MFSA Chapter Meeting in November Features Texas Impact

Thursday, November 2014

Saint John’s UMC, Austin – 2401 Allandale Rd.

6:30p Snacks – 7:00p Program

BeeThe 84th Session of the Texas Legislature will convene on January 13, 2015 … just around the corner.  Issues affecting all of us will be part of the legislative discussions.

The November meeting of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, Southwest Texas chapter, will inform attendees concerning 2015 legislation of importance to people of faith in Texas.  The program will be presented by Bee Moorhead, Executive Director of Texas Impact, a statewide, religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Our own Southwest Texas Conference of the UMC is a member of Texas Impact.

The meeting will be held Thursday, November 13 at Saint John’s UMC.  Please join us at 6:30p for snacks and mingling; the program starts at 7p.  Bring your friends and neighbors of all faith traditions to hear this informative presentation.  For more information, contact Anne Mund

Hope to see you there!

MFSA Leaders Meet in Austin


The national Board of Directors and Program Council of the MFSA met in Austin Oct 29 – Nov 1.  The group consisted of 30 attendees from 17 states, who were housed in 13 host homes.  The meeting space at Saint John’s UMC allowed these groups to discuss plans and activities leading up to the 2016 UMC General Conference.

The SWTX Chapter’s Executive Committee served as the planning team for this event.  Special thanks to Anne Mund for coordinating home stays for the attendees, Al Lindsey for arranging transportation and making certain no one got left at the airport, and Janice Curry for organizing breakfast and lunch for the leadership.  Al Lindsey and Karen Hale opened their beautiful home to all of us for dinner on Thursday, and Paul and Liz Escamilla allowed us to socialize at their home after dinner on Halloween.  Our out-of-town guests were truly appreciative of our radical hospitality.  See photos at:

SWTX Reconciling Team Program

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Join us to hear our panelists speak about the importance of affiliation with Reconciling Ministries Network:

Rev. Dr. Sid Hall – Trinity UMC Austin
Rev. Richard Bates – University UMC Austin
Kate Campbell – Travis Park UMC San Antonio
Bruce Kellison – University UMC Austin

Open to all interested United Methodists.
Please RSVP to this page or email

CARPOOLING FROM AUSTIN? Feel free to use Trinity UMC lot located at 4001 Speedway in Hyde Park.

Judicial Council Rules In Frank Schaefer Appeal

frankwins21On October 27, the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church (UMC) released its decision to uphold the decision of the Committee on Appeals and Rev. Frank Schaefer will no longer have to fight for his ministerial status. In November 2013, a trial court of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the UMC found Rev. Frank Schaefer guilty of officiating the marriage of his son, Tim, to another man in 2006. The penalty assessed to Rev. Schaefer, eventually leading to the loss of ministerial credentials, was indirect and convoluted.  Earlier this year, upon appeal, the Committee on Appeals of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church overturned the penalty assessed in the original trial. Last week in Memphis, TN, The United Methodist Church’s highest judicial body, Judicial Council, heard a final appeal.

“At a time when the Church stands as a painful reminder that human institutions are more concerned with legalisms than with grace, the Judicial Council has noted the errors of a process based on retribution,” states Chett Pritchett, Executive Director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA).  “The Methodist Federation for Social Action thanks the Judicial Council for their thoughtful and prayerful deliberation We celebrate with the Schaefer family with this resolution – and all United Methodist families who seek to love their children, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Transgender Remembrance Events in November

transgenderTransgender Remembrance Service
Guest speaker Lisa Scheps, long-time leader in the Austin Transgender community
Sun, Nov 16th at 10:30am-12noon


International Transgender Day of Remembrance Service
Sermon by Rev. Richard Bates
Thurs, Nov 20th from Noon-1pm
Click here for more details

Transgender Day of Remembrance at Austin City Hall
Thurs, Nov 20th at 6:30-8:30pm
301 West 2nd Street, 78701
Click here for updates

List of Transgender Remembrance events happening across the world 
Click here

Chett Pritchett Receives Alumni Award

ChettOn Friday, October 17, Chett Pritchett, executive director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), was honored by his alma mater, the United Methodist-related West Virginia Wesleyan College, for his service to the school, Church, and world.

Pritchett graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 1999 and recognized his call to ministry while a student there. He credits his personal and professional success to Wesleyan’s emphasis on critical thinking and local and global citizenship. His work in the areas of social justice was cultivated during his college years through work on LGBT rights and environmental justice.

His passion for his alma mater shows through as he promotes the College in any way he can. He assists with hosting alumni events; he returns to campus to speak with students in community engagement and religious life; he is an annual donor; and, he is a member of the Reger Society for planned giving.

In his service to Wesleyan, to others and within the United Methodist Church, Chett follows John Wesley’s ideals of “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

Interfaith Action of Central Texas

Monday, November 17;  6:30-8:00pm

Congregation Beth Israel –
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin

The Sarajevo Haggadah is a sacred text and prayer book for Passover that is thought to be more than 500 years old. The journey of the Sarajevo Haggadah is a compelling story of different faith groups working together throughout the centuries to save and protect this treasured manuscript.

iACT is honored to partner with University of Texas Performing Arts to host a conversation and reception with Merima Kljuco, Bosnian-born accordionist and composer, who composed the “Music of the Book” representing the journey of the Haggadah. This will be a celebration of unity, and a needed positive experience during a time of widespread unrest.

 2014-ITSC_5x7_postcard-front Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

You are invited to share in iACT’s 30th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and Celebration at 3:00 PM on November 23, 2014 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, located at 2938 E. 13th St, Austin, TX 78702.

A reception will follow the service. We encourage you to bring your favorite dish, labeled for those with dietary restrictions, and share in the warmth of community.

Ample free Sunday parking is available on site at the church.

Free, family-friendly, all are welcome!

November 23, 2014

3:00 pm

Mt. Zion Baptist Church


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The Red Bench is an on-going dialogue program designed to address the most pressing needs of our time: improving interfaith understanding and civil discourse in our society. Each conversation is centered on moderated small group discussions that are genuinely respectful and safe.  No one has to be an expert – individual participants are invited to share from their personal experiences and listen with their hearts.  The format is structured and allows each individual to be heard.  Each conversation is moderated by table hosts.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Topic: People’s Choice
Location: Bahai Center of Austin – 2215 E M Franklin Avenue, Austin, TX 78723

The event is free and open to all. A light vegetarian meal will be provided.

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