Join Us to Watch the Movie, Selma

selmaOn Monday, January 19 – MLK afternoon – we will meet at the Gateway Theater for the 3:30pm showing of Selma: One Dream Can Change the World The theater is located at 9700 Stonelake Blvd. in North Austin. Contact Janice Curry at if you have questions. Please consider seeing the movie with us, or another time. Dutch treat. We still have much to do about racism.

Chapter Meeting in January Examines Social Issues for Annual Conference, General Conference

umc_logoHave you ever wondered how policy of the United Methodist Church gets made? Have you ever wondered if you could make a difference?

The answer is, Yes, you can make a difference!  “Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of the UMC may petition the General Conference” (¶507, The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2012).

Please join us for the next meeting of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) on Thursday, January 8, at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd, Austin.  We will be discussing MFSA’s plans for legislation that may be introduced at the 2015 Rio Texas Annual Conference in Corpus Christi and at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon.  Jay Brim, the Rio Texas Conference Chancellor will be present to discuss the process, schedule, and possible topics that may be addressed.  As he is a delegate to the 2016 General Conference, we will also be asking Jay for insights on that worldwide meeting.

Please join us at 6:30p for snacks and mingling; the program starts at 7p.  For more information, contact Anne Mund

Hope to see you there

Join MFSA at the MLK March in Austin – Monday, Jan. 19


Join SWTX MFSA on Monday, January 19 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 Huston-Tillotson University, where there is a community festival planned.

NOTE: The MLK March WILL NOT go to the Capitol this year due to the preparations for the Gubernatorial Inauguration on the following day.

This year, organizers 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.  Donation receptacles will be available at The University of Texas where the march begins.

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.

Have you considered what commitments you’ll make to combating racism in 2015?

Peace Through Pie

peacethroughpieAmerica’s Sunday Supper and Peace Through Pie Social

Sunday, January 18

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Trinity UMC | 4001 Speedway | Austin, TX 78751



“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Inspired 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 18, 2015 from 6-8 pm, for Sincere Ignorance and Conscientious Stupidity: A Conversation on Race, Privilege, and Power – an open conversation and guided discussion on racial dynamics and how to combat racism and other forms of systemic discrimination in our community here in Central Texas.  As they did last year, Jeremy Solomons and Dr. Kazique Prince will create a safe space and provide thought-provoking questions and activities. This is a potluck Peace Through Pie Social – so bring a pie (savory or sweet) to share!

Please RSVP at if you are planning to attend. Everyone is welcome and an RSVP is not required in order to attend, but it will help us get a general sense of how many folks for whom we should plan.

Selma: One Dream Can Change the World

selma[Movie opens in Austin January 8]

Selma is the story of a movement.  The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.  The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. (Check theater schedules for times)

Allies Against Slavery – Events Scheduled

allies@2xAllies Against Slavery have big plans for 2015

  • Mapping slavery across Texas: We’re starting the Texas Slavery Mapping Project to gather data needed to disrupt traffickers and improve care for survivors.
  • Expanding survivor support: We’re continuing to support survivors at all stages of recovery, connecting them with resources and meeting direct needs alongside our partners. We’ll also explore new ways to fill in gaps in care that still exist in our community.
  • Launching the Slave-Free City Network: Slavery is too complex for one organization to solve on its own. That’s why we’re coordinating partners from 8 sectors to develop collaborative solutions and move our city closer to the slave-free goal.

Upcoming Events:

Voices of Innocence: A night celebrating hope after life in human trafficking

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

7:00pm  10:00pm

The Long Center

It’s an evening to remember. Join us as we raise awareness in Austin and beyond.  We invite you to be a part of our hopeful journey to end this horrible crime against children.

The Slave-Free City Summit

Fri, Apr 17, 2015 8:00am – Sat, Apr 18, 2015 9:00pm

For the City Center

500 E St Johns Ave.  Austin, TX, 78752

A two-day gathering of leaders, survivors, practitioners and community members who want to deepen the conversation about working together to create lasting solutions to slavery. Register here!

Nebraska Wesleyan Choir – Saint John’s UMC

Monday, January 12, 7pm

The Emmy-nominated Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir will be singing a free concert at Saint John’s at 7 p.m. Monday, January 12.  Annually the choir does national tours and has done extensive international travel.  Their music offers great variety, and is rich in its global diversity.  The Saint John’s Chancel Choir is hosting this group for dinner and an overnight stay in Austin.  Please come and welcome our very talented singing guests.