Sundays and Wednesdays are wonderfully busy times at St. David’s. Below you will find highlights of upcoming offerings. For a complete list please visit our calendar.
- Church Childcare
- Children’s Formation
- Holy Grounds Coffeeshop
- Men’s Bible Study
- The Middle Place
- Reading the Bible To-Gather
- Sunday Breakfast
- Sunday Meditation
- Youth Formation
- Writers Guild
- Season of Creation 2022
The Nature and Spirit of Japanese Gardens
Sunday, Sept. 18, 10-11 a.m., Crail C and Zoom
Dr. Molly Ogorzaly, the author of top-selling book, Economic Botany, will explore through stunning photos and lecture on the beauty and spirituality of Japanese Gardens which she experienced while on a gardening internship in Japan.
Surviving and Thriving in Your Central Texas Fall Garden
Sunday, Sept. 25, 10-11 a.m., Crail C and Zoom
Carolyn Williams has been a Travis County Master Gardener for 21-plus years and was awarded an Emeritus status in December 2021. During that time she worked on many projects in the Austin area: Texas State School for the Deaf, the Women’s Shelter, Zilker Botanical Garden, and numerous school gardens. She has given talks and programs around the county and written numerous articles on the joys and benefits of gardening.
Creation Care Fair
Sunday, Oct. 2, 10-11 a.m., Church Entrance
The Season of Creation lecture series will culminate in the annual St. David’s Creation Care Fair. Master Gardeners will be available to answer your questions and play games with the kids. We will have lots of information about water and energy conservation, plus our ever-popular silent auction with prizes ranging from gift certificates for Tiny Pies to a weekend in Port Aransas!
A Celebration of St. Francis and Blessing of the Pets
Sunday, Oct. 2, 5-6 p.m., Labyrinth and Patio
A special liturgy and service where all are invited to celebrate their animal companions. Blessing of pets with music and prayers will be offered. Treats and drinks for pets and owners will be offered.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Open Table Book Study
Open Table Book Study
Starting Sept. 7-Oct. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Zoom
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
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.