Monday, April 6, 2015


We invite everyone to join us for our Day of Social Action. The attachment is prepared for a two-column, back-to-back handout.

North Texas Conference
United Methodist Women

Day of Social Action
April 18, 2015
Highland Park UMC ~
3300 Mockingbird, Dallas
8:30am to noon

Restoring Relationships: Reconciliation and Forgiveness
Forgiveness ultimately frees us from the pain and prison of revenge and allows us to experience renewal.

Keynote Speaker
Rev. Alice Coder
United Methodist minister and member of the North Texas Anti-Racism Team

Royce Hall—Restorative Justice
Halley Bain—Domestic Violence
                    Genesis Shelter
Rev. Ross Owen—  Immigration
    Pastor, Christ Foundry Church
Peggy Larney—         Anti-Racism
  Urban Inter-Tribal Center of TX

IMPORTANT: Please send number of lunch reservations by April 13 to Beth Weems Pirtle at 972-243-7353; or to

APRIL 18, 2015

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, this act of violence a result of intense and unreasoning hatred for a man who declared himself against bigotry and specifically against slavery: “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”

Of the myriad biographical details inscribed on the wall of President Lincoln’s tomb, one—perhaps his most significant contribution to the world—is noticeable by its absence:
No mention is made of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Racism continues to infect our lives all across this country, indeed across the world. We might prefer to call it by other names, thinking that we have made great progress in these 150 years. But sometimes we may wonder if prejudice against people for their color may be part of the “human condition.”
On April 18, North Texas Conference United Methodist Women consider racism, its effects on our lives, and the possibility of restored relationships. We also look at domestic violence and our attitude toward immigration.
Please bring a personal item (such as soap, lotion, etc.) to share with residents of domestic violence shelter.
Join us!

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