Adult Classes & Speakers

We encourage your wonder

St. David’s has a history of rich formation offerings. Part of this legacy is the diversity of our programs and seeking the Divine in all things. Recent topics include exploring the Episcopal tradition, Islam, and spirituality in nature. Everyone is welcome to join at any time.

Sunday Lectures

  • Seasonal guest lectures are offered at 10 a.m. in Crail Hall. 
  • On the second Sunday of the month, we host Holy Conversations. 
    • In these conversations, we learn how to bring our Episcopal faith to bear on current events. Planned topics include parenting/family life, medical ethics, and more. If you would like to suggest a topic, please fill out this form
      • Upcoming Holy Conversations are scheduled for Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, and May 14.
  • We have a quarterly Crail C Breakfast where we eat together and more deeply discuss past topics.
    • The next Crail C Breakfast will also be a Holy Conversation on Feb. 12, entitled; Sharing Our Stories & Exploring the Future of LGBTQIA Advocacy.
  • To hear recorded lectures subscribe to our Adult Formation Offerings podcast.

Ongoing Groups

Young Adults

The Young Adult Community is made up of people aged 20-30 (ish). Some are single, while some are married/partnered; some have kids while some don’t; some are full-time professionals or grad students while some stay at home with kids! We gather regularly online for study, fellowship, service, and encouragement directly following the 9 a.m. service on Sundays. Young Adults on Facebook

Young Adult Journey Group

Feb. 26-March 26, Sundays 12:30-2 p.m., Vestry Room
A new small group which will meet during Lent to read and discuss a book together. 

Contact Kelsey Cooper

Austin-Area EpiscoPals

Every other Thursday evening, in-person at various locations

We are a community of 20 and 30-somethings navigating life and faith in the Episcopal church together. Many of us attend a variety of Episcopal churches in the Austin area, and we are supported by the Young Adult Ministry of St. David’s. The group meets weekly for discussion and prayer. We will have a variety of get-togethers during the summer. All are welcome, from active Episcopalians to folks who are curious about the Episcopal Church, to those looking for a community. 

Contact Dr. Amy Moehnke

The Middle Place

Sundays, 10 a.m.

This group is for people aged 35-55, or thereabouts, to discuss the happenings, celebrations, and challenges that adults in this life stage frequently face. People in this age range typically lead a fast-paced life with competing demands from careers to family relationships, personal development, parenting, or caring for aging parents.

Contact The Middle Place

The Soul of Aging

What is The Soul of Aging? This series explores the spiritual invitations of the aging journey using an approach developed by the Center for Courage and Renewal. The small groups meet for nine months. To quote Eleanor Roosevelt: Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. In this program, we will creatively approach “the art” of aging intentionally, and the many soulful invitations our maturing years offer us. In a time when so many of us are entering the last season of our lives, we are excited to offer this curriculum, developed for those who yearn to understand, surrender to, and be transformed by the aging process. The themes address many of the spiritual aspects of this season of our lives and include: our visions of aging, living our unlived lives, completion & forgiveness, our relationship with time, how to nurture our mystical nature, and the notion of befriending our own deaths. We will use poetry, story, music and art to explore these topics, all within the fellowship of a trustworthy community.

Contact Dr. Mona West

Prime Timers 55+ Social Group

This long-time social group is on temporary hiatus but is looking for new members. If you are interested in social gatherings for those ages 55+ please email  .

One Church, One Book

This Here Flesh

During Lent, St. David's will read together This Here Flesh by Cole Arthur Riley. In this The New York Times best seller, the author attempts to broaden the understanding of spiritual practices and contemplation by using stories from her African American heritage, scripture, and her own embodied journey as a black woman in American culture.

Multiple book study groups are offered both online and in person. Choose the day of the week and time that you prefer by clicking the button below. St. David's youth group will have its own book study during regular formation meetings.

Cole Arthur Riley will be with us via zoom on Palm Sunday
April 2, for a conversation with the author. Cole currently serves as spiritual teacher in residence with Cornell University’s Office of Spirituality and Meaning Making. She is also the creator of Black Liturgies, a space that integrates spiritual practice with Black emotion, Black literature, and the Black body; and a project of The Center for Dignity and Contemplation, where she serves as Curator.

Choose from Multiple Day/Time Offerings

Fasting as a Spiritual Practice

Fasting as a Spiritual Practice for the Season of Lent and Holy Week

led by the rev. angela cortiñas

This group's goal will be to practice concrete ways of fasting during the Lenten season. The group will meet weekly to discuss this ancient spiritual practice used across many faith traditions and learn practical ways to apply it to their lives. We will ponder how this practice of self-discipline can improve one's spiritual and physical life. The group will incorporate weekly fasts together and reflect on their individual experiences.

Register for Fasting as a Spiritual Practice

Sacred Ground

Meets alternate sundays
May 5-Aug. 6, 10 a.m., Crail A

Sacred Ground, is an 11-part film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith, which is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.

Join Sacred Ground/Beloved Community Group

EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY

Classes offered Sept-May

Looking for academic and in-depth Christian education? EfM is a 4-year course of study consisting of weekly seminars over the 9-month academic year.

  • Year 1: Hebrew Scripture
  • Year 2: Christian Scriptures
  • Year 3: Church History
  • Year 4: Theology

Commitment is on a yearly basis. Two weekly seminar groups made up of 6-12 people and group mentors who facilitate and participate fully in all discussions. Members receive reading assignments that are included in the fee and provided by the University of the South, who created and administers the program. Read more about the EfM Program.

Request EfM Information

The Abbey At St. David's

A place for spirituality, learning, and practice

For people seeking a place to grow spiritually through Christian and other practices, The Abbey at St. David’s is a community in the heart of Austin and online. This is a natural extension of St. David’s role in our city since 1848: building connections in love, hope, joy, and vitality as we serve others.

Visit The Abbey at St. David's