Restorative Discipline Program

TEA Grant to School of Social Work Will Take
Innovative Discipline Program Statewide

Feb. 10, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas — School and district administrators across Texas will be offered training in Restorative Discipline, an alternative to “zero tolerance” methods, through a grant from the Texas Education Agency to the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue (IRJRD) at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.

Restorative Discipline is a prevention-oriented approach that fosters accountability and amends-making to resolve school conflict such as bullying, truancy and disruptive behavior. The $521,000 grant will be used to conduct training sessions in Restorative Discipline in 10 Education Service Centers, which provide support to school districts and charter schools throughout the state.

The training is for school administrators, who will be able to customize Restorative Discipline to their campuses, communities and student bodies, and for Restorative Discipline coordinators, who will be in charge of managing the successful implementation of the method on each campus, training teachers and staffers and collecting data to evaluate results.

Studies have found that school suspensions correlate to academic failure, including higher school dropout rates, and that they affect minority students disproportionally. In Texas, African American students comprise 13 percent of students but are, on average, two times as likely to be suspended as white and Hispanic/Latino students.

For more information, contact: University Communications, Office of the President, 512 471 3151; Maria Andrea Campetella, School of Social Work, 512-471-1458.

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“On The Road” With Rio Texas MFSA

The Rio Texas MFSA Executive Committee has developed a Power Point presentation through which we will be sharing information about MFSA’s history and programs.

If you have a Sunday School class or another group 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.

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How to join or support MFSA

MFSA hand_left_1 (2)Please join with us as we connect progressive United Methodists in putting faith into action!

Membership in MFSA is not predicated on ability to pay.  We do not have “dues”.  However, our Chapter and the National Office need funding each year for programs and activities.  Membership gifts and special giving are always appreciated. MFSA is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.   Membership gifts to MFSA are tax deductible as provided by law.

There are several easy ways to join or support MFSA.

·       You can log onto the national MFSA website, and follow the instructions there (you can safely use a credit card). Please indicate that you are part of the Rio Texas Chapter.

·       Or, you can mail a check made out to “Rio Texas MFSA” to our Treasurer, Janice Curry, at 1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd, Austin 78758.  The suggested donation is $60, but any amount is welcome.  Thanks for your support!

Historically, we have had eight monthly chapter meetings per year, generally on the second Thursday of the month (this may change in the future).  We communicate using monthly electronic newsletters & updates to our website and Facebook page.

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2015 Rio Texas MFSA Peace & Justice Luncheon Registration

Registration is now open for the MFSA Peace & Justice Luncheon at the Rio Texas Annual Conference in Corpus Christi on June 12. Registration information is available at at: MFSA_LuncheonFlyer2015

Wellsprings of Justice

Friday, June 12, 2015 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center

Corpus Christi, Texas

5th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon

Sponsored by

Methodist Federation for Social Action, Rio Texas Chapter &

The Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team


Bishop Minerva Carcaño

MINERVA-CARCANO-IMMIGRATION-facebookWe are very pleased to have as our speaker Bishop Minerva Carcaño, who is currently serving as Bishop to the Los Angeles Area, the California-Pacific Conference. Bishop Carcaño became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church in 2004. She is a fierce advocate for human rights and social justice.

A native of Edinburg, TX, Bishop Carcaño spent her early years aspiring to make a difference in the lives of persons who faced poverty and discrimination. Not forgetting her roots and early hopes, her ministry has always involved work with the poor, with farm workers, immigrants, and refugees, even as she encourages congregations to work ecumenically and to be active in community organizing. Of her tireless work, she has said, “The road of ministry has not always been easy, but it has always been an incredible blessing, and it has always been home.”

Join us for this on-site luncheon. In addition, we will honor the recipients of the MFSA “Building a Just Community” Awards. The luncheon flyer and registration information is available at: MFSA_LuncheonFlyer2015

Luncheon Registration Information

Cost:  $12.00 in advance (by June 6) – Check or cash

$15.00 at the door (limited number available)

Or, pay by credit card*