Chapter Meeting in February Features Austin Interfaith

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Thursday, February 12


Kathleen Davis, a long-time organizer with Austin Interfaith & the Industrial Areas Foundation, and a candidate to be the new Lead Organizer for Austin Interfaith, will be the featured speaker for the February 12th Rio Texas MFSA meeting at St. John’s UMC.  Austin Interfaith is a non-partisan, multi-issue organization of 30+ institutions including congregations, public schools, and workers’ associations that work together to address public issues.

Ms Davis will be discussing Austin Interfaith’s member organizations, their issues and accomplishments for 2014, as well as the issues and directions for 2015. Three of our Austin United Methodist congregations – Saint John’s, Trinity, and University – are members of Austin Interfaith.

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!

First UMC Austin Hosts Event On Youth

Our Children – Our Future

Join HRC Austin (Human Rights Campaign), Welcoming Schools, and FreedHearts Ministries for “Our Children – Our Future”: The Role of Interfaith Communities in Reducing Risk and Promoting Well-being of LGBTQ and All Youth. This free event is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, February 5th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center of First UMC – Austin.

Join us as we explore faith to promote the well-being and positive development of all children in home, community, and school. This community discussion will be led by Kisha Webster of Welcoming Schools and Susan Cottrell, founder of FreedHearts Ministries and the author of Mom, I’m Gay – Loving Your LGBTQ Child Without Sacrificing Your Faith.

With bullying such a common occurrence and with deaths and suicides of youth permeating the news, it is a critical time in our families, churches, schools, and communities to explore what role faith plays in all of this—both in cause and in healing.

For more information,

Hope Food Pantry Events

Charitable Garage Sale February 8

Hope 2The hunger initiative programs at Trinity UMC, Hope Food Pantry, and Homeless Task Force, are combining efforts to raise money for both causes.  The items “sold” will be new and almost new products from a local store.  Most of these items were returned by customers for reasons such as didn’t like color, didn’t need, small irregularity.  We are going to ask buyers to give a donation for each item.   Sunday, February 8, Noon – 4p.m, at Trinity UMC, 4001 Speedway, Austin.

Save the Date for Hope’s Annual Fundraiser

An Evening of Hope
Feed your neighbors, Feed your soul

Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 5:30p.m.

Tarrytown United Methodist Church

2601 Exposition Boulevard – Austin

University UMC-Austin Celebrates RMN Anniversary

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Dr. Joretta Marshall, Executive Vice President, Dean and Professor of Pastoral Care at Brite Divinity School on the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth will be joining University United Methodist Church to celebrate our fourth Reconciling Ministry anniversary on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Dr. Marshall will be in the UUMC pulpit at the 8:30 and 11 A.M. services delivering her message.

MFSA at MLK March

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On Martin Luther King Day, January 19, MFSA friends gathered to march in the Austin MLK Day Celebration.  In the afternoon, about a dozen of us went to see the movie, Selma. Please consider what you might do to raise awareness of racial injustice. 

KLRU Celebrates Black History Month 2015

In celebration of Black History Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of programs and host events honoring and exploring African American culture.  Programs airing this month on KLRU:

Shakespeare Uncovered Othello with David Harewood
Friday, February 6 at 9 pm.
In 1997, David Harewood was the first black actor to play Othello on stage at the National Theatre in London. In this episode, he unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout the play, as well as returning to the National to meet the most recent actor to take on the role at the theatre, Adrian Lester. Interviews include Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles and Patrick Stewart.

Antiques Roadshow Celebrating Black Americana
Monday, February 9 at 8 pm.
Highlights include Martin Luther King, Jr. ephemera from 1966; a Madam C.J. Walker beauty book, written by the first female American millionaire; and a trip with host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Leila Dunbar to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Independent Lens Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Monday, February 16 at 9 pm
This is the story of the pioneering African-American photographers – men and women, celebrated and anonymous – who have recorded the lives and aspirations of generations, from slavery to the present. By Thomas Allen Harris.

Mr. Civil Rights:  Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
Monday, February 16 at 10:30 pm.
This documentary incorporates rare archival film and extraordinary interviews to explore Marshall’s life in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

American Masters August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
Friday, February 20 at 8 pm
From his roots as an activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway, this program captures the legacy of the man some call America’s Shakespeare. Film and theater luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Charles Dutton and others share their stories of the career and experience of bringing Wilson’s rich theatrical voice to the stage.

Austin Revealed
Friday, February 20 at 9:30 pm and Tuesday, February 24 at 10 pm
This documentary presents interviews with prominent Austin citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city.

Independent Lens American Denial
Monday, February 23 at 9 pm
“American Denial” uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today.

The Rule
Monday, February 23 at 10 pm.
This documentary tells a rare story of success. In Newark, New Jersey, where the average high school graduation rate is abysmal, St. Benedict’s Prep is the exception – with a near 100 percent college acceptance rate. Filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno profile the school and the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey to see how they achieve success among a vulnerable population of inner-city African-American and Latino teenage boys.

In Context Presents: Spoken 4 All
Tuesday, February 24 at 10:30 pm
Austin’s spoken word performers take center stage as part of KLRU’s focus on the arts. Also known as “slam poetry,” spoken word is an oral performance of extemporaneous or composed pieces of free poetry. Austin has a number of venues that present spoken word, this program highlights the ranging styles of poets at an all-age program hosted monthly at Mitchie’s Gallery. This event features several artists who were involved with the Austin Neo Soul Team that placed in the 2010 National Poetry Slam.

Advocacy Days at the Texas Capitol

2015-01-UMW-Group-4The United Methodist Women Advocacy Day at the Texas Capitol was a day to share a consensus UMW agenda with Texas Legislators

Now is the time to actively engage with your State Legislators. Make an appointment or drop by and talk to a Legislative Aide. Follow bills here:

We were able to find information on the following organizations that are consistent with the values of MFSA.  Check with other groups for which you would like to advocate to determine if they have an Advocacy Day scheduled.