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!

Interfaith Environmental Network of Austin (IEN)

Green Shepherds Launch & Potluck!


When: MONDAY, 1/13/14

Potluck & Fellowship: 6:30pm to 7:15pm

Symposium: 7:15pm to 8:45pm


Where: First Baptist Church (map)

“Fellowship Hall” (Ground Floor)

901 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701


(no cost to attend, free parking)

please bring vegetarian-friendly dishes

all are welcome!

Join us for a special evening of fun, renewal, fellowship, & education 


In 2012 and 2013, led our Energy Action Team to accomplish some amazing things: helping local congregations eliminate 1,000,000 lbs of CO2 pollution and releasing our climate action manual, “Becoming Carbon Positive” – to name just two.


The culmination of their work is a new program for houses of worship, Green Shepherds. The Green Shepherds program helps Austin congregations understand exactly where their most effective investments can be made in response to the climate crisis and provides support for getting things done.


Economic Crisis & Cooperative Solutions with Gar Alperovitz

alperovitzGar Alperovitz, a leading scholar and activist in the movement to build a new economy, will speak on “The Quietly Deepening Political and Economic Crisis: Possibilities for an America beyond Corporate Capitalism” on Friday, January 24, at 7 p.m. at University United Methodist Church. He also will participate in a conference on local efforts to build that new economy on the morning of Saturday, January 25, at the “5604 Manor” community center.

Alperovitz’s latest book is What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution, in which he argues for a new-economy movement that can democratize the ownership of wealth, strengthen communities in diverse ways, and be governed by policies and institutions sophisticated enough to manage a large-scale, powerful economy.

He is also the author of America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy, which diagnoses the long-term structural crisis of the American economic and political system, and Unjust Deserts: Wealth and Equality in the Knowledge Economy (with Lew Daly), Making a Place For Community (with Thad Williamson and David Imbroscio), Rebuilding America (with Jeff Faux),Atomic Diplomacy and The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb.

Alperovitz is a founding principal of the University of Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative, a research institution developing practical, policy-focused, and systematic paths towards ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth.

The Saturday morning gathering will begin at 8:30 am with coffee and a light breakfast. The first panel at 9:15 am, “Worker Cooperatives 101,” will feature Cooperation Texas staff and worker/owners on the basics of worker cooperatives. The second panel at 10:45 am will feature Alperovitz in conversation with Don Baylor (the Senior Policy Analyst on Economic Opportunity for the Center for Public Policy Priorities) on “The Way Forward,” discussing challenges and opportunities in building the new economy.

The events are sponsored by the University United Methodist Church and Cooperation Texas, an Austin-based non-profit committed to the creation of sustainable jobs through the development, support and promotion of worker-owned cooperatives.

More information online or contact Robert Jensen,

Location (Friday): University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe St., Austin, 78705 (free parking available; see map at

Location (Saturday): 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, 78723

Register Online for UMW Legislative Event



Program planned and produced by Texas Impact 

A Thousand Voices: Telling the Story of Texas

JANUARY 26-28, 2014

Austin, Texas 

The 26th Annual United Methodist Women’s Legislative Event is a joint project of Texas’ five United Methodist Annual Conferences and Texas Impact.  This year’s theme is “A Thousand Voices: Telling the Story of Texas.” It is a time to learn the latest on the issues, meet with state leaders, and visit the Texas Capitol.

Legislative Event is a national model educational program that brings together women of all ages and backgrounds to learn how state government works, what key issues face Texas, and how to advocate effectively on issues they care about.

Registration is unlimited and the event is open to women of all faiths. Read more about the event and register here.

Undoing Racism Discussion January 30

Learn About Undoing Racism from National Leaders

Saturday, January 30, 7-9 pm

St. James Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Rd, Austin, 78721

Ron Chisom, co-founder of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and  Joe Barndt, parish pastor, author, and antiracism trainer for 30 years, will share what they’ve learned in their decades of activism throughout the country.

Local leaders will join the discussion and talk about particular challenges and ways of engaging people in the Austin area.

