Jim Wallis to Speak at University UMC Austin

PROGRESSIVE THEOLOGIAN JIM WALLIS SPEAKING

Date: January 26, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm  to  7:30 pm

Progressive theologian Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, will speak about today’s political and moral crises. He is the author of the forthcoming book Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus.

More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe St., Austin, 78705

iACT – The Red Bench

The Red Bench: Resilience

Please join us on Tuesday, January 28  from 6:30pm-8:30pm for a courageous conversation on the topic of Resilience at St. Austin Catholic Parish (2026 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705).

If you plan to attend, please RSVP.

UMW Legislative Event 2020

Save the Date for the 2020 United Methodist Women’s Legislative Event, happening January, 26th-28th in Austin. You may register online https://texasimpact.org/umw2020central/. Make sure to share and invite your UMW friends and circles.

The Texas UMW Legislative Event is a three-day annual conference in Austin, TX. There will be speakers, workshops, panels and breakout sessions about public policy issues, faith and social justice and how to meet your elected officials.

What you should expect:
– Up-to-date information on important policy issues
– Grounding in how United Methodist Social Principles relate to the Texas Legislature
– New ideas about connecting faith and public life in your local community
– Fostering relationships with your elected officials and staff

It has been more than 30 years since a small group of faithful women from across Texas came together to launch a new project: an annual event where UMWs could learn about legislative issues related to United Methodist Social Principles and the priorities of United Methodist Women. Now, hundreds of UMWs gather annually for briefings on current public policy issues and to learn about ways to engage their local communities in social justice work. Come and be a part of the movement this year!

Community Sing-Along

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2 PM – 4 PM

George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center

1165 Angelina St, Austin, Texas 78702

Join us in a community sing-along featuring musical selections inspired by the 2020 Black History Month theme, “African Americans and the Vote.” The sing-along will feature vocalist and Song Leader Kristen Trotty and the Texas Preparatory School Choir.

Texas Interfaith Advocacy Conference

This conference brings Texans of faith together for three days of advocacy and legislative training on February 16-18, 2020.

Register here.

Speakers and sessions will cover immigration, health equity, and climate – with an opportunity for participants to meet with their state elected officials.

Information about hotels to come soon.

Download and print the flyer here.

Changes at Crestview UMC Austin

After serving the community for almost 70 years, Crestview United Methodist Church (CUMC) has chosen to hand over their home so a new church can be born.  Crestview United Methodist Church will continue to meet in the Fellowship Hall at 11am on Sunday until March 29th, at which time CUMP will close its doors in order to be renovated and reborn as Violet Crown City Church.

It is an act of love and service that the congregation of CUMC gives their space, their resources, and their heritage over to create a new church.  Violet Crown City Church, led by Pastor Jay Cooper, will begin services 11am on April 5th at Wooten Elementary.

Please note, these changes will not affect the preschool. Children will continue to attend preschool classes in their classrooms throughout this transition.

Discussions Ramp Up in Preparation for GC 2020

In February 2019 the United Methodist Church, assembled in St. Louis at a special General Conference, adopted the Traditionalist Plan which strengthened the anti-LGBTQ stance of the denomination.  In the months since, there has been intense discussion about the future of the church.  Several groups have drafted plans dealing with changes to the denomination’s laws, the Book of Discipline.  In May 2020, the global UMC will have a General Conference in Minneapolis where it will consider further changes.

If you are interested in the discussions about the future of our denomination, stay alert!

If your congregation is not having conversations about this, they should be!

Progressive Resources:

United Methodist News Service:  https://www.umnews.org/en/

Mainstream UMC:  https://mainstreamumc.com/

UMC Next:  https://umcnext.com/

Hacking Christianity:  http://hackingchristianity.net/

UM Insight:  https://um-insight.net/

UM Forward:  https://um-forward.org/