MFSA Meeting on Thursday, November 9

PERSIST! – Racism in the United Methodist Church

The November meeting of the Rio Texas MFSA will be Thursday, November 9, at Saint John’s UMC Austin.  Continuing the yearlong PERSIST! theme, the speaker will be Dr. Barbara Finlay.  Dr. Finlay is a sociologist with degrees from Texas Tech, UT-El Paso, and the University of Florida and minors in history and religion.  In addition, she has a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  Her career in academia included teaching at the University of Florida, Oregon State University, and Texas A&M, where she served for 26 years on the Sociology faculty.  The author of five books, Dr. Finlay has a particular interest and expertise in race and gender issues.  She retired from TAMU in 2008.  We hope you can join us for her revealing presentation.

We invite you to join us at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd. in Austin for this special discussion. Contact Rowland Curry with questions.

For our San Antonio friends:  Susan Aguilar is offering a ride to Austin and back for the Nov 9 meeting with RSVP – Text or leave a message at 210-717-8604.

Join us at 6:30p for snacks.  The program begins at 7p.  All are welcome.

BOPA Recycling

BOPA Recycling Event – Crestview UMC – 1300 Morrow St, Austin

November 11, 9 -11am

BOPA Recycling will be offered in the Crestview parking lot on Saturday, November 11, from 9 -11 am or when the trailer is full, whichever comes first. Bring Batteries of all kinds, Oil, Paint and Antifreeze (the last three in closed containers). Crestview is conducting this drive with the Crestview Neighborhood Association.

Justice For Our Neighbors Fundraiser

Stand with Us!

3rd Annual Benefit Dinner

Sat, November 11, 2017

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Asian American Resource Center

8401 Cameron Road

Austin, TX 78754

Austin Region Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON Austin) is a non-profit law office, welcoming refugees and immigrants into our communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.

In the last year, JFON Austin provided twelve Know Your Rights Information sessions and over 80 individual immigration legal consultations. We also represented 110 refugees and immigrant clients in 140 cases. Our core programs offer consultations, emergency preparedness, and immigration legal representation to immigrants across Central Texas. JFON Austin aims to strengthen our individual representation of clients and our education to the immigrant community regarding steps to mitigate harm to their families in the event of raids, detention, or removal.

We invite you to experience how JFON Austin keeps immigrant families together. We hope that you will be able to join us for this event!

Trinity Austin Celebrates 25 Years Reconciling

Tickets available now for our Anniversary Fundraiser

Join us for an evening with Bishop Karen Oliveto – the first openly gay bishop in the United Methodist Church. We’ll celebrate Trinity’s historic vote to become a Reconciling congregation with dinner, a silent auction – and even fun prizes for “best dressed.”

The Trinity community is a radically inclusive church in the heart of Austin, affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. For 25 years Trinity has been a leader in the movement to fully include those who identify as LGBTQ in the church.

In 1992, Trinity committed to be a radically inclusive community, and this evening is a fundraiser to help us continue that mission.

Join us Saturday, November 18th
at 6:00pm at the UT Alumni Center

Register using the link below, or if you have any questions or need a scholarship, email


Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

TCADP November 2017 Alert:
Lowest public support for death penalty in 45 years

In the November edition of the TCADP monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about scheduled executions, recent Gallup poll data, and the TCADP 2018 Annual Conference. You’ll also find a list of upcoming events in El Paso and San Antonio.

Continue reading 


Scheduled Executions
The State of Texas is scheduled to execute one person this month:

  • On November 8, Ruben Cardenas is scheduled to be put to death for the 1997 murder of Mayra Laguna in Hidalgo County. In accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, as a Mexican-national, Cardenas had the right to contact the Mexican consulate upon arrest. He was unaware of this right. As a result, he was interrogated and confessed without any form of legal representation.

Take action: Write letters to Governor Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to stop the execution of Ruben Cardenas. For talking points and case details from Amnesty International, click here.

Texas accounts for 6 out of the 21 executions nationwide thus far in 2017. Currently, there is one execution scheduled in Texas in December.

Attend a vigil in your community on the day of executions. Information and updates on cases are available on our website and through Facebook and Twitter.

Upcoming Events:

February 17, 2018: TCADP 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas Register Today!

Click here for more information on upcoming events

iACT Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Join iACT for the 33rd Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Sunday November 19, 2017
Service: 3:00 – 4:30pm

Riverbend Church
4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin, TX 78746

Reception: 4:30 – 5:30pm

Please bring your favorite dish, ready to serve and labeled
for those with dietary restrictions.
(No pork or shellfish please!)

Free, family-friendly and all are welcome!

Volunteers needed: If you can volunteer, please fill out this form.

Celebrate & Give Thanks as One Community


News from Texas Impact

 Texas Impact Joins Interfaith Coalition
in Amicus Brief to 5th Circuit on SB 4

Immigrants across Texas are withdrawing from religious and community life for fear of being targeted by immigration officials and putting their children in jeopardy.

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Join Women from Across Texas to Engage Issues That Matter!Registration is Now Open for
United Methodist Women’s Legislative Event

JANUARY 28-30, 2018, Austin, Texas

Register by January 6, 2018 for the early-bird registration price.

Women ages 15-35 may qualify for a scholarship. Registration Form