Bishop Schnase to Lead Worship – Pflugerville First UMC

Bishop Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Rio Texas Conference, will lead worship at First UMC Pflugerville on January 26. http://www.pflugervilleumc.org/

Jim Wallis to Speak at University UMC Austin

PROGRESSIVE THEOLOGIAN JIM WALLIS SPEAKING

Date: January 26, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm  to  7:30 pm

Progressive theologian Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, will speak about today’s political and moral crises. He is the author of the forthcoming book Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus.

More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe St., Austin, 78705

From Travis Park San Antonio

Travis Park UMC has an active Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) program that meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month at noon. MFSA mobilizes clergy and laity within The United Methodist Church to take action on issues of peace, poverty and people’s rights within the church, the nation and the world.

Working primarily through the ministries of the United Methodist Church, MFSA supports and augments peace and justice ministries at the local, conference, and national levels.  As an independent organization, we call our church to expand its understanding of the radical call of the Gospel to be the inclusive, justice-seeking, risk-taking Body of Christ.

MFSA lives out our belief that to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be involved in the transformation of the social order.

Moreover, MFSA affirms the vital importance of theological reflection as the Church weighs great issues of faithfulness to Jesus Christ and the Gospel in United Methodist worship, governance and witness. We offer to following paragraphs as a point of departure for reflection and discussion.

For information on this committee, email John Patterson.

MFSA Depends On Your Help For Its Programs and Activities

Please Include Us in Your Giving Plans!

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, http://www.mfsaweb.org 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

Rio Texas MFSA

PO Box 66055

Austin, TX  78766-6055

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

MFSA – Conference Website:  https://riotexasmfsa.org/

MFSA – National Site: http://www.mfsaweb.org

Check out our Facebook Page Rio Texas Chapter MFSA

Stay Connected with MFSA

MFSA – Conference Website:  https://riotexasmfsa.org/

MFSA – National Site: http://www.mfsaweb.org

Check out our Facebook Page Rio Texas Chapter MFSA

2019-2020 Theme: Stand Up! Speak Out! Take Action! October 10 Meeting – Finding Hope

Given the increase in violent acts, hateful rhetoric, and lack of empathy for people in need, it is hard not to become discouraged.  Rio Texas MFSA is presenting an opportunity for central Texans to hear a message of hope from area church leaders.

Our October program features a panel of local church leaders who will share how they personally remain optimistic, how they inspire congregations to maintain hope, and what positive steps we can take in times such as these.  Audience members may offer comments and/or ask questions at appropriate times throughout the panel discussion.

The meeting will be at Saint John’s United Methodist Church, at 2140 Allandale Road, in Austin.

Snacks and mingling begin at 6:30 pm, followed by the program at 7 pm.

Pumpkin Patches at UMC Churches!

Bethany – 10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX US 78750

Buda UMC Pumpkin Patch

Manchaca 1011 FM 1626 Manchaca, TX 78652

Pflugerville – 500 E Pecan St, Pflugerville, TX 78660

Saint John’s – 2140 Allandale -opening October 15 –

St. Luke – 1306 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703

Tarrytown – 2601 Exposition Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Save the Date Texas Freedom Network

News from the Third Coast Activist

 

“A GREEN NEW DEAL, AND BEYOND: FACING ECOLOGICAL CRISES”

Date: October 8, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

We face multiple, cascading ecological crises that require dramatic changes in public policy and everyday life. Robert Jensen will offer a framework for understanding today’s debates over environmental issues. The Green New Deal proposals have been criticized for being too radical, but what if they are not radical enough?

Jensen, recently retired from teaching in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas, is the author of The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men and Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully.

The event is sponsored by the Austin School, which is on Facebook and YouTube.

Location: ACC Eastview Campus Auditorium (Room 8500), 3401 Webberville Road, Austin, 78702

 

BORDER SOLIDARITY DELEGATION

Date: October 11, 2019

Time: 8:00 am  to  6:00 pm

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera raises awareness about conditions of social and economic injustice by hosting solidarity delegations to the border to visit with its partners, el Comité Fronterizo de Obreras (Border Committee of Working Women) and their member communities within the free trade zone of Mexico.

The next delegation will be visiting Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. More information and sign up online.

 

BUILDING GREEN JUSTICE FORUM: “POTENTIAL THROUGH PLACE”

Date: October 15, 2019

Time: 8:00 am  to  4:00 pm

Huston-Tillotson University will host the sixth annual Building Green Justice Forum, this year focusing on “Potential through Place.”

The modern environmental justice movement understands that our fates are linked to the places we live and work, and that for people of color those places often are ignored, under-resourced, and overly burdened with polluted air, water, and soil. Yet these places also are home to the environmental justice community’s pride, strength, and motivation.

