Jill Warren, the new national executive director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), will be at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., to discuss with California-Nevadans what is planned for another progressive "Common Witness" at the 2012 General Conference.
MFSA, an organization that is independent from The United Methodist Church, for years has been credited with organizing the most effective tracking of legislation for progressive/liberal causes at General Conference. It assigns volunteers from several organizations, providing a "common witness," to go to each legislative committee and later recommend possible lobbying of wavering delegates on issues such as war and peace – and the rights of women, ethnic minorities, prisoners, laborers, and gay and lesbian people. It highlights the social action matters for which MFSA was founded in 1907.
The California-Nevada chapter of MFSA is sponsoring Warren's trip to San Francisco. She will attend a Friday, Oct. 21 7 p.m. dinner at a Marina District restaurant, and then conduct the seminar on General Conference at Jones Memorial UMC the following day.
Cost for Saturday only is $15 (includes lunch). An overnight stay at the Fisherman's Wharf International Hostel at Fort Mason is $45. Sign up by sending your registration to Jean Reynolds, the MFSA-CN convener, at 218 E. Scenic Avenue, Richmond CA 94801-4041. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
General Conference will be in Tampa, Florida, from April 24 to May 4, 2012.
Jill Warren is a member of West Bloomfield UMC in the Detroit Annual Conference. She began social justice work through United Methodist Women, and has championed family violence prevention, access to reproductive health, and civil rights issues. She has led workshops and worship on the United Methodist Social Principles.
Jones Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 1975 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.
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