St. David’s is a big church with lots to offer. We want to make a place for you in the parish by welcoming you into smaller groups for spiritual development and community building. We also encourage you to take part in retreats and special events which are offered throughout the year. Once you find a place to plant your roots, your spiritual life, formation, and relationships will begin to flourish!
Classes for Adults (Online)
Ongoing groups that meet year-round.
- Morning Classes at 10 a.m.
- Sunday Bible study – In April and May, we will be studying the Book of Acts with the Rev. Dan Joslyn-Siemaitkoski, the Rev. Cameroon Spoor, the Rev. Angela Cortiñas, and Dr. Mona West. We will be exploring the message of this book of the New Testament as it speaks to the nature of the church today.
- Men’s Bible Study – Contact group leader Mark Lovett Wells to register. Come laugh with us as we work our way through scripture. We study about one chapter a week and read the chapter at the beginning of class. No preparation or experience necessary. We pride ourselves in having a wide variety of views about scripture. Why men? Because men in our culture often have family and work colleagues, but not friends. Come make some new friends.
- The Middle Place – Young Adult Community Building
- Wisdom Ways – Young Adult Scripture Discussion
- Afternoon classes at 4 p.m.
- 7 p.m. April 14-May 19: Borders and Belonging: Reading the Book of Ruth (Wednesday Bible Study) – Join Dr. Amy Moehnke and Dr. Mona West as they lead a study of the Book of Ruth. Their approach will consider issues of border crossings, migration, overcoming stereotypes, and the importance of amplifying stories of generosity during times of polarization and suspicion of the other.
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.
- Eastertide Journey Groups
When Bad Things Happen to Good People: The Study of Theodicy
Thursdays, April 15-May 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Rev. Angela Cortiñas will be leading a journey group on the topic of theodicy, using the book by Rabbi Harold Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
A Journey Through Time: An Introduction to The Daily Office
Sundays, April 18-May 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Join with Director of Music Mark Wischkaemper in an exploration of the seven Daily Offices: Vigils, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline. We’ll read Brother David Steindl-Rast’s book Music of Silence, discuss how the Daily Offices can fit into a modern, non-monasterial schedule, and explore resources to include the Daily Offices in your own life.
Spiritual Temperaments and the Christian Journey
Thursdays, April 22-May 20, noon-1 p.m.
Dr. Mona West will lead a journey group that will explore how knowledge of one’s particular spiritual temperament can aid in choosing spiritual practices that deepen the Christian journey. We will also use this model to explore the spirituality of Jesus and welcome the spirituality of others whose temperament may be different from our own.
Spring Seasonal Quiet Day
May 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Meet at the church (limit 10 participants) in Crail C
This will be the first in a series of seasonal quiet days led by Dr. Mona West using poetry and the reflections of Quaker writer, Parker Palmer. We will meet as a group in Crail C and also spend individual quiet time in designated spaces throughout the church campus. A box lunch will be provided (vegetarian box optional).
The May Quiet Day is limited to 10 people, per Stage 3 guidelines for socially distanced in-person gatherings. Registration is expected to be available by mid-April.
- Welcome Celebration Video
On Sunday, March 28 St. David’s welcomed Pastor Angela Cortiñas, Associate Rector and Dr. Mona West, Director of Adult Formation to our community. The event was recorded on Zoom.
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.
These groups meet at The Abbey:
- Enneagram Classes in January at The Abbey
Introduction to the Enneagram
- Date: Jan. 9, 2021
- Time: 9 a.m.-noon
- Register at The Abbey
- Description: This is a quick overview of the Enneagram, a powerful tool for personal transformation, based on a collection of nine distinct strategies for relating to self, others, and the world. The focus will be on Enneagram basics and the nine types. No prior Enneagram knowledge is necessary.
Abbey Enneagram Panels – The Head Center
- Dates: Sundays, Jan. 17-31, 2021
- Time: 3-4 p.m.
- Register at The Abbey
- Description: This is a quick overview of the Enneagram, a powerful tool for personal transformation, based on a collection of nine distinct strategies for relating to self, others, and the world. The focus will be on Enneagram basics and the nine types. No prior Enneagram knowledge is necessary. Join us and feel free to invite friends. No book is required, but Caroline and Calan will provide a list of suggested readings.