Lake Travis UMC- 1502 RR 620 North

Austin, Texas 78734

Saturday, February 13

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Workshop registration requested by February 3rd, 2016

To register for workshops, click here 

Rev. Jasmine Smothers is the keynote speaker for the Capital District leadership training. While there are 10 workshops, we will highlight two of them here.


Undoin RacismPISAB-logoIntroduction to Undoing Racism & Community Organizing

Charlotte Caples 


Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, a 2.5 day Undoing Racism intensive training challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. In this Introduction to Undoing Racism® Community Organizing, participants will gain an understanding of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, its vision and a foundation for how the Institute helps individuals, communities, organizations and institutions move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to undoing the causes of racism so as to create a more just and equitable society.


therefore_goUMC General Conference Legislation

Abel Vega

This workshop will provide an overview of General Conference 2016, the legislative process and framework of key legislative proposals as well as the Jurisdictional Conference episcopal election process. It will look at the emerging shifts of the UMC as a global church and its relationship to the mission field.  With this backdrop, conversation will be facilitated regarding implications, challenges, and opportunities for the Rio Texas Conference UMC in the 21st century in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.   Workshop participants can visit to familiarize themselves with General Conference 2016.

Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) Events

FriendsInFaith_logo_800wFriends in Faith – Tues. Feb 16, 2016

Our fifth annual Friends in Faith Luncheon on Feb. 16th is an event for local faith leaders as a way to help nourish and support their growth, as well as to connect and encourage them in building relationships with other faith leaders in our community.

We extend our thanks to Sharon Watkins, owner of Chez Zee, who has continued to support iACT in fulfilling its mission.

iACT is committed to connecting Austin’s diverse faith communities and promoting healthy interfaith relationships. We are devoted to strengthening these relationships and bringing in new faith communities.

The Red Bench: Religious Intoleranceredbench_logo-300x79

Join us on February 23rd at First United Methodist Church for a courageous conversation on another pressing issues of our time:religious intolerance.

Please RSVP in advance!

February 23, 2016

6:30 pm – 8:30pm

First United Methodist Church – Family Life Center1300 Lavaca St

Reconciling Ministries Network Training

rmncoaching1-copy311February 20th,  9am to 4pm

Buda UMC – Buda, TX

Do you want to help increase the number of Reconciling churches, communities and campus ministries in your area? Join us as SCJ Regional Organizer, Laura Young, facilitates a training designed to help participants coach congregations, Sunday school classes, and other groups as they journey through the Reconciling process. The training will include skills building around topics common in the Reconciling process including: complex identities, framing, the steps of the Reconciling process, graceful engagement, and conflict management.

Click here for more information and to register.

Book Talk with Author Deepa Iyer


Restorative Justice at the Crossroads

ut-ssw-logoDean’s Lecture Series: Thalia González

Monday, February 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Restorative Justice at the Crossroads: From Practice to Policy to Systemic Reform

Light lunch will be served starting at 11:30am. Please RSVP to 

Restorative justice in the United States is at a crossroads; it is no longer simply viewed as a grassroots practice, but instead as a policy solution in such areas as school discipline, youth justice, child welfare, violence, policing, racial disparities, mass incarceration, and recidivism.  In this lecture, Professor González will discuss the growth of the restorative justice movement, its shifting focus, and how restorative justice is currently being used across the United States in a diverse range of systems.  She will also highlight the tensions between aspirational and practical understandings of restorative justice, as well as the versatility of restorative approaches to address some of the most pressing contemporary issues.

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

antony_gravesA Conversation from the Heart: An Evening with Anthony Graves” will take place at The Health Museum (1515 Hermann Dr.) in Houston’s Museum District on Friday, February 19, 2016.  The event will feature an exclusive screening of “Graves Injustice: A One Man Stage Narrative,” which tells the story of Anthony Graves.  Mr. Graves spent 18 years in prison, including 12 years on Texas’ death row, and faced 2 execution dates as an innocent man.  Since his exoneration in October 2010, he has served as a powerful advocate for criminal justice reform. This event is sponsored by TCADP; Anthony Believes; Pete and Lyn Mefford; and The Health Museum.  Proceeds benefit TCADP and Anthony Believes. Seats are limited, so purchase your ticket today!

Annual Conference: TCADP 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. For more information, please visit our conference page.

Austin Interfaith Delegate Assembly

Austin Interfaith2February Delegates Assembly for the Austin Interfaith Coalition

Monday, February 15, 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm

St. John’s/San Juan Lutheran Church, 409 W. Ben White Blvd.

On February 15, United Methodist congregations will join with the other congregations, schools, workers’ associations and unions that make up Austin Interfaith to hold a Delegate’s Assembly at 6:45 pm at St. John’s/San Juan Lutheran Church, 409 W. Ben White Blvd. At this Delegates Assembly leaders will ask public officials to commit to working on important issues affecting central Texas families – like education, healthy neighborhoods, immigration reform, living wages for all, affordable housing, and more.