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.)

Online Workshop Series

Online Workshop Series: Dear Fellow White Christians
Hosted by Peace Lutheran Church – Austin, Texas in collaboration with The 787 Collective of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
You are invited to join Lutheran campus minister, author & activist Elle Dowd for a series of 3 workshops on leveraging white privilege in spiritual community. Register here
Please plan to attend all three sessions if you can!
October 13, Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Zoom
Storytelling as a Tool to Leverage Your White Privilege in the Church
Narrative is one of the most important tools at our disposal to dismantle white supremacy. Join Elle Dowd (she/her), author of Baptized in Tear Gas, for an interactive workshop on framing our stories to inspire transformation.
October 16, Saturday, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Author’s Event – Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist
In Baptized in Tear Gas, minister and activist Elle Dowd (she/her) tells the gripping story of her transformation into an Assata Shakur-reading, courthouse-occupying abolitionist with an arrest record, hungry for the revolution. Thanks to deep relationships with people in Ferguson and St. Louis, and to experiencing a fraction of the system for herself–including the fear of rubber bullets, the shock of sound cannons, and running from tear gas–Dowd fully committed to the work of anti-racism and abolition. Now she wants to help other white allies do the same.
October 20, Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Zoom
Spiritual Imagination and Social Change
Scripture tells us that our spiritual ancestors dreamed of a world where everyone will have what they need to thrive – a world without white supremacy, where people are healed, the hungry are fed, captives are liberated, and prisoners are set free. Elle Dowd (she/her) will lead us in a workshop on the role of the Church in our collective liberation and teach us about the steps needed to move our dreams into action. Read more…

Turkey Drive 2021

Each year we find that families in our neighborhood need assistance with their holiday meals. Peace is raising money throughout October to supply meals to those in need through our partnership with Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM). HCCM is currently serving about 400 families every month. Last year Peace was able to provide meals for 78 families. $25 will provide a family a meal that includes a turkey, dressing, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes and a pie. Please prayerfully consider a contribution of part or a whole meal. Give online through our website (choose Turkey Drive from the drop down box) or by check made payable to Peace Lutheran Church with “Turkey Drive” in the memo. Checks can be placed in the offering plate or sent to Peace Lutheran Church, PO Box 171047 Austin, Tx 78717-0039.
Thanks for your generous support of our neighbors in need!

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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.


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.

On site worship

Numbers of COVID hospitalizations continue to decline, and we remain in Stage 4 level safety guidelines (as of this writing). We give thanks for lower infection and hospitalization rates in our community…as we also continue to keep our health care and other essential workers, and students and teachers in prayer. Those who wish are invited to worship in person on Sundays now. We will continue to live stream worship online for those who wish to continue connecting that way. If you are attending in person, please pre-screen for any symptoms and stay home if you have any signs of possible illness. As always, we encourage everyone to follow the guidance of healthcare professionals in making choices that are safest for you right now. We ask that everyone continue to wear masks indoors for the safety of those who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated and for your own protection.

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

New Program Year 2021

The Program Year Begins! Here are the Faith Formation Connections coming up: Read more…

God’s Work. Our Hands. Sept 12

God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday Sept 12, 1-3 pm
This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
Service has always been at the core of Peace Lutheran Church and it does not stop now that things in the world are scary due to the pandemic. We want to serve while keeping ourselves and those we are serving safe. Read more…