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Volume VIII Issue 4                        

27 February 2013




The Methodist Federation for Social Action announces our 2013 Board of Directors and celebrates the work of those who are transitioning off the Board.


Christina Wright joins the MFSA Board of Directors as Co-President. Christina is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard University and is currently completing Doctoral studies in Psychology at the University of West Georgia. She is a Deacon in West Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church and served as a Chaplain at Cleveland Clinic. Christina has also served as Chair of the United Methodist Student Movement steering committee and on the Board of Reconciling Ministries Network. She was a leader in MoSAIC: Methodist Students for an All-Inclusive Church and a co-founder of OnFire.

Tim Riss joins the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Tim in an Elder in the  New York Conference and serves as Senior Pastor at Hicksville United Methodist Church. Tim served the past quadrennium on the General Board of Global Ministries and has served in numerous positions on the Conference and Jurisdicational level. Tim was an Episcopal candidate at the most recent Jurisdictional Conference.

Jung Sun Oh joins the Board representing the Northeastern Jurisdiction. Jung Sun is the pastor of Bethany First United Methodist Church in Boston, MA, and an expert on Korean Religion and Cross-Cultural and Cross-Racial ministry. An ordained Elder in the New England Annual Conference, he holds an M.Div from Candler School of Theology and a Th.D. from Boston University School of Theology.

Rowland Curry, a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Austin, TX, remains on the Board, but is transitioning from representing the South Central Jurisdiction to co-Convener of the Program Council. When Rowland isn't being an active part of MFSA's Southwest Texas Chapter, he can be found volunteering with the American Red Cross.

The following is the 2013 Board of Directors for the Methodist Federation for Social Action.

Vicki Woods, Co-President
Christina Wright, Co-President
Laurie Hays-Coffman, Secretary
Tim Riss, Treasurer
Kevin Nelson, Finance Chair
Diane Christensen, Nominations Chair
Betty Kobata, Program Council Co-Convener
Rowland Curry, Program Council Co-Convener
Jan Nelson, Western Jurisdiction Representative
Christopher Reynolds, North Central Jurisdiction Representative
Jung Sun Oh, Northeastern Jurisdiction Representative
Ginny Laphan, At-Large Board Member
VACANT, South Central Jurisdiction Representative
VACANT, Southeast Jurisdiction Representative

*Vacant positions to be filled through confirmation of Program Council

We celebrate the work of outgoing Co-President Tara Thronson; outgoing Treasurer Tracy Merrick; outgoing NEJ representative LaTrelle Easterling; outgoing SEJ representative Justin White; and outgoing Program Council co-convener Glenn Bosely-Mitchell. Many thanks to their hard work, vision, and guidance of MFSA during this important time in the history of the organization. May they be blessed in their journeys of peace and justice!
AUpcoming Chapter Events
NEW YORK: Rise Up!: End Violence Against Women and Girls. Saturday, March 2; 10am-4pm at Asbury-Crestwood UMC in Tuckahoe, NY. Featured speaker: Dr. Traci West. More information is available here.

WEST MICHIGAN: Micah 6:8 Gathering, Saturday, March 2; 10am-12Noon at Trinity UMC in Grand Rapids. Vern Hoffmann, director of The Micah Center, will be present to share how a broad coalition of churches has united to advocate for justice issues.

IOWA: Spring Statewide Gathering, Saturday, April 27, 10:00am at Grace UMC in Des Moines. Check out their website for other events.
Take Action
Action is part of our name, so here are three concrete ways you can TAKE ACTION this week.

*Profit from Pain is Inhumane! The GEO Group is part of the private prison system, seeking to make money from incarceration, not rehabilitation, and has a terrible record of human rights violations and prisoner abuse. Let Florida Atlantic University know they should not name their new stadium after such a company! TAKE ACTION and sign their petition here.


*Learn how sequestration will affect your state, your community and your family. Then TAKE ACTION by contacting your Senators to let them know that you do not support cuts that will harm society. The Coalition for Human needs provides an easy form to help you do so.



*The General Commission on United Methodist Men has backtracked on their statement encourage the Boy Scouts of America to change their policy on inclusiveness. TAKE ACTION and send emails to Gil Hanke, General Secretary, and Bishop James Swanson, Board President, and share your concern for their change of heart. As well, email Boy Scouts of America Chief Scouting Executive, Wayne Brock and let him know that you are a United Methodist who supports a more inclusive Scouting policy.    

Are You Ready for a ChurchQuake?
When the Apostle Paul broke free from his prison cell, it was because the earth shook. Join with our Love Your Neighbor Coalition partner, Reconciling Ministries Network, over Labor Day Weekend to shake the Church!

There will be great music and worship; engaging workshops; plenty of time to visit with old friends and make new ones; and opportunities to learn about justice in Washington, DC!

Register early! We'll see you there!

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You have an email account you didn't even know about. Yep. You sure do.

When Facebook changed their privacy settings (don't ask which time it was), they created removed your personal email from your profile and gave you an email.

Any email going to your email account that was not from a registered Facebook account would go to the "other" inbox. Also, if you weren't connected to someone on Facebook and they tried to send you a message, that message would go to your "other" inbox.


Accessing your "other" inbox is simple. When you click on the messages icon, you'll see that there's a tab at the top labeled "Other." Just click that to see those messages! There might be some interesting stuff in there! 

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