Adult Classes

St. David’s has a history of rich formation offerings. Part of this legacy is the diversity of our programs. Everyone is welcome to join at any time. Registration details are below.

Sunday Lectures

  • Sunday Morning Lectures Offered seasonally in Crail Hall and online.

AN OPEN CONVERSATION ABOUT OPEN COMMUNION

July 3, 10 a.m., Crail C and Zoom

Father Chuck will facilitate a discussion about the proposed General Convention resolution that would open the Eucharist to all who wish to receive it.

ONE CHURCH ONE BOOK

Next meeting: July 24, 10 a.m.
Multiple locations at church (see dates)

The parish will read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Read the original or graphic novel, listen to the audiobook in the car, or bring the story to life with a staged reading. Groups will meet Sundays at 10 a.m. and interact on social media all summer (#stdavesummer22)

We conclude our summer One Church One Book clubs with a movie night celebration. Join us in Sumners Hall Sunday, Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy free pizza and watch the screen adaptation of  A Wrinkle In Time. All are welcome! Childcare is available upon request.

OPEN TABLE BOOK STUDY

Wednesdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Zoom only

We’ll read and discuss John Boswell’s Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century. The book, published in 1980 won the 1981 National Book Award for History and has become a classic, paving the way for many LGBTQ+ Christians. The author’s sister, the Rev. Patricia Boswell, will join us for a presentation during the last session of the study.

REGISTRATION OPENS SOON


Ongoing Groups

READING THE BIBLE TO-GATHER

Meets Sundays at 10 a.m., Guild Parlor

We’re grateful for your feedback during the St. David’s Town Hall. We learned that you want to gather in small groups. In response, we’re starting this new group that will gather to read the Bible in community. We’ll work through one of the assigned readings of the day, using various tools that help us understand and connect with the texts in life-giving ways. Co-led by Amy Moehnke and Britton Gregory. Please register for Reading the Bible To-Gather. We look forward to introducing new offerings in the coming months.

JUNE WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY

Starting June 8-29
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Zoom ONLY in June

An Anatomy of the Soul: The Psalms as a Guide for Renewal. An exploration of the Psalms as a prayer companion through difficult times, through the lenses of John Calvin and contemporary psychology.

Sunday Morning Mediation – 8:30-8:55 am. Join us for a 20-minute sit at church before the 9 a.m. service (also on Zoom). Please email and leader Gustavo Hernandez will send you further information. THIS GROUP IS ON A BREAK UNTIL AUG. 7.

Men’s Bible Study – Sundays, 10 a.m. Library and Zoom. Come laugh with us and make new friends as we work our way through scripture. No preparation or experience necessary. REGISTER FOR LINKS or

The Middle Place – Sundays, 10 a.m. This group is for people aged 35-55, or thereabouts, to discuss the happenings, celebrations, and challenges that adults in this life stage frequently face. People in this age range typically lead a fast-paced life with competing demands from careers to family relationships, personal development, parenting, or caring for aging parents. Contact . THIS GROUP IS ON A BREAK UNTIL AUG. 21.


Education for Ministry – EfM is a 4-year course of study consisting of weekly seminars over the 9-month academic year. Classes offered Sept-May, registration opens Summer 2021.



About The Abbey at St. David’s

For people seeking a place to grow spiritually through Christian and other practices, The Abbey at St. David’s is a community in the heart of Austin and online. This is a natural extension of St. David’s role in our city since 1848: building connections in love, hope, joy, and vitality as we serve others. The Abbey is also an online hub for inspiring educational resources that people can access from anywhere.

Groups and Classes

  • Spiritual Exercises Group: This Thursday evening group is led by a spiritual director who found The Abbey through the Enneagram classes.
  • Book Groups and Classes: These groups meet seasonaly and have discussed works including, Reflecting on the Mystics and the works of Julian of Norwich. 
  • Tuesday Morning Meditation:  This group meditates before work once a week and then discusses the practice of meditation. 
  • Enneagram Classes:  Caroline Kibler led these classes in 2021. Most participants at Enneagram classes are not from St. David’s. Some even come to us from other cities and states. Classes hope to resume in 2022.   
  • Sunday Morning Mediation & Monday Check-in: Gustavo Hernandez has a loyal group that meditates before the service on Sundays and has a monthly check-in one Monday after work.   
  • Laybrinth Walks:  Janet Davis leads monthly, in-person labyrinth walks using the labyrinth at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Most current participants are from St. David’s. Our hope is that, after the pandemic, these will become a place to bring non-St. David’s people to mix with The Abbey. 
  • Podcasts: We have a new podcast called Inside the Abbey. The first episodes were hosted by Santi Rodriguez and Rebecca Hall. Future episodes will be hosted by any Abbey member who would like to host.  Lynda Young Kaffie and Gus Hernandez launched a new series of podcasts called Reflective Spaces. They select a poem and reflect on it in each podcast.   
  • Resources:  Abbey members publish resources on our website for fellow spiritual practitioners.  We currently have resources on Sabbath, Contemplation, Rule of Life, and labyrinth-walking.  
  • Begining a Contemplative Practice Resources and support for creating your own practice.