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Uniting American Families Act
Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People
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Wisconsin MFSA Advent Reflections now available
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Volume VI  Issue 19  19 November 2010

There's a lot going on, so we'll keep it short.  Check out the exciting things happening below!

Fall issue of The Progressive Voice now available
Chapters, support the Uniting American Families Act!
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
MOSAIC seeking young person for RMN Board
MFSA Wisconsin's Advent Reflections now available

As we begin to enter one of the busiest and most blessed times of year, MFSA invites you to take a few moments and share what it is you're thankful for.  Visit our newly launched Facebook page and leave a comment about the good work that's gone on in your area this year.

We at the MFSA office would like to extend our very personal thanks to our Board, Program Council and chapter members who have picked up and kept up the good work of the progressive Methodist movement during this time of transition.  And are we yet alive?  Without a doubt. 

Grace and peace,
Jennifer Mihok
MFSA Outreach and Communications Coordinator
NatUpNational Update

Fall issue of The Progressive Voice now available for download or in your inbox

It's been a long time coming, but the fall issue of The Progressive Voice is now available as a .pdf download from our website, or you can sign up to have it delivered straight to your inbox.  The Progressive Voice (formerly Social Questions Bulletin) is no longer available in printed form from MFSA's national office.  But we've created a version that's easy to read electronically or to print from your home computer.  If you know of friends or chapter members without regular (or any) internet access, please consider printing and sending them a copy.

Click here to download in full color.
Click here to download in black and white.
TakeActionTake Action

Call for chapter support of
Uniting American Families Act

Uniting American Families ActIn the last edition of E-news, we called for MFSA chapters to sign on to a letter of support for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA).  Many thanks to the Oregon-Idaho chapter for signing on, but we know we can get more than one chapter to support this important legislation!  Please circulate this call among your chapter leadership and report back to Jennifer by December 5th.  We want to show strong MFSA support for this effort when the ecumenical group of supporters meets again in early December.  You can read the letter on our website.

The Uniting American Families Act would end the long-standing discrimination faced by lesbian and gay bi-national couples under current immigration law.  If passed, the law would allow nearly 36,000 families to be reunited. This bill would allow and require lesbian and gay bi-national couples to petition in the same way - and with the same rigorous process of documentation - as straight couples.  With some members of the faith community withholding support of UAFA, it is imperative that groups such as MFSA voice their strong support.  Sign on today! 

ChaptersChapters and Partners

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Free PalestineOn Monday, November 29, 2010, the United Nations will observe its annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  MFSA has again invited member David Graybeal to take interested persons as a delegation on that day.  It is not necessary to be a member of MFSA to participate.

The day will include a conference of non-governmental organizations as well as an afternoon session of the General Assembly with discussion dedicated to the status of Palestine.

A bus to the UN will leave the Drew University campus in Madison, NJ, at 8:00 am and will leave the UN at 5:00 pm to return to Drew. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to David Graybeal indicating whether or not you will be riding the bus.
SparksSparks: OnFire in action
MOSAIC seeks RMN Board Candidate

MOSAICMOSAIC (Movement of Students, seminarians and young adults for an All-Inclusive Church) is searching for a representative to serve on the Reconciling Ministries Network's Board of Directors for a term beginning January 2011 and concluding in December of 2012.

Some key responsibilities include:
  • Fiduciary and visioning management for the organization
  • Liaise between MOSAIC and the Board on planned actions and direction, particularly being the primary point of contact between the RMN Staff and Board and the leaders of MOSAIC, appropriately distributing emails, phone calls, and requests to the right person.
  • Active participation at RMN board meetings (2 per year plus major national events, i.e. Convocation, or General Conference)
  • Service on a RMN Board Committee and fulfill related obligations.
  • Engage fully within the Core Leadership of MOSAIC

For more information, see the full job posting in RMN's Flashnet.
Who is OnFire?  We are United Methodist young adults reclaiming our Wesleyan heritage of spiritual and social transformation. We are empowering young adults to impact our church and our world. OnFire organizes as the young adult chapter of MFSA.  Check out our blog at:  If you are interested in contributing to the OnFire blog, please contact Shannon Sullivan.
aProgPondProgressive Ponderings

Advent wreathThe 10th annual Advent Reflections offered by the Wisconsin United Methodist Federation for Social Action (WUMFSA) are now available.  Every year has had a different focus and writers. The Advent 2010 collection covers the first Sunday of Advent through the first Sunday after Christmas, and includes reflections on John Wesley's use of scriptural passages in his sermons.  Much appreciation goes out to chapter member Wesley White for this collection.  Click here to view the daily reflections.