After the Election

After the 2016 Presidential election, Anne Mund, President of Rio Texas MFSA, compiled a document with ideas for turning our passion for social justice into action. Sources include Nicholas Kristof, Jim Wallis, MFSA, Slate magazine and others. Please find the document here: 2016-presidential-election-response

Next MFSA Meeting Thursday, November 10, 7pm

Texas impactTexas Impact and the Texas Legislature

The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, famously said, “The Gospel of Christ knows no religion but social; no holiness, but social holiness.”  The November meeting of the Rio Texas Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) will welcome Yaira Robinson from Texas Impact, as our speaker.  Texas Impact is a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.  Its mission is to help people of faith participate faithfully and effectively in public policy discussions concerning issues of broad religious social concern, through non-partisan education on policy issues and training in civic participation.  Yaira will speak about what we, as people of faith, should be particularly aware of as our legislators convene in just three short months.

Please join us at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Road, on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30p for snacks and mingling.   The program begins at 7p. All are welcome.

Recycling Event at Crestview UMC Austin

BOPA Recycling – Crestview UMC

BOPA Recycling will be offered in our parking lot on Saturday, November 12, starting at 9 am and closing at 11 am or when the trailer is full, whichever comes first.  Bring Batteries, Oil, Paint and Antifreeze (the last three in closed containers). No electronics this time.  Crestview UMC is conducting this drive with the Crestview Neighborhood Association.

ARJFON Dinner November 19

jfon-logo-1 (1)Come celebrate and support Austin Region Justice for our Neighbors (ARJFON), learn more about its program, and meet with other community leaders. It’s an opportunity for the organization, volunteers, and friends to give thanks and dream of a better, brighter future together. This year’s event will feature tasty food, live music and fun for all.

Special guests are Bishop Robert Schnase and Dr. Luis Zayas, dean of the UT School of Social Work and author of Forgotten Citizens: Deportation, Children, and the Making of American Exiles and Orphans.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
6:30-7:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception
7:00 p.m. – Dinner and Music

First United Methodist Church
Family Life Center
1300 Lavaca Street
Austin, Texas

What is ARJFON?
The Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors (ARJFON) is a not-for-profit legal clinic whose goal is to provide hospitality and compassion by welcoming low-income immigrants through free or affordable immigration legal services, engaging in advocacy for immigrants’ rights, and education to communities of faith and the public.

Individual Ticket – $50.00

Table Leaders – $500.00 (includes one table for 8 people)

Shepherds – $2,000.00 (includes one table for 8 people, name in program, acknowledgement during program, acknowledged on ARJFON Website)

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week & Event

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 12-20, 2016, sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless

First UMC, Austin

Sunday, November 20

10:00 a.m. Wesley Hall

The General Commission on Race and Religion of The United Methodist Church (GCORR) has created a series of Vital Conversations on Realities of Race and Racism. This Vital Conversations series features contemporary theologians, sociologists, laity, clergy, and other thought-leaders dealing with challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the Church and world today.

On November 20, we will continue these vital conversations with a video and discussion of “Church: Building the Beloved Community” with Rev. Dr. Miguel De la Torre, professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Discussion will be led by Dr. Adama Brown and Pastor Cathy Stone.

Please contact Pastor Cathy with any questions at

Upcoming Events from Third Coast Activist


Date: November 12, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm

A panel including Craig McDonald of Texans for Public Justice, Yannis Banks of the Texas NAACP, lawyer Roger Borgelt, and Dan Eckam from Common Ground for Texans will discuss electoral differences under single- and multi-member districts and at-large representation. What are the types of district representation, and which one works best for whom?

The event is sponsored by Common Ground for Texans.

Location: Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock, Austin



Date: November 17, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm  to  9:00 pm

The Texas Jail Project, an effort to reform Texas county jails  and provide support to families of inmates, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with drinks, food, speakers, and music. TJP co-founder Diane Wilson and state House Rep. Celia Israel will speak and singer/songwriter Eric Hisaw will perform.

Tickets ($25 student/advocate, $50 supporter, $120 special supporter) are available at the event or online at

Location: The Old School, 1604 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702



Date: November 17, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Carlos Anderson, author of Just a Little Bit More: The Culture of Excess and the Fate of the Common Good, will discuss faith and inequality with Lilia Martínez, former community organizer with Austin Interfaith. The presentation and subsequent conversation will be in Spanish. The presentation coincides with the release of Anderson’s summary version of the book, translated by Martínez, titled Solo un Poco Más.

Location: St. John’s/San Juan Lutheran Church, 409 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin, 78704



Date: November 18, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The First Unitarian Universalist Church’s Green Sanctuary Committee will screen the documentary “The Burden,” which details why fossil-fuel dependence is a long-term national security threat.

A discussion group will follow the film. For more information, contact or (512) 288-4080

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

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

its-2016Interfaith Action of Central Texas is having its 32nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service!

Free and open to the public, all are welcome.  Come join fellow Austinites of every faith tradition at St. James Missionary Baptist Church as we celebrate what we are thankful for together. If you plan to attend, please RSVP!

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3:00 pm

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