The Economic Justice study group is turning its full attention toward the climate crisis. Members and friends of UUMC are invited to participate in a four-session conversation using United Methodist pastor Sharon Delgado’s book, Love in a Time of Climate Change: Honoring Creation, Establishing Justice. Four sessions, once a month on the fourth Monday evening through November, begin August 26th. If you are interested please register HERE.
From the beginning of time, human beings have gathered to listen to stories. One of Jesus' favorite ways to teach was through stories or parables. This fall, you're invited to join us for six sessions on "The Parables of Jesus." Through our time together, we'll get a better sense of what was at the center of Jesus' message. And we hope to catch something of the discovery and surprise that Jesus' listeners experienced as new meanings opened up before them. Please register HERE.
The word “clobber” means to hit hard, defeat heavily, treat or deal with harshly. Christians have long used a few passages in the bible to “clobber” people, especially those who identify or support LGBTQIA individuals. However, they have also been used to justify racism, anti-Semitism and misogyny. We will examine these passages and learn how to respond to those who use them to do harm. You will be equipped to recognize and respond when someone uses these passages to defend their position. Please register HERE.
Join us for our Lunch & Learn on Sunday, September 15 at 12:15 for a light lunch and speaker from RAICES - the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services. Please register so we know how many to count on for lunch. Register HERE.
Everyone is welcome to join us on Thursday, August 29th for a field trip to the Blanton Museum. Museum entrance is free. We will meet at the church at 10:40 am to carpool or you can meet us at the museum at 11:00 am. Anyone who would like to can stay for lunch in the museum café after the tour. Spots are limited to 20 people so register HERE today!
Peanuts! Popcorn! Hot Dogs! Baseball! Join us for our 4th annual church trip to the Round Rock Express. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids (11 and under). Ticket includes entry into the baseball game, one parking pass (per family), dinner and drinks (hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, soft drinks and beer.) We have reserved the pool area, hooray! So bring your swimsuits. You can swim the whole time or go sit in your seat to watch the game. Your choice! If you would like to attend, please register HERE for questions, email Rev. Heather Green, email@example.com. There are a limited number of tickets so sign up today!
We are excited to host a screening of the documentary “Community First - A Home for the Homeless” followed by a discussion with the director, Layton Blaylock. You’ll hear about the heartbreaking events that cause homelessness, and the heartwarming stories of being welcomed into a nurturing environment where dignity and self-worth are restored. You will witness what can be achieved when a community comes together. Lunch will be provided and donations to cover the cost of the food will be gratefully accepted. Please register so we know how many to count on for lunch. Register HERE.
Judith Knotts is an educator and consultant who has delved deep into the world of homelessness in Austin. Her book “You Are My Brother; Lessons Learned Embracing a Homeless Community” is a collection of true stories about her encounters with homeless people and the lessons she learned from them. Judith will talk about her experiences on the streets of Austin and share her wisdom with us. Lunch will be provided and donations will be gratefully accepted.
New Class on the Gospel of Mark
Join Pastor John for a 6-week conversation on the Gospel of Mark beginning May 5th during the Sunday School hour at 9:45 am in Heath Conference Room on the second floor. Most Christians are familiar with the story told in Mark’s gospel - from the fishermen leaving their nets, to the miracles of the loaves and fishes, to the political rumblings and growing conflicts. But who was Mark - and why was this gospel written? What are the themes that weave through this book? How can Mark give us glimpses into the reign of God? We will explore these and other questions using theologian Marcus Borg and others as our guides. Registration is limited, so please register here.
In some traditions, the Sunday after Easter is low Sunday. At UUMC, we're pulling out all the stops. “Sunday Morning Stomp”, a bluegrass band led by UUMC member Dr. Tom Caven, will be leading our worship at 11 am. Join us for a Sunday filled with old favorites accompanied by the infectious joy of bluegrass music.
Join us at Eastwoods Park as we celebrate the Easter season as a church community. Activities include a petting zoo, piñata, egg hunt (cascarones), and games. Barbecue lunch will be provided. If you are able, please bring a dish to share. Email Heather Green with questions or to RSVP, and don't forget to pack your lawn chairs and picnic blanket!
The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." As recorded in John's gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).
The tour addresses how anti-black racism, patriarchy and militarist nationalism of the New South are sedimented in the architecture, landscape, campus layout, building names, etc. In this way, the tour attempts to make larger claims about the historical and present Austin, as well as The University of Texas. Registration is limited.
Brian McLaren is an internationally known speaker and the author of over a dozen books on a new kind of Christianity, including The Great Spiritual Migration, which we’re reading for Lent. Brian will be with us on March 31. We’ll have a joint 5th Sunday school session with him in Fellowship Hall at 9:45 am, and he’ll be preaching at the 11 am service on the future of Christianity.
New Story Festival seeks to lead us into a better story – one that encourages growth and liberation, healing and harmony; a story where the downtrodden are uplifted and everyone is included.
They will gather artists, activists, teachers, practitioners for spiritual/emotional health & wholeness, along with numerous other social innovators to share their creativity, practices, and stories at a three-day (Friday afternoon to Sunday evening), outdoor festival of several thousand people on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University. There will be music, art and stories, speakers and workshops, conversations both formal and spontaneous, helping us step into a better story – one with the potential to transform both Austin and the world.
The first in a series of visits to the Blanton Museum, we will gather at the church at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 28 to explore the theme of “Sacred Resistance,” in line with our Lenten series of sermons and concerns about the direction of our denomination. We will consider the story of Esther as depicted in a 16th century Italian painting, an Argentinian artist’s challenge to Church censorship, and discover works of art that remind us of our own intentions for participating in a community of action.
During Lent, we as a church are studying Brian McLaren's book, The Great Spiritual Migration. Christianity today is in need of change. More specifically, Christianity is in need of a migration. There are three powerful shifts that define the change: a spiritual migration in which a system of beliefs is exchanged for a way of life of love, a theological migration that rejects a violent image of God in favor of seeing God as a renewing Spirit at work for the common good, and a missional migration concerned less with organized religion and more with organizing religion. McLaren’s book will continue to challenge us and offer us more food for thought. We hope you will make this commitment using this special time of Lent for spiritual and personal growth.
This service is a time of remembering we are formed from the dust of the Earth and to dust we will one day return. It is a time of penitence and prayer. We will receive the mark of the cross in ashes on our foreheads, to remind us that the Gospel message of God's love and forgiveness is for us.
We are also offering an outdoor imposition of ashes along Guadalupe Street at 11:30am and 2:30pm
March 5th @ 5:30PM | Fellowship Hall
Everyone is welcome to join us for our annual Pancake Dinner! There will be dinner and dancing for those of all ages! We'd love to see you all there for a fun night before the beginning of the Lent season!
High Schooler's: Take a break this semester and go camping at Mo Ranch for the weekend. High School Winter Retreat is February 15th-17th. It's President's Day weekend, so you'll have all Monday to catch up on your homework. S'mores, singing, cabins, games, small groups, friends, and more! We're combining with FUMC too. The more the merrier.
Our Lunch & Learn for February 3rd features Dr. Mike Renquist, member at Saint John's UMC and former President of the Board of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, speaking on capital punishment in the State of Texas. He will share about his own decades-long history of involvement and still continuing engagement regarding the death penalty in the State of Texas: including trends, new voices, progress in Texas, 2019 bills filed, 2019 Legislative status, as well as answering your questions and concerns. Lunch is provided. Donations are gratefully accepted.