Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)

Red Bench Dialogue

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Topic: Forgiveness

May 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

St. James Episcopal Church

1941 Webberville Rd.

Read a reflection by 

steering committee member, Karen O’Neal

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World Refugee Day – June 20

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Austin’s World Refugee Day Celebration is an annual event which is a collaboration between the Austin Refugee Roundtable and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. The Austin Refugee Roundtable is comprised of the agencies and groups that work with refugees in Austin, and its mission is to make Austin a welcoming community for refugees.

Hundreds of people come to the Bullock Texas State History Museum for the World Refugee Day celebration each June. The museum is decked out in colorful world flags, and many participants wear the traditional clothing of their home countries and ethnic groups. The event kicks off with a ceremony in which former refugees who have become eligible for naturalization are sworn in as U.S. citizens.

Throughout the day, visitors of all ages engage in educational activities about the refugee journey and enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, storytelling, and games. A professional photographer takes portraits for refugee families to have as keepsakes. The event culminates with live music and dancing by refugee groups and other local performers. The museum makes its exhibits free to the public during the day, and many first-time visitors take advantage of the opportunity to explore.

Austin’s World Refugee Day celebration is held each year in June. For information on this year’s event, please check our calendar.

Austin Interfaith Training

Over the past 60 years, organizers, pastors, lay leaders, principals, and parents in IAF organizations have developed a practice of “institutional organizing”: using the skills of community organizing to develop leadership, identify issues, reweave relationships, and build the capacity within their institutions to act on issues which affect families.

This process includes one-on-one relational meetings, small group conversations called “house meetings”, neighborhood and community walks, and research actions. An organizing process is always connected to the mission of the particular institution, and should be flexible in order to meet the needs of each congregation or school.

Learn about the good work of this organization at the Austin Interfaith Leaders Meeting and Training this month.
When:  Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 07:00 PM

Where:  Trinity United Methodist Church  – 4001 Speedway – Austin, TX

RSVP at: Austin Interfaith Leaders Meeting and Training – 5.28.15

Austin Interfaith Training

Over the past 60 years, organizers, pastors, lay leaders, principals, and parents in IAF organizations have developed a practice of “institutional organizing”: using the skills of community organizing to develop leadership, identify issues, reweave relationships, and build the capacity within their institutions to act on issues which affect families.

This process includes one-on-one relational meetings, small group conversations called “house meetings”, neighborhood and community walks, and research actions. An organizing process is always connected to the mission of the particular institution, and should be flexible in order to meet the needs of each congregation or school.

Learn about the good work of this organization at the Austin Interfaith Leaders Meeting and Training this month.
When:  Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 07:00 PM

Where:  Trinity United Methodist Church  – 4001 Speedway – Austin, TX 78751

RSVP at: Austin Interfaith Leaders Meeting and Training – 5.28.15

Texas Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty

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The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out one execution this month:

  • Derrick Charles is scheduled to be put to death on May 12, 2015.  He was convicted of killing his 15-year-old girlfriend, Myiesha Bennett, her mother, Brenda Bennett, and her grandfather, Obie Lee Bennett, in 2002 in Harris County.  Charles was 19 years old at the time.

The State of Texas has carried out six executions to date in 2015.  Two individuals scheduled to be executed last month – Robert Pruett and Richard Vasquez – received stays.  Six people have received stays of execution this year, although the stay granted to Lester Bower by the U.S. Supreme Court has been lifted and his execution rescheduled for June 3, 2015.  At this time, no executions have been scheduled past June 18, 2015.

Attend a vigil in your community on the day of executions in Texas. Information and updates on cases are available on our website and through Facebook and Twitter.

Information and updates on these cases are available on TCADP’s website.

 

Advocacy at the 84th Texas Legislature

“The death penalty has worn out its welcome.”  That’s the message Anthony Graves delivered to members of the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence during his riveting testimony last week in support of House Bill 1527.  The hearing on HB 1527 – State Representative Jessica Farrar’s abolition bill – took place on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Anthony went on to tell the committee the death penalty does not work and the fact that he spent 18 years in prison, including 12.5 years on death row, and faced 2 execution dates should concern all of us.

MFSA was pleased to hear Mr. Graves speak at our 2014 Annual Conference Luncheon.

 

Save the Date – Together at the Table – October 7-9

Together at the Table – Hunger & Poverty Summit is an opportunity for leaders and practitioners from across the country to share their knowledge and expertise on addressing poverty, with a specific emphasis on food insecurity. The Summit, co-sponsored by Texas Hunger Initiative, USDA Southwest Regional Office, Alliance to End Hunger, and Feeding Texas, will provide evidence-based research and best-practice models for groups and organizations working in these fields.

Make plans to join us as we come together to exchange ideas, strengthen partnerships and move closer to our goal of ending hunger and, ultimately, poverty. Registration and more event details will be posted mid-July. http://www.baylor.edu/texashunger/index.php?id=89082

2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions

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10,000 People.  80 Nations.  50 Faiths.

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What:     The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions

When:    October 15 – 19, 2015

Where:   Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions.

The first Parliament took place in 1893. Since, this historic event has taken place in Chicago, USA  • Cape Town, South Africa  • Barcelona, Spain  • Melbourne, Australia – and now in Salt Lake City, Utah!