Video of A Conversation with Bishop Melvin Talbert, February 9, 2014

DSC06502We are happy to report that a video of “A Conversation with Bishop Melvin Talbert” is posted on YouTube.  The event was sponsored by the Southwest Chapter of Methodist Federation for Social Action at Trinity United Methodist Church in Austin, TX on Sunday, February 9, 2014.  Introduction by Rev. Sid Hall.  The Sign Language Interpreter is Clyde Boyd.

Bishop Talbert discusses the events surrounding his ministry of “Biblical Obedience” and the future of LGBTQ issues in the United Methodist Church. Retired Bishop 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 video is in two parts.  You can watch the two parts on YouTube at the links below.  When you select the playlist link below the second part should start after the first part completes.  The links for the individual parts are listed in case you want to watch them separately. Thanks to Donn German for videoing the event.

There is a playlist that should play both parts:

Bishop Talbert to Celebrate at UUMC Austin, Followed by Lunch & Conversation at Trinity, February 9

talbert weddingThe 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 surrounding 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

talbertRetired 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.

Chapter Meeting Thursday, February 13 One Woman’s Story of Advocacy for Texas Public Schools

Texas Parent PAC – Supporting Public Education

Thursday, February 13 at Saint John’s UMC, Austin

6:30pm – Snacks & Conversations

7:00pm – Program

On Thursday, February 13, join MFSA to learn about the power of political activism.  Carolyn Boyle, a member of Saint John’s UMC, is one of the founders of the Texas Parent PAC, a bipartisan political action committee for parents, grandparents, parents-to-be, and anyone who supports high quality public education. Carolyn is a long-time advocate for public education, former PTA President, and Coordinator for the Coalition of Public Schools.

40778_10150245520365481_1191201_nCarolyn and four other mothers, who were fed up with the Texas Legislature’s treatment of public education, formed the Texas Parent PAC in 2005.  The statewide PAC seeks to elect more state legislators with the courage to stand up for children and neighborhood public schools. Endorsed candidates understand that children are our future, and lawmakers must adequately invest in education to ensure prosperity in Texas.  The group has a track record of success, helping to elect 23 new members of the Texas Legislature. In each election cycle, Texas Parent PAC supports an equal number of candidates from both major political parties.  Endorsed candidates reflect traditional mainstream American values that honor and support families, communities, democracy, and quality public education. For more information about Texas Parent PAC, visit

Come be inspired by Carolyn’s story of activism.  Join us for snacks and conversation at 6:30pm and the program at 7:00pm.  
Brief Chapter Business Meeting on February 13

At our Chapter meeting, we will elect Chapter officers.
Nominations for officers, as recommended by the Executive Committee, are shown below.
Additional nominations will be taken from the floor during the meeting.

President:                  Anne Mund
Vice President          Rowland Curry
Secretary                   Deana Henry
Treasurer                   Janice Curry

In addition, the Treasurer’s Report will be provided to those in attendance.

MLK March in Austin


On January 20, over 25 MFSA members and supporters participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. march in Austin from the UT campus to the state capitol.  Along with thousands of others, we heard inspirational speeches, prayers, and choirs celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King

Congratulations to Sid Hall on 25 Years of Progressive Leadership at Trinity UMC

sid hallOn Sunday, February 2nd, Rev. Sid Hall was honored by Trinity UMC, Austin for 25 years of progressive leadership at Trinity and in the community. Congratulations Sid!  You are an inspiration to us all!.


The Interfaith Environmental Network of Austin

You are Invited to Attend the Monthly Symposium

What:  Symposium with Q&A

When:  Tue, 2/4/14, 7pm to 8:30pm

Where: Central Presbyterian Church (map)

200 E 8th St., at Brazos St.

Austin, TX 78701


No cost to attend

All are welcome!   parking info

Save Energy at Home

Learn how Austin Energy can help you SAVE MONEY and reduce your carbon footprint!

You may think saving energy is small potatoes – but a new group of environmental stewards calls energy efficiency “our greatest energy resource.” In fact, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the average US home can easily reduce its energy bills 25% to 35% year-round with basic efficiency improvements.

Fortunately for Austinites, the City of Austin and Austin Energy have numerous programs to help you cover the costs of such improvements. Join us in learning about our City’s world-leading rebate, incentive, and financing programs for home energy efficiency. Speakers include John Umphress, Senior Green Building and Sustainability Consultant at the City’s renown Green Building program. John will elaborate on proven green design solutions and how they’re being effectively called upon to meet Austin’s home energy challenges.

Screening of “Inequality for All”

Date: February 5, 2014

Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm

Location: Texas Capitol Extension Auditorium (Room E1.004), 201 E. 14th St. Austin

Inequality for All” features professor and Clinton cabinet member Robert Reich analyzing how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a small group threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy.

Following the film, there will be a brief panel-discussion. The screening is free but RSVP is required.  Seating will be limited, on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The event is sponsored by state Sen. Rodney Ellis, Austin Branch NAACP, the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Workers Defense Project, Austin Area Urban League, Texas AFL-CIO, and the Community Action Network.

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