MFSA Leaders Meet in Austin Oct. 30 – Nov. 1

No Chapter Meeting in October –
You Are Invited to Attend the MFSA National Board Events

MFSA facebook bannerIn lieu of a monthly chapter meeting in October, you are invited to attend the National MFSA Program Council and Board of Directors meetings and social gatherings in Austin from Wednesday, October 29 – Saturday, November 1.

Meetings to be held at Saint John’s UMC

The Program Council is comprised of representatives from each chapter in the country, focusing on programs and activities, and is scheduled to meet as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 30 – 9am to 5 pm

Friday, Oct.  31 – 9am to noon

The Board of Directors is the decision-making body of MFSA, and will meet as follows:

Friday, Oct. 31 – 9am to 5 pm

Saturday, Nov. 1 – 9 am to 3 pm

Agendas found here:  ProgramCouncilAgenda Oct 2014;  BoardAgenda_October 2014

Both groups will meet at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Road, Austin. These meetings will be open to all observers. Please contact Rowland Curry,, for further information.

Meals and Social Gatherings

Breakfast and Lunches will be served at Saint John’s.  If you are interested in dropping by to share a meal, see the schedule to be posted soon on our website.

Dinner on Wednesday (10/29) will be a welcoming meal for the participants as they arrive and meet their overnight hosts. Contact Janice Curry for the time.

We hope that you will be able to attend one or more of these gatherings
to welcome MFSA representatives from around the U.S.

Please join us for dinner on Thursday (10/30) evening at the home of Al Lindsey and Karen Hale, 4711 Lookout Mountain Cove at 6:30pm for a time of conversation and fun. Please RSVP to Janice Curry

Friday night’s dinner will be at El Mercado at 5:30pm. An after-dinner gathering is being planned. More information to follow. You are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Anne Mund at

Volunteer Opportunities

Overnight Hosts – We are looking for volunteers for home stays for approximately 35 adults.  If you have an extra bedroom and would be willing to host one or more of these folks from chapters throughout the nation, please let Anne Mund ( know.

Transportation – Please contact Al Lindsey at if you can help transport attendees to or from the airport. Participants will be arriving and leaving at various times, so we can connect you with someone according to your schedule.

Meal Preparation – We will also be seeking volunteers for meal preparations for breakfast, lunch, and Wednesday dinner.  If you are available to help, please contact Janice Curry (

Thanks for helping to make this a successful planning event for the National MFSA!

Chett Pritchett, MFSA Executive Director, to Preach in Austin

ChettWhile in Austin at the MFSA Program Council and Board of Directors meetings, Chett Pritchett, Executive Director of MFSA, will preach during the following worship services. All are welcome.

Sunday, October 26: Journey of Faith UMC, Round Rock, TX 

November 2: Trinity UMC, Austin, TX

Methodists Make Meaningful (and Colorful) Statement in Austin Pride Parade

On September 20, 2014, approximately 400 United Methodists from Austin, Round Rock, and San Antonio marched in the Austin Pride Parade. Bishop Melvin Talbert was our honored guest, along with Matt Berryman of RMN.

Click here and here to read more, and see more pictures.


“On The Road” With SWTX-MFSA

mfsa plumblineThis Fall, the SWTX-MFSA Executive Committee will be sharing information about MFSA through a Power Point presentation. If you have a group or Sunday School class that would be interested in hearing a presentation about the social justice work that the local and national MFSA organizations do, please contact Anne Mund,, and we will schedule a visit.

Pumpkins for Mission

PumpkinsSupport Mission at area churches by buying pumpkins.  Some of the churches participating with the Pumpkins USA, are Saint John’s UMC, St. Mark UMC, Tarrytown UMC, and Bethany UMC. Pumpkins USA contracts with the Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico to grow pumpkins. This fundraising event not only helps our church, but the Navajo community as well.

Seminar on Congregational Dynamics

Leadership and Anxiety in the Church – A Family Systems Perspective

October 15
Wednesday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
First United Methodist Church – Georgetown
410 E. University Ave., Georgetown

Since the publication of Dr. Edwin Friedman’s Generation to Generation, many pastors and other church leaders have become aware of Bowen family systems theory as a way of understanding congregational dynamics.  Family systems theory identifies differentiation of self and anxiety as two key variables impacting human functioning.  The seminar on Leadership and Anxiety in the Church looks at the challenge presented by the rising levels of anxiety being experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming such anxiety.

