Hunger and Poverty Summit

Wednesday, November 7, 12:30 p.m. – Friday, November 9, 12:30 p.m.

There are numerous organizations across the country working to find solutions to hunger and poverty.  With so much going on in so many different places, it can be difficult to find time to come together to share experiences and learn best practices.  For nearly 10 years, Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative has served as a convener—bringing together diverse stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to hunger.

This fall, THI will host is seventh Together at the Table Hunger & Poverty Summit.  The summit brings together 400-500 attendees from across the country for three days of focused learning on Baylor’s campus and includes:

  • six plenary sessions;
  • more than 50 different breakout sessions; and
  • experts on the latest developments in public policy, effective community organizing strategies, and cutting-edge research.

Sessions will be organized into tracks including:

  • anti-hunger and anti-poverty policy;
  • research;
  • coalition building;
  • child hunger;
  • faith-based solutions;
  • senior hunger; and
  • hunger and health.

Space is limited, so register today!  And make sure to visit for updates and more information.

We hope to see you there!

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Americans are more politically divided than we’ve been since the Civil War.  These tribal disagreements rip apart families, friendships, governments, and, not surprisingly, churches.  Because of this, polarization becomes a primary part of any pastor’s context and a challenge to her or his work.  Add to all this that Jesus prayed for his disciples, “that they all may be one,” and that their unity should impact the world, (John 17:21) and this becomes an integral part of faithful ministry.  Join Rev. Allen Hilton as he engages this crucial leadership issue of our time on the way to helping the American church become a “House United.”

The two parts of this series offer independent, but equally important content.

Presenter: Rev. Allen Hilton

Dates: Oct. 9 & Nov. 15, 2018

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost:  $35 for each session (lunch included)

Recommended for: clergy and church leaders

You may register for one or both sessions

Session One

In this session, Dr. Hilton will introduce “Courageous Conversations,” a model he uses around the country to help congregations learn to talk well about controversial matters on which they differ passionately.

Date:  Oct. 9, 2018

Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm, followed by lunch until 1:00 pm

Cost:  $35 (lunch included)

Register here for the October 9 session

Session Two

In this session, Dr. Hilton will introduce “Christian Mingle,” an initiative to bring leaders and congregations together in fellowship and mission to build relationship across the left-right divide.

Date:  Nov. 15, 2018

Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm, followed by lunch until 1:00 pm

Cost:  $35 (lunch included)

Register here for the November 15 session

Voter Registration Basics

Voter Registration Basics

Ready to Vote?  Look up your registration, print a sample ballot, find a polling place, and view wait times at!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 is the deadline to register
for the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial Election.


You are eligible to register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of Travis County;
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old;
  • You are not a convicted felon, or, if convicted you have been pardoned or fully discharged your sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, or probation; and
  • You have not been declared by a court to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.


Volunteer Deputy Registrars help register eligible citizens to vote by distributing, reviewing, and accepting completed voter registration applications. They serve for two-year terms expiring on December 31 of even-numbered years.

Want to Volunteer?

Training classes are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Room 3154, ACC Eastview Campus located at 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. (Room 410) and 6:30 p.m. (Room 201) – Highland Business Center located at 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752.
  • To schedule a remote training for a group of 15 or more, contact us at (512) 854-9473 or e-mail us.

Classes will begin promptly as scheduled and latecomers will not be admitted.

Volunteer Deputy Registrar Qualifications

To be appointed, an individual must be:

  • at least 18 years old;
  • a United States citizen; and
  • a Texas resident

An individual must not have been:

  • determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be (1) totally mentally incapacitated or (2) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
  • convicted of failing to deliver a voter application to a voter registrar;
  • convicted of a felony or, if so convicted, must have (1) fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court, or (2) be pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote;
  • convicted of identity theft under Section 32.51 of the Penal Code

Volunteer Deputy Registrar Duties

Volunteer Deputy Registrars help Travis County citizens register to vote by:

  • providing a voter registration application;
  • assisting in the completion of the application;
  • accepting and reviewing the completed application and giving receipts;
  • informing the applicant that voter registration certificates are mailed within 30 days;
  • submitting the applications in person to our office at 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 within 5 calendar days.



