Building Committee Update

The photo “Removed stucco” shows the removal in progress of the exterior stucco on the only church wall remaining from the 1850’s. This section will require 100% stucco replacement to fortify the “rubble” wall beneath. Other wall portions farther to the right have stone or brick underneath, from the 1870’s addition, and should require less-extensive repair. Also visible is the 1999 work to reinforce the limestone buttresses. 

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Seeking Lay Eucharistic Visitors

The ministry of the Lay Eucharistic Visitor is to provide the sacrament of Holy Communion to those who are hospitalized, homebound, and in long-term care.  It is an extension of our Table – some of the bread and wine that is blessed each Sunday is reserved to take to those who cannot be with us in worship.  We would like to expand this pastoral care ministry with new volunteers.  If you are interested in being part of this transformative ministry please contact The Rev. Angela Cortinas. 

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Building Committee Update

Scaffolding is complete and plywood has been installed to cover the Historic Church stained-glass windows. One section of exterior stucco has been removed from the West Wall and mockups prepared to assure the proper mix for the new stucco. Inside, the subfloor repair is complete, and electrical demolition has begun, including removing the chandeliers for restoration. These will later be reinstalled in adjusted positions that stop them from colliding with the structural ties across the nave. In Bethell Hall, work continues to install new windows throughout. 

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Exploring Islam: Sufism and Sainthood in Islam 

Sufism and Sainthood in Islam 

Sunday, Oct. 23, 10-11 a.m., Crail C and Zoom

This lecture, by Dr. Azfar Moin, from the University of Texas, will focus on a brief history of Sufi Islam and practices of sainthood across the Muslim world. We will look at key figures who came to be venerated as saints in Islam and explore similarities and differences with the institution of sainthood in Christianity.  

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Exploring Islam: Ethics in Islam

Ethics in Islam 

Sundays, Oct. 16, 10-11 a.m., Crail C and Zoom

Dr. Hina Azam, from the University of Texas, will provide an overview on ethics in Islam and the textual sources on which it is constructed. Topics to be covered include: What are the central moral and ethical principles of Islam? What does Islam say, if anything, about topics like abortion, poverty, sustainability, economy, gender, warfare, and other religions? Are Islamic ethics compatible with liberal democracy, as envisioned in the U.S. Constitution, or do they require Muslims to establish a theocracy? 

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Dr. Hina Azam is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at UT-Austin. Her research interests are in women and gender in Islam, Islamic law and ethics, the teaching of Islamic Studies, and Islam in America. She teaches a wide range of courses in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and serves as the Graduate Advisor for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UT. Outside of teaching and research, she is very interested in the interdependency between democracy sustenance, human rights and civil society. She is on the Steering Committee for the Jefferson Center in Core Texts and Ideas, through which she organizes Sustaining Democracy, a reading and discussion group for students here at UT Austin. Her book, Sexual Violation in Islamic Law, won the 2016 American Historical Association award for pre-modern history. In 2019, UT’s Alcalde named Dr. Azam as one of the TexasTen, and in 2021, she was given honorable mention by the international Middle Eastern Studies Association for excellence in undergraduate teaching. 

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Exploring Islam: Introduction to Islam

Introduction to Islam 

Sunday, Oct. 9, 10-11 a.m., Crail C and Zoom 

Dr. Güner Arslan from the Dialogue Institute of Austin will present a basic overview of the beliefs and practices of Islam. 

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Holy Conversations

Join us on the second Sunday of the month at St. David’s Episcopal Church (301 E 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701) in Crail C at 10 a.m. for a Holy Conversation on a current event.  

Our hope is to model ways to have respectful conversations about issues that can often divide us, and to ponder how we bring our Episcopal faith into these matters. Clergy at St. David’s will be guiding us in these conversations and we may invite an expert on a specific topic.

Please submit topic suggestions using the form below.  

Holy Conversations Suggestions

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Feast of the Holy Cross with Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, Sept. 14, noon

Celebration of the Feast of the Holy Cross with Holy Eucharist and music.

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EpiscoPals October Gathering

Thursday, Oct. 13, Guild Parlor, 6:30-9 p.m.

The EpiscoPals (20s/early 30s group) will gather for a free meal followed by a time for meditation and creative expression. All materials will be provided and no creativity is needed!

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Journey Group on the Prosperity Gospel

Wednesdays, Oct. 5-26, 6:30-7:30 p.m, Library
A book study on Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by: Kate Bowler, exploring how we navigate “prosperity gospel” language in a world where little certainty exists.  Facilitated by St. David’s seminarian, Carter Leer.

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