International Day of Peace, September 21

peaceday_banner“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
100-day countdown message to the International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

Nadia Bolz-Weber’s “Pastrix” Book Event – Austin

PastrixNadia Bolz-Weber’s “Pastrix” book event – with special guest Sara Miles!  Friday, September 27th-Austin, TX

University UMC, 2409 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX, 78705.

Event Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Dear Friends,
I’m excited to share this book – a theological memoir about my life and faith and that of others who God has put in my path. That is to say, it is theology done in the first person; an imperfect confession of faith by an imperfect person of faith.

Event is free, but you will need a ticket. You also will have the option of a $5 registration that comes with $7 off the price of the book the night of the event.

(For the Austin event only, I will be joined by my friend Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread, and Jesus Freak)




LuptonBob Lupton, Author of Toxic Charity, at
Saint John’s UMC  – September 28
Make plans to hear Toxic Charity author Bob Lupton speak on September 28, 2013 at Saint John’s UMC. Lupton, founder of a successful Atlanta-based non-profit that serves families in need, has developed mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multiracial congregations, created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. In Toxic Charity, the author and speaker reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. The book also provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help-not sabotage-those whom they desire to serve. Check future newsletters for more details. Questions? Call Sheri Jones, Director of Missions, at 452-5737 or email To register, please click here.

Breathing Under Water – Rohr Institute


Breathing Under Water Online Course
(September 18 – November 13, 2013)

Breathing Under Water Online Course

– Registration dates: Wednesday, July 17 – Wednesday, August 28 (space is limited and registration will close once the course reaches capacity)
– Course Dates: September 18 – November 13, 2013

This 8-week online course focuses on Fr. Richard’s book Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps. This flagship Rohr Institute Online Education course is a multi-faceted educational opportunity that invites online learners to:

– Discuss course content with fellow learners from around the world
– Access exclusive audio teachings by Fr. Richard
– Read course relevant articles by Fr. Richard
– Integrate Twelve Step wisdom into daily life
– Participate in a guided study
– Engage in personal reflection and contemplative practice
– Review supplemental material (audio, video, articles, books, etc.) to deepen your spiritual journey

More information and registration here.


FAITHANDREASON Seminar – Houston

“Does Christianity Have A FUTURE? Schism, Scandal, and Loss of the Sacred”Crosson & Borg (2)OCTOBER 18 & 19

Marcus Borg

Joan Chittister, OSB

John Dominic Crossan

Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral

1117 Texas Street

Houston, TX 77002

CLICK HERE for more information.

Volunteer at Austin District Free Store

Volunteer TodayVolunteers work hard to make FreeStore Austin a radically hospitable place for all people. There are dozens of ways to serve this mission. Whether you feel most comfortable working “behind the scenes” or at the “front of the house,” there is a place for your gifts and energy here.Some current volunteer opportunities:

  • sort clothing and household goods for the FreeStore
  • staff one of several upcoming events and fundraisers
  • promote special events and fundraisers through your social networks
  • And there are many, many more.  Fill out a volunteer registration form and tell us about your interests and particular skills.  There’s a way to serve this community today.

FreeStore Site                                    FreeStore Admin Office

1717 E. 12 St.                                       Austin District UMC

Austin, TX, 78702                                1221 West Ben White Blvd.

Suite 201-A

Austin, TX, 78704


fax: 512-444-6457!volunteer/caqz

Public Religion Research Institute Survey

Do Americans Believe Capitalism and Government are Working? Religious Left, Religious Right
and the Future of the Economic Debate

Religious progressives and religious conservatives hold different views about what being a religious person means.

Nearly 8-in-10 (79%) religious progressives say being a religious person is mostly about doing the right thing, compared to 16% who say it is about holding the right beliefs. By contrast, a majority (54%) of religious conservatives say being a religious person is primarily about having the right beliefs, while less than 4-in-10 (38%) say it is mostly about doing the right thing.

Religious conservatives and religious progressives disagree about the degree to which social problems stem from individual actions and decisions. More than 8-in-10 (82%) religious conservatives agree that if enough people had a personal relationship with God, social problems would take care of themselves. By contrast, nearly 7-in-10 (68%) religious progressives disagree that if enough people had a personal relationship with God, social problems would take care of themselves, compared to 31% who agree.

On questions related to economic policy and the role of government, religious progressives generally hold similar views to nonreligious Americans and religious moderates, while religious conservatives stand apart. For example, 37% of religious conservatives agree that the government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, compared to 69% of religious moderates, 72% of the nonreligious, and nearly 9-in-10 (88%) religious progressives.

Upholding the Discipline – by MFSA member Kevin Nelson

Kevin NelsonMFSA Boarof Directors member, Kevin Nelson, writes about the complexities of the UMC’s Book of Discipline:

“Upholding the Discipline” is less a matter of living in a world of black and white and applying the Discipline accordingly, and more a matter of embracing the ambiguities of a world of gray and seeking to identify the core principles/messages that can guide us in whatever we encounter.”


National MFSA newsletter:  August 8 Edition or Listing


Reconciling Ministries recent newsletter:



General Board of Church & Society – Faith in Action

MFSA Needs Your Help To Conduct Programs and Activities

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!

Historically, we have had eight monthly chapter meetings per year, generally on the second Thursday of the month (this may change in the future).  We communicate using monthly electronic newsletters & updates to our website and Facebook page.

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