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!
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. Find an online class, special event, or group to join and stay connected during physical-distancing!
Ongoing Sunday Morning Groups for Adults
- Wisdom Ways Scripture Discussion
- The Middle Place
- Spiritual Legacy Book Club
- Men’s Bible Study
- Thirst: God and the Alcoholic Experience
Fall 2020 Groups for Adults
- Introduction to the Enneagram
- Abbey Enneagram Circles
- Medieval Reading Group
- The Art of Stillness
- Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography
- Navigating Difficult Conversations
- EYC Wellness Circle
- Racial Healing through Beloved Community
- Thursday Meditation Group
Upcoming Adult Formation Events
- 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.