From Texas Impact

Texas Impact is honored to receive a national award for our “Mainstream Not Extreme” campaign opposing discriminatory “bathroom privacy” legislation in 2017 and we want to thank you for your leadership in this effort!

Y’all Means All Friends,

You made thousands of telephone calls, hundreds of legislative visits and had 500 Texans of faith show up on a hot August day to oppose the discriminatory bathroom legislation. Faith leaders showed up on the steps of the Capitol, in television interviews and in commercials, which you shared with your networks. And because of your hard work and activism, you won-the Texas Legislature did not pass the harmful bills.

Now, your work has been recognized nationally, as the Religion Communicators Council of North America has awarded Texas Impact with the prestigious DeRose-Hinkhouse award, recognizing excellence in religious communications and public relations.

And while Texas Impact’s name may be on the award, we recognize that we could not have done it without your work. So, thank you.

www.texasimpact.org

Become a Justice-Seeking Congregation!

Last summer MFSA piloted a new opportunity for congregations to declare their commitment to intersectional movements for justice and connect with our justice-seeking witness.  As Justice Seeking Congregations covenant to call themselves, their congregations and the church to expand its understanding of the call of the Gospel to be the inclusive, anti-racist/anti-oppressive, justice seeking, risk taking Body of Christ.  They live out our belief that to be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be involved in the transformation of the world.  They believe transformation is possible and hold these values as we seek sacred change in our congregations, communities, denomination and our world.  Watch Rev. Lydia Munoz, MFSA Board Member and Lead Pastor of Church of the Open Door UMC in Eastern Pennsylvania share why her congregation felt called to become a Justice-Seeking Congregation here.

Join the movement today.  Become a Justice-Seeking Congregation today!

http://mfsaweb.org/wp-content/uploads/MFSA%20Justice%20Congregations.pdf?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=4b8dd9bb-02f0-4320-b86b-e8e4da5a6bc8

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Executions in 2018

Scheduled
May 16: Juan Castillo
June 21: Clifton Williams
June 27: Danny Bible
July 17: Christopher Young
September 20: Ruben Gutierrez

Executed
January 18: Anthony Shore
January 30: William Rayford
February 1: John Battaglia
March 27: Rosendo Rodriguez
April 25: Erick Davila

Commuted
February 22: Thomas Whitaker

May 9: The TCADP San Antonio Chapter will host a member meeting at the Law Alumni Room in the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library (1 Camino Santa Maria St.) at St. Mary’s Law School on Wednesday, May 9.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.  For more information, please contact sanantonio@tcadp.org.  The TCADP San Antonio Chapter meets on the second Wednesday of every month.

Rio Texas Annual Conference 2018

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

Featuring

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 (https://enfleshed.com), 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) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-justice-the-umc-tickets-44244272811

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 rcurry@austin.rr.com 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!