Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
First United Methodist Church is a member of Texas Impact, a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Texas Impact exists to advance state public policies that are consistent with universally held social principles.
Texas Impact not only advocates on behalf of the weak, but also provides its members, including FUMC, with information on policy issues and effective lessons for advocacy. Those interested can sign up for the Texas Impact e-mail alerts.
First United Methodist Church is an active member in Austin Interfaith, a non-partisan coalition of thirty religious congregations, public schools, and unions who work together to address social issues facing our community. Austin Interfaith works on a range of projects from issues that affect the city as a whole to helping neighborhoods achieve the placement of much needed stop lights. Austin Interfaith was also critical in the FUMC fight to help decrease the number of Sunday morning races and other events that have made getting to church difficult.
The Amos Commission is a program sponsored by the Austin District of the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. The program provides training to members of the congregation so that our members can discern what our faith says about social justice issues and then how to advocate for change where change is needed.
The Reconciling Ministries Network is a movement of United Methodists working for the full participation of all people in the United Methodist Church. The FUMC reconciling ministries team is a sub-team of the social justice team. In addition, the FUMC Adelphi, Genesis, Epiphany, Open Door, Downtowners, and Koinonia Sunday School classes are members of the Reconciling Ministries Network.