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.
Short Term Sunday School Study – October 6, 13, & 20, 2019
Facilitated by Dr. Chad Seales, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UT Austin
This short course will take a religious studies approach to examine how religion is embedded in things, and how religion is made, circulated, and consumed through those things.
October 6th - Thing 1: Communion and Economic Community
October 13th - Thing 2: Soap and Moral Cleanliness
October 20th - Thing 3: Barbecue and Blood Sacrifice
We will meet in Heath Conference Room at 9:45.
On Sunday, October 20, we’re pleased to have our very own Dr. Amy Laura Hall here to meet with several groups and connect with her home church. Dr. Hall is an ordained elder in the Rio Texas Conference and is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School. She’ll be speaking to the Wesley Plus Class at 9:45 am. She’ll also meet with about 20 of us for lunch and conversation in the Heath Conference Room. Space is limited so please register HERE.
Members of Austin Interfaith have been heavily involved in the repeal of the ordinances in Austin and the work ahead on ending community homelessness. For a concise update on where we are right now in Austin, what the city has planned and how we can help, join us for this presentation on Sunday, November 3 in Fellowship Hall following the late worship service. Please register right HERE. Thank you!
Austin Interfaith is a non-partisan association of faith organizations that works within the political system to effect changes for social justice. We need your input. We will use the classic house meeting format to select the most critical issues for the upcoming election year, and find out how each of us can be involved in making a difference.
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!
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.
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.
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.