For a copy of the registration form, click here.  Sponsor: Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

South Central Jurisdiction UM Congress of the Deaf: Building Faith Within the Deaf Community

Oak hill eventUMC Congress of the Deaf

October 17th – 19th, 2014

Oak Hill UMC

Austin, Texas

Oak Hill United Methodist Church is hosting the South Central Jurisdiction – United Methodist Congress of the Deaf on October 17, 18 and 19. Guest speaker Lindsey Darnell will present several workshops on building faith within the deaf community on Saturday.  Friday dinner and Saturday lunch and dinner are provided, and there will be Bible study and worship opportunities on Sunday.

For additional information and registration form, click here.

Prayer Vigils Scheduled for Frank Schaefer Hearing

PHOTO-CANDLESThe Judicial Council, the UMC’s top court, will hear an appeal this Oct 22 at 11AM Central of a decision to reinstate Rev. Schaefer who originally lost his ministerial credentials after performing a same-sex marriage ceremony for his son. When the Council meets Oct 22-25 in Memphis, the Rev. Schaefer appeal is only one of five decisions being made concerning LGBTQ inclusion in the church.

Interfaith Action of Central Texas

redbench_logo-300x79The Red Bench

Conversations That Matter – Mortality

OCT 28

Time: 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Location: Huston-Tillotson University


Mark Your Calendar

An Interfaith Thanksgiving Service & Celebration

       November 23interfaith Thanks


tcadpScheduled executions
The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out two executions this month; if they occur, these will be the last executions in our state in 2014:

  • On October 15, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Larry Hatten for the 1995 shooting death of 5-year-old Isaac Jackson in Corpus Christi. Jackson was killed while in bed with his mother, Tabatha Thompson, who was also severely injured.  Hatten reportedly suffers from mental illness and has been forcibly medicated at times while incarcerated.  Earlier this year he decided to forego any further appeals in his case.
  • On October 28, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Miguel Paredes, who was convicted in San Antonio in 2000 for the murders of Adrian Torres, Nelly Bravo, and Shawn Michael Caine.  He was 18 years old at the time of the crime. After Paredes and his two accomplices shot the three victims, they took their bodies to Frio County, where they set them on fire.  His two co-defendants are serving life sentences. Read an interview with Paredes that appears in The Baptist Standard.

To date in 2014, Texas has executed nine people, out of 30 executions nationwide.  The Texas Department of Criminal Justice still refuses to identify the source of the drug used in executions.

Attend a vigil in your community on the day of executions. Updates on these cases will be posted on the TCADP website, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Events Around the State

Austin: Columbia Law School Professor James S. Liebman will appear at the Texas Book Festival in Austin on Sunday, October 26th at 3:30 PM in the CSPAN location to discuss his book about the wrongful execution of Carlos DeLuna, The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution. Mike Farrell will be moderating.  More details coming soon.

Irving: TCADP volunteers will assist the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) with an information table at the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, taking place in Irving from October 23rd to 25th.  CMN’s Sister Ilaria Buanriposi will provide three workshops on the death penalty and restorative justice during the conference.

Texas Impact

Getting a Handle on Hunger

On any given day, an estimated 4.2 million Texans are at risk of hunger. It is estimated that one in four of our state’s children live in families that cannot afford healthy food on a consistent basis. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Texas is the second-hungriest state in the nation.

Congregations are often the first places those in need turn to for assistance. Understanding the facts about hunger in our communities helps us address immediate needs and work for sustainable solutions.

Food policy experts often use the terms “food insecurity” and “food desert.” In our Summer Meals Promotion and our Digging Deeper section you can learn more about how you and your faith community can take action to alleviate hunger in your backyard.

The Better Neighbors Program provides information on a different public policy issue with local implications every month. In addition to the newsletter, you will also have other opportunities to engage around the monthly focus through webinars, phone calls, and in-person events throughout the state  This month’s focus is Food Insecurity.

Mediation Skill Training Institute

Mediation Skill Training Institute for Church Leaders

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

 November 17-21, 2014
First UMC
410 E. University Ave

Georgetown, Tx

Conflict is normal and inevitable – whether in the home, school, community, church or workplace.  Leaders in all walks of life often have a responsibility to help others work through their conflicts.

The Mediation Skills Training Institute presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is designed to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. The five-day institute also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory.

For more information and Registration Form, click here and here.

Save The Date! August 6-9, 2015


Travis Park UMC Announces

RMN and MFSA 2015 Gathering

August 6-9, 2015

This huge event will be hosted at Travis Park UMC and the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio. Still in the planning stages, be prepared for amazing worship and music, informative educational sessions on many social justice issues, and incredible opportunities for networking with progressive Christians from throughout the nation.

Place the dates, August 6 to 9, 2015 on your calendar now!

More News From MFSA And Friends

MFSA National E-News Newsletter

MFSA Spring 2014 Progressive Voice is available for download at:

Current Faith in Action from General Board of Church & Society –

Reconciling Ministries newsletter: