Allies Against Slavery

allies@2xAllies is a community network that develops local, tangible and sustainable solutions to slavery.  We are working to make Austin a Slave Free City, and we want to see communities everywhere committed to freedom for all. Check out the upcoming October events at

Travis Park In Action For Justice

Congratulations to Travis Park UMC pastors and members as they spoke in favor of amending San Antonio’s non-discrimination ordinance to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.  Rev. Monte Marshall, Joseph Tanasi, and others spoke at the packed San Antonio City Council meeting in early September. The measure passed, and now San Antonio joins the list of other major Texas cities that have already approved similar amendments, including Houston, Dallas and Austin.

Mayor Julian Castro said the ordinance had significant support from all sectors of the city including government organizations and local businesses such as the San Antonio Spurs.   “This ordinance fundamentally is about ensuring whether white or black, Christian or Jew, whether straight or gay, San Antonio belongs to you.”

News from Interfaith Action of Central Texas – iACT

night under skyA Night Under One Sky has become a beloved tradition in our community. It celebrates the notion that there is common ground we can all walk in search of peace and respect in this world.  The setting is magical. The food is delightful.  The music is inspiring. The conversation is uplifting.  iACT brings people of all faiths together to serve our most vulnerable neighbors.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Time: 6:30pm until 9:00pm

Umlauf Sculpture Garden
605 Robert E Lee Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Ticket Purchase or Sponsorship is required for admittance.

Honoree: Tom Spencer, former CEO for iACT.

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Bobbi Kaye Jones

Event Co-Chairs: Liz Stewart and Janis Claflin

Dress: Business Casual or Austin Chic

Parking: Across the street by the ball park, signs will be posted.

Road Closures: The following directions are only if the ACL road blocks are still up, however the closures end Monday. If you are coming from the south, up Barton Springs Rd you should be able to freely enter Robert E. Lee even with road blocks. From MoPac you will need to take Cesar Chavez St, head south on Lamar Blvd and then take a left onto Barton Springs Rd.

The Red Bench

What is the difference between religion and spirituality? / Is there a difference?

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

First Methodist Church Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca Street

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iACT’s Friends in Faith


This year’s Friends in Faith Luncheon highlights a friendship forged in tragedy and bound by hope. An intimate conversation that will never be forgetten, 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.

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.

UM Judicial Council To Meet In October

(From the Washington Post )The United Methodist Judicial Council will decide whether church ministries can advocate for the acceptance of homosexuality, whether ministers can officiate at same-sex ceremonies and whether a regional conference can urge members to ignore portions of Methodist law.

The rulings made by regional conferences are among 17 items the court will consider at its Oct. 23-26 meeting in Baltimore.

Go here for the full article…

Notes From The Third Coast Activist

Jackson Katz Speaks on “Expanding Human Rights”Date:  October 3, 2013

Time:  7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Anti-violence educator Jackson Katz will speak on “Expanding Human Rights” and discuss strategies for fighting violence against women.

Location: St. Edward’s University, Recreation and Convocation Center
More information here.


A Conversation about Women in the Congo with Zawadi NikuzeDate:  October 5, 2013

Time:  6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

Location:  MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751

Zawadi Nikuze, a women’s rights activist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will discuss her work supporting women who survive rape and the sociopolitical conditions women in the Congo face on a daily basis.

Nikuze also appearing at the following event:

Date:  October 13, 2013

Time:  9:50 am  to  2:00 pm

Location:  Friends Meeting of Austin, 3701 MLK Blvd., Austin, 78721

More information here.   

Screening of “Roadmap to Apartheid”Date:  October 11, 2013

Time:  7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

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

The Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights will show the film “Roadmap to Apartheid” followed by a discussion.

ICPR is a grassroots movement in Austin dedicated to promoting peace with justice for Palestinians. For more information, contact