This is a rare opportunity to talk with nationally renowned speakers and mingle with local folks about what we can do to undo racism in 2014.

Information: Contact Jan Dawes or 512-450-1620

Adult Choral Workshops with Mark Miller

Local church choirs and individuals gather to look at new worship music, improve vocal skills and praise God in song. Join the mighty chorus of small church and large church choral groups, ensembles, and individual participants. Sponsored by the Conference Board of Discipleship Music and Worship Team.


mark-miller-at-pianoAdult Choral Workshop 

January 31 & February 1, 2014

First UMC

Corpus Christi



Mark A Miller

Minister Of Music

     Christ Church

  Summit, NJ


For information contact:

Rev. David Miron, Design Team Chair


Brad Kisner, Site Coordinator

Dr. Carl Hart To Speak On February 6

Carl Hart on “We Got Hoodwinked: The Problem Is Drug Policy, not Drugs”

Date: February 6, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

xarlHartPhotoDr. Carl Hart will speak about the myths concerning drug use and the consequences of contemporary drug policy. Drawing on his scientific work and social analysis, Hart goes beyond the hype to examine the relationship between drugs and pleasure, choice, and motivation, both in the brain and in society. His findings shed new light on common ideas about race, poverty, and drugs and explain why current policies are failing.

Hart teaches in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University, and is a Research Scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and on the board of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. A native of Miami, Hart earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology and neuroscience at the University of Wyoming.

Hart’s talk will draw on his 2013 book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society, in which he writes not only about his academic work but life growing up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his pioneering work in drug addiction. Hart escaped neighborhoods that were dominated by entrenched poverty but has not turned his back on that world since becoming Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences. Determined to make a difference, he applies his science to help save real lives.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by St. James’ Episcopal Church, the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and the University of Texas Department of Psychology, Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

For more information, contact Robert Jensen at If you need accommodations for this event, please contact Betty Jeanne Taylor at at least five days in advance.

Location: St. James’ Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Road, Austin, 78721

– See more at:

Joint Annual Conference Meeting February 8

Delegates from Southwest Texas and Rio Grande conferences to meet jointly

Special session called for Feb. 8, 2014


Feb8mtgDelegates from the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Conferences will meet jointly in a special called session Feb. 8 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio. Delegates will vote on the beginning plan of organization for the new conference.

[From SWTX Conference website:]

Bishop Jim Dorff has called a special joint annual conference session with both the Río Grande and Southwest Texas Conferences to vote on a beginning plan of organization for the new unified conference.   The Unification Final Report is available at


The session is scheduled for Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., inside the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio.  This meeting will be for those of you who were annual conference delegates to the 2013 annual conference.

“This is a very important meeting,” Dorff said.

At the meeting, the Unification Implementation Team will present its final report on the new conference organizational plan.

“The UIT has taken all the input from the June session and made some slight revisions,” Dorff said. “This is the final product.”

Delegates will meet jointly and vote separately, Dorff said.  They will vote on the new conference plan, including the new name.

Materials related to the organizational plan will be sent out in the next two or three weeks, Dorff said.

He called an early special session because an earlier vote means conference committees have more time to make adjustments to plan budgets, consider personnel issues and look at nominating reports.

“We can’t do anything until we get a basic structure approved,” Dorff said.

Leaders will also determine an effective start date for unification, which is currently recommended to be Jan. 1, 2015.

Ride For Refuge – February 8

rideforrefugeesOn February 8, 2014, RST Austin will partner with Ride for Refuge  to raise funds for refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking most in need. This is a great opportunity to become involved in the work that Refugee Services of Texas does to help families from around the world who now make Austin home. The time you give and money you donate will directly affect the lives of hundreds of displaced people in Austin.  Our community is a great city for welcoming the displaced and giving to local causes that matter, so we hope that you will join us for the ride on February 8th, 2014!

What: 10, 35, and 60 mile bicycle fundraiser to raise funds for refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking in Austin

When: February 8, 2014, 8:00AM

Where:  Yellow Bike Project, 1216 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78721

Click here for more information and to sign up! 
Also, check us out on Facebook!