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.


HOLY CONVERSATIONS

Second Sundays, Starting in Advent, 10 a.m., Crail C
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 guide these conversations and we may invite an expert on a specific topic. Please submit topic suggestions below:

Holy Conversations Suggestions

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SUNDAY LECTURES

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

Season of Creation Lecture Series

Exploring Islam Lecture Series

Join us for this three-part series that will provide a basic overview of the Islamic faith, ethical teachings, and a look at some of Islam’s saints.

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. 

Ethics in Islam 

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

Dr. Hina Azam 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? 

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. 


Crail C Quarterly Community Breakfast 

Sunday, Nov. 6, 10-11 a.m. Crail C 
If you are a regular attendee at Crail C lectures, then this breakfast is for you! We want to create a space for community and connection by pausing once a quarter over a simple meal to go deeper on some of the topics we have heard about in the lectures.  Be sure to register so we know how much food to prepare. 

Suggested donation of $5. 


Journey Groups

These short-term gatherings engage in various topics to create community and deepen our spiritual journey.

These groups meet Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Open Table Book Study

Sept. 7-Oct. 12, 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.

Journey Group on the Prosperity Gospel  

Oct. 5, Oct. 12, and Oct. 26, Crail C and Zoom 

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.  


Ongoing Groups

Episcopal 101: Confirmation Preparation and More!

Sunday, Aug. 28-Oct. 23, 10-11 a.m., Crail A

This class is for anyone interested in being confirmed or received by a Bishop, as well as those interested in learning the basics of the Episcopal faith for the first time or as a refresher.

Wednesday Night Bible Study: Isaiah and the Liturgical Calendar

Wednesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 16
6:30-7:30 p.m., Guild Parlor and Zoom

Many passages in Isaiah are used during the seasons of Advent, Lent, and Epiphany. Join clergy and seminarians of St. David’s in an exploration of these texts.

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 .

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.

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

Medieval Reading Group

Thursdays, Starting Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Zoom.
Our first book of the season is Chronicles, by Jean Froissart, The story of the Hundred Years War between the English and French, source of Shakespeare’s Richard II. Written by a contemporary of Chaucer. Much information about medieval life alongside famous battle accounts. Penguin Classics. 496 pp. $18.00 REGISTER FOR LINKS or email: .