MFSA BOPA Recycling Event

DSC06557 (2)MFSA Will Sponsor the 6th Annual
BOPA
(Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze) Recycling Event

Saturday, April 18 – 8 am to 10:30 am
Memorial UMC, 6100 Berkman Dr.

Start cleaning the garage and find those batteries, oil, paint, and antifreeze and bring them to the MFSA BOPA event on Saturday, April 18, at Memorial UMC, 6100 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX from 8:00 – 10:30 am. View a Map.

If you would like to help with this event or have questions, please contact Anne Mund, ennadnum@hotmail.com.

Gather at the River! August 6-9, 2015

GATHERlogoWEB2Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9, 2015

Pre-day forum begins at 9AM on Thursday

Event begins with Worship at 7PM Thursday

www.gather2015.org
#gatherUMC 

Gather at the River is a national conference that will meet at Travis Park United Methodist Church, an historic, open and justice-seeking community of faith in downtown San Antonio, steps away from the renowned River Walk entertainment and cultural district. Housing and additional meeting space will be at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel next door.

Early registration deadline extended to April 16!

Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling Ministries Network members and friends in the Rio Texas Conference are preparing to provide extravagant hospitality for Gather at the River participants. Gather at the River will also include the participation of kindred groups in the Love Your Neighbor Coalition. Gather at the River is a multi-generational gathering. Program activities for children (ages 3-rising 6th grade) and youth (middle and high school) will be led by professionally-trained staff.

Register Now at www.gather2015.org !

The lineup of worship leaders, preachers, speakers, and entertainment is AWESOME!

Worship Leaders:  Marcia McFee & Mark A. Miller

Preachers:  Rev. Peter Storey, Rev. Theon Johnson, Nikilas Mawanda, Rev. Sarah Thompson Tweedy

Speakers: Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Rev. Grace Imathiu, Bishop Melvin Talbert, Rev. Frank Schaefer

Workshops:  Music, Worship, LGBT Issues, Anti-Racism, Israel/Palestine, Preparing for Gen Conf

Entertainers:  Jennifer Knapp, IlluMen, Campanas de América

Youth & Children’s Programs:  Shelley Walters, Carol Kohrs

Hosts:  Chett Pritchett (MFSA), Matt Berryman (RMN)

If you have been to convocation or one of the joint MFSA/RMN events such as Sing a New Song in 2011, you know what a treasure it is to have this conference in our backyard!

Place the dates, August 6 to 9, 2015 on your calendar now!

Rio Texas MFSA and Reconciling Ministries Team Offer Scholarships to Gather at the River 2015

gfm_logo_300dpiThe Rio Texas MFSA Chapter and Reconciling Ministries Team will offer financial assistance for deserving Rio Texas youth, young adults and adults who would like to go to the Gather at the River Conference in San Antonio, but cannot attend due to financial circumstances. The amount that we can give depends on the amount we raise for this purpose.If you or your congregation would like to contribute to this effort, there are two ways to donate. You may send a check to the MFSA treasurer, Janice Curry, 1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Make the check to Rio Texas MFSA and write Gather 2015 scholarships on the memo line.Or, you may donate online at http://www.gofundme.com/riotexasgather15.

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please download the application at https://riotexasmfsa.org/2015/04/03/gather-2015-scholarships-for-rio-texas-applicants/ and apply by May 30.

MFSA Annual Conference Luncheon

Wellsprings of Justice

Friday, June 12, 2015 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center

Corpus Christi, Texas

5th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon

Sponsored by

Methodist Federation for Social Action, Rio Texas Chapter &

The Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team

Featuring

Bishop Minerva Carcaño

MINERVA-CARCANO-IMMIGRATION-facebookWe are very pleased to have as our speaker Bishop Minerva Carcaño, who is currently serving as Bishop to the Los Angeles Area, the California-Pacific Conference. Bishop Carcaño became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church in 2004. She is a fierce advocate for human rights and social justice.

A native of Edinburg, TX, Bishop Carcaño spent her early years aspiring to make a difference in the lives of persons who faced poverty and discrimination. Not forgetting her roots and early hopes, her ministry has always involved work with the poor, with farm workers, immigrants, and refugees, even as she encourages congregations to work ecumenically and to be active in community organizing. Of her tireless work, she has said, “The road of ministry has not always been easy, but it has always been an incredible blessing, and it has always been home.”

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

https://swtmfsa.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/mfsa_luncheonflyer2015.pdf

Luncheon Registration Information

Cost:      $12.00 in advance (by June 6) – Check or cash      Need Spanish Translation?

$15.00 at the door (limited number available)

Or, pay by credit card*  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wellsprings-of-justice-tickets-15882596273

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

End Family Detention in Dilley!

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Join United Methodists, the immigrant and faith community

in Dilley, Texas to End Family Detention

May 2, 2015

“My sister has been incarcerated for 9 months.  What did she do to deserve this?  She was escaping a terrible violence and now she is living another nightmare at Karnes with her son.”  Ana Jovel, sister of a detained mother, detained with her 10 year old son.

