September 12 Meeting – Stories from the Border

This summer, many MFSA supporters traveled to the Rio Grande Valley to witness, observe, and learn about conditions on the border.  We met with ACLU representatives, spoke with workers at three respite centers in the RGV, and helped feed migrants in the tent city in Matamoros.  We attended hearings in Federal Court for many detained for illegal border crossings.  The Courts & Ports program organized by the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy/Texas Impact (see more below) allows civilians to witness a small fraction of the hardships being experienced daily by migrants.

Other supporters traveled to the border independently or as a part of other groups to assist with other humanitarian programs that assist migrants and asylum seekers.

Join us on Thursday, September 12, as a group of those who have participated in this important witness share their stories about the chaos that currently exists at our southern border.

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.

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.

Courts & Ports

Witness the Crisis First Hand

The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy/Texas Impact invites you to participate in Courts & Ports: Faithful Witness on the Texas-Mexico Border.

This 2-day immersion experience engages people of faith to witness first-hand the legal and law enforcement processes related to immigration, detention, and deportation occurring in South Texas.

Click here for the: Courts & Ports One Pager

Faith Leaders Outraged by Gutting of Flores Agreement, Harm to Migrant Children

In 1997, the federal government reached a settlement to set standards of treatment for migrant children in federal detention. This settlement set standards of care for children in detention centers.

This week, the Trump Administration unveiled a new rule that would override those protections to allow migrant children to be detained indefinitely.

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition and representatives from many denominational and faith groups released a statement condemning the move. See their full statement here, with excerpts below.

“These changes would expand the number of children who will be detained and are in direct opposition to the child-friendly provisions in the Flores agreement,” said Anna Gallagher, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. “This rule would destroy long-term child protection standards created by our government and the courts. There is no justification to keep families and children in immigration jails longer. Separation of children from their parents is inherently wrong. The same is true for keeping children in detention. Clinical studies demonstrate that the mitigating presence of parents does not negate or lighten the serious and adverse effect of detention on the physical and mental health of children.”

“The Trump administration is recommending gutting the Flores agreement so that immigrant children will be held in detention centers indefinitely. This is wrong, full stop. As Jews, we are taught kavod ha’briot – that all people deserve respect and dignity. We will not remain silent while immigrants, including children, continue to be persecuted by our government,” said Sheila Katz, National Council of Jewish Women, CEO.

“It is dangerous, cruel and inhumane to keep children locked up indefinitely, especially when we know that this subjects them to trauma, sickness and unimaginable heartbreak. Children belong with their family. In the midst of a family separation crisis of its own making, and with hundreds of children still separated from their parents, the new “Flores Rule” is the latest move by this Administration to take away immigrant access to due process, dignity and safety. As a network of immigration legal service providers grounded in the United Methodist faith, we will do everything possible to lift our voice against this new regulation and to serve our most vulnerable neighbors,” stated Rob Rutland-Brown, Executive Director, National Justice for Our Neighbors.

Find Additional Texas Impact Immigration Talking Points Here

 

 

 

Conference at Travis Park

 No Need Among You Conference
September 11-13

 Travis Park Church
230 E Travis St | San Antonio, TX 78205
Less than a quarter mile from the Alamo & Riverwalk

No Need Among You Conference is sponsored by the Texas Christian Community Development Network (TxCCDN).  The Texas Christian Community Development Network is called to bring healing and hope to disadvantaged communities, neighborhoods and residents of the Lone Star State by connecting, educating, training and advocating for the poor and marginalized in Texas. https://txccdn.net/event/nnay/keynotes/

Presenters:

  • Alan Graham – founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF), a social outreach ministry that provides food and clothing, cultivates community and promotes dignity to homeless men and women in need.
  • Dr. Lorena Garza Gonzalez is the Vice-President for Urban Strategies, a social enterprise that works to improve the health, educational, social, and economic condition of marginalized populations, in San Antonio.
  • Sister Norma Pimentel is a Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for over 12 years, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of the different ministries & services in the areas of the Rio Grande Valley through emergency assistance, homelessness prevention, disaster relief, clinical counseling, pregnancy care, food program(s), and the Humanitarian Respite Center.
  • Dr. Albert L. Reyes is President and CEO of Buckner International, a non-profit international ministry that transforms the lives of orphans, vulnerable children, families and elders.
  • Jonathan Brooks is a lifelong resident of Chicago, IL. He currently serves as Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in the West Englewood neighborhood. He is also the Director of the joint degree program in theology at Northern Seminary, in cooperation with Trinity Christian College and as adjunct faculty for Chicago Semester, an off-campus program that provides students the opportunity to live, learn, and work in Chicago.

For more information and to register visit:  https://txccdn.net/event/nnay/

 

 

Travis Park Church Migrant Ministry

Thank you Travis Park Church for your Migrant Ministry

Travis Park Church is a designated shelter for migrants on their journey through San Antonio..
19,724 – The number of migrants sheltered at Travis Park Church between March 30 and August 7, 2019…an average of more than 195 a night.

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.

Texas Impact – “Courts & Ports”

The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy/Texas Impact invites you to participate in Courts & Ports: Faithful Witness on the Texas-Mexico Border.

This 2-day immersion experience engages people of faith to witness first-hand the legal and law enforcement processes related to immigration, detention, and deportation occurring in South Texas.

REGISTER FOR COURTS & PORTS

To find out about registering a group for a Courts & Ports trip, email erica@texasimpact.org

To schedule an informational presentation about Courts & Ports, email  scott@texasimpact.org 

Watch video testimonials at facebook.com/texasimpact

iACT Hope Awards April 30

Join us Tuesday, April 30, from 6-9pm at the Bullock Texas State History Museum for one of Austin’s most uplifting evenings of the year – the iACT Hope Awards! We are proud to announce the 2019 Hope Award Honorees for their dedication to giving back and their tireless commitment to valuing friendships and building the Austin Community:

Earl Maxwell of St. David’s Foundation

Bobby Jenkins of ABC Home and Commercial Services

Ali Sait & Pria Gokhale of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Congregation Agudas Achim

The evening features an intimate conversation about friendship and giving back with two very inspiring givers, Earl Maxwell and Bobby Jenkins. Moderated by Rev. Joseph Parker.

Texas Impact – “Courts & Ports”

The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy/Texas Impact invites you to participate in Courts & Ports: Faithful Witness on the Texas-Mexico Border.

This 2-day immersion experience engages people of faith to witness first-hand the legal and law enforcement processes related to immigration, detention, and deportation occurring in South Texas.

REGISTER FOR COURTS & PORTS

To find out about registering a group for a Courts & Ports trip, email erica@texasimpact.org

To schedule an informational presentation about Courts & Ports, email  scott@texasimpact.org 

Watch video testimonials at facebook.com/texasimpact