ADULT FAITH FORMATION

Every week adults from Peace Lutheran Church gather together to study the Bible, develop friendships, pursue wholeness, and share life experiences. Are you ready to join in? Learn more about a sampling of our groups and classes here, email office@peaceaustin.org to explore what may be your next steps. 

Sunday Opportunities

Community Connections meets Sundays at 1:00 pm on Zoom. See the listings below for more about the weekly sessions or email us with any questions. The Zoom link is published in the weekly email.

Weekday Opportunities

Leveraging White Privilege in Spiritual Communities, a follow up to our Dialogues on Race series, began in October and is continuing, facilitated Fatima Mann. We meet 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Tuesdays online.  Email us for the link or for more information.
 
Women’s Bible Study on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am on ZoomAll women are welcome for Bible Study. Bring your Bible as we dive into God’s word through the study published in Gather, the ELCA women’s publication. See the weekly email for the link or email us.

 Community Connections Sessions

10/24/21

Church & Fandoms…Communities & Canons
 
If you are a Trekkie, or participate in the fan communities of others cultural phenomena like Dr. Who, Star Wars, or Twilight & Harry Potter…then you know how serious people can take shows and characters and storylines and their meanings.
 
In fact, if you are a Christian, you know this already in a different way, right? 
 
And there are fascinating parallels between the two. We will be discussing an episode of Decoder Ring, which delves into a specific controversy within the fan community of the BBC Show Sherlock…to see if looking closely at it might also help us see some things about ourselves more clearly. You can listen in advance here.
 
(Content Note: This podcast episode discusses sexuality and specific sexual behaviors, as well as sexual assault, in relationship to the characters of the show and their fans. Please take care of yourself and choose what is right for you in listening.)
 
 


Budget graphic

10/17/21

Budget graphic
Here’s your chance to dive deep into the finances of the congregation and to ask any questions that you might have before the congregational meeting on November 14. The Peace finance team will be available to discuss the council’s approved ministry plan for 2022 and the outlook for 2021 and beyond. We hope you can join us Sunday Oct 17 at 1:00 pm on Zoom.


10/3/21

Reflecting on the Church Year: This week our worship planners are gathering to consider the whole new church year that is coming soon. All are invited to join them via zoom for a time of reflection on how the church keep’s time, and what times in the church’s year are most precious to us. See the link in our weekly newsletter or email us.


9/19//21 & 9/26/21

The Bible and Climate Change: We discuss parts one and two of the two-part series from The Salt Project podcast Strange New World, “The Bible and Climate Change” — rethinking scripture from the ground up in the face of the greatest global challenge in human history. In part one, we start with Genesis, and uncover how “climate change” — though it’s never mentioned in the Bible — is on virtually every page. In episode two, we explore what Jesus has to do with climate change, zeroing in on his last public teaching, the final words he wants ringing in our ears. Listen to the podcasts here: Episode 1 Episode 2


3/28/21 2 Peter

One of the traditional Lenten disciplines is reading scripture. For our Community Connections Bible Studies during Lent, we will turn our attention to some of the lesser-read, small books of the New Testament. Some of these are NOT included in the 3-year lectionary cycle, and some only appear for a month or so every three years. Perhaps there is a reason why these books get less attention, so let’s find out together!

These studies are discussion based and you can join them at any time and fully participate. So grab your favorite beverage and join us at 1:00 PM on Zoom or Facebook.

Each session will begin with readings of each passage to study followed by a time to reflect. Then we will explore the passages, think about how each passage relates to our lives, and consider how we can apply these insights to our lives in the coming days or weeks.


3/14/21 Jude

One of the traditional Lenten disciplines is reading scripture. For our Community Connections Bible Studies during Lent, we will turn our attention to some of the lesser-read, small books of the New Testament. Some of these are NOT included in the 3-year lectionary cycle, and some only appear for a month or so every three years. Perhaps there is a reason why these books get less attention, so let’s find out together!

These studies are discussion based and you can join them at any time and fully participate. So grab your favorite beverage and join us at 1:00 PM on Zoom or Facebook.

Each session will begin with readings of each passage to study followed by a time to reflect. Then we will explore the passages, think about how each passage relates to our lives, and consider how we can apply these insights to our lives in the coming days or weeks.


3/7/21 Titus

One of the traditional Lenten disciplines is reading scripture. For our Community Connections Bible Studies during Lent, we will turn our attention to some of the lesser-read, small books of the New Testament. Some of these are NOT included in the 3-year lectionary cycle, and some only appear for a month or so every three years. Perhaps there is a reason why these books get less attention, so let’s find out together!

These studies are discussion based and you can join them at any time and fully participate. So grab your favorite beverage and join us at 1:00 PM on Zoom or Facebook.

Each session will begin with readings of each passage to study followed by a time to reflect. Then we will explore the passages, think about how each passage relates to our lives, and consider how we can apply these insights to our lives in the coming days or weeks.


2/28/21 Philemon

One of the traditional Lenten disciplines is reading scripture. For our Community Connections Bible Studies during Lent, we will turn our attention to some of the lesser-read, small books of the New Testament. Some of these are NOT included in the 3-year lectionary cycle, and some only appear for a month or so every three years. Perhaps there is a reason why these books get less attention, so let’s find out together!

These studies are discussion based and you can join them at any time and fully participate. So grab your favorite beverage and join us at 1:00 PM on Zoom or Facebook.

Each session will begin with readings of each passage to study followed by a time to reflect. Then we will explore the passages, think about how each passage relates to our lives, and consider how we can apply these insights to our lives in the coming days or weeks.


2/21/21 2 Thess.

One of the traditional Lenten disciplines is reading scripture. For our Community Connections Bible Studies during Lent, we will turn our attention to some of the lesser-read, small books of the New Testament. Some of these are NOT included in the 3-year lectionary cycle, and some only appear for a month or so every three years. Perhaps there is a reason why these books get less attention, so let’s find out together!

These studies are discussion based and you can join them at any time and fully participate. So grab your favorite beverage and join us at 1:00 PM on Zoom or Facebook.

Each session will begin with readings of each passage to study followed by a time to reflect. Then we will explore the passages, think about how each passage relates to our lives, and consider how we can apply these insights to our lives in the coming days or weeks.


2/14/21 Romans

Continuing the study of Romans. Paul’s letter to the Romans is near and dear to the heart of most Lutherans because it is here that Paul most clearly states our understanding of the gospel and grace. We will continue with Chapters 5 and 6. These studies are discussion based and you can join them at any time and fully participate. So grab your favorite beverage and join us on Zoom or Facebook Live at 1:00 PM.


2/7/21 Astro photo graphy

Presented by Bob Van Gulick:  Astrophotography of the heavens has been a passion of mine for many years, but now I have discovered a new software package to really make my pictures pop. It’s called PixInsight, a very advanced and complex astro photo tool. We will go through a simple processing session and then look at some of the images I have processed with PixInsight. Join us on Zoom or Facebook Live at 1:00 PM.


1/31/21 Romans

Continuing the study of Romans. Paul’s letter to the Romans is near and dear to the heart of most Lutherans because it is here that Paul most clearly states our understanding of the gospel and grace. We will cover Chapters 1, 2 & 3 and continue with the rest of Chapter 5. These studies are discussion based and you can join them at any time and fully participate. So grab your favorite beverage and join us on Zoom or Facebook Live at 1:00 PM.