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Volume VII  Issue 1
  6 January 2011
Greetings!

This new year is full of new beginnings for MFSA, starting with a brand new E-news feature: This week on Facebook.  Join in conversation with progressive Methodists around the country right from your desk!

Newly hired MFSA Coalition Coordinator Steve Clunn has hit the ground running as we prepare for the 2011 Annual Conference season.  The search for MFSA's new executive director has been extended until January 14, 2011.  And mark your calendars for the progressive Methodist event of the quadrennium: Sing a New Song. 

Are you between the ages of 20 and 30, committed to justice, and looking for a new direction?  Check out the US-2 and Mission Intern Programs with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries.  Begin the new year by taking action for justice in Gaza with the US Campaign to End the Occupation.  And don't forget to check out the monthly social justice prayers--a source of strength and inspiration for the work ahead in 2011.

Grace and peace,
Jennifer Mihok
MFSA Outreach and Communications Coordinator
FacebookThis week on Facebook...

Connecting our Voices NOW
Connecting Voices
Last year, MFSA launched the Connecting Voices initiative, which encourages MFSA members to reach out to new people, inviting them into conversations about faith and justice.  Perhaps you haven't had a chance to host a meet-up, but you can join the discussion right now on Facebook.  So tell us:

What are you resolving to do for justice in 2011?

Want to keep the conversation going?  Host a Connecting Voices meet-up in your area, and don't forget to tell us about it!
NatUpNational Update
Welcome, Steve!
ED search extended

Steve ClunnCoalition Coordinator Steve Clunn has begun work with the national staff of MFSA.   Effective immediately, Steve is the national contact person for coordinating legislative efforts at Annual Conference 2011.  You can email him at steve@mfsaweb.org.  MFSA's legislative priorities for General Conference 2012 (and also Annual Conference 2011) have been posted on our website along with sample legislation that fits these general categories.  Samples of legislation promoting full inclusion and justice for Palestine have already been posted.  Please send us copies of the legislation that your chapters are submitting so that they can be shared with the broader MFSA community.

EDFINAL NOTICE:  The search for a new Executive Director of MFSA has been extended by one week until January 14, 2011.  Click here to see the full job posting and description.  Hiring will take place in the spring with work beginning July 1, 2011.  Applications can be sent to MFSA Board Co-President, Tara Thronson.
ChaptersChapters and Partners

Mark your calendars for the progressive Methodist event of the quadrennium!

Sing a New Song

Join us in creating a common vision of justice and intentional inclusion for our church and the world at Sing A New Song, a partnership event between Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) and MFSA.  In our collaboration we draw the circle wider still in a movement that embodies peace-making in global and local relationships and justice for persons of all races, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.

Check out our fantastic website, and check back frequently for updates!
SparksSparks: OnFire in action
Young Adults:
Wondering what to do with your life?

Newly commissioned US-2 missionaries in October 12, 2010

What do you want to do with your life? People never tire of asking young people this question. Everyone has their own answer. Here is one more: become a US-2 or Mission Intern.

If you are between the ages of 20 and 30 and are committed to addressing the root causes of injustice so that the gospel is lived out alongside communities and organizations seeking peace and systemic transformation, consider applying to become a United Methodist US-2 or Mission Intern with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries.

US-2s serve in the United States for two years. Mission Interns serve for 16 months in an international setting, then 16 months in the US. Both US-2s and Mission Interns commit to linking their faith to justice.  For more information on the programs, click here.

The application deadline for programs beginning in the fall of 2011 is Feb, 15, 2011.  Apply today!  Forms are available on the GBGM website.
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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: www.umonfire.blogspot.com.  If you are interested in contributing to the OnFire blog, please contact Shannon Sullivan.
TakeActionTake Action

     Action: Demand human rights for Gaza
 
GazaLast week, on the second anniversary of Operation Cast Lead -- Israel's 22-day assault on the 1.5 million besieged Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip --  dozens of Gaza-based Palestinian civil society organizations laid down a challenge for the international community: "When will the world's countries act according to the basic premise that people should be treated equally, regardless of their origin, ethnicity or color -- is it so far-fetched that a Palestinian child deserves the same human rights as any other human being?"

Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, of which MFSA is a member, in speaking out by signing this online petition  to the Obama Administration, calling for pressure on Israel to end its illegal siege of the Gaza Strip and to stop preventing the United Nations from holding Israel accountable for  what the Goldstone Report documents as violations of human rights and international law, war crimes, and possible crimes against humanity committed before, during, and after Operation Cast Lead.
ProgPondProgressive Ponderings

Social Justice Prayers
"Lord, to those who hunger, give bread. And to those who have bread, give them hunger for justice." -- Latin American Prayer

by Edie Harris


Did you know?  Every month, MFSA member Edie Harris writes a prayer for social justice which is posted on the MFSA website.  If you wish, you can receive these prayers directly in your inbox at the beginning of each month.  Simply contact Rob Walty and ask to be added to the Social Justice Prayer Network.  Click here to download and read January's prayer.