Place holds multiple meanings. In the sciences, an organism’s place in an ecosystem is described by its habitat (physical location) and its niche (role in the community). From those two dimensions, complex interactions emerge that define sources of both resilience and vulnerability. Our human ecosystem is no different. The Building Green Justice Forum will examine these ideas’ potential to transform the entire environmental movement to center equity.

Registration and coffee begins at 8 am, with speakers, panels, and workshops throughout the day. The speakers and schedule will be announced soon. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The forum is free but please register online. More information on the Facebook event page.

The event is sponsored by the HT Center for Sustainability and Environmental JusticeGreen is the New BlackThe Dumpster Project, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center.

For more information on sponsorship, contact Karen Magid, kmagid@htu.edu, or Amanda Masino, htmasino@gmail.com.

Location: Dickey-Lawless Science Building, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, 78702, with free parking in the Chalmers Avenue lot and free street parking around campus.

 

CLIMATE IN CRISIS: LOCAL ACTION STARTING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Date: October 20, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm  to  3:30 pm

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will sponsor a forum on how to take action on the climate crisis, featuring Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea, who has worked on water

issues in Austin for 30 years, and Brandi Clark Burton, founder of EcoNews and former adviser on environmental action to Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive (exit off I-35, west on Wells Branch Parkway)

 

JASON DE LEÓN ON HUMAN SMUGGLING

Date: October 23, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:30 pm

Jason De León, Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of the Undocumented Migration Project, will speak on “Soldiers and Kings: A Photoethnography of Human Smuggling Across Mexico” as part of the University of Texas Humanities Institute’s Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series.

More information online. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

Location: Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 201 E. 24th Street (SE corner of 24th and Speedway), UT Campus

 

 

Save the Date Austin JFON Gala

 

Austin JFON Gala 2019 – Save the Date

 

November 2

Save the Date -Texas Freedom Network

MFSA Depends On Your Help For Its Programs and Activities

Please Include Us in Your Giving Plans!

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, http://www.mfsaweb.org 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

Rio Texas MFSA

PO Box 66055

Austin, TX  78766-6055

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

MFSA – Conference Website:  https://riotexasmfsa.org/

MFSA – National Site: http://www.mfsaweb.org

Check out our Facebook Page Rio Texas Chapter MFSA

What Does The Lord Require Of You?

From the Third Coast Activist

NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST CHARLES BLOW

Date: April 8, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm  to  5:00 pm

New York Times columnist Charles Blow will discuss current events, the state of journalism, and his own career in the annual Hearst lecture. He is the author of the memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

More information online.

Location: University of Texas, Belo Center for New Media (BMC 2.106), 300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin

 

OCTAVIO SOLIS READS FROM “RETABLOS: STORIES FROM A LIFE LIVED ALONG THE BORDER”

Date: April 9, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm  to  8:00 pm

Octavio Solis, one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in the United States, will read from Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border, a memoir about growing up brown at the U.S./Mexico border.

Location: Malvern Books, 613 West 29th St., Austin

 

EARTH DAY AUSTIN

Date: April 13, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm  to  6:00 pm

Huston-Tillotson University will host Earth Day Austin for 2019, with a variety of educational and exploratory activities.

For more information, go to the Earth Day Austin website or the Facebook event page.

Location: Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, 78702

 

ALI ABUNIMAH ON THE CURRENT STATE OF THE PALESTINE MOVEMENT

Date: April 16, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:30 pm

Ali Abunimah, founder of the website electronicintifada.net and the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, will speak about the current state of the Palestine movement.

The event is sponsored by the Palestine Solidarity Committee at the University of Texas. More information on the Facebook event page.
Location: Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom North, University of Texas

 

“BEYOND THE FRONTLINES: TALES OF RESISTANCE AND RESILIENCE FROM PALESTINE” SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Date: April 28, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm  to  3:00 pm

Beyond the Frontlines: Tales of Resistance and Resilience from Palestine” follows the work of Dr. Samah Jabr, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who is head of the Palestine Ministry of Health’s Mental Health Unit. A discussion with Dr. Jabr and the filmmaker, Alexandra Dols, will follow the film.

The event is sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Social Justice Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace Austin, CAIR Austin, and the Interfaith Committee for Palestinian Rights.

Location: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Dr.

 

“DARK MONEY” DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

Date: May 2, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm  to  9:00 pm

Dark Money” examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy, the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

The event is part of the “Controversy & Conversation” series, a collaboration between the Austin Public Library and the Humanities Institute’s Difficult Dialogues Program at the University of Texas. More information online.

Location: Austin Public Library, Terrazas Branch, 1105 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin, 78702