Kindertransport Performances

A modern classic about one woman’s struggle to come to terms with her past – brutally separated from her German Jewish parents at the age of 9 and brought to England with the promise of a new life…

Written by Diane Samuels and directed by Jim Lindsay, Kindertransport is produced cooperatively by Trinity Street Players and Austin Jewish Repertory Theatre April 7-29 with 8pm evening and 2pm matinee performances. Special Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Performances with an Audience Pre-Show Talks at 7:30pm on April 11 & 12.

More information here.

Faith and Reason 360 Features Wendland

Episode 13:  Hastening Change in the Church, with Barbara Wendland

In this episode of Faith And Reason 360 we are honored to welcome author, scholar, and scribe of the popular monthly newsletter “Connections,” Barbara Wendland.

Join us as Barbara discusses the need for a radical update of creed, attitude, and structure in the Christian church, whose practices, Wendland says, are outdated—and this behind-the-times attitude, though revered as traditional by many, comes at the expense of Church success. The world has changed dramatically since the 3rd century; is the Church ready to catch up? https://faithandreason360.simplecast.fm/

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MFSA National Office Move Planned

As many of you have already learned, MFSA has decided to relocate their national headquarters office to Central UMC in Detroit in mid-2018.  This announcement follows a lengthy discernment and visioning process that includes a recommitment to local church and community-led grassroots organizing.  Unlike MFSA’s current location in a Lutheran church on Capitol Hill in Washington, Detroit Central UMC will offer adequate office space, conference rooms, and other amenities needed for the headquarters.  MFSA is also posting for the Executive Director position, replacing interim E.D. Darlene DiDomeneck.

More information here.

Welcome, Austin New Church!

Austin New Church (ANC), a congregation in the process of becoming part of the Rio Texas Conference, celebrated their first Sunday worship service in their new location this week. ANC is now gathering on the former Faith UMC campus in South Austin.

While this was ANC’s first Sunday service on the new campus, they previously celebrated Christmas Eve a day early at Faith UMC on December 23. The church began renovation on the sanctuary in early January to be ready for this Sunday’s worship.

The freshly updated sanctuary welcomed a large crowd. “The seats are full,” said Rev. Laura Merrill, Assistant to the Bishop of Rio Texas. “Youth even claimed the balcony—some things never change!”

Faith UMC Lay Leader Chuck McClenon was asked to share words, and he extended to the congregation a warm welcome to the location:

ANC Pastor Jason Morriss took time during the service to welcome those who previously worshiped at Faith UMC. He acknowledged the mixed emotions experienced by Faith UMC members:
“There is pain and loss that is involved in this chapter [of this church’s life],” said Morriss, “but many of you have been praying for us.” He recognized those who served in leadership capacity at Faith UMC will continue to lead in ministry with ANC.

Christmas Bazaars and Markets!

 

Saint John’s UMC Austin

2140 Allandale Road

www.facebook.com/alternativegiftmarket

 

Saturday, December 2 – 10:00-3:00

Sunday, December 3 – Noon – 3:00

  • Shop handmade goods and crafts from international vendors
  • Support artisans worldwide earn a fair income
  • Gift cards support local charitie
  • Bake shop with home-baked treat

 


Buda UMC Christmas Bazaar  – November 18

United Methodist Women

Invite You to a Christmas Bazaar

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2017
8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

United Methodist Women have been working hard making crafts all year long to sell for the benefit of our various mission projects locally and globally. Holiday and non-holiday items are available. Great place to shop for Christmas.


Prayer Shawl Ministry Holiday Bazaar
Wesley UMC 1164 San Bernard Street -Austin

November 11 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please join the Prayer Shawl Ministry for the 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar.  Afghans, shawls, ponchos (women and girls), hats and scarves, earrings, jams and jellies will all be available for purchase. All of the items have been created/prepared by ministry members, and proceeds will go towards supporting the ministry in 2018. For additional information about the Prayer Shawl Ministry visit http://wesleyunited.org/prayer-shawl-ministry/.

 

Notes from Third Coast Activist

“WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE WANT TO LIVE IN AND HOW DO WE GET THERE?”

Date: November 10, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

James Croft—a leader of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, the largest Ethical Humanist congregation in the United States—will speak on “What Kind of World Do We Want to Live In and How Do We Get There?”

The event is sponsored by the Ethical Society Of Austin with partners Huston-Tillotson UniversityInterfaith Action of Central Texas – iACTCenter for Inquiry | Austin (CFI) and Austin Oasis. More information and RSVP online.

Location: Agard-Lovinggood Auditorium, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin, 78702. Free parking across the street.

FILM SCREENING: “TWO BLUE LINES”

Date: November 12, 2017

Time: 2:30 pm  to  4:30 pm

The Austin chapter of Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee will show Tom Hayes’ documentary on Israel and Palestine, Two Blue Lines.

Shot over a period of 25 years, Two Blue Lines examines the human and political situation of Palestinian people from the years prior to the creation of Israel to the present day. By primarily featuring the narratives of Israelis whose positions run counter to their country’s official policy, the documentary provides a portrait of the ongoing conflict not often depicted in mainstream media.

Location: Texas State Employees Union, 1700 S 1st St, Austin, Texas 78704

PHOTO EXHIBITION AND PRESENTATION ON “PALESTINE 1917 AND THE AFTERMATH OF BRITAIN’S BALFOUR DECLARATION”

Date: November 16, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

The 1917 Balfour Declaration, viewing “with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,” was a colonial intervention which had the effect of gradually displacing indigenous inhabitants of Palestine from their ancestral homes and led to the conflict we see today. This photo exhibit, presented by the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights of Austin, shows Palestinians in the early 1900’s, a fertile and thriving society, and again in 1948 and in 2017.

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3208 W. Exposition Boulevard, Austin, TX, 78703

October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter

Please find the October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter here: 2017 Oct