Family Detention Update

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Monday, March 28

The North Door – 502 Brushy St., Austin


Learn, share, connect.

Gather for an update on refugee families jailed in Texas: what’s happening now, and how you can help. Hear from lawyers, activists, and affected families. Cosponsored by Austin Region JFON.

March 28 Family Detention Free Event

MFSA sponsors One Human Race Workshop at St. Luke UMC Austin


The Rio Texas MFSA chapter is sponsoring The One Human Race Series at St. Luke UMC-Austin, 1306 W Lynn St., on three Saturdays in April – 16, 23, 30 -from 12:30-3:30pm.

In this three-week series, you’ll learn, listen, and share about the concept of race in the U.S. in a safe and productive environment. There is no fee, but donations are welcome.

You must register to participate – While, it is not a requirement that you attend all sessions, the first session is mandatory. Registration is limited to 60 people, so register soon to secure your space.

Thanks to the Union of Black Episcopalians – Myra McDaniel Chapter for this ministry and to Rev. Jay Cooper and St. Luke UMC for hosting the event.


Chapter Meeting in March to be at Tarrytown UMC

The March meeting of the Rio Texas Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action will be Thursday, March 10 at Tarrytown UMC, 2601 Exposition, in Austin.  (NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE.) The program is entitled “What to Expect at General Conference 2016”.  General Conference is the quadrennial gathering of United Methodists from around the world at which policies are set and decisions made that will impact United Methodists for the next four years.  GC2016 will be in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20 this year. The MFSA meeting will feature Jay Brim, a member of Westlake UMC who currently serves as Chancellor to the Bishop of the Rio Texas Conference.

Snacks and mingling begin at 6:30p, followed by the program at 7:00.  Bring friends of any (or no) faith tradition.  We hope to see you there!

MFSA BOPA Recycling Event

DSC06557 (2)Rio Texas MFSA Will Sponsor the 7th Annual BOPA (Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze) Recycling Event

Saturday, March 5;  8 to 10:30 am
Westlake UMC, 1460 Redbud Trail
Austin, TX 78746

Start cleaning the garage and find those batteries, oil, paint, and antifreeze and bring them to the MFSA BOPA event on Saturday, March 5, at Westlake UMC, 1460 Redbud Trail, Austin, TX 78746, Austin, TX from 8:00 – 10:30 am.

If you would like to help with this event or have questions, please contact Anne Mund,

Courageous Conversations on Race

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Date:  March 3, 2016

Time:  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location:  Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballroom A

Spurred by the numerous shootings of blacks by law enforcement, these monthly discussions seek to unpack the presence of systemic racism within our communities and how Catholics and all people might participate in un-doing racism in our communities.

Join others from the Austin community in this on-going discussion, sponsored by: the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin’s, the Diocese Office of Black Catholics, the Diocese Office of Life/Charity/Justice, Pax Christi, Holy Cross Parish, St. John Neumann Parish, and St. Edward’s University Campus Ministry.
Kindness and Truth shall meet; Justice and Peace shall kiss. Psalm 85:11

St. Edward’s University (3001 S. Congress Avenue, 78704) in the Ragsdale Center on the 3rd Floor (Mabee Ballrooms A & B). Park in the Parking Garage or in Lot P next to the softball field.

Communication Workshop at Trinity

TRinityLeading Difficult Conversations Across Difference

Monday, March 7, 2016 6.30-8.00 pm

Community practitioners, activists, advocates and allies will develop practical communication skills to lead difficult conversations around difference in this workshop. The flexible model presented by Jeremy Solomons is as useful to help manage conversations based on the simplest differences

Getting Ready for General Conference 2016

lyncThe Love Your Neighbor Coalition consisting of thirteen 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 & beyond.

Here’s how you can help:

1.    Go to the Love Your Neighbor Coalition website and endorse the vision statement. Rio Texas MFSA has rented a house in Portland for 8 of the 10 days of GC. Contact Rowland Curry at if you are interested in going to GC to volunteer.

2.    Sign up to be a volunteer for the coalition. If you are able to come to Portland 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!