No MFSA meeting in December


DSC01122Plan to join us in the Austin MLK March on Monday, January 20, 2014.   More details will be available later. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

bellsHave a joyous Christmas with friends and family and remember those who struggle on the margins of society this Christmas. We look forward to working together for social justice in 2014.

World AIDS Day Service

You are invited to a World AIDS Day Service

A service of remembrance and hope; a time to
memorialize and celebrate the life of your loved ones

 

Sunday, December 1, at 5pm.
Trinity United Methodist Church

4001 Speedway

Austin, TX 78751

 

Please contact The Care Communities at 512-459-5883 or
http://www.thecarecommunities.org for more information

United Methodist Global AIDS Fund

http://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action/world-aids-day-dec.-11

 

December 1 marks the 25th year people around the world will unite to fight against HIV & AIDS. Are you and your congregation ready to commemorate World AIDS Day, the first Sunday of Advent?

As a partner in the global fight to end HIV & AIDS, the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) reemphasizes its commitment to Just Save One.

The universal theme of “Getting to Zero” is not possible as long as babies are born with HIV and funds are not geared toward prevention. UMGAF has committed to focus on the reduction of mother-to-child transmission and to preventing children from being born with HIV & AIDS for the next year.

Zimbabwe is a country in which babies born to HIV-positive mothers are disproportionately affected themselves.  Persons Living with HIV, if given support and treated as partners, can tackle these inequalities.

Support the Just Save One Initiative

UMGAF has raised more than US $3.5 million to assist thousands of people who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Yet, there are 34 million individuals living with the virus. We need your financial contribution to Just Save One of those millions.

  • A gift of US $20 can provide nursing care for a child born HIV positive;
  • A US $50 gift can help educate young people and adults how to prevent HIV;
    • A US $100 gift will supply nutrients to 100+ AIDS orphans suffering from dehydration.

You can find out more about getting your congregation involved with World AIDS Day and the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund at www.umglobalaidsfund.com.

Sister Helen Prejean To Speak – December 3

PrejeanOn Tuesday, December 3rd, at 7pm, Sister Helen Prejean will speak and sign books to raise money for Cathy Henderson, who is being retried for a 1994 Austin murder.  Henderson spent almost two decades on death row in Texas in the death of 3-month-old Brandon Baugh, whom she was babysitting. She maintained the baby’s death was an accident, but the Travis County medical examiner testified that the child’s injuries could not possibly have been caused accidentally. When that doctor changed his mind after learning new forensic information and testified that he believed the death was an accident, her conviction was vacated.

The event is free, with donations accepted for the Henderson defense fund. For more information, contact Galia Harrington,galiahar@yahoo.com.

Location: Quaker Meetinghouse, 3701 E. MLK Blvd., Austin

iACT – Interfaith Action of Central Texas

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Austin Bahá’í Center

2215 E M Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723

The final topic for the fall season of The Red Bench will explore, “Us versus Them: Can we keep our ideal of inclusiveness as we deal with today’s turbulent current events?

  • Is it possible to create a completely inclusive society?
  • What can we personally do to be more inclusive?
  • How can we benefit from being more inclusive?

We invite you to participate and bring friends to this conversation. According to past participants of The Red Bench – Interfaith Conversations that Matter,  the experience has given them valuable insight, enriching their communication and listening skills.

Free event, everyone is welcome.

 

A light vegetarian meal will be provided.

 

Parking is available at the center.

 

If attending, please RSVP on Facebook so we may get a headcount.

 

Learn more about The Red Bench – Interfaith Conversations that Matter.

MFSA Publishes ‘Progressive Voice’

A few short months after the Methodist Federation for Social Service was founded, a newsletter was published: Social Questions Bulletin.  Many people came to know and love the SQB as it was called.  The newsletter connected a movement of faithful, thoughtful Methodists and shared ideas in an age when a newsletter was the only way to share important amounts of information at one time.

Over the years some things have changed: the Methodist Federation for Social Service is now the Methodist Federation for Social Action; the Social Questions Bulletin is now The Progressive Voice; and it no longer takes days for the newsletter to reach you – it’s available online! 

The Fall 2013 edition of The Progressive Voice is our first in almost a year and a half.  Learn more about MFSA and our work – and please, help us engage faithful United Methodists in acts of justice so we may live out our calling and mission.