Meet the New Capital District DS, Rev. Teresa Welborn, at MFSA Meeting

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Thursday, September 11, 7pm

Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale, Austin, TX

The first meeting of the SWTX Methodist Federation for Social Action for 2014-2015 will be Thursday, September 11 in the Fellowship Hall at Saint John’s UMC.  The featured speaker will be Rev. Teresa Welborn, the new District Superintendent of the Austin District.  Teresa will tell us about her background and experience, her visions for the District’s future, the challenges the District is facing, and the formation of the new Capital District (our new name as of January 1, 2015), its new territorial boundaries and new member congregations, including Hispanic UMCs in our area.

Please join us at 6:30p for snacks and mingling with old friends and new; the program begins at 7p.   And new this month:  childcare will be provided!  E-mail jessica@stjohnsaustin.org to indicate how many children you will bring and their ages.  We hope to see you there!

2014 Austin Pride Parade

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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

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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

Important Economic Justice Conference in Houston

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As religious progressives we embrace a non-violent resistance to domination systems that marginalize the poor and the weak. Both Torah and the New Testament are clear about God’s dream for the world – a society of equality and justice where everyone has enough. As people of faith we recognize that all women, men and children are members of the family of God; they belong to us and we belong to them. We now deliberately join together determined to create economic and social justice for all.  As progressive religious people – regardless of our faith or political affiliation – we must pay attention and take action to combat this injustice. It’s time to turn the page in Texas!A three-day organizing event to unite religious progressives, academics, and justice activists to act in solidarity to promote economic justice.

Presenters include Ralph Douglas West,  Amy-Jill Levine,  John Dominic Crossan,  Joerg Rieger,  Keri Day,  Robin Meyers and many more.

For more information, click here.

Step Up For Africa

5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk/Run
Saturday, September 20, 8:30 AM

Step up for AfricaBrushy Creek Lake Park - Cypress Pavillion
3300 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX  78613

Come join us for this no frills 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk to benefit clean water projects in Matete, Kenya. Walkers Welcome! Strollers Welcome! Digital timer for personal record. Inflatable!
Proceeds benefit water, education, food, and medical projects
in Matete, Kenya through World Vision.

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