MFSA Monthly Meeting Thursday, September 13

A Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church will meet in February 2019 in an attempt to resolve the denomination’s differences over homosexuality.  This summer, the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (which includes MFSA and RMN) met at a convocation – For Everyone Born – that included planning the coalition’s witness at the Special GC.  At our meeting on Thursday, September 13, we will hear from Rev. Nancy Mossman, who attended the convocation and will report her impressions and the plans that are being made for witness by those supporting an inclusive church.

More than a dozen MFSA supporters from Austin have expressed their intent to travel to St. Louis for the Special GC in February.  We will discuss plans and needs for that important and historic witness in the life of the denomination.

Location:  Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Road, with snacks and mingling at 6:30p and the program at 7p.  All are welcome!  Hope to see you there!

Important Discussion at University UMC Austin

 

Sunday, September 16, 12:15 p.m.
University United Methodist Church (UUMC) Fellowship Hall
2409 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX 78705

In February 2019, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church will have a called special session to determine the future shape of the global United Methodist Church.  Our Council of Bishops have recommended a plan, drafted by the “Commission on a Way Forward” called the “One Church Plan.”  If adopted, this plan will create a step forward towards full inclusion of the LGBTQ community while at the same time allowing for theological differences to continue to coexist.  Leah Taylor, a University of Texas alumni and a Senior Representative for Texas Methodist Foundation was on the Commission that drafted the “One Church Plan.”  In her local church Leah served as Chair or Trustees, a member of Staff Parish and Administrative Council and is the former Lay Leader for the South Central Jurisdiction.

Also joining us for the discussion will be Jay Brim, former Lay Leader of the Rio Texas Annual Conference and a member of Westlake UMC in Austin.  He has been Chancellor of the Rio Texas Conference since 2016 and is a delegate to the called General Conference in 2019 in St. Louis.

All are invited to join your pastors, Leah Taylor and Jay Brim for lunch as we discuss and answer important questions about this plan.  What is it? How will it affect us?  How can we support this plan?  What are the alternative plans being presented to the General Conference and why would they be harmful to the UMC?

Donations will gratefully be accepted to cover the cost of the food.

Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efmztk6gb83b6b86&oseq=&c=&ch=

God in Transition: A Day of Faith Formation

 Hosted by enfleshed and First United Methodist Church of Austin

Saturday, November 10 at 10am – 3pm

1201 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Tickets by Eventbrite

 

If you are interested in learning about how you, individually, and your congregation, collectively, can support trans and nonbinary people and their loved ones, come join us for a day-long event of education and community building.  With featured plenary speaker, Rev. M Barclay, a non-binary trans minister in The United Methodist Church, you’ll be invited to grow in understanding of what it means to be trans today, learn how the Christian faith can support people in their transitions, deepen your understanding of gender, and walk away with practical tools for celebrating people of all genders.  https://www.facebook.com/events/236810043683428/

Recap of MFSA Activities – Annual Conference 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rio Texas MFSA had a significant presence at the Rio Texas Annual Conference in early June. We sponsored a luncheon with 185+ attendees, with Rev. M Barclay speaking.
We also had an information table and book fair in the exhibit area.
Rev. Richard Bates presented awards at the MFSA Luncheon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Gloria Lear (First UMC Corpus Christi) got the “Building a Just Community – Lifetime Achievement” Award.

Rev. Cliff Krcha (First UMC Odem) received the “Building a Just Community – Genesis” Award.

Rev. John Elford (University UMC Austin) received the “Champion of Clergy Equality” award.

2018 RMN Convocation

After much anticipation, it is with joy that we are able to share that we have a new location for For Everyone Born – 2018 Convocation!

Join us and hundreds of other United Methodists at the St. Louis Airport Hilton in St. Louis, MO on July 26-29.

It will be a powerful experience to gather so close to the site of the 2019 General Conference as we work for justice and dream about what it means to be a church that is “For Everyone Born.”

We look forward to being able to share the agenda and registration with you soon, but until then, plan to see us in St. Louis! https://rmnetwork.org/event/for-everyone-born/

Rev. M Barclay will speak at the 8th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon – Pre-Registration is Open through Sunday, June 3

Love, Justice & The UMC

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center – Watergarden A

Corpus Christi, Texas

8th Annual Peace & Justice Luncheon
Sponsored by
Rio Texas Methodist Federation for Social ActionRio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team

Featuring

Reverend M Barclay

At the 2016 General Conference, it became apparent that issues relating to human sexuality in The United Methodist Church needed more study and reflection.  The Commission on a Way Forward was established to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality, and to explore options to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.  That Commission will present its report to a special called session of General Conference in 2019.  To shed more light on this issue, Rio Texas MFSA is pleased to host Reverend M Barclay as keynote speaker for the 2018 Peace & Justice Luncheon.

Reverend Barclay is a deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church and currently serves as Director of enfleshed (https://enfleshed.com), providing spiritual resources and faith education.  Originally from the Alabama-West Florida Conference, M received their M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  They have worked as a hospital chaplain, youth director, justice associate, and faith coordinator for reproductive justice in Texas prior to moving to Chicago in 2013.

M formerly served as Director of Communications at Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) where they advocated for queer and trans inclusion in The United Methodist Church.  As a life-long United Methodist, an openly queer and trans clergy person, and an advocate for God’s expansive love, they are in a unique position to speak to the challenges before us in The UMC at this critical time in its history.

Luncheon Registration Information

Cash or Check:  $12.00 in advance (by June 1)

Credit Card:  $15.00 (fees included) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-justice-the-umc-tickets-44244272811

In Corpus Christi:  $15.00 at the door (limited number available)

For Luncheon registration information, use this.

Rev. M Barclay will speak at the 8th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon – Pre-Registration is Open through Sunday, June 3

Love, Justice & The UMC

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center – Watergarden A

Corpus Christi, Texas

8th Annual Peace & Justice Luncheon
Sponsored by
Rio Texas Methodist Federation for Social Action

Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team

Featuring

Reverend M Barclay

At the 2016 General Conference, it became apparent that issues relating to human sexuality in The United Methodist Church needed more study and reflection.  The Commission on a Way Forward was established to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality, and to explore options to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.  That Commission will present its report to a special called session of General Conference in 2019.  To shed more light on this issue, Rio Texas MFSA is pleased to host Reverend M Barclay as keynote speaker for the 2018 Peace & Justice Luncheon.

Reverend Barclay is a deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church and currently serves as Director of enfleshed (https://enfleshed.com), providing spiritual resources and faith education.  Originally from the Alabama-West Florida Conference, M received their M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  They have worked as a hospital chaplain, youth director, justice associate, and faith coordinator for reproductive justice in Texas prior to moving to Chicago in 2013.

M formerly served as Director of Communications at Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) where they advocated for queer and trans inclusion in The United Methodist Church.  As a life-long United Methodist, an openly queer and trans clergy person, and an advocate for God’s expansive love, they are in a unique position to speak to the challenges before us in The UMC at this critical time in its history.

Luncheon Registration Information

Cash or Check:  $12.00 in advance (by June 1)

Credit Card:  $15.00 (fees included) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-justice-the-umc-tickets-44244272811

In Corpus Christi:  $15.00 at the door (limited number available)

For Luncheon registration information, use this.