Renew your membership for a justice-seeking 2019!

We wish you a happy & healthy 2019. Rio Texas MFSA will have a presence at the UMC General Conference in St Louis in February. We will be there to support the change in our Discipline that would make all persons equal under church doctrine. In June, we will host a luncheon at the Rio Texas Conference ( speaker details to come soon).  And, the 2019 Texas Legislative session begins in January, and we plan to be involved with legislation that will protect the marginalized. Other events planned are another visit to the Texas border, our annual BOPA environmental event, as well as, marches and protests. Join us in our 2019 justice-seeking initiatives! Your donations are important to our local work and 80% of membership goes to the National MFSA justice efforts. Thanks and Happy New Year!

Rio Texas MFSA appreciates your donations to support our work for justice in the United Methodist World and the world. Your donations are tax deductible through the national Methodist Federation for Social Action, EIN 55-2150061. Thanks.

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Stepping Stone Service

Stepping Stone Service

Thursday, March 8

6:30 p.m.

Saint John’s UMC-Austin, 2140 Allandale Rd.

Have you ever wished you had a pause button to allow yourself to stop and examine the priorities in your life?

The Lenten season challenges us to do just that, and Saint John’s Austin provides an opportunity with the Stepping Stone service. This service helps expose pathways that can deepen awareness of God’s loving omnipresence and lead toward a resurrecting walk alongside Jesus. Music, directed by Cina Crisara and sung by the Saint John’s Singers, is interspersed with dance — choreographed by Lisa Nicks — and supported by prayers, communion, and inspirational readings. Rich artistry — including that of violinist Ben Hummel, singer/composer Robbie LaBanca, and visuals by Gary Flemmons — feed our sense of direction and lead the soul home in heightened understanding of our holy existence and purpose.

August 2016 Rio Texas MFSA Newsletter

No Rio Texas MFSA meeting in August, but consider participating in Austin Pride Week activities described in the August newsletter:  2016 August_news.

General Conference 2016 Preview

For an overview of the upcoming General Conference, please look through this slide show prepared by Abel Vega, Rio Texas Conference Director of Outreach Vitality.

General Conference 2016 Preview – 04.24.2016

Love Your Neighbor Coalition

justlove_lynThe Love Your Neighbor Coalition consists of United Methodists committed to the embodiment of God’s love and justice within and through the people and mission of The United Methodist Church.  The core of our faith is found in Jesus’ response to the question “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” – to “love God with all our heart, soul (being) and mind” and to “love neighbor as self” (Matthew 22:36-40).  These hold ancient “law and prophets” together with our contemporary Book of Discipline, Social Principles, and Book of Resolutions.  Our mission is to assure The United Methodist Church is fully open to the presence, love and grace of God offered to all people.

LYNC is a coalition of thirteen partner organizations, and each has agreed to work together around the intersections of common justice issues and shared values.

For more information, see: http://www.lyncoalition.org/

MFSA sponsors One Human Race Workshop at St. Luke UMC Austin

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The Rio Texas MFSA chapter is sponsoring The One Human Race Series at St. Luke UMC-Austin, 1306 W Lynn St., on three Saturdays in April – 16, 23, 30 -from 12:30-3:30pm.

In this three-week series, you’ll learn, listen, and share about the concept of race in the U.S. in a safe and productive environment. There is no fee, but donations are welcome.

You must register to participate – http://www.onehumanrace.info. While, it is not a requirement that you attend all sessions, the first session is mandatory. Registration is limited to 60 people, so register soon to secure your space.

Thanks to the Union of Black Episcopalians – Myra McDaniel Chapter for this ministry and to Rev. Jay Cooper and St. Luke UMC for hosting the event.

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More News From MFSA And Friends

 

MFSA National E-News Newsletter

http://mfsaweb.org/?page_id=212

Current Faith in Action from General Board of Church & Society –

http://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action

 

Reconciling Ministries newsletter:  http://www.rmnetwork.org