MFSA at the Rio Texas Annual Conference

Rio Texas MFSA will provide witness for Social Justice once again at the Rio Texas Annual Conference in Corpus Christi, June 7 – 9, 2017.  We will sponsor the 7th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon on Thursday, June 8, at noon.  We are excited that our luncheon speaker will be John Hill, Assistant General Secretary of Advocacy and Organizing for the UMC General Board of Church and Society.


Also, our Book Fair will return this year!  We ask friends to box up their gently used books – religious and spiritual books, curriculum, and appropriate fiction and nonfiction – and we take them to Corpus Christi.  It becomes like a treasure hunt at our tables!  People contribute to us according to what they think the books are worth to them. The donations help defray the costs of the Rio Texas MFSA Peace and Justice Luncheon. Contact Rowland Curry rcurry@austin.rr.com and he will arrange to pick them up.


Annual Conference 2017 Registration is NOW OPEN
Registration InformationGeneral InformationWorkshops  • Breakfasts and Luncheons

(Click here for link to Peace & Justice Luncheon flyer)

Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center – Watergarden A (upstairs)

Corpus Christi, Texas

A Peace & Justice Luncheon Sponsored by

Methodist Federation for Social Action, Rio Texas Chapter

Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team

Featuring

John Hill

Assistant General Secretary for Advocacy and Grassroots Organizing

United Methodist General Board of Church and Society

John S. Hill has been with the GBCS since Earth Day, April 22, 2002. He has served as Program Director for Environmental Justice and Director of Economic and Environmental Justice. As part of his ecumenical work, John serves as chair of the Policy Committee for the National Council of Churches’ Eco-Justice Working Group and co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community’s Energy and Ecology Working Group.

Join us for this on-site luncheon. In addition, we will honor the recipients of the MFSA “Building a Just Community” Awards.

Luncheon Registration Information

Cost:      $12.00 in advance (by June 1) – Check or cash;  $15.00 at the door (limited number available)

Or, pay by credit card https://www.eventbrite.com/e/let-justice-roll-down-tickets-32890572588

Credit Card fee of $1.65 will be added to the cost ($13.65 total)

Please return this form with cash or check payment.

Name(s):  ______________________________________________

Address:  __________________________City:________________

Church:                                       # Tickets: ___ X $ 12.00 =$ ______

E-Mail (for confirmation): __________________________________

Indicate Special Dietary Need: _____________________________

Make Check to: “Rio Texas MFSA”

Mail this form and check to:

Janice Curry, Treasurer

1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd.

Austin, TX  78758

For more information contact:

jlcurry@austin.rr.com

512-836-7004

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

its-2016Interfaith Action of Central Texas is having its 32nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service!

Free and open to the public, all are welcome.  Come join fellow Austinites of every faith tradition at St. James Missionary Baptist Church as we celebrate what we are thankful for together. If you plan to attend, please RSVP!

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3:00 pm

Download the full sized event poster to share with your community!

Download the smaller event poster to share with your community!

University UMC Austin Presents Robin Meyers

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Rev. Dr. Robin R. Meyers, a nationally known UCC pastor, philosophy professor, peace activist, and the author of seven books about progressive Christianity and American society, will be the guest lecturer at University UMC-Austin on November 4-5.
 

Special Weekend with Robin Meyers

Fri. Nov. 4, 7 pm

Lecture: “From Galilean Sage to Supernatural Savior: The Heresy of Orthodoxy”

Sat. Nov. 5, 9 am to 12 pm

Lecture: “The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus”

Workshop: “What kind of church would you find irresistible?”

From Bethany UMC Austin and World Vision

Guests experience first hand what it's like to live in World Vision sponsorship regions such as South America, Africa, and South Asia through audio and visual aides in the World Vision Experience mobile exhibit at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton, MA.

Guests experience first hand what it’s like to live in World Vision sponsorship regions such as South America, Africa, and South Asia through audio and visual aides in the World Vision Experience mobile exhibit at Faith Community Church in Hopkinton, MA.

