One Human Race

The goal of One Human Race is to create a safe, open, and productive environment for participants to examine the American concept of race, share feelings and experiences, and engage in discussions about race. Over a dozen Austin-area churches have held this three-session Saturday workshop and participants have been transformed, encouraged, and inspired in the ways they see each other, participate in community, and communicate about race.

May 13, 20 & 27
12:30-3:30 p.m.
St. John’s United Methodist Church
2140 Allandale Road
Austin, TX 78756

Click here to sign up.

The One Human Race Initiative is a ministry of the Union of Black Episcopalians, Myra McDaniel Chapter. For questions, Contact Rev. Hilary Marchbanks

One Human Race

12:30-3:30, March 11, 18, and 25
First United Methodist Church – Austin
1300 Lavaca Street

12:30-3:30, May 13, 20, and 27
Saint John’s UMC – Austin
2140 Allandale Rd.

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Reserve your spot today at

One Human Race

MLK Commemoration in San Antonio

MLKOn Sunday, January 15, 2017, two historic congregations, Travis Park UMC and St. Paul UMC (San Antonio), will gather for one worship service at 10 am in Travis Park’s sanctuary. The featured speaker will be United Methodist Bishop Woody W. White (retired), a noted episcopal leader and an advocate for social justice and civil rights.

The worship service will honor the amazing life and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrate Human Relations Day with a special offering to help all of God’s children realize their full potential.

Bishop White is a retired bishop-in-residence at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. An active leader in the Civil Rights Movement, every January White writes a “birthday letter” to Martin Luther King, Jr., chronicling the strides and missteps in matters of race during the previous year. White has also written extensively for both popular and scholarly publications. Each year, White also takes seminary students to Selma, Alabama to participate in the annual march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in commemoration of Bloody Sunday.

The service precedes the city-sponsored MLK, Jr. Commission yearly march and commemorative program, which is held the following day, Monday, January 16. The march begins at 10:00 am at the MLK Academy located at 3501 MLK Drive, and ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa.

San Antonio hosts the largest MLK, Jr. march in the nation, with approximately 300,000 participants. The parade is made up of families and individuals, corporate and non-profit organizations, schools, churches and civic groups, colleges and universities, and community members. For questions about the march, call 210.207.7084.

Marches Celebrate MLK Legacy

MLK marchThe Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 9 a.m. with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus.

We will then march to the south steps of the State Capitol for a short program and marchers will continue on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. All businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals are invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.

More information on the Austin events here.

Information on the San Antonio events here.

Austin Friends – Join Rio Texas MFSA at the MLK Statue and march to the Capitol with us!
Contact Janice Curry – with questions.

Conversation Toward Ending Racism

Crestview UMC – Austin


A new adult study/discussion group is coming up!  “Moving Toward Mutuality: reading/ viewing/ conversation toward ending racism” will meet Wednesdays, Jan. 25 through Feb. 22, with two options: 10 am at the church or 7 pm at Genuine Joe’s Coffee on Anderson Lane. Each week we will read an article or view a video on the subject of understanding racism and working toward its end. All are welcome to join in this timely conversation!

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week & Event

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 12-20, 2016, sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless

First UMC, Austin

Sunday, November 20

10:00 a.m. Wesley Hall

The General Commission on Race and Religion of The United Methodist Church (GCORR) has created a series of Vital Conversations on Realities of Race and Racism. This Vital Conversations series features contemporary theologians, sociologists, laity, clergy, and other thought-leaders dealing with challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the Church and world today.

On November 20, we will continue these vital conversations with a video and discussion of “Church: Building the Beloved Community” with Rev. Dr. Miguel De la Torre, professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Discussion will be led by Dr. Adama Brown and Pastor Cathy Stone.

Please contact Pastor Cathy with any questions at