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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

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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



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.



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,, or Amanda Masino,

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.



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)



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



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