Journey Groups

EXPLORE THE FAITH THROUGH JOURNEY GROUPS

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Eat with Joy: Reclaiming God’s Gift of Food

Christian faith and life have always been deeply and inextricably bound up with eating.  But Christians have not always appreciated this.  What a joy, then, to have the gift of this book by Rachel Marie Stone. In prose that is inviting, non judgmental and inspiring, Stone shows us that we can eat with joy, and in such eating extend God’s love in the world. By combining stories, recipes and biblically based reflection and numerous practical tips, Stone helps us move more deeply into the mystery and grace that eating is. Prepare to receive a blessing.  In this four-week group we will share fellowship, Stone’s book, additional meditations on food from religions around the world, and food!

Leader:  J.J. Langston
Dates: Wednesdays, October 4 – 25 6:30-8 p.m .
Book: Eat with Joy:  Reclaiming God’s Gift of Food, by Rachael Marie Stone

Simplicity

How should I spend my time, energy, and money?  How much is enough?  Thirteen years ago (before smartphones!) leader of this group, Mark Wells, was struggling with those questions as he started a family and recovered from significant job loss.  Richard Foster’s book, Freedom of Simplicity, introduced him to the spiritual discipline of simplicity, which provides a Christian framework to answer those questions.  Come digest one chapter a week with friends, old and new, as we ponder what it means to live simply.  All are welcome.

Leader:  Mark Wells
Dates:  Sundays, September 10 – November 12, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Where:  Mark Wells home, near 45th and Shoal Creek
Book:  Freedom of Simplicity:  Finding Harmony in a Complex World by Richard Foster (Austin Public Library, used on Amazon, or Holy Grounds)

Connecting Over Queer Virtue 

Join us for a discussion of the book Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity by the Reverend Elizabeth Edman, an openly lesbian Episcopal priest and professional advocate for LGBTQ justice. By turning the conversation around to show what queerness can tell readers about Christianity, Queer Virtue provides a striking road map for larger, more productive conversations and community building.

Leader: Sarah Kapostasy
Dates: Sundays, September 10 – October 22, 12:35 – 1:30 p.m .
Book: Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity, by Rev. Elizabeth Edman

The Medieval Monastic Orders of Knighthood

Founded to protect and treat sick pilgrims to the Holy Land after the Christians captured Jerusalem in 1099, medieval monastic orders’ missions evolved over the centuries, following the destruction of the Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1291.  All but the Templars survive in some form to the present day.  In this course we will examine the Medieval Monastic Orders of Knighthood: the Templars, Hospitallers (= the Knights of Malta), the Teutonic Knights, and the four Spanish orders (Santiago, Calatrava, Alcántara and Montesa).

Leader:  Douglas MacLean
Dates:  Tuesdays, October 3 – 24, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Book: Desmond Seward, The Monks of War (Penguin paperback)

Conversation with Scripture:  The Parables

From the very beginning, human beings have loved to listen to stories — and Jesus loved to tell them.  The parables are vivid, rich, arresting stories that make us think, and teach us lessons about our relationship with God and others.  From talents to mustard seeds, from shepherds to Samaritans, Jesus used common reference points to teach important truths.  The book we use is from the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars Study Series.  The language is accessible to those new to the Bible, but scholarly enough for those who want to explore scripture more deeply.  Come join our lively discussions.

Leader:  Rebecca Hall
Dates:  Wednesdays, October 25 – December 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (not meeting the week of Thanksgiving)
Book: Conversations with Scripture: The Parables

An Autumn in Hell: Exploring Dante’s Inferno

You’re invited on a 10-week journey through one of the most fascinating works in the Christian literary tradition, including its impact over 700 years on art, music, poetry, and cinema. This fall we will explore the Inferno.  Our Divina Commedia series will continue this winter with the Purgatorio and conclude in spring 2018 with the Paradiso.

Leader: Charles Calhoun
Dates: Thursdays, September 14-November 16, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Book: Allen Mandelbaum (trans.), Inferno (pb)