No Chapter Meeting This Month, Please Participate In The Following Activities!

Join MFSA at the MLK March on Monday, January 18

In this new year, have you considered what commitments you’ll make to combating racism?

Join Rio Texas MFSA on Monday, January 18 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 the south steps of the State Capitol for a short program.

For those who want to complete the march, it will continue on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where there is a community festival planned. For more information, contact Janice Curry at or visit:

Sunday Supper & Peace Through Pie Social

By Rolando Perez in Trinity UMC

Sunday, January 17, 6-8pm

Trinity UMC

peacethroughpieInspired 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.

In that spirit, returning facilitator Jeremy Solomons will guide us in Leading Difficult Conversations Across Difference, a communication skill-building lab. The model Jeremy presents is as useful in managing conversations from the simplest differences of opinion to the gulf between deeply-held beliefs.

So please join us on Sunday January 17, 2016 from 6-8 pm.

This is a potluck Peace Through Pie Social – so bring a pie to share, savory or sweet!

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

One Human Race

 The Onone-human-race-workshops-87e Human Race Series meets once a week for three weeks to create a safe environment to communicate about race using the following resources: PBS Series: “Race: The Power of An Illusion” in one hour segments; group discussions with trained group leaders; examine the American concept of race; share feelings and experiences with a goal of building community and common ground. Click and Register Here


If you are unable to attend the St. James events, the Rio Texas MFSA Chapter will sponsor the One Human Race Workshops on April 16, 23, and 30, 2016.  Stay tuned for details of location.

We recommend you attend at least the first workshop. Attendance to all workshops is not required, but recommended. To learn more about this movement, visit:

Presented by: The Myra McDaniel Chapter, which is an affiliate of the national organization, the Union of Black Episcopalians. The Chapter advocates for and encourages greater involvement and participation of members of the African Diaspora in all levels of the Episcopal Church.


Texas Impact



Program planned and produced by Texas Impact

The Way Texas Works

Join Women from All Around the State
To Engage Issues That Matter

Sunday, January 24, 2016 – 3:00pm to

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – 2:00pm

Austin, Texas

REGISTRATION IS UNLIMITED! Click here to register today!

To get the early-bird registration price, register by January 8, 2016.


New Texas Gun Laws in Effect

Effective January 1, 2016, NEW Texas Laws will make it legal to bring openly carried and concealed firearms into faith communities.

Additional Gun Laws and Religious Properties Resources

Religious organizations wishing to regulate firearms in their buildings are now required to post new signs at all public entrances to their buildings. Texas Impact has secured a bulk discount rate for signs that meet the legal specifications of the new law. Order your signs today at

Austin Interfaith News


Austin Interfaith2Austin Interfaith Leaders Meeting

January 21, 2016 at 7pm – 8:30pm


St. John’s / San Juan Lutheran Church
409 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
United States
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Austin Interfaith Civic Academy – Affordable Housing


January 23, 2016 at 9am – 12pm


Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

1206 E 9th St

Austin, TX 78702


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Join Austin Interfaith clergy and leaders to discuss and learn about housing and affordability issues affecting our families, institutions, and neighborhoods.

Central Texas MFSA Chapter Meeting

The Central Texas Conference MFSA Chapter will meet Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 pm for fellowship and refreshments at First UMC of Georgetown. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm featuring a presentation from Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones about the resolution from the Connectional Table for presentation at General Conference. Contact Rowland Curry for more information.

TCADP Annual Conference in Houston

tcadpThe Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will once again meet as an annual conference, this time at Unity of Houston on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The committee has planned an excellent conference with a tremendous array of presenters, workshop leaders and award recipients.

The theme of our 2016 Annual Conference, At the Epicenter of the Death Penalty, reflects the important role Texas plays in national movement away from the death penalty. It also reflects both past and present use of the death penalty in Harris County, which alone accounts for nearly 300 death sentences and more executions than any state in the country, besides Texas. Yet even in Harris County, the death penalty landscape is shifting and use is declining.

Online registration for the TCADP 2016 Annual Conference: At the Epicenter of the Death Penalty is now open! You can also mail in your registration using this formKeynote Speaker: Sen. Colby Coash

You can also use this form to purchase an ad in the conference program, secure a spot as a vendor, or help us underwrite the conference as a sponsor. Contact us at 512-441-1808 or if you have any problems or questions related to this form.