Rev. John Elford will offer insights on the book of Genesis, guided by Bill Moyers’ book “Genesis; a Living Conversation.” People need stories to make sense of the world--to hold their lives together, and to fasten on to those values that last. The greatest stories are found in the Bible, enduring through the centuries. In Genesis, acclaimed television journalist Bill Moyers brings together some of the world's liveliest minds for spirited round-table discussions of the ageless stories from the Bible's first, towering book. Register HERE.
Rev. Dina Steiner, professional consultant with Spirit At Work, a spiritual care and coaching company, will lead a book study on “Right Here, Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness” by Amy G. Oden. Christians have always practiced mindfulness. Yet, from the popular landscape of mindfulness movement, you’d never know that. Where is the Christian voice in this fast-growing movement? This book reveals the Christian roots of mindfulness and the actual practices that, when reclaimed, deepen the life of faith and the power of our mission of love in the world. When we understand how radical it is to live in God’s presence right here, right now, our lives are transformed toward mercy, justice and abundant life. Register HERE.
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.
November 4th @ 12:15 | Fellowship Hall
Tom Stanton from the Texas Methodist Foundation will invite us to go deeper in our own faith experience; being drawn closer by God, who is doing a new thing in our lives and in the life of our church.
Please join us as we consider giving strategies such as direct gifts, charitable trusts, and donor advised fund gifts in our lifetimes, and gifts through our estate plan. We will explore giving strategies and scenarios to continue sharing God’s love for many generations to come.
October 21st @ 12:15 | Fellowship Hall
A new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll highlights a couple of stark realities faced by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) and Democrats across the state trying to build a blue wave. Their core constituencies are, yet again, less interested in the midterm elections than core Republican constituencies. Come and listen as Jeff Blaylock explains how Texas got to where we are today, offers predictions for the upcoming election and discusses some practical ways we at UUMC can encourage our friends and neighbors to vote.
Jeff is a political junkie, longtime public policy wonk and former Texas Legislature staffer who has worked political campaigns in Texas and several other states, ranging from school boards to legislators to governors to referenda. He is a public and government affairs consultant based in Austin, Texas, who offers his keen insights about Lone Star State politics as Texas Election Source.