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Volume VIII Issue 16                          

22 August 2013




Over the next week thousands of people will descend upon our region in celebration of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a march that happened 50 years ago. There are many, many events happening between now and the end of August.

I know many of you won't be able to be in attendance in Washington, DC, and so here are a few ways you can join from afar:
  • Follow us on Twitter (@MFSAVoices) and Facebook. We'll share tweets, video, blogs, and photos from the marches on Saturday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 28.
  • Pray with us! We've created a litany that can be used in worship to encourage healing, hope, and action!   
  • Join our postcard campaign to hold Congress accountable for a fair and just revision of the Voting Rights Act!  

As Dr. King reminds us, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." May we never be silent and march as long as it takes for justice for all to be achieved. 


Grace and peace,  
Chett Pritchett 
Interim Executive Director 
United Methodists Put on Marching Shoes
When thousands of Americans descend upon the Lincoln Memorial this week, United Methodists will be well represented.

MFSA welcomes marchers to our office for hospitality and a group will depart the office for the rally sites at 7:15am on Saturday and 7:30am on Wednesday. United Methodists are encouraged to wear RED. Follow @MFSAVoices on twitter for an exact location once groups have arrived at the Lincoln Memorial.

Jim Winkler, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society, will have the opportunity to address the rally on Saturday. At Tuesday evening's worship service, sponsored by MFSA, we will give thanks for those present who marched 50 years ago in the first March on Washington. Five buses from the New York Annual Conference will arrive early Saturday morning.

MFSA gives thanks for all those who are marching with their hearts, voices, and feet in the name of justice!
More Than Marriage
Marriage Equality is a hot topic today. With the Supreme Court decisions around DOMA and Prop 8, momentum is growing for marriage equality initiatives across the country.

Marriage is important because it shows a shift in public attitudes toward LGBTQ persons. However, winning the battle for marriage equality does not equate to justice.

LGBTQ people still face discrimination in housing and employment; economic opportunity and access to health care are lacking for many. Trans* individuals face roadblocks to name change documentation, airport security issues, and, yes, even the ability to use the restroom without fear of ridicule or harm.

Over the next few months, MFSA will be working with the Transgender Law Center to encourage individuals and congregations to work for advances beyond marriage equality. People of faith who seek justice must not stop at marriage equality (though that's an important part of justice).

If you're interested in learning more about this campaign, please email Chett Pritchett, Interim Executive Director at
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