Category Archives: Stories of Transformation

Moments of grace and transformation happen at the most unexpected times. At St. David’s they happen frequently, though not everyone hears about them. We want that to change. Every week we will publish a new story of transformation.

On the Edge of Emptiness

By Gus Hernandez Abraham Heschel is quoted for saying that “prayer begins at the edge of emptiness.” This Fall when I along with five other St. David’s parishioners went to a silent retreat at Leb Shomea — a Catholic estate … Continue reading

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St. David’s and the Three (Four) Bears

By Joy Philpott The Philpott story of being at Saint David’s is different from most that I’ve heard. Over and over I’ve heard people say, “We walked in, and we felt at home immediately.” I’m so very glad for that, but it was … Continue reading

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“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46

By Vicki Knipp I started going to Honduras on short-term missions in 2000. I’m still going. When I’m not there, I volunteer at a homeless shelter. I joined the Episcopal Church in 1982. I began to understand Christianity through the … Continue reading

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A Letter of Thanks

By the Rev. David Boyd Day by day, on Sundays and weekdays alike, St. David’s goes about its ministries and business. There are worship and events to plan, many, many meetings, classes to teach, souls to tend,  and deadlines to meet. As a leader in the community, St. … Continue reading

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Ben & I Play for Peace & the Veterans’ Guitar Project

By Kim Perlak I met Ben in the summer of 2010 at a guitar retreat in Maui, HI. At age 12, Ben was by far the youngest participant, accompanied each day by his mom, Helen. As a former “youngest in … Continue reading

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Transformation Is All About Choices

By Ann Cooper Recently, our rector David Boyd asked us whether our lives were being transformed at St. David’s. That question intrigued me and became the focus for some reflection: how have I experienced transformation in my life at St. … Continue reading

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Because We Make a Difference in People’s Lives

By Janet Sawyer I moved to Austin from Amarillo with my family in 1967. We had suffered severe financial setbacks in Amarillo and were thrilled to be able to start over here. Lynette Giesecke was the Christian Education Director, having … Continue reading

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Small Acts of Kindness

By Ben Philpott —-A monologue from St. Peter to Damian from the movie Millions—- This kid comes up to us, about your size, His name was…no I have forgotten. I still see him sometimes. Anyway he comes up with these … Continue reading

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Kathy’s Ashes

By Jane Graham A transformational story? Well, maybe or maybe not: I’ll let you readers decide. What seems absolutely true to me is that this is a story of love and community in the church. The experience I am going … Continue reading

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My Faith Journey

by Mary Clarke In the fall of 2011, I was struggling to get a job after a rather painful layoff. I accepted a position with a small company that provided accounting services to small businesses. I was thrilled until I took a … Continue reading

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