Wesley Choir Celebration

The Wesley Intergenerational Choir
41 years of discipleship.

My Grateful Heart Sings

September 23, 2018
4:00 p.m.

From Third Coast Activist


Date: September 6, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, “Do Not Resist” offers a look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future.

The screening, which begins at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a discussion, 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



Date: September 12, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Even as the horror of family separations fades from the news, hundreds of immigrants children are still separated from their parents and the Trump administration is moving forward with plans to build new prisons for asylum-seeking families.

Panelists will include state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch, Grassroots Leadership Immigration Programs Director Claudia Muñoz, and editor Forrest Wilder and immigration reporter Gus Bova from the Texas Observer. More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St., Austin, 78701



Date: September 15, 2018

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

A coalition of nonpartisan organizations will host a “Texas Counts: Census 2020 Workshop” to highlight the need for an accurate resident count in 2020. Speakers will include Austin Mayor Steve Adler, demographer Ryan Robinson, and Rebecca Briscoe from the US Census Bureau.

Census-derived data is the basis for political representation under the U.S. Constitution, determining the number of Texas representatives in Congress. Policymakers use census data to identify community needs and to distribute federal program dollars to states and localities.

For more info, contact Joanne Richards, joanne@cg4tx.org, or Maria Milner, maria@vocestejas.org.

Location: Agard-Lovinggood Administration Building, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin, 78702



Date: October 16, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A panel on “Climate Change, Extreme Weather Events, and Inequality” will feature Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, followed by reactions from local speakers. Klinenberg is the author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago and Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life.

The program is sponsored by the University of Texas Humanities Institute’s Difficult Dialogues program and Planet Texas 2050, an interdisciplinary collaboration and research around climate change, extreme weather, population, and resource management. RSVP online.

Location: Texas Union, Quadrangle Room, University of Texas, Austin

MFSA Depends On Your Help For Its Programs and Activities

Please Include Us in Your Giving Plans For 2018!

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 our Treasurer, Janice Curry, at 1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd, Austin 78758.  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

Exciting Changes at MFSA National Office!

Bridget Cabrera named MFSA Executive Director

Known in the United Methodist progressive movement for her integrity, prophetic witness, and collaborative spirit, Bridget has had extensive work experience in the United Methodist Church serving as an Executive Staff member of United Methodist Women, Deputy Director of Reconciling Ministries Network, and a leader in the Love Your Neighbor Coalition. Cabrera earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Alabama and MDiv from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

See her introductory letter.


National Office Moves to Detroit Central UMC Facility

As announced in January, the national MFSA office is moving to offices within Detroit’s Central UMC.  This move results in part from a strategic planning process that identified a recommitment to local church and community-led grassroots organizing.  The new address is:

Methodist Federation for Social Action
23 East Adams Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
313.965.5422 ext. 121

New Website Under Construction

Also this summer, the MFSA national website is being revamped.  So be patient; your Rio Texas Executive Committee has seen previews, and it looks promising!

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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