2019-2020 Theme

Stand Up!  Speak Out!  Take Action!

January 2020 – Make Plans to Take Action

Rio Texas MFSA will not have a monthly meeting in January.  We urge you to join in the Women’s March and Rally at the state Capitol on January 18.  Then on Monday, January 20, join us in attending the MLK Program, March, and Rally beginning at 9 am at the UT campus.

Rally at the Capitol – Austin

Saturday, January 18, 12p-3p – South Steps of Texas Capitol

Please note that various advocacy groups are planning concurrent marches on January 18 that start earlier than noon.  Speeches at the Capitol will begin about noon. https://www.womensmarchontexascapitol.org/

UMW Legislative Event 2020

Save the Date for the 2020 United Methodist Women’s Legislative Event, happening January, 26th-28th in Austin. You may register online https://texasimpact.org/umw2020central/. Make sure to share and invite your UMW friends and circles.

The Texas UMW Legislative Event is a three-day annual conference in Austin, TX. There will be speakers, workshops, panels and breakout sessions about public policy issues, faith and social justice and how to meet your elected officials.

What you should expect:
– Up-to-date information on important policy issues
– Grounding in how United Methodist Social Principles relate to the Texas Legislature
– New ideas about connecting faith and public life in your local community
– Fostering relationships with your elected officials and staff

It has been more than 30 years since a small group of faithful women from across Texas came together to launch a new project: an annual event where UMWs could learn about legislative issues related to United Methodist Social Principles and the priorities of United Methodist Women. Now, hundreds of UMWs gather annually for briefings on current public policy issues and to learn about ways to engage their local communities in social justice work. Come and be a part of the movement this year!

Texas Interfaith Advocacy Conference

This conference brings Texans of faith together for three days of advocacy and legislative training on February 16-18, 2020.

Register here.

Speakers and sessions will cover immigration, health equity, and climate – with an opportunity for participants to meet with their state elected officials.

Information about hotels to come soon.

Download and print the flyer here.

Texas Impact Information

San Antonio Interfaith Advocacy Training

You are invited to Texas Impact’s San Antonio Interfaith Advocacy Training Sunday, November 17 from 2-5pm at First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Antonio.

Register online at https://texasimpact.org/texas-impacts-san-antonio-interfaith-advocacy-training-registration-page/.

Registration is free, but helpful in event planning.

Join us for a faith leader panel, Advocacy 101 training and breakout sessions.. Policy presentations will focus on immigration reform, public education/literacy, and health policy.

Additional topics, speakers and event sponsors will be listed here as they become available.

Email scott@texasimpact.org if you are interested in supporting the event or have ideas/suggestions to share.


Elgin Interfaith Advocacy Training

You are invited to Texas Impact’s San Antonio Interfaith Advocacy Training Saturday, November 16 from 10am-12pm at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Elgin. Register online at https://texasimpact.org/elgin-interfaith-advocacy-training-registration-form/. Registration is free, but helpful in event planning.

Join us for a faith leader panel, Advocacy 101 training and breakout sessions.. Policy presentations will focus on public education/literacy and rural health policy.

Additional topics, speakers and event sponsors will be listed here as they become available.

Email scott@texasimpact.org if you are interested in supporting the event or have ideas/suggestions to share.


Courts & Ports: Faithful Witness on the Texas-Mexico Border

Witness the Crisis First Hand

The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy/Texas Impact invites you to participate in Courts & Ports: Faithful Witness on the Texas-Mexico Border.

This 2-day immersion experience engages people of faith to witness first-hand the legal and law enforcement processes related to immigration, detention, and deportation occurring in South Texas.

Click here for the: Courts & Ports One Pager

Central Texas Interfaith (CTI)

The CTI Delegates Assembly is Sunday, November 10th at 3pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church.  In this gathering of 400 leaders, we will ratify a preliminary agenda of issues we’ve been working on to guide our efforts as we head into the new year.  We will also ratify our 2020 nonpartisan electoral strategy and celebrate our launch as Central Texas Interfaith!

Let’s demonstrate the strength, diversity and power of our institutions!

RSVP NOW

We need YOU to RSVP AND work with your institution to bring a strong delegation so that we can increase voter turnout and make an impact on issues we care about from homelessness to climate change to wages, immigration and more.

Many of you made commitments for turnout to this assembly, ranging from 5 to 60.  Reach out to others in your institution to encourage participation and tell your organizer/or regional leader how many you are expecting.  Be bold and make announcements in PTA meetings, house meetings, and other gatherings!  Include the flyer in your bulletins!  Below are links to the latest flyer, sample announcement/bulletin insert and sign sheet. =)

DOWNLOAD FLYER

SAMPLE ANNOUNCEMENT

SIGNUP SHEET

With faith, much is possible.  Let’s make this launch a success!

Carlota García | Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic | 512-522-7565