Join United Methodists, faith and immigrant groups for a march and protest in Dilley, Texas on Saturday, May 2. We will be there to protest the shameful practice of family detention. In collaboration with a coalition of national advocacy and faith groups, we will converge on the Dilley detention camp (a former “man camp” for oil workers) which is now being built into the largest immigrant detention center in the U.S.

Help us amplify the voices of the mothers and children detained at Dilley and in Karnes City, Texas and Berks, Pennsylvania.  We will demand that family detention, and ultimately the whole system of immigrant detention, be ended!

When: Saturday, May 2. The march and protest will last from about 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, folks traveling on buses from Austin, San Antonio and elsewhere should expect to be with us from early morning to late afternoon.

Where: Dilley, TX

Event Organizers:  Grassroots Leadership, Texans United for Families

What: We will march from downtown Dilley to the family detention camp where we will hold a rally with songs and chants, street theater, speeches from people directly affected by immigrant detention & deportation, and a time for prayer and statements from people of faith. If you are not able to march, there will also be a group going straight to protest site.

How to get there: United Methodists will have vans from Brownsville/McAllen and Austin.  Grassroots Leadership is organizing buses from Austin. They can also connect you to others in your area who are going to coordinate rides.  See UMC contacts below to let us know you are coming and coordinate transportation.

 

Other details: The organizers will provide lots of water and healthy snacks. If you need a more hearty lunch or have special dietary needs, plan on bringing your own food. Dress comfortably. It will be hot. Those with mobility concerns can ride directly to rally site on Grassroots Leadership busses, which will have accessible restrooms.  Those who cannot stand throughout the rally can rest on these busses.  Feel free to bring your own signs and banners.  We will also have UMC signs and organizational banners.

Learn more about family detention here and here.

RSVP through your UMC contact:

  • Justice for Our Neighbors: Melissa Bowe, Melissa@njfon.org
  • General Board of Church and Society and Rapid Response Network: Bill Mefford, bmefford@gbcs-umc.org
  • United Methodist Women: Carol Barton, cbarton@unitedmethodistwomen.org

Hope Food Pantry Event

Save the Date for Hope’s Annual Fundraiser

An Evening of Hope
Feed your neighbors, Feed your soul

Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 5:30p.m.

Tarrytown United Methodist Church

2601 Exposition Boulevard – Austin

2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions

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10,000 People.  80 Nations.  50 Faiths.

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What:     The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions

When:    October 15 – 19, 2015

Where:   Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions.

The first Parliament took place in 1893. Since, this historic event has taken place in Chicago, USA  • Cape Town, South Africa  • Barcelona, Spain  • Melbourne, Australia – and now in Salt Lake City, Utah!

 

“On The Road” With Rio Texas MFSA

“On The Road” With Rio Texas MFSA
OntheRoadThe Rio Texas MFSA Executive Committee has developed a Power Point presentation through which we will be sharing information about MFSA’s history and programs.

If you have a Sunday School class or another group that would be interested in hearing a presentation about the social justice work that the local and national MFSA organizations do, please contact Anne Mund, ennadnum@hotmail.com, and we will schedule a visit.

Gather at the River! August 6-9, 2015

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Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9, 2015
pre-day forum begins at 9AM on Thursday
Event begins at 7PM Thursday

www.gather2015.org
#gatherUMC 

Gather at the River is a national conference that will meet at Travis Park United Methodist Church, an historic, open and justice-seeking community of faith in downtown San Antonio, steps away from the renowned River Walk entertainment and cultural district. Housing and additional meeting space will be at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel next door.

Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling Ministries Network members and friends in the Rio Texas Conference are preparing to provide extravagant hospitality for Gather at the River participants. Gather at the River will also include the participation of kindred groups in the Love Your Neighbor Coalition. Gather at the River is a multi-generational gathering. Program activities for children (ages 3-rising 6th grade) and youth (middle and high school) will be led by professionally-trained staff.

Register Now at www.gather2015.org!  Early Registration Discount ends April 1.

The lineup of worship leaders, preachers, speakers, and entertainment is AWESOME!

Worship Leaders:  Marcia McFee & Mark A. Miller

Preachers:  Rev. Peter Storey, Rev. Theon Johnson, Nikilas Mawanda, Rev. Sarah Thompson Tweedy

Speakers: Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Rev. Grace Imathiu, Bishop Melvin Talbert, Rev. Frank Schaefer

Entertainers:  Jennifer Knapp, IlluMen, Campanas de América

Youth & Children’s Programs:  Shelley Walters, Carol Kohrs

Hosts:  Chett Pritchett (MFSA), Matt Berryman (RMN)

If you have been to convocation or one of the joint MFSA/RMN events such as Sing a New Song in 2011, you know what a treasure it is to have this conference in our backyard!

