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

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 TexasMFSA.
  • 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

e-News / Methodist Federation for Social Action Rio Texas Conference Mobilizing people within the United Methodist Church to act on issues of justice, peace, and reconciliation in the church, nation, and world.

2018-2019 Theme:

Addressing Systemic Injustice

Inside and Outside the Church

No Meeting in February; Monthly Meetings Resume in March

Several of our Rio Texas MFSA – Austin supporters are focused on the Special UMC General Conference and will be traveling to St. Louis later this month to participate with the Love Your Neighbor Coalition there.  We urge you to participate in at least one social justice action event in February.

 

New Story Festival

 

 

 

 

 

A Bold Experiment in Making a Better Story for a Better World

Embodying Creativity, Spirituality, Social Action, & Playful Connection

with

Music, Art, and Stories

Inspiring Speakers and Practical Workshops

Laughter and Dancing, Mindfulness and Meditation

Intimate Conversations and New Friends

Amplifying the good work of ACTIVISTS, ARTISTS, NON-PROFITS,

HAEALTH/WHOLENESS PRACTIONERS, AND FAITH COMMUNITIES

In Central Texas and beyond

Hosted by Huston-Tillotson University

https://www.newstoryfestival.com/

NADIA BOLZ-WEBER, REV. ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS, CHARLES EISENSTEIN, CARRIE RODRIGUEZ,

BRIAN MCLAREN, AMPARO GARCIA-CROW, and more

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 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.

Christmas Bazaars and Markets

Wesley UMC-Austin

Prayer Shawl Holiday Bazaar

November 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for the Holiday Bazaar, Saturday, November 10th, 11-2 in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs). We will have afghans, shawls, ponchos (women and girls), hats and scarves, earrings, jams and jellies.

You can also shop online at:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/WesleyShawlMinistry

All items have been created/prepared by ministry members, and proceeds will go towards supporting the ministry in 2019.

Come see us and stay for Eastside Fall Festival!

Contact Juanita Stephens at 512-461-0246 for more information.
For additional information about the Prayer Shawl Ministry visit http://wesleyunited.org/prayer-shawl-ministry/.

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Give a gift, change a life … Join us for the Gifts of Hope Alternative Gift Market at Saint John’s United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road, on December 1-2.  Offerings from local artisans and international vendors provide unique gift options along with opportunities to celebrate the true meaning of the season by contributing to worthwhile causes.  Saint John’s own members and our Grace Garden Pre-School provide unique handicrafts.   Wonderful holiday goodies from the bake shop will offer a special treat along with an array of great solutions for your holiday meals.  Admission is free. Hours are Saturday 10 – 3 and Sunday noon-3.

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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.

Wesley Choir Celebration

The Wesley Intergenerational Choir
celebrates
41 years of discipleship.

My Grateful Heart Sings

September 23, 2018
4:00 p.m.

From Third Coast Activist

“DO NOT RESIST” DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

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

 

“TEXAS IS GROUND ZERO FOR IMMIGRATION POLICY” PANEL DISCUSSION

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

 

CENSUS 2020 WORKSHOP

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

 

“CLIMATE CHANGE, EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS, AND INEQUALITY”

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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