tcadpScheduled executions

Outrageously, the State of Texas just set a December 3, 2014 execution date for Scott Panetti.  Panetti, who has suffered from severe mental illness for more than 30 years, has a fixed delusion that Satan, working through the state, is trying to kill him for preaching the Gospel.  Read background information on his case and watch “Executing the Insane: The Case of Scott Panetti,” which includes heartbreaking interviews with several members of his family.

We will provide updates on this case as they become available.  Please contact TCADP Executive Director Kristin Houlé at or 512-441-1808 for more information.

Support clemency for Max Soffar

Imagine spending 34 years in prison – most of them on death row in Texas – for a crime you didn’t commit.  Now imagine being told by doctors that in a matter of months, maybe weeks, you will die of liver cancer.  That’s the situation facing Max Soffar, who will die behind bars before any court can exonerate him.  The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recently denied his petition for clemency, citing the absence of an execution date. Read more from Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project, and join him and Sister Helen Prejean in calling on Governor Rick Perry to grant clemency to Max so that he can die at home.  Sign this petition!

TCADP 2015 Annual Conference

Registration for the TCADP 2015 Annual ConferenceDeath Penalty Fault Lines: A Seismic Shift in Ground – is now open!  The conference will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.

In case you missed it

Gallup Poll finds decreasing support for death penalty among Republicans
According to the annual Gallup Poll, support for the death penalty among Republicans has dropped nine points over the last decade.  Read more about the reasons behind the decline.

Pope Francis condemns the death penalty
On October 24th, while addressing a group of members of the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis called on all people of good will to fight for abolition of the death penalty in “all of its forms” and for the improvement of prison conditions.  Learn more from the National Catholic Reporter.

For more information, go to the TCADP web site.

Texas Impact

texasimpactStatewide Water NewsThis month, the EPA awarded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) $2.5 million for a number of projects to improve water quality across the state. The grant is designed to address nonpoint-source pollution, or water pollution whose origin is unknown.Pollution control upstream is a benefit to vulnerable wildlife and has economic benefits, including reducing the amount of treatment needed to make water drinkable. For more information, read about the story here or visit the EPA website here.


Better Neighbors 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.

African Children’s Choir In Concert With Sara Hickman

African children's choirMark your calendars for a very special music event! The African Children’s Choir returns to Saint John’s UMC at 6:30 pm Sunday, December 7, for a concert celebrating the release of the group’s new CD collaboration with Austin musician Sara Hickman. The CD, Love is a Journey, will be released in December.
The African Children’s Choir is composed of children ages 7 to 10. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of the continent and demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land. Over the past 20 years, the children have appeared in thousands of concerts around the world.

News From The Third Coast Activist

11th annual Women and Fair Trade Festival

Date: November 23, 2014

Time: 10:00 am  to  6:00 pm

Location: The Old School, 1604 East 11th Street, 78702

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An Evening with Dan Barber on his best-selling new book “The Third Plate”

Date: December 8, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:30 pm

Location: Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Ave., Austin, 78701

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Farai Chideya on “Reporting on Race and Place in the Post-Post-Racial Era”

Date: November 19, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Location: Belo Center for New Media, Presentation Room (BMC 5.102), University of Texas campus

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Robert Jensen on “Capitalism v. Christianity: A Tale of Two Cults”

Date: November 16, 2014

Time: 12:00 pm  to  1:30 pm

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., Austin 78756

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Screening: “Which Way Home”

Date: November 7, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm  to  10:00 pm

Location: Wildflower Church, 1314 Oltorf, Austin, 78704

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Rally for Criminal Justice System Overhaul

Date: November 7, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm  to  3:00 pm

Location: South steps of the state Capitol, 11th and Congress

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Austin Area Gift Markets

Gifts-to-the-World Market

First UMC Austin

November 23rd

bellsThis year’s Gifts-to-the-World Market will be on one Sunday only, November 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the foyer of our Family Life Center. It will feature both local and international, diverse, dynamic, and worthy charitable groups. Shopping lists will be available early, so we encourage you to make your selections and join us for this one-day event. There will be lots of animals and worthy causes for you to choose from. Beautiful cards will be provided with each purchase.


 Christmas Bazaar

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Saturday, November 22nd from 8am to 2pm

All items donated for sale should be new handmade items. Other items can also be donated for the silent auction.

This year we also plan to have a “fishing pond” where children can pay a quarter to fish and receive a small inexpensive item on the end of a pole.

Items already underway include Christmas Card Holders, trinket/jewelry boxes, jewelry, and quilted hot pads and a beautiful wall hanging.



Gifts of Hope, Saint John’s UMC (Austin) Alternative Gift Market, is slated for Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7. Two of the most popular booths at the Market are the Saint John’s Mission Booth and the Bake Shop. Once again, all bakers and crafters are called into action! For more information about providing craft items for the Market, please e-mail Nancy Williams at

If you love to bake, The Bake Shop may be the perfect way for you to contribute. Please consider sharing your specialty with Market shoppers. For more information about the Bake Shop, email Eva Jordan at

Click here to visit the Alternative Gift Market page.

Free Store


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9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each Saturday

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Fall Donation Hours
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10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each Saturday

Austin Justice For Our Neighbors

JFONHow can I help?

Volunteers supporting and welcoming our newcomer neighbors–that is what ARJFON is about. Get involved to find more ways you can live the Christian–and American–promises to welcome the strangers and love our neighbors.