Place the dates, August 6 to 9, 2015 on your calendar now!

 

Rio Texas MFSA and Reconciling Team Offer Scholarships to Gather 2015The Rio Texas MFSA Chapter and Reconciling Ministries Team will offer financial assistance for deserving Rio Texas youth, young adults and adults who would like to go to the Gather at the River Conference in San Antonio, but cannot attend due to financial circumstances. The amount that we can give depends on the amount we raise for this purpose.

If you or your congregation would like to contribute to this effort, please send a check to the treasurer, Janice Curry, 1509 Mearns Meadow Blvd., Austin, TX 78758. Make the check to Rio Texas MFSA and write Gather 2015 scholarships on the memo line.

If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships, please contact Janice Curry at jlcurry@austin.rr.com or Joy Butler, joylbutler@gmail.com by May 15.

 

Save the Date – MFSA Recycling Event

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MFSA Will Sponsor 6th Annual
BOPA
(Batteries, Oil, Paint, Antifreeze) Recycling Event

Saturday, April 18 – 8 am to 10:30 am
Memorial UMC, 6100 Berkman Dr.

Start cleaning the garage and find those batteries, oil, paint, and antifreeze and bring them to the MFSA BOPA event on Saturday, April 18, at Memorial UMC, 6100 Berkman Dr, Austin, TX from 8:00 – 10:30 am. View a Map.

If you would like to help with this event or have questions, please contact Anne Mund, ennadnum@hotmail.com.

Allies Against Slavery – Summit Scheduled

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The Slave-Free City Summit

Fri, Apr 17, 2015 8:00am – Sat, Apr 18, 2015 9:00pm

For the City Center

500 E St Johns Ave.  Austin, TX, 78752

A two-day gathering of leaders, survivors, practitioners and community members who want to deepen the conversation about working together to create lasting solutions to slavery. Register here! http://www.alliesagainstslavery.org/upcoming-events/2015/4/14/the-slave-free-city-summit

The Slave-Free City Summit is powered by Allies Against Slavery and is a unique gathering that focuses on the issue of human trafficking and slavery in the United States.  Allies believes that a Slave-Free City is made possible when stakeholders from eight key sectors across public, private, and volunteer domains of that city come together to contribute unique insight, skills, and resources to create opportunities and solutions at those very intersections. That cross-sector coordination is the focus of the Summit: creating solutions and opportunities at the intersections of society.  The Summit addresses the topics such as the disruption of unjust systems, race, history, art, faith, immigration, transitional justice, tech, enterprise, and other issues that intersect with the problem of human trafficking in the United States.

University UMC-Austin Celebrates RMN Anniversary

JorettaMarshallAll are invited to join University UMC – Austin for their 4th Anniversary of affiliation with the Reconciling Ministries Network.

Dr. Joretta Marshall, Executive Vice President, Dean and Professor of Pastoral Care at Brite Divinity School on the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth will be joining University United Methodist Church to celebrate our fourth Reconciling Ministry anniversary on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Dr. Marshall will be in the UUMC pulpit at the 8:30 and 11 A.M. services delivering her message.

MFSA at MLK March

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On Martin Luther King Day, January 19, MFSA friends gathered to march in the Austin MLK Day Celebration.  In the afternoon, about a dozen of us went to see the movie, Selma. Please consider what you might do to raise awareness of racial injustice. 

“On The Road” With SWTX-MFSA

The SWTX-MFSA Executive Committee has developed a Power Point presentation through which we will be sharing information about MFSA’s history and programs.

If you have a Sunday School class or another group that would be interested in hearing a presentation about the social justice work that the local and national MFSA organizations do, please contact Anne Mund, ennadnum@hotmail.com, and we will schedule a visit.

Gather at the River! August 6-9, 2015

GATHERlogoWEB2Registration will open very soon for Gather at the River, a conference sponsored by MFSA and RMN to be held at Travis Park UMC in San Antonio August 6-9.

The lineup of worship leaders, preachers, speakers, and entertainment is AWESOME!

Worship Leaders:  Marcia McFee & Mark A. Miller

Preachers:  Rev. Peter Storey, Rev. Theon Johnson, Nikilas Mawanda, Rev. Sarah Thompson Tweedy

Speakers: Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Rev. Grace Imathiu, Bishop Melvin Talbert, Rev. Frank Schaefer

Entertainers:  Jennifer Knapp, IlluMen, Campanas de América

Youth & Children’s Programs:  Shelley Walters, Carol Kohrs

Hosts:  Chett Pritchett (MFSA), Matt Berryman (RMN)

We will be working on establishing scholarships for this event, as we have done in the past.

If you have been to convocation or one of the joint MFSA/RMN events such as Sing a New Song in 2011, you know what a treasure it is to have this conference in our backyard!

Place the dates, August 6 to 9, 2015 on your calendar now!