Friday, June 18, 2021

If you missed the virtual luncheon, click the video graphic above to watch it on Youtube.

Jessica-KawamuraKeynote Speaker: Rev. Jessica Kawamura
Co-Chair, California-Pacific Commission on Religion & Race; Pastor, Wahiawa UMC, Hawaii

“Prodigal and Progressive?”
Rev. Jessica Kawamura spoke on the work of the Cal-Pac Commission on Religion and Race and their project to facilitate a Racial Disparity Audit for the California-Pacific Conference.

In the Youtube video (see above), it runs from 10:07 to 26:30.

SuAnne Ware-DiazThe Mildred Hutchinson Award 2021 was awarded to
Suanne Ware-Diaz
An enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Suanne Ware-Diaz served for six years at the UMC’s General Commission on Religion & Race. She has been a passionate and dedicated justice advocate for her people and all peoples throughout her life, and today serves on the Cal-Pac Commission on Religion & Race.

In the Youtube video (see above), the presentation of the Mildred Hutchinson Award and introduction of Suanne Ware-Diaz begins at 33:34. Her acceptance speech runs from 37:10 to 53:40.

13935068_10209939578547314_2685267228154064135_nRemembering Krista McVey
We took time this year to recall our dedicated sister in Christ and good friend who worked passionately for justice and served the church in diverse ministries throughout her life.

In the Youtube video, (see above), it begins at 59:19

GC0164T_GC23_468WMusical Guest: David Farley
We were treated to the singing and guitar accompaniment provided by Rev. David Farley, the outgoing Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries for the Cal-Pac Conference.


MFSA provides that vital role of being the living conscience for our United Methodist Church. We desperately need a prophetic voice  in our times of basic survival and adaptation as a mainline denomination … We have to be constantly reminded that the heart  of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to call into question the economic, political and religious status quo that keeps us in bondage.

Bishop Grant Hagiya

For more than 100 years, MFSA has helped remind the people called Methodists that ‘there is no holiness but social holiness.’ We know community is essential to our  Christian faith. Yet too often we find our communities filled with systems, ideologies and behaviors that demean and harm people and creation itself. Being part of MFSA has helped me live more faithfully as a United Methodist in the world.

Bishop Karen Oliveto