Social Justice Movies/Documentaries

 LBGT & United Methodist Church Documentary

The documentary, Dividing the United Methodist Church, shown on PBS’s “On the Contrary, presents a special documentary about LBGT and the United Methodist Church.

From the PBS website: “The United Methodist Church remains officially opposed to homosexuality, same sex marriage, and self-avowed gay pastors. It’s official rulebook – the book of discipline states – “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” But not all United Methodist congregations agree with the church’s view on the issue. The fight on this issue is testing the faith more than ever and Dividing the United Methodist Church.’

You can watch it at:



An Act of Love: A Documentary, about The United Methodist Church, Frank Schaefer, and his trial(s), premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 9th & 12th. Now they are beginning a national campaign of screenings in churches, community centers, and other non-theatrical venues. They also want to send copies of the film to all of the United Methodist Church delegates who will be participating in the 2016 General Conference. That way everyone involved in making decisions regarding the UMC’s policies towards the LGBTQ community has an opportunity to view the film prior to the Conference. We’ll watch for a Texas showing.



November 8, 2015 6pm and November 15, 6pm

Westlake UMC is co-sponsoring along with seven other Austin churches, two showings of the documentary film, The Hunting Ground. It details the problem of violence and assault on college campuses as well as the institutional suppression of these incidents. One reviewer states: “This film has the power to fuel the movement to end campus assault, but we need to show a strong turnout at theaters to demonstrate the growing public concern and demand institutions change their ways.” While another says: “Any parent sending a child off to college should consider this required viewing.” Please plan on educating yourself and supporting the effort to end assaults on college campuses by attending one of the two showings: Sunday, Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 at 6pm at The Sanctuary, 2614 Exposition.

Watch the trailer at:


Texas Impact – Neighbors of Oil and Gas

Neighbors of Oil and Gas is a new resource for introducing people living near oil and gas development to the different state and local agencies that enforce environmental rules for the oil and gas industry. This collaboration between The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC), and Texas Impact-Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy is dedicated to helping residents and communities of the Eagle Ford Shale recognize and effectively report incidents and changes in environmental quality resulting from oil and gas activity. Neighbors of Oil and Gas offers a series of bilingual workshops that address: how to report suspected contamination and workplace hazards; agency investigation procedures; baseline water quality assessment and monitoring; and documenting odors and recognizing poorly operating flares.

Join us at a Neighbors of Oil and Gas event near you!

Nov. 17 – Gonzales

Nov. 18 – Cuero

Out Of Exile: Facts, Family, Friends and Faith

A conference focused on providing the information, ideas and inspiration faith communities need to engage & provide support to persons who are isolated by mental health disorders

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2015 | 9 – 4:30 PM

Temple Beth Shalom | 7300 Hart Lane
on the Jewish Community Center campus

$20 person | Scholarships available

Click here to download a flyer to share.


    “Mental Illness and the Role of the Faith Community”
    “Mental Illness and the Human Condition”

SPONSORED BY:  NAMI Austin, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Seminary of the Southwest, Temple Beth Shalom, Hope Presbyterian Church, Austin Travis County Integral Care, PLAN of Central Texas and the Diocese of Austin


Workshop – Engaging Religious Difference

Austin Presbyterian Seminary

Engaging Religious Difference

November 20-21, 2015

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center

100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Registration will begin at 9:00 am

Cost: $150/person (meals and lodging included); $75 (meals only)

During this two-day workshop participants will learn about power dynamics in interfaith relationships. Specifically, we will start by acknowledging that in this culture Christians always come to the table with more power and privilege. We will also unearth a host of other factors that influence power dynamics, such as gender, race and economic status.

The aim is to shine light on often unexamined inequalities operating in interfaith relationships so that we can enter into more mutual, life-giving relationship with each other.

Aimed at clergy, church leaders, and activists, this workshop will blend lectures, group discussions and experiential exercises with multimedia technologies.

Led by Dr. Christine Hong and Dr. Tiffany Puett


Recommended for: clergy, religious leaders and all those committed to interfaith engagement

By registering for this event, you are granting Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary the permission to publish group pictures taken during the event on Facebook.

Click here to register

Events from Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)

redbench_logo-300x79Red Bench Dialogue
December 1
The Red Bench: Reverence 


Read a reflection on September’s Red Bench Conversation about Racial Intolerance

interfaith Thanks31st Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and Celebration!

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

St. John Regular Baptist Association

7501 Blessing Ave., Austin, TX 78752

Free, family-friendly, all are welcome!

LYNC – General Conference 2016



The deadline to submit legislation for consideration at General Conference has passed. So many submissions were made that the online platform shut down and final submission had to be made by email!  Once all legislation is published, look for MFSA’s analysis (think early January).

The Love Your Neighbor Coalition consisting of twelve partner organizations, including MFSA and RMN, join together to offer an alternative witness and advocate for policy changes that would lead the denomination to the embodiment of God’s love and justice for all people in our church and beyond.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Go to the Love Your Neighbor Coalition website and endorse the vision statement.

2. Sign up to be a volunteer for the coalition. If you are able to come to Portland, OR anytime during May 10-20, 2016, please consider signing up to volunteer with the coalition (legislative tracking, witness, and support to justice-seeking delegates).
You can register to volunteer now!

Alternative Gift Markets – Austin


 Crestview UMC, 1300 Morrow St, Austin, TX

November 7, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sponsored by Crestview United Methodist Women to benefit Mission Projects

·       Quality Handmade Gifts for the Holidays and Year-Round

·       Homemade Jams and Jellies; Baked Goods and Frozen Casseroles

·       Quality Vendor Booths and Donation Quilts

·       Kitchen open for Breakfast and Lunch

·       Kidz Krafts Table for Fun During Shopping


 Women and Fair Trade Festival

Date: November 21 & 22, 2015

Time: 10:00 am  to  6:00 pm

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera will sponsor the 12th annual Women and Fair Trade Festival. Eight cooperatives, formed by women adversely affected by globalization, will come from all over the world to tell their stories and sell handmade crafts, toys, pottery, jewelry, clothing, textiles and weavings. Women and their representatives gather in Austin to meet local buyers, enjoy local musicians, and celebrate cultural exchange. The market festival will also feature live music, poetry, and raffles. More information online.

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

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Saint John’s UMC – Gifts of Hope

Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6

Join your friends and neighbors this December for a lovely holiday tradition, the Saint John’s UMC Annual Alternative Gift Market. Scheduled for December 5-6, the Market supports charities and artisan groups both at home and around the world and celebrates the true meaning of this most meaningful season of our year. In addition, the Market supports Saint John’s own missions outreach through the sale of handmade items and crafts made by Saint John’s members and wonderful holiday treats are always available in the Bake Shop.

Hours are 10 am-3 pm on Saturday, December 5 and noon until 3 pm on Sunday, December 6.


 University UMC Alternative Gift Market
Sunday, December 6

UUMC’s Alternative Gift Market is a chance for you to buy Christmas presents that “give twice.”  When you buy an item from the Alternative Gift Market, you will be helping an artisan earn a fair wage for their product. There is something for everyone on your Christmas list — from shirts and jewelry to coffee and handbags. We are your one-stop shop — see you at the market! If you have an interest in being a vendor, please contact Rev. Heather Lee at