The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 

Early voting takes place from Monday, October 22, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018.

To learn more about ID required for voting in person, check out the FAQs.

If you do not live in Travis County, contact the voter registrar or tax office in your county for training dates and specifics for your county.

God in Transition: A Day of Faith Formation

 Hosted by enfleshed and First United Methodist Church of Austin

Saturday, November 10 at 10am – 3pm

1201 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Tickets by Eventbrite


If you are interested in learning about how you, individually, and your congregation, collectively, can support trans and nonbinary people and their loved ones, come join us for a day-long event of education and community building.  With featured plenary speaker, Rev. M Barclay, a non-binary trans minister in The United Methodist Church, you’ll be invited to grow in understanding of what it means to be trans today, learn how the Christian faith can support people in their transitions, deepen your understanding of gender, and walk away with practical tools for celebrating people of all genders.

Refugee Services of Texas


An Unaccompanied Child (UC) is defined as a child under 18 years of age who has no immigration status and has been separated from their biological parent.  While there are UCs from all over the world, children from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have arrived at the Texas border with Mexico in record numbers in recent years.  By law, the United States Health and Human Services department must provide for the custody and care of these children unless a sponsor can be found while they go through the immigration process.  Less than 10% of UCs receives post release services.

Equality Texas

Equality Texas Foundation & Texas Health Institute Announce a New $250,000 Contract and a First of Its Kind Texas Research Capacity-Building Project to Improve the Quality of Healthcare for Transgender Texans

TransFORWARD, A Statewide Transgender-Powered Research Collaborative in Texas, will engage transgender Texans in a ground-breaking research capacity-building project to improve the lives and health of transgender Texans.

The Washington D.C. based Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent, nonprofit organization whose mandate is to improve the quality of healthcare based on evidence, awarded a first-of-its-kind contract, research capacity-building project to connect transgender Texans with medical researchers.  The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award will build research capacity by engaging 2,500 transgender Texans in clinical comparative effectiveness research studies.

A Research Engagement Advisory Council will be formed to guide the two-year project and eight regional groups will be created across the state where transgender patients, researchers, and organizations will participate in patient-centered outcomes research at various health institutions.  TransFORWARD is a community engagement partner with the University of California San Francisco’s PRIDE Study/net to recruit transgender Texans to participate in studies.

For more information on TransFORWARD and this project:

Become a Justice-Seeking Congregation!

Last summer MFSA piloted a new opportunity for congregations to declare their commitment to intersectional movements for justice and connect with our justice-seeking witness.  As Justice Seeking Congregations covenant to call themselves, their congregations and the church to expand its understanding of the call of the Gospel to be the inclusive, anti-racist/anti-oppressive, justice seeking, risk taking Body of Christ.  They live out our belief that to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be involved in the transformation of the world.  They believe transformation is possible and hold these values as we seek sacred change in our congregations, communities, denomination and our world.  Watch Rev. Lydia Munoz, MFSA Board Member and Lead Pastor of Church of the Open Door UMC in Eastern Pennsylvania share why her congregation felt called to become a Justice-Seeking Congregation here.

Join the movement today.  Become a Justice-Seeking Congregation today!

MFSA Depends On Your Help For Its Programs and Activities

Please Include Us in Your Giving Plans For 2018!

Join with us as we connect progressive United Methodists in putting faith into action!

Membership in MFSA is not predicated on ability to pay.  We do not have “dues”.  However, our local unit and the National Office need funding each year for programs and activities.  Membership gifts and special giving are always appreciated. MFSA is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.   Membership gifts to MFSA are tax deductible as provided by law.

There are several easy ways to join or support MFSA.

  • You can log onto the national MFSA website, and follow the instructions there (you can safely use a credit card). Please indicate that you are part of the Rio Texas MFSA.
  • Or, you can mail a check made out to “Rio Texas – MFSA” to our Treasurer, Janice Curry, at 1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd, Austin 78758.  The suggested minimum donation is $60, but any amount is welcome.  Thanks for your support!

Historically, we have had eight monthly meetings per year, generally on the second Thursday of the month (this may change in the future).  We communicate using monthly electronic newsletters & updates to our website and Facebook page.

Stay Connected with MFSA

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