Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), Reconciling Ministries

Bishop Melvin Talbert’s Day in Austin

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Bishop Melvin Talbert will be joining us at UUMC beginning with the 8:30 service where he will be preaching. During the Sunday School hour, the Bishop will be available in the Explorers class for casual group conversation. He will preach again at the 11am service. Shortly after, he will head to Trinity UMC where all are invited for lunch and a continued conversation sponsored by MFSA.

Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has served The United Methodist Church as a mentor, pastor, conference staff member, district superintendent, general secretary and bishop. An institute was created in his name by Black Methodists for Church Renewal to engage and encourage young lay and clergy to reach their leadership potential.

Talbert has been an advocate for peace and for the oppressed and marginalized. He has fought to help The United Methodist Church and society address racism. He is committed to racial, gender and sexual orientation inclusiveness, stating that there is room at God’s table for everyone.

The celebration will include an installation from the Shower of Stoles project in the sanctuary, an extraordinary collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. These religious leaders have served in twenty-seven denominations and faith traditions, and come from six countries on three continents. This collection celebrates the gifts of GLBTQ persons who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Project bears witness to the huge loss of leadership that the church has brought upon itself because of its own unjust policies.

After the celebration at University UMC, MFSA is sponsoring lunch and a Conversation with Bishop Talbert to discuss the events surrounding Bishop Talbert’s ministry and the future of GLBTQ issues in the church. This event will be at Trinity UMC in their fellowship hall.  Lunch will be provided beginning at 12:15P.M. The conversation with Bishop Talbert will be from 1:15 to 3 P.M.

All are welcome to these events.

Read Bishop Talbert’s Bio

Questions? Contact Mary Ann Barclay at



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