February Chapter Meeting – Thursday, February 14

BeeLooking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? 

Come to the February MFSA meeting!!

The Southwest Texas chapter of the MFSA will meet Thursday, February 14 in Fellowship Hall at Saint John’s UMC.  The speaker for the evening will be Bee Moorhead, Executive Director of Texas Impact, a statewide interfaith (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) network that advocates at the Texas Legislature on behalf of commonly held social principles.  Bee will talk about the issues and bills we as people of faith should be aware of during the current session of the Legislature and how we can participate in that advocacy.

Come at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and mingling; the program begins at 7p.m. Invite your friends and neighbors – all are welcome.  And be prepared for some Valentine’s Day surprises!

Contact Anne Mund at 343-0803 (ennadnum@hotmail.com) if you have questions.

A Conversation With Rev. Gil Caldwell

Gil caldwellThe Southwest Texas MFSA Chapter and the Saint John’s UMC Risk-taking Mission and Service team invite you to attend “A Conversation with Rev. Gil Caldwell” on Saturday, February 9, at 12:30-2:30 p.m., in the Great Hall (lunch provided).  Rev. Caldwell is a retired United Methodist Minister and a 1951 graduate of Austin’s Anderson High School. He is a long-time activist in the Civil Rights Movement, including the Selma to Montgomery March, the March on Washington, D.C., and the March in Boston against school segregation.  Rev. Caldwell will share his insights on the topic of “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” (MLK): Racism, Sexism, and Heterosexism.

As an introduction to our conversation, Rev. Caldwell writes, “My hope is that ours will be an environment of candor, reflection, weaving together the diverse fabrics of our distinctive journeys shaped by race, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, politics, etc.  The “gridlock” of these moments, I believe, calls for some “radical bridging” between and among those who have different opinions and perspectives.  One of the limitations of the Civil Rights Movement of which I was a participant was that we allowed our focus on racism to so consume us that issues of sexism and heterosexism were far down on our lists, if they were on our lists at all.  And, I want to hear from you; what doth God expect from us re; economic and educational classism? “

Please join us for lunch and an important conversation with Rev. Caldwell.  Contact Janice Curry at jlcurry@austin.rr.com to confirm your attendance.

Recap of January Activities by Chapter Members

On January 10, our chapter welcomed Rev. Mike Manor to discuss his views on dismantling racism in Austin.  Rev. Manor is heavily involved in the “Building Bridges, Brick by Brick” program of the Travis County Sheriff’s Department.

We had good attendance, a meaningful discussion, and opened valuable communications links between his efforts and ours on behalf of social justice.  We are very pleased that Mike was able to be at this meeting.


First Saturday Courageous Conversations – 9:00-11:30am –at St. James Episcopal Church – 1941 Webbervile Rd.

First Saturday Town Hall Meetings – Eliminating Crime & Violence in the Travis County/Austin Capital Area – 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at Simpson United Methodist Church: 1709 East 12th Street;
You can contact Rev. Manor at Mike.Manor@co.travis.tx.us


DSC01317Janice & Rowland Curry traveled to Washington DC as guests of Steve & Mary Lynn Clunn for the Presidential Inauguration January 18 – 23.  On Saturday, they attended the National Day of Service event on the Mall, and the Open House at MFSA’s offices.  On Sunday, they worshiped at Foundry UMC to hear Bishop Marcus Matthews give a special MLK Day message.  Then they joined Executive Director Chett Pritchett at an Interfaith Service sponsored by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

On Monday, they witnessed the Inauguration and Parade. What a weekend with many MFSA friends!

(More photos on our FaceBook Page, Southwest-TX-Chapter-MFSA)


photo 5Our MFSA chapter again had a visible presence at the MLK Day events in Austin on Monday, January 21.  Thanks to Anne Mund for organizing the event.

It’s great to walk together in solidarity with those who support social justice.

