbraith, a frequent commentator in the media and adviser to policymakers, is also the author of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too and Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay. In addition to his teaching and research, Galbraith has served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee.

At UT, Galbraith directs the Inequality Project.

A suggested donation of $10 (no one turned away for lack funds) will support the work of 5604 Manor. For more information, contact Robert Jensen,

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723



Date: February 7, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The Workers Defense Project will partner with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s student group, Corpus Christi, to discuss how the faith community can get more involved with efforts in support of workers and immigrants. Speakers will include faith leaders from the Austin community and worker members of Workers Defense Project.

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Center, Stotts Hall, 100 East 27th Street  Austin 78705


Texas Impact

Partnership for the Common Good: Texas Impact’s Guide to the Issues 2013

TxImpactDownload “Partnership For The Common Good” in PDF Format. (right-click and choose “Save As…” to download the PDF)

Note: In addition to this legislative agenda, Texas Impact holds historic legislative positions based on long-affirmed social principles of our member denominations. Read a brief overview of our legislative principles here.


Texas faith communities know that government is essential, but for public programs to be effective we need real partnerships—between local communities and state programs, between concerned individuals and institutions, and between for-profit service providers and the charitable community. Texas can prepare for the future by building robust partnerships that ensure we are moving forward on a strong foundation, with an ethic of shared responsibility and a true sense of community.

Legislators took positive steps toward community partnerships in 2011, and those steps are bearing fruit. Faith and community-based organizations, local governments, business and state agencies are coming together to feed hungry Texans, support at-risk youth, conserve precious resources, and other strategies to advance the common good.

Texas Impact urges the 83rd Texas Legislature to continue its investment in community partnership programs and policies. The following specific strategies will build the capacity of all Texans to work in partnership for a vibrant, prosperous and healthy Texas.

Strategies for Building Community Partnerships in 2013

  • Promote family financial stability
  • Improve access to healthy, affordable food
  • Ensure Texans have access to quality, affordable health insurance
  • Strengthen Texas’ public education system
  • Build capacity for service in local communities
  • Improve law enforcement and criminal justice outcomes for individuals with mental illness
  • Promote clean, reliable, affordable energy
  • Build an accountable-stewardship foundation for water policy
  • Take an appropriate and balanced approach to immigration issues
  • Strengthen the state revenue system

Arm Chair Activism

General Board of Church and Society

Women’s Advocacy

Lives of our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
brothers and sisters in Uganda are in jeopardy

Take a stand to protect the lives and safety of our brothers and sisters in Uganda
The Uganda Parliament will be considering a bill that would outlaw homosexuality in that country, putting LBGT individuals and their families at great risk.  It has been called the “world’s most harsh and comprehensively homophobic law.”

December 12, 2012

Oppose Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law

Within The United Methodist Church, we have had significant disagreements over issues of human sexuality. We have been unified in our commitment to non-violence, however, and to the protection of LBGT individuals from discrimination and harm. As our Book of Discipline clearly states, we believe that “all persons, regardless of …sexual orientation, are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured and to be protected against violence.”

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which could be considered by the Uganda Parliament any day now, makes homosexuality punishable by imprisonment and endangers LGBT individuals and their loved ones. Please take a moment to sign these petitions to Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Uganda Parliament Speaker Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga to urge them to drop this discriminatory legislation, and instead engage in open dialogue about human sexuality.

Yours in Christ’s love for all God’s creation,

Amee Paparella
Director of Women’s Advocacy

action alert!

On Christmas Eve, another gun-related tragedy struck: two firefighters in a New York town were shot and killed by a man with a semi-automatic assault rifle. When will our lawmakers step up to stop the violence?


Congress: Protecting Americans IS Bipartisan

On Christmas Eve, yet another town in America fell victim to gun violence. An ex-convict, armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle, set fire to his house in Webster, New York and then killed two of the firefighters who showed up to protect him — one of whom was just 19 years old.

How many more needless gun deaths must Americans watch before our elected leaders take action?

Aurora. Sandy Hook. And now Webster. After every massacre, Americans ask the same question — what laws can we pass to protect our families? And every time, the answer’s the same: nothing. Time after time, the discussion gets derailed by needless partisan bickering.

It’s high time that we as Americans declared “Enough is enough.” There is no reason for any member of Congress to maintain that military-grade weaponry should be available on the market, no matter which party they belong to.

Tell Congress to prioritize our country’s safety ahead of political games, before more innocent people die.

Thank you for taking action,Kathleen
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team


action alert!

It’s not too late to make a Donation to MFSA!

How to join or support MFSA

 Please join with us as we connect progressive United Methodists in putting faith into action!

mfsa plumblineMembership in MFSA is not predicated on ability to pay.  We do not have “dues”.  However, our Chapter and the National Office need funding each year for programs and activities.  Membership gifts and special giving are always appreciated. MFSA is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.   Membership gifts to MFSA are tax deductible as provided by law.

There are several easy ways to join or support MFSA.

  • You can log onto the national MFSA website, and follow the instructions there (you can safely use a credit card). Please indicate that you are part of the SWTX Chapter.
  • Or, you can mail a check made out to “SWTX – MFSA” to our Treasurer, Janice Curry, at 1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd, Austin 78758.  The suggested donation is $60, but any amount is welcome.  Thanks for your support!

We have eight monthly meetings per year, generally on the second Thursday of the month.  We communicate using monthly electronic newsletters & updates to our website and Facebook page.