God in Transition: A Day of Faith Formation

 Hosted by enfleshed and First United Methodist Church of Austin

Saturday, November 10 at 10am – 3pm

1201 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Tickets by Eventbrite


If you are interested in learning about how you, individually, and your congregation, collectively, can support trans and nonbinary people and their loved ones, come join us for a day-long event of education and community building.  With featured plenary speaker, Rev. M Barclay, a non-binary trans minister in The United Methodist Church, you’ll be invited to grow in understanding of what it means to be trans today, learn how the Christian faith can support people in their transitions, deepen your understanding of gender, and walk away with practical tools for celebrating people of all genders.  https://www.facebook.com/events/236810043683428/

Equality Texas

Equality Texas Foundation & Texas Health Institute Announce a New $250,000 Contract and a First of Its Kind Texas Research Capacity-Building Project to Improve the Quality of Healthcare for Transgender Texans

TransFORWARD, A Statewide Transgender-Powered Research Collaborative in Texas, will engage transgender Texans in a ground-breaking research capacity-building project to improve the lives and health of transgender Texans.

The Washington D.C. based Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent, nonprofit organization whose mandate is to improve the quality of healthcare based on evidence, awarded a first-of-its-kind contract, research capacity-building project to connect transgender Texans with medical researchers.  The Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award will build research capacity by engaging 2,500 transgender Texans in clinical comparative effectiveness research studies.

A Research Engagement Advisory Council will be formed to guide the two-year project and eight regional groups will be created across the state where transgender patients, researchers, and organizations will participate in patient-centered outcomes research at various health institutions.  TransFORWARD is a community engagement partner with the University of California San Francisco’s PRIDE Study/net to recruit transgender Texans to participate in studies.

For more information on TransFORWARD and this project: https://transforward.texashealthinstitute.org/programs/pcori/

Rev. M Barclay will speak at the 8th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon

Rev. M Barclay is a deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church. 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 where they advocated for queer and trans inclusion in The United Methodist Church. M currently serves as Director of enfleshed (https://enfleshed.com), providing spiritual resources and faith education.

M is passionate about bringing fresh and relevant perspectives to the questions, traditions, and theologies that have sustained our faith communities for centuries. They have extensive experience in writing, preaching, and teaching on the gospel’s call to communal justice making.

October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter

Please find the October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter here: 2017 Oct


MFSA Meeting on Thursday, September 14

Persist!  Transgender Justice

On Thursday, September 14, at 7pm, Rio Texas MFSA will begin our 2017-2018 year with the program focus, Persist!  This topic is not a political challenge as much as it is an encouragement to work for social justice in areas impacting persons marginalized by society.

Our first meeting will focus on justice for transgender individuals. Robin Richard will speak on the ups and downs of learning that her child is transgender. Robin and her husband Dale have been members of University UMC, Austin for several years. Their son, Connor, was confirmed as a member of the United Methodist Church last year and also “came out”.  Connor has been living as a female for this past year and is keeping the name Connor. We appreciate Robin sharing this personal information to help us better understand the challenges their family has faced.

We invite you to join us at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd. for this special discussion. Contact Rowland Curry rcurry@austin.rr.com with questions.

Join us at 6:30p for snacks.  The program begins at 7p.  All are welcome.

Persist! Resist Unreasonable Discrimination!

Chorus of Opposition Helps Prevent Anti-Transgender Bill
from Becoming Law in Texas

Today, HRC released a new graphic highlighting the many voices that joined together to successfully stop anti-transgender legislation that was considered in the Texas legislature. It can be viewed here.

Due to the outpouring of opposition from Texans from all walks of life, anti-transgender legislation is dead for this session. HRC is proud to have worked throughout the regular session and special session with a coalition of organizations, including Equality Texas, the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Freedom Network and the Transgender Education Network of Texas.

A summary of the range and diversity of opposition to these discriminatory efforts can be found on the graphic. Those who helped stop these anti-transgender measures include:

  • Ordinary Texans, including transgender people and their families
  • Faith leaders [including many of our UMC and MFSA members!]
  • Educators
  • Advocacy groups
  • Child welfare groups
  • Law enforcement
  • Business leaders and companies
  • Financial investors
  • Economic development
  • Travel and tourism
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Sports

“It’s official: Texas legislators have adjourned without passing a new anti-transgender bill this special session,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of policy and political affairs. “First and foremost, these bills were defeated because of the many voices that came out in opposition, raising their voices in one chorus to say, ‘don’t discriminate in the Lone Star State.’ To be sure, these same voices that opposed discrimination this session will make the same level of noise in the future if lawmakers attempt to discriminate against any members of our communities again.”