MFSA at the Rio Texas Annual Conference

Rio Texas MFSA will provide witness for Social Justice once again at the Rio Texas Annual Conference in Corpus Christi, June 7 – 9, 2017.  We will sponsor the 7th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon on Thursday, June 8, at noon.  We are excited that our luncheon speaker will be John Hill, Assistant General Secretary of Advocacy and Organizing for the UMC General Board of Church and Society.


Also, our Book Fair will return this year!  We ask friends to box up their gently used books – religious and spiritual books, curriculum, and appropriate fiction and nonfiction – and we take them to Corpus Christi.  It becomes like a treasure hunt at our tables!  People contribute to us according to what they think the books are worth to them. The donations help defray the costs of the Rio Texas MFSA Peace and Justice Luncheon. Contact Rowland Curry rcurry@austin.rr.com and he will arrange to pick them up.


Annual Conference 2017 Registration is NOW OPEN
Registration InformationGeneral InformationWorkshops  • Breakfasts and Luncheons

(Click here for link to Peace & Justice Luncheon flyer)

Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center – Watergarden A (upstairs)

Corpus Christi, Texas

A Peace & Justice Luncheon Sponsored by

Methodist Federation for Social Action, Rio Texas Chapter

Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team

Featuring

John Hill

Assistant General Secretary for Advocacy and Grassroots Organizing

United Methodist General Board of Church and Society

John S. Hill has been with the GBCS since Earth Day, April 22, 2002. He has served as Program Director for Environmental Justice and Director of Economic and Environmental Justice. As part of his ecumenical work, John serves as chair of the Policy Committee for the National Council of Churches’ Eco-Justice Working Group and co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community’s Energy and Ecology Working Group.

Join us for this on-site luncheon. In addition, we will honor the recipients of the MFSA “Building a Just Community” Awards.

Luncheon Registration Information

Cost:      $12.00 in advance (by June 1) – Check or cash;  $15.00 at the door (limited number available)

Or, pay by credit card https://www.eventbrite.com/e/let-justice-roll-down-tickets-32890572588

Credit Card fee of $1.65 will be added to the cost ($13.65 total)

Please return this form with cash or check payment.

Name(s):  ______________________________________________

Address:  __________________________City:________________

Church:                                       # Tickets: ___ X $ 12.00 =$ ______

E-Mail (for confirmation): __________________________________

Indicate Special Dietary Need: _____________________________

Make Check to: “Rio Texas MFSA”

Mail this form and check to:

Janice Curry, Treasurer

1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd.

Austin, TX  78758

For more information contact:

jlcurry@austin.rr.com

512-836-7004

2017 Rio Texas MFSA Peace and Justice Luncheon Flyer

Please join Rio Texas MFSA and the Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team at the 7th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon  during the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi on Thursday, June 8. See the registration flyer at: LuncheonRegistration2017

MFSA at the Rio Texas Annual Conference

Rio Texas MFSA will provide witness for Social Justice once again at the Rio Texas Annual Conference in Corpus Christi, June 7 – 9, 2017.  We will sponsor the 7th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon on Thursday, June 8, at noon.  We are excited that our luncheon speaker will be John Hill, Assistant General Secretary of Advocacy and Organizing for the UMC General Board of Church and Society.

Also, our Book Fair will return this year!  Contact rcurry@austin.rr.com to donate gently used religious or spiritual books for this MFSA event.

Look for more information in our next newsletter!

Welcome Bishop Schnase!

Description of the Champions of Clergy Equality Award

MFSA Works as Part of LYN Coalition at General Conference

The theme for the UMC’s 2016 General Conference was, “Therefore, Go”.  The kindest thing we can say about GC16 is, “it’s gone.”  Our progressive coalition marched, prayed, witnessed, and sang together throughout GC, and while there were a few bright spots, the results of GC were pretty grim.

Thanks to our supporters and over 400 volunteers over the 11 days of GC, many of us sensed the presence of God within our midst.  Unfortunately, we were not able to overturn the unreasonable discrimination practiced by our denomination toward our LGBTQI brothers and sisters.  The GC finally approved a recommendation by the Council of Bishops to establish another commission to study the church’s stance on “human sexuality”.  Only time will tell whether this will produce results, or is just “kicking the can down the road.”

There are many articles being circulated online as we reflect on the events in Portland.
Click here for the UMC News Service’s official wrap-up.

GC_collagePhoto Credits: R Curry, UM News Service, Jim Quinn, Dave Jerde

Rio Texas Annual Conference – Corpus Christi

Rio Texas MFSA will again have a presence at the 2016 Annual Conference meetings in Corpus Christi June 9 – 12.  Because of policy changes this year, we will be limited to only one table for our displays in the Exhibit Hall.  We will continue to provide information at our booth about our organization and our activities.  And we will sponsor our Sixth Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon.

As a result of limited space, however, we will not have a book fair as we have for the past 7 years.  Please find other meaningful places to donate your used religious and spiritual books.