Follow Jesus
Into the Margins

Bethany UMC-Austin

10010 Anderson Mill Rd

Thu Oct 27  11:00am – 5:00pm
 Fri   Oct 28*   3:00pm – 8:00pm
Sat  Oct 29    1:00pm – 6:30pm
Sun Oct 30    9:00am – 2:00pm

*Oct 28, 5:30-7:30 PM ONLY:
Free music by Bethany Guitar Pull
Food available by Melted Food Truck 

FREE

Register your Tour Time Now!

This award-winning mobile exhibit from World Vision offers a unique opportunity to journey among those suffering in the margins of our world, and emerge transformed.

During the 20 minute journey, visitors will witness despair and hope in a brothel in Southeast Asia, see how God is working in the midst of the Syria refugee crisis, and join Christ in the midst of extreme poverty in Africa.

Reservations are recommended, but not required. Attend Thursday – Saturday for shorter lines.

Click Here to Register Your Tour Time Now!

Parental discretion is advised for children under 13.
Parental Discretion Information Here

website: www.bethany-umc.org/experience.

Event from Faith & Reason

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October 14-15, 2016

Houston, TX

Presented by

Christ Church Cathedral

Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer

with 

St. Paul’s Methodist Church
St. Andrew’s Episcopal in the Heights,
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Grace Episcopal Church
Plymouth United (UCC)
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church
Covenant Baptist Church
The Center for Contemporary Theology
Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
The Joe B. and Louise P. Cook Foundation

Register here:  http://faithandreason.org/index.php/main/seminar/spirituality-self-society?utm_campaign=email

Peace & Justice Luncheon registration extended to June 8 at 9am

  Where do we go from here?

  Reflections on General Conference 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center – Watergarden A (upstairs)

Corpus Christi, Texas

Sixth Annual Peace & Justice Luncheon

Methodist Federation for Social Action, Rio Texas Chapter

Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team

Featuring

luncheon speakers                   Jay Brim          Rev. Laura Merrill     Rev. Steve Clunn      Jarell Wilson

We are pleased to have these four United Methodists share their perspectives about General Conference 2016.

·       Jay Brim is a member of Westlake UMC-Austin who currently serves as Chancellor to the Bishops of the Rio Texas Conference. He is a lay delegate to GC 2016.

·       Rev. Laura Merrill is District Superintendent of the El Valle District in the Rio Texas Conference. She is a clergy delegate to GC 2016.

·       Rev. Steve Clunn is the coordinator of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition, a partnership of 13 United Methodist Church related Caucus groups working for a just, inclusive and grace filled denomination.

·       Jarell Wilson is a United Methodist candidate for ordination and a May graduate from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This is his first General Conference.

Join us for this on-site luncheon. In addition, we will honor the recipients of the MFSA “Building a Just Community” Awards.

Luncheon Cost: $12.00 in advance (by June 8); $15.00 at MFSA booth (limited number available)

Purchase tickets with credit card Here

See luncheon flyer at: https://riotexasmfsa.org/2016/04/05/peace-and-justice-luncheon-2016/luncheonflyer2016/

MFSA Sponsors One Human Race Workshop in April

one-human-race-workshops-87Rio Texas MFSA is sponsoring the One Human Race Series on three Saturdays in April (16th, 23rd, and 30th) at St. Luke UMC, 1306 West Lynn, Austin, 78703. We will meet once a week or three weeks to create a safe environment to communicate about race using the following resources:

·     Watch PBS Series: “Race: The Power of An Illusion” in one hour segments;

·     Participate in group discussions with trained group leaders;

·     Examine the American concept of race;

·     Share feelings and experiences with a goal of building community and common ground.

You do not have to attend all three sessions. If you miss a session, you can register for it later at another location. Contact Anne Mund, ennadnum@hotmail.com, if you have questions.

Registration Link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-human-race-series-tickets-21977213437

or: www.onehumanrace.info

We look forward to seeing you on April 16, 23, and 30th.