5 January 2011: MFSA member Rev. Richard (Dick) Truitt died January 5, 2011. Ordained elder in the Wisconsin Annual Conference, Dick attended 7 General Conferences and was instrumental in beginning the Peace with Justice Special Offering. He served as Chairperson of the Division of World Peace of the General Board of Church and Society from 1972 to 1980. In 1991 he was awarded MFSA's Lee and Mae Ball Award for faithful and effective work for social justice. At the Memorial Service on January 10, 2011, Bishop Don Ott encouraged churches to erect Peace Poles as a sign of Dick's life-long passion for peace and social justice. Those wishing to honor Rev. Truitt may send donations to Bread for the World (www.bread.org), UNICEF (UNICEF.org), Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (www.garrett.edu) or a charity of your choice in his name.
6 December 2010: MFSA National along with the Oregon-Idaho, Virginia and Southwest Texas chapters join the Faith Coalition in support of the Uniting American Families Act. Click here to read the letter in support of legislation that would united 36,000 LGBT families divided under current immigration law.
29 October 2010: Kathryn Johnson, former MFSA Executive Director, was celebrated during the fall meeting of the MFSA Program Council in Des Plains, IL. Click here to download and read some of the tributes shared.
12 October 2010: Open Letter from Rev. Gil Caldwell to Bishop Goodpaster regarding Judicial Council meeting (Oct. 27-30, 2010 in New Orleans, LA)
2 October 2010: MFSA participates in the "One Nation Working Together" March in Washington, DC.
15 September 2010: Commentary: Rev. Gil Caldwell reflects on the 2010 primaries.
11 September 2010: In light of the proposed Quran burning in Florida, many MFSAers are participating in actions that promote interfaith peace and understanding. Check out our map and resources of events and opportunities for action throughout September.
19 February 2010: MFSA Signs "A Call for Political Courage, Vision, Leadership, and Faith."
MFSA has signed on to a petition from Faithful Reform in Health Care, an interfaith grassroots group working to ensure the passage of health care reform. Click here to read the statement.
Good News for Abolitionists
Last October, the American Law Institute, the group that had provided the model death penalty legal code used by most states, said there was no workable death penalty system. The group voted to repudiate its own structure "in light of the current intractable institutional and structural obstacles to ensuring a minimally adequate system for administering capital punishment." A New York Times article published Monday is bringing new attention to this decision, attention welcomed by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, who notes the author's description of the move as a "tectonic shift in legal theory." Several editorials published recently in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Salina Journal (Kansas), and Birmingham News also serve as positive signs for the future of the movement.
Methodist Federation Chapters Report on Activities at Annual Conferences 2009
MFSA Chapters witness at annual conferences.
Interfaith Week of Prayer for Health Care
Thousands come together for and Interfaith Service of Witness and Prayer to express their strong support for health care reform
National leaders Call for Peace in Iran
Over 35 leaders of national peace groups and religious communities call for peace
Bishop Call for End to Payday Loans
Bishop Minerva Carcaño speaks at a June 4 hearing to brief lawmakers
Torture Awareness Month
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity have written a powerful memo to President Obama along with a statement entitled "Interrogation Abuses and Those Responsible Must be Fully Exposed."
United Methodist Bishops Speak on Immigration
United Methodist Bishops release statement during Spring meeting
Youth Fast Today to Change Tomorrow
UMC B1 program gives youth an avenue to take action against hunger
MFSA releases resource documents on Constitutional Amendments