Anthony Graves Speaks at Peace & Justice Luncheon

Anthony Graves is a death row exoneree who spent 18 years of his life in prison for something he did not do. He shared his amazing story filled with faith and grace.  More than 230 people attended the luncheon.

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The MFSA-RMN Compound Was a Welcoming & Safe Place

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SWTX -MFSA and SWTX – Reconciling Team Work Together at Annual Conference


Letter to Southwest Texas Conference Delegates to Annual Conference

Southwest Texas MFSA has sent a letter to 2014 delegates to the Southwest Texas Annual Conference. We will be electing delegates to 2016 General Conference this June. We have invited delegates to come by our vendor booth for conversation and to attend our Peace and Justice Luncheon. We wanted delegates to know that there are voices in our conference other than Methodist Renewal Movement and the United Methodist Men.

Read the letter here:  Clergy Delegate Letter

Next Chapter Meeting May 8

MFSA May Chapter Meeting

Thursday, May 8

The Unification to Form the Rio Texas Conference:
What Will the Tapestry Woven by the Unification Look Like?

Join MFSA on Thursday, May 8, at Saint John’s UMC to hear Rev. Edward Garcia, pastor of Emmanuel UMC, share the story of the Unification of the Southwest Texas Conference and the Rio Grande Conference to form the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC.  Rev. Garcia has been active in the Unification decision-making progress.

Riotx-districts-2014In June 2013, both conferences approved the Unification Implementation Team’s recommendations for the transition to the new conference. In February 2014, the conferences voted to name the new conference “Rio Texas”.

Some questions we will want to ask Rev. Garcia include:

  • Why are the two conferences uniting?
  • What is the mission and vision of the Rio Texas Conference?
  • Will programming remain the same?
  • Where does the Unification stand today?

Please join us on Thursday, May 8, at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd. for snacks at 6:30pm and the program at 7:00pm.

MFSA Participates in Give OUT Day – Please Help

give out daySince 1907, MFSA has been a leader in both the UMC and broader society for progressive issues like peace, integration, women’s reproductive health, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality.

In the upcoming weeks, we have a great opportunity.  Thanks to the work of Bolder Giving and the Razoo Foundation, MFSA will be participating in Give OUT Day – a day of concentrated giving for organizations working in the field of LGBT advocacy.  MFSA has worked tirelessly for the rights of LGBT people in The United Methodist Church.  MFSA continues to do so by housing (and currently funding) the position of Coalition Coordinator for the Love Your Neighbor Coalition – 10 caucus groups within The United Methodist Church seeking a change in the denomination’s policies and practices around human difference.  Likewise, MFSA is currently working with an interfaith network of agencies to encourage elected representatives to co-sponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act when it comes to Congress later this year.

Please consider a donation to MFSA on Give OUT Day to help us continue our advocacy work. Give OUT Day is great for two reasons:

  • There are incentive prizes for organizations with the highest dollar amount raised and for the most individual donation units. This means YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT can help us reach an incentive level!
  • You don’t have to wait until May 15 to commit. If you go right now to and make your pledge – then on May 15 your donation will be processed! It’s really that easy

Thank you for considering a gift to MFSA for our work of justice and advocacy. And thank you for all you do to make the world a better place.

Reception For Austin District Superintendent

Annual Conference Briefing
& Farewell Reception

purdySteve & Vickie Purdy

Sunday, May 18, 2014
3:00 PM

Manchaca UMC
1011 FM 1626
Manchaca, Tx

We will be collecting cards and notes of goodbyes and good wishes for Steve and Vickie, as well as things Austintacious” to send along with them on the journey out west. We hope you will join us as we bid them farewell.


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