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.

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!

Become a Justice-Seeking Congregation!

Last summer MFSA piloted a new opportunity for congregations to declare their commitment to intersectional movements for justice and connect with our justice-seeking witness.  As Justice Seeking Congregations covenant to call themselves, their congregations and the church to expand its understanding of the call of the Gospel to be the inclusive, anti-racist/anti-oppressive, justice seeking, risk taking Body of Christ.  They live out our belief that to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be involved in the transformation of the world.  They believe transformation is possible and hold these values as we seek sacred change in our congregations, communities, denomination and our world.  Watch Rev. Lydia Munoz, MFSA Board Member and Lead Pastor of Church of the Open Door UMC in Eastern Pennsylvania share why her congregation felt called to become a Justice-Seeking Congregation here.

Join the movement today.  Become a Justice-Seeking Congregation today!

 

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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.

MFSA Monthly Meeting Thursday, May 10

There are almost 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking in Texas today.  (Cite study)  The harsh reality is that young girls are being sex trafficked across all socio-economic, racial, educational and family backgrounds.  The primary factor that makes a girl vulnerable to being trafficked is her age.  Sex trafficking of children is a supply and demand phenomena, with the internet being the primary way transactions are made to purchase a young child for sex.

The Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) was launched in November 2013. The primary purpose of The Refuge for DMST is to develop The Refuge Ranch, a long-term therapeutic ranch just outside the city of Austin, with on-site comprehensive services for girls, minors through age 19, who are survivors of sex trafficking.

Loren Stalcup, who serves on the Connections Team of the Refuge Ranch located in Bastrop County, will be at our meeting to discuss The Refuge for DMST and Refuge Ranch.

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!

From Texas Gun Sense

Since the Parkland, FL high school shooting on February 14, 2018, so much has changed in the gun violence prevention movement.  The Parkland students have led the way with their March for Our Lives group and TGS is proud to have been asked to be a Texas partner.  We welcome all of our new supporters and want to reach out to everyone with our update.

What’s Been Happening:

Upcoming Events:

  • Town Hall with Senator Royce West and other dignitaries May 3, 2018.  Join us!
  • We will be in Dallas, May 3-5, 2018 to partner with other gun violence prevention organizations to provide information during the National Rifle Association (NRA) meeting May 4-6 in Dallas. More info.
  • We will visit Houston supporters May 16-18, 2018. Join us!
  • Every Month:  We visit the Texas Capitol once or twice per month before the legislative session begins, meeting with law makers to discuss ways to improve Texas gun law.
    Want to come to the Capitol with us?