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.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TW6HH5BYE7BYY>

 

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

one-human-race-workshops-87

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.

ONEHUMANRACEFlyerStLukeApril2016

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

MFSA Depends On Your Support For Its Programs and Activities

How to join or support MFSA


Please join with us as we connect progressive United Methodists in putting faith into action!

Membership in MFSA is not predicated on ability to pay.  We do not have “dues”.  However, our Chapter and the National Office need funding each year for programs and activities.  Membership gifts and special giving are always appreciated. MFSA is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.   Membership gifts to MFSA are tax deductible as provided by law.

Thanks for your support of MFSA.

  • You can log onto the national MFSA website, http://www.mfsaweb.org and follow the instructions there (you can safely use a credit card). Please indicate that you are part of the Rio Texas Chapter.

Historically, we have had eight monthly chapter meetings per year, generally on the second Thursday of the month (this may change in the future).  We communicate using monthly electronic newsletters & updates to our website and Facebook page.

Stay Connected with MFSA

MFSA – Chapter Website:  https://riotexasmfsa.org/

MFSA – National Site: http://www.mfsaweb.org

Check out our Rio Texas Chapter MFSA : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rio-Texas-Chapter-MFSA/208934022460155?ref=bookmarks

Open Letter to United Methodist Bishops in Texas – From Laity

If you are a Texas United Methodist lay person, please consider signing the Open Letter to Texas Bishops, which was written by a team of 5 United Methodist laity representing all 5 conferences in the state of Texas (Texas, Rio Texas, North Texas, Central Texas, and Northwest Texas). It was written by laity – for laity – and is intended to share concerns regarding the exclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in The United Methodist Church.

The timing of the letter reflects the anticipation of marriage equality reaching Texas as a result of the Supreme Court ruling expected in late June. While the court could issue a partial ruling requiring only that states recognize all marriage licenses from other states, legal experts say a sweeping ruling in favor of marriage equality is more likely. View the letter and the 919 names of Texas United Methodists that have already signed the letter at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CaXApsGuyIfSrTGNGv9a3GMFWJ0lGMU-hKqmMAYppl8/viewform

Gather 2015 Scholarships for Rio Texas Applicants

Please submit this application by May 30. Applicant must be a resident of the Rio Texas Conference.  RIOTEXASSCHOLARSHIPGatherattheRiver2015.

2014 Austin Pride Parade

aphoto2

March with Austin-Area United Methodists

Saturday, September 20, 7pm

 

The SWTX MFSA and SWTX Reconciling Ministries Team collaborate on the Austin Pride Parade.  In 2013, over 400 United Methodists participated in the parade, sharing God’s love and grace with all.  Our goal this year is 500 United Methodists participating together in the 2014 Austin Pride Parade.

 

talbertLate Breaking News!!  Joining us this year in the Austin Pride Parade will be Bishop Melvin Talbert, champion of the Biblical Obedience movement and Vice-Chair of the Reconciling Ministries Network, and Matt Berryman, Executive Director of the RMN!

Participants should be registered with one of the church groups.  General questions about United Methodist participation in parade?  Contact Kenneth Henry: KDHenry@gmail.com  or Joy Butler: JoyLButler@gmail.com

 


2014 Pride Interfaith Celebration

When: Tuesday, September 16th, 7:00pm.

Where: University Baptist Church

2130 Guadalupe St.

Austin, TX 78705

Austin’s Pride Interfaith Partnership announced details on the upcoming 2014 Pride Interfaith Celebration, to be held on Tuesday September 16th, as part of Austin’s Gay Pride Week.

The free event will be held at University Baptist Church at 7pm. The keynote speaker this year will be Randy Roberts Potts, the gay grandson of evangelist Oral Roberts.  Randy is a prolific author and speaker, encouraging the LGBTQ community to live authentically.  He was featured in the It Gets Better campaign and the performance art, The Gay Agenda.   Further information on Randy Roberts Potts can be found on the website www.PrideInterfaith.com.

For more information on the service, please visit www.PrideInterfaith.com  or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PrideInterfaithPartnership.

Call for Volunteers – MFSA Board Meeting in Austin

MFSA facebook banner

On October 29 – November 1, MFSA’s national Board of Directors and Program Council will hold their Fall Meeting in Austin!  We are looking for volunteers for home stays for approximately 35 adults.  If you have an extra bedroom and would be willing to host one or more of these folks from chapters throughout the nation, please let Anne Mund (ennadnum@hotmail.com) know.

We will also be seeking volunteers for transportation of our guests to and from the airport, and to other venues, and for meal arrangements.  If you are available, contact Rowland or Janice Curry (rcurry@austin.rr.com).

These meetings will be open to any of our friends who wish to meet our board members or wish to observe the meetings.  We hope to arrange for one or more opportunities for socializing and learning more about MFSA and the other chapters throughout the country.

Turn Up The Heat To Help MFSA!

Summer is almost over, but it’s time to turn up the heat!

We need your help!  MFSA has been given a great opportunity to support inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) United Methodists and their work for justice for all. This past week, we were notified of receipt of a small grant to assist with strategic visioning for the Love Your Neighbor (LYN) Coalition, a group of 10 progressive organizations who are committed to justice in The United Methodist Church – not only for LGBTQ persons, but for all the places we find injustice and oppression in our Church.

Unfortunately, this grant only supports the programming, travel, and some technology upgrades for the Coalition, not the personnel costs. Current grant applications for personnel costs are in final consideration, but we need your help today. Since January, MFSA has funded the LYN Coalition Coordinator position. We expected funding this summer, but now will be awaiting word regarding personnel funding in early October.  Thus, MFSA has delayed other financial obligations because we believe so much in the work of the Coalition.

Our Coalition Coordinator, Rev. Steve Clunn, is central to the work of the LYN Coalition. Help us continue this position until we can secure more funding. Share with your colleagues, friends, family – anyone who believes in justice for LGBTQ persons in the life and mission of The United Methodist Church. Central to this work is coordinating efforts of the Coalition’s cooperative event in August 2015, the Legislative Strategy team, and further fundraising to make sure there’s a strong progressive presence in Portland for General Conference 2016!

mfsa turn_up+heatWith a goal of raising $15,000 by October 1, we believe we can continue not only to support the work of the LYN Coalition Coordinator, but show potential grantors the commitment United Methodists have made to make our denomination a welcoming place for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities who work for justice.

Your financial support – large or small – will make a difference in the future of our movement for justice and in the future of the Church!

Let’s turn up the heat and get this thermometer rising!

Donate now at http://bit.ly/1ktKNEJ

“On The Road” With SWTX-MFSA

mfsa plumblineThis Fall, the SWTX-MFSA Executive Committee will be sharing information about MFSA through a Power Point presentation.  We will begin this program at Buda UMC on Sunday, September 14, at 10:00am, at the invitation of Rev. Barbara Day.  If you have a group or Sunday School class 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