MFSA Chapter Sponsors Luncheon and A Conversation with Bishop Talbert – Sunday, February 9, 12:15pm at Trinity UMC, Austin

The Southwest Chapter of MFSA invites you to join us for lunch and A Conversation with Bishop Talbert on Sunday, February 9, at Trinity UMC, 4001 Speedway-Austin, TX. Bishop Talbert will discuss the events talbert weddingsurrounding his ministry of “Biblical Obedience” and the future of LGBTQ issues in the UMC.

Lunch will be served starting at 12:15P.M.  The conversation with Bishop Talbert will be from 1:15 to 3 P.M.  No reservations are required.  All are welcome to attend these events. If you would like to help with the luncheon event at Trinity UMC or have questions, please contact Janice Curry,

Bishop Talbert to Celebrate Reconciling Ministry Anniversary
at University UMC, Austin
Sunday, February 9 – 8:30 & 11:00am

Bishop Talbert slider_0Retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert will be joining University United Methodist Church to celebrate our Reconciling Ministry anniversary on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Bishop Talbert will be in the UUMC pulpit at the 8:30 and 11 A.M. services delivering his message on Biblical Obedience.

Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has served The United Methodist Church as a mentor, pastor, conference staff member, district superintendent, general secretary and bishop. An institute was created in his name by Black Methodists for Church Renewal to engage and encourage young lay and clergy to reach their leadership potential.

Talbert has been an advocate for peace and for the oppressed and marginalized. He has fought to help The United Methodist Church and society address racism. He is committed to racial, gender and sexual orientation inclusiveness, stating that there is room at God’s table for everyone.

The celebration will include an installation from the Shower of Stoles project in the sanctuary, an extraordinary collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. These religious leaders have served in twenty-seven denominations and faith traditions, and come from six countries on three continents. This collection celebrates the gifts of GLBTQ persons who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Project bears witness to the huge loss of leadership that the church has brought upon itself because of its own unjust policies.

Join MFSA at the MLK March in Austin – Monday, Jan. 20

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Join SWTX MFSA on Monday, January 20 at 9am at the MLK Statue on the UT Campus to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  After a brief ceremony, we will march to the Capitol for the celebration. For those who want to march on to Huston-Tillotson University, there is a community festival planned.

Contact Janice Curry at if you are interested in carpooling to the march from Saint John’s, or if you have questions. Hope to see you there.

Participation in these festivities will replace our regular January 2014 MFSA chapter meeting.

Have you considered what commitments you’ll make to combating racism in 2014?

March, Festival, and Food Drive

MLKThe Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9 a.m. with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus.

We will then march to the south steps of the State Capitol for a short program and marchers will continue on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. All businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.

The MLK Community Festival kicks off as soon the march arrives on location and will last until 3 p.m.; it will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever!  A vendor application can be downloaded for those interested in purchasing booth space. For questions and information, please contact Carol Wright by email or by telephone at (512) 323-6773 ext. 102.


This year, we are asking marchers to help by donating can goods or non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. Help to give to those in need by helping the Capital Area Food Bank fill their shelves with non-perishable food items. “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Donation receptacles will be available at The University of Texas and the Capitol, while the march is in those locations. Receptacles will also be available at the festival at Huston-Tillotson University.

Please follow these guidelines when considering what to donate:

  • Healthy, non-perishable foods
  • Items with intact, un-opened, consumer or commercial packaging
  • Items with non-breakable packaging (no glass, please)
  • Food within the expiration date on the packaging
  • Food from your community or backyard garden
  • Canned meats like tuna, stew, and chili (pop-tops preferred)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Beans
  • Healthy cereals
  • Peanut butter


Routes 2, 4, 18, 21/22 will get you to and from the MLK March & Rally and Celebration (including back to the parking garages near UT and the State Capitol). Fare: Single Ride $1, Day Pass $2.00 (Reduced Fare: Single Ride $.50, Day Pass $1. Children five and under with an accompanying adult, and emergency and military personnel in uniform ride Capital Metro bus and rail services at no charge.)

Use Capital Metro’s online trip planner or call the Go-Line at 512-474-1200 for information about routes and schedules.

America’s Sunday Supper | Jan 19th | Trinity UMC Austin

peacethroughpieInspired by the legacy of Dr. King, America’s Sunday Supper invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect their community and highlight the power each one of us has to make a difference.  Join us at Trinity United Methodist Church (4001 Speedway) on January 19, 2014 from 6 – 7:30 pm, for A Frank Dialogue on Race – an open conversation and guided discussion on racial dynamics and how to combat racism in our community here in Central Texas.  Dr. Kazique Jelani Prince and Jeremy Solomons will provide thought-provoking questions and activities, and will create a safe space for conversation.  We will also have a potluck Peace Through Pie Social – bring a pie (savory or sweet) to share.

Dr. Kazique Jelani Prince – Acclaimed leader with a distinguished and accomplished career, carving out a reputation as a dynamic and comprehensive communicator and trusted adviser. Governed by a focused vision for the future and fueled by a passion to make a difference in the new global economy. Considerable experience in the areas of Project & Program Management, Diversity & Inclusion Management, and Cross-functional Leadership Development. Owns a powerful understanding of people and what motivates them, drawing upon unique skill set to effectively sell, counsel and encourage others towards meaningful, lasting change. Inspired change agent who seeks the broader view in all situations, drawing upon resources and deep knowledge base to assist others in utilizing their own strengths and capabilities. Trailblazes through opposition, spearheading forward-thinking, cutting-edge initiatives and programs while successfully uniting team members behind common goals.

Jeremy Solomons –  Jeremy Solomons is an independent facilitator and passionate advocate for human rights and racial equality. Based now in Austin, Texas, he has felt the personal sting of prejudice, bias and discrimination when growing up as an Orthodox Jew in his native England and since then he has pledged his life to bringing everyone into a constructive dialogue and sustainable action to address and eradicate the evils of inequality, injustice and racism.

Austin’s Sunday Supper & Peace Through Pie Social Community Partners

America’s Sunday Supper Info and National Sponsors

Corporation for National and Community Service

San Antonio MLK Recognition Events

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
Interfaith Worship Service
4 p.m.
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 N. Walters Street

The 27th annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. citywide Interfaith Worship Service will feature guest speaker Rev. Carl Rohlfs. He is the District Superintendent of the San Antonio District of the United Methodist Church overseeing 61 churches and 90 appointed clergies. For more information, contact Dr. John Abdo at

Travis Park UMC will Participate in the MLK MARCH – SAVE THE DATE!

Monday, January 20


January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Take some time in January to education yourself about human trafficking.

Trafficking in Persons Report, June 2013:


The Red Tent….an Obstacle to Education?


Sat, Jan 11th 9:30am, Bethany UMC Ministry Center, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd, 78750



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Join us as we explore a subject not often discussed.  As a middle school girl, how would your life have been impacted without access to feminine hygiene products?  In addition to educating ourselves about this issue for girls in developing countries, we’ll also hear from a local group of Bethany UMC women (including some WOVers!) who are exploring how to do something to help!  Bethany’s Ministry Center is Room # D105 on the ground floor of the “Disciple B” Building.  See here for a map of the campus.  We’d love for you to join us!