Rev. M Barclay will speak at the 8th Annual Peace and Justice Luncheon – Pre-Registration is Open through Sunday, June 3

Love, Justice & The UMC

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Noon

American Bank Convention Center – Watergarden A

Corpus Christi, Texas

8th Annual Peace & Justice Luncheon
Sponsored by
Rio Texas Methodist Federation for Social Action

Rio Texas Conference Transforming Communities Vision Team


Reverend M Barclay

At the 2016 General Conference, it became apparent that issues relating to human sexuality in The United Methodist Church needed more study and reflection.  The Commission on a Way Forward was established to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality, and to explore options to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.  That Commission will present its report to a special called session of General Conference in 2019.  To shed more light on this issue, Rio Texas MFSA is pleased to host Reverend M Barclay as keynote speaker for the 2018 Peace & Justice Luncheon.

Reverend Barclay is a deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church and currently serves as Director of enfleshed (, providing spiritual resources and faith education.  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 (RMN) where they advocated for queer and trans inclusion in The United Methodist Church.  As a life-long United Methodist, an openly queer and trans clergy person, and an advocate for God’s expansive love, they are in a unique position to speak to the challenges before us in The UMC at this critical time in its history.

Luncheon Registration Information

Cash or Check:  $12.00 in advance (by June 1)

Credit Card:  $15.00 (fees included)

In Corpus Christi:  $15.00 at the door (limited number available)

For Luncheon registration information, use this.

Book Fair at Annual Conference!

Rio Texas MFSA will again sponsor a Book Fair at Annual Conference.  Members and friends box up their gently used religious and spiritual books, and we haul 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.  It has been quite successful in the past, but to make it happen, we need your books!

Contact to donate gently used religious or spiritual books for this MFSA event.


This just in …

Reconciling Ministries Worship Service

Thursday, June 7, 7:00am – 8:00am

American Bank Center, Corpus Christi

Room 225 “Harbor View”

Stay tuned for more information …



ACLU Membership Conference June 10-12

You belong at the 2018 ACLU Membership Conference!

Come learn and be inspired, and become an even more effective advocate for freedom. Taking place June 10-12 in Washington, D.C., the Membership Conference is an extraordinary opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with fellow ACLU members from around the country and to hear from guest speakers like:

  • Representative John Lewis, member of Congress and former Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC);
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren, member of Congress;
  • Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund;
  • Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter;
  • Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Don’t wait! Register now and enjoy an early bird discount of $100.

See you at the 2018 ACLU Membership Conference!

Texas Impact Voter Information


Fewer than 1 in 10 registered voters bothered to cast ballots in Texas’ last midterm primary runoffs–the decisive election for many officials, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

This year, there are more than 30 runoffs that span all levels of government. See all the races and candidates here

You DO NOT have to have voted in the primary on March 6 to vote in the runoffs! But if you DID vote in the primary, you can only vote in the runoff of the SAME party you chose in March. You DO NOT have to keep that party affiliation forever…in November, you can vote for candidates of all parties.

And good news: even if you didn’t vote in March because you weren’t registered yet, you can still vote in the runoffs as long as you register by April 23. Check to make sure you are registered here

May 22, 2018 Primary Runoffs Key Dates

Last Day to Register to Vote Monday, April 23, 2018
Last Day to Apply by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) Friday, May 11, 2018
First Day of Early Voting Monday, May 14, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting Friday, May 18, 2018
Election Day Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 RMN Convocation

After much anticipation, it is with joy that we are able to share that we have a new location for For Everyone Born – 2018 Convocation!

Join us and hundreds of other United Methodists at the St. Louis Airport Hilton in St. Louis, MO on July 26-29.

It will be a powerful experience to gather so close to the site of the 2019 General Conference as we work for justice and dream about what it means to be a church that is “For Everyone Born.”

We look forward to being able to share the agenda and registration with you soon, but until then, plan to see us in St. Louis!

MFSA Monthly Meeting Thursday, April 12

In January, a group of 9 people from the MFSA chapter in Austin went to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) on an educational tour of missions related to asylum-seekers and immigration.  At our upcoming meeting on April 12, we will provide a program on what we saw and learned on that trip.  Our special guest for the meeting is Deaconess Cindy Johnson, who is involved in several of the programs in the RGV and was our host for a portion of the fact-finding visit.  We will discuss what we encountered, and our next steps related to their missions.  Please join us for this timely discussion.

Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Road, with snacks and mingling at 6:30p and the program at 7p.  All are welcome!  Hope to see you there!

Our March Meeting – Austin Sanctuary Network

At our March meeting, we heard more about the Austin Sanctuary Network.  We had three guest speakers Anne Pomar who is a lay member at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Reverend Meg Barnhouse who is the senior pastor at First Unitarian Universalist Church, and Elizabeth Welliver who is a staff member at Grassroots Leadership.  They told us a little of the history of the Austin Sanctuary Network, and they talked about the three people who have been recently in sanctuary. Alirio from El Salvador, and Hilda and Ivan from Guatemala.

The Austin Sanctuary network is a collaboration of over 20 local religious and nonprofit organizations from all faiths.  Their purpose is to open churches to help people avoid deportation by providing a little barrier between them and deportation orders.  This is a tradition that the church has held since the time of Christ.  Two of the churches have actually been the locations for people to be in sanctuary.  Other churches provide support and transportation and advocacy.  Trinity and University United Methodist churches are already part of this network.



Date: April 20, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm  to  10:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will perform at a benefit concert for the Austin Sanctuary Network, a coalition of faith communities, immigrants, and other organizations that support immigrants fleeing violence or in danger of deportation.

The evening begins with a regional art show at 7 pm and the concert at 8 p.m. The Austin Sanctuary Network. Buy tickets online.

Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive (exit off I-35, west on Wells Branch Parkway)