(More photos on our FaceBook Page, Southwest-TX-Chapter-MFSA)


UMWlegEventThe 2013 UMW Legislative Event was held in Austin, January 27-29.  Many of our SWTX churches were represented.  After hearing from legislative experts, the United Methodist Women decided on an agenda to take to our State Representatives and Senators at the end of the conference.  Those priorities included support for:  Extension of Medicaid to adults under 138% of Federal Poverty Level; Restoring Funding to Education, not allowing flow public money to private schools, and limiting statewide assessments; Begin funding long-term water needs; Sensible regulation of payday and auto-title lending to end cycle of debt; and Guarantee humane treatment of those in criminal justice system, especially women, children, and youth.


The Western Methodist Justice Movement held their first conference on January 30 in Las Vegas.  This conference is the continuation of the social justice grassroots movement that grew out of issues and relationships formed at the Love Your Neighbor Coalition Tabernacle in Tampa.  The SWTX Chapter felt that we should have a representative on hand at this conference, and asked Kenneth Henry to attend.  We believe that the WMJ Movement in the Western Jurisdiction will have an important impact on the landscape and structure of the UMC over the coming months, and look forward to Kenneth’s reports on this conference.

For more information, see www.wmjm.org.

Support The Hope Food Pantry!


Annual Fundraiser


Join us on Sunday, February 10, 5:30p.m., Tarrytown UMC 2601 Exposition Blvd. for a Mardi Gras celebration and help support the pantry and its mission to help alleviate hunger in our community.  Tom Spencer, CEO Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) will be the keynote speaker.  Enjoy Cajun cooking from Nubian Queen Lola, mac and cheese from Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Maine Root beverages, the cool sounds of the Khabele School Jazz Band, and register for great raffle items.


Reserve your ticket by emailing to info@hopefoodpantryaustin.org.  $25 in advance/$30 at the door.


Other ways to help:


1. Volunteer once a month or more on Thursday or Friday a.m., comfortable with computers, and knowledge of spanish helpful.


2. Coordinate a Food Drive through a group/work/community.


3. Randall’s Remarkable card holders: place #3830 on your card and donate to Hope.  A Randall’s employee can help you.


Contact: Stephanie at info@hopefoodpantryaustin.org


Special KLRU Programs

MakersMakers: Women Who Make America

Tuesday February 26 | 7pm on KLRU. Meryl Streep narrates the compelling story of women’s advancement in America in the past 50 years.  It is a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress, and humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. The series features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it and those — both famous and unknown — caught up in its wake.  Meryl Streep narrates the three-hour stack, which features commentary and the stories of Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, Oprah Winfrey and Katie Couric, and Gloria Steinem and Phyllis Schlafly, among others.  Check out the Makers website for more information and to watch videos with trailblazing women.

Tuesday February 12 | 7pm.Join us for preview screening of this program in Studio 6A. KLRU, the UT Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders are joining together for Inspiring Women Leaders, a discussion about cultivating

Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)


Tuesday, February 19th, 2013


Program starts promptly at Noon.

at Chez Zee (5406 Balcones Dr)

Lead Sponsorship: $2,500 (full table of 10)
Sponsors: $1,250 (half table of 5)
Individual Tickets: $200

Reserve your seat or become a sponsor today!

This year’s Friends in Faith Luncheon highlights a friendship forged in tragedy and bound by hope.

Join us for an intimate conversation that you will never forget, between friends who prove that anything is possible.


Nader Hassan and Kerry Cahill of the Nawal Foundation


A Friendship Forged from Tragedy.

Two Voices Raised Against Extremism.


Seating is limited so please reserve your seats today 


Created to provide a platform for Muslim-Americans to speak out against violence, the work of the Nawal Foundation is deeply informed by the friendship between its founder, Nader Hasan, cousin of the alleged Fort Hood Shooter of November 5, 2009, and Kerry Cahill, the daughter of Michael G. Cahill CWII (ret.) one of the thirteen who was killed in that tragedy.


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



Saturday, February 23, 2013

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

3001 South Congress Avenue Austin, Texas

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, 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

Download 2013 Annual Conference flyer with complete information – Print and Share!