Cancelled: Wellsprings of Wisdom – Wednesday Classes

Event details

  • Wednesday | September 28, 2022
  • All Day

This Wednesday’s classes and dinners are cancelled due to Halloween.  We’ll see you back on Nov. 7th!

 

What happened to WNA?  Wednesday Night Alive, or WNA, has been with us for many years. But how do you have Wednesday Night Alive on a Thursday or a Sunday? So, Abra Cadabra! WNA has transformed into Wellsprings of Wisdom (you can call it WOW if you want to. :-))

Now you can register for fabulous classes that take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sunday afternoons.  Classes are $20 for the session unless otherwise noted.  As with WNA, Wellsprings of Wisdom is about fellowship, not fundraising. If you would like to attend but are unable to pay the full amount, please talk with Sid or Amy.

Register for classes using the registration form available at Trinity or Registration Form, or register online.

The Friends We Keep – Paulette Delahoussaye and Mary Lett

Mary Lett and Paulette Delahoussaye will lead a discussion group on the book The Friends We Keep:  Unleashing Christianity’s Compassion for Animals, written by Laura Hobgood-Oster.  The author is Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown and coordinator of animal rescue at the Georgetown Animal Shelter.  Laura will meet with our class on Wednesday, November 7.

The Friends We Keep gently but astutely introduces the situations animals face today – as companions, as animals in sport, as animals raised for food, and as creatures in the wild – and simultaneously retells a myriad of often surprising and instructive stories from the long, rich history of Christianity.  We see and experience animals as Christians have for generations – as beloved companions to the saints, as unfortunate prisoners in Roman arenas, as sentient and compassionate recipients and givers of hospitality, and as good and worthy beings created by God.

To quote one review:  “At last!  A compelling and engaging book on how faith can speak to both our love for animals and our concern for their fate.  The Friends We Keep is a must-read for anyone who has ever loved a pet or who is concerned about the impact humans have on the livelihood of species.” – Janetta Cravens Boys, Senior Minister at University Christian Church in Seattle, Washington.

  • Class: $20  Book: $10
  • RSVP at http://bit.ly/S02Dy0
  • Pay online! Visit www.tumc.onthecity.org/give and select Wellsprings of Wisdom as the fund to which you wish to give for classes; choose Wellsprings of Wisdom – Books to pay for a book.  You can choose “add split” to pay for both classes and books in the same transaction.  If you do not have an account on The City, you can create one by visiting www.tumc.onthecity.org/kiosk or select “Continue on to online giving” under “I am not a City user.”
Walking A Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth As A Spiritual Tool – Sid Hall

Lauren Artress writes that “Sacred space is…the place where two worlds flow into each other, the visible with the invisible.”  In recent months—through the vision of Trinity’s Women’s Spirituality group and the generosity of a single donor—Trinity now has a beautiful Cretan Labyrinth in our Community Hall.  This class will do two things: We will explore Lauren Artress’s wonderful book, Walking A Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth As A Spiritual Tool and we will walk the labyrinth.  Here’s an Amazon review by P. Randall Cohen of Artress’s book: Psychotherapist and priest Dr. Lauren Artress says, “To walk a sacred path is to discover our inner sacred space: that core of feeling that is waiting to have life breathed back into it through symbols, archetypal forms like the labyrinth, rituals, stories, and myths.” In her eloquent treatise, she champions the use of the labyrinth as a way of rediscovering one’s spiritual center. In Walking a Sacred Path, written in 1995, Artress tells the story of her own spiritual seeking and how a labyrinth came to be built at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Sharing the vision of sacred geometry through the ages, she poetically recounts its wonderful effects. The author is deeply concerned about the environmental and spiritual crisis near the end of the millennium and offers illumination on the path to greater self-understanding, healing, and true spirituality. “Religion,” she says, quoting an unknown source, “is for those scared to death of hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve been there.”

  • Class: $20  Book: $10
  • RSVP at http://bit.ly/SYnmic
  • Pay online! Visit www.tumc.onthecity.org/give and select Wellsprings of Wisdom as the fund to which you wish to give for classes; choose Wellsprings of Wisdom – Books to pay for a book.  You can choose “add split” to pay for both classes and books in the same transaction.  If you do not have an account on The City, you can create one by visiting www.tumc.onthecity.org/kiosk or select “Continue on to online giving” under “I am not a City user.”

Team Lidia

Team Lidia is named after Lidia in the book of Acts.  She was a dealer of purple cloth, which meant that she was probably wealthy and influential.  She was baptized by Paul and used her wealth to support the early church.  Team Lidia is designed to be a meeting place for people who want to use their creative wealth to support the ongoing missions of Trinity.  No experience is needed and all kinds of textiles are used.

 Children’s Activities 

  • Ages 0-4: Free childcare in the nursery/preschool.
  • Ages 5-10: Kids for Peace Activities– On Wednesday, September 5th, Trinity will launch our very own neighborhood Kids for Peace Chapter.  Through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts, service, and environmental projects, children will join together to foster peace.   The Kids for Peace chapter activities center on the vision of a safe and peaceful world where all people respect and care for each other and our planet—with our children leading the way.
    • All are welcome!  Bring your child’s friends and neighbors to join in the fun.
    • Activities are designed for children ages 5-10.
    • Chapter dues are $10/child for the year and go directly to Kids for Peace to support the work at an organizational level.  Please let us know if you need this fee waived due to financial hardship.  Pay online! Visit www.tumc.onthecity.org/give and select Wellsprings of Wisdom as the fund to which you wish to give for classes.  If you do not have an account on The City, you can create one by visiting www.tumc.onthecity.org/kiosk or select “Continue on to online giving” under “I am not a City user.”
    • Peter Marsh, our new Children’s Coordinator, is our Chapter leader.  You can contact him at peter@trinitychurchofaustin.orgkidsforpeace@trinitychurchofaustin.org, or children@trinitychurchofaustin.org.
    • Chapter activities are scheduled every Wednesday from 7-8 pm; children who came with an adult in a Wednesday class may stay for unstructured activities until classes end at 8:30 pm.
Middle School & Senior High Youth

Every Wednesday night at 7 pm, “ACT-ion” (a group for teenagers) will meet. This is a student-directed/adult-facilitated time for fun act-ions and community! Currently, the students are painting a mural on the shed in the church parking lot. All supplies are provided, just wear clothes that you don’t mind getting painted!

This year we plan to collaborate with other progressive UMC youth groups to create opportunities for service and fun for our teens.  All are welcome – bring your friends!  No need to register your teens, just show up prepared to have fun.  Contact Matt Moon at matt@trinitychurchofaustin.org or youth@trinitychurchofaustin.org.