Next Sunday, October 4:
If We Have Shared Unitarian Universalist Values - What Are They?
Rev. Brian Ferguson
This worship service will explore our shared values with the blessings and challenges they present to us.
Rev. Ferguson is Wildflower Church's developmental minister.
See Sermons for more details
Meeting at 1314 E Oltorf St (Faith Presbyterian)
Wildflower Church is a deliberately inclusive, open-minded religious community in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, growing spiritually together, spreading love, justice, and joy! We create our community by covenanting one to another, using our Covenant of Right Relations. We meet in South Austin.
We are overjoyed to announce that the Rev. Brian Ferguson, formerly of the San Marcos UU Fellowship, is our new Developmental Minister, effective September 6, 2015! Rev. Ferguson has an impressive record of community engagement and growth that speaks to his commitment to help build a strong and vital community. He was an Adult Program Director for Southwest UU Summer Institute and a Coming of Age mentor. He developed and taught classes on Socially Responsible Consumption and Bioethics, founded the Progressive Pastors of Hays County, and led organizing of the first ever San Marcos Gay Pride Parade. He founded the Interfaith Environmental Network of Hays County, and has worked with homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, and various other volunteer organizations. At the San Marcos UU Fellowship, membership more than doubled during his tenure. We look forward to his leadership and his contribution to our ongoing transformation as a community of faith.
Joining Rev. Ferguson will be intern Erin Walter. Erin is an M.Div student and a resident of South Austin who has preached at and attended Wildflower several times. Last year she led the moving Water Ceremony service for us. We are excited to have her on our ministerial team!
Our new alternative Serenity Service, an interfaith service of music, readings, candles, and silence, happens every third Friday of the month (next is October 16) at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary at 1314 E Oltorf St (Faith Presbyterian Church campus).
12th Annual Wildflower UU Church's
October 9-11, 2015
In the company of other women, take time out to relax, refuel and reconnect with what matters in your life and on your spiritual path. This year we're retreating to Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas just 85 miles north of Austin. Our annual retreats are a great way to get to know or reconnect with other Wildflower women. Our theme this year is "Paths" — reflecting on our past and present life and spiritual paths and considering our futures. Together we will explore this journey and join in fellowship and worship. There will be workshops, time for relaxing, refueling, and walking in nature, and an opportunity to share your talent (or enjoy others') at our traditional Saturday night Talent Show! Email for more information. You can download the registration form, fill it out, and mail it to the church (P.O. Box 40395, Austin, Texas 78704) or hand it to Cathy Cramer on Sunday morning. The brochure will provide more information about the retreat.
Consider donating to our Retreat Scholarship Fund that will pay up to 50% of the $150 registration fee so all women who want to attend can attend. We will have scholarships available.
Congregation-Approved Mission, Values, 2020 Vision and Strategic Goals (June 14, 2015)
Growing spiritually together, spreading love, justice, and joy.
- Caring: We express love in action: for one another, for strangers, for our community and our planet.
- Transcendence: We experience awe, hope and joy in connecting with something bigger than ourselves.
- Spiritual Growth: We transform our authentic selves through worship and learning, work and play, taking risks and talking about things that matter.
- Justice: We promote fairness, freedom and empowerment in our society and our relations with one another.
- Outreach: We engage with the communities around us, to serve and to open our doors for those in search of a spiritual home.
2020 Vision Statement:
We nourish the growth of Spirit in new ways.
We work as partners for social justice with our wider community.
We grow more multicultural and more diverse.
We create spiritual spaces, in our central home and beyond.
This is our vision of the Wildflower Church community we aspire to be.
2020 Wildflower Strategic Goals:
- Meet spiritual needs through various and innovative ways of doing church and religious education.
- Partner for social justice with other community groups and churches to provide direct service, education, and advocacy.
- Grow a multicultural church community that more closely reflects diversity in race, age, families and cultures consistent with local demographics.
- Create a central spiritual home and other spiritual spaces that reflect our UU values and traditions.
Food for Thought, Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:45am, Faith Parlor
Wildflower members facilitate this popular weekly discussion class that offers opportunities for stimulating conversation around inspiring and evocative TED talks. Participants bring breakfast munchies and coffee is provided. Join this lively group to explore a variety of topics that touch our lives and spur the deepening of our spirituality and inquiry into how we want to show up in the world.
Membership Orientation Classes at Wildflower Church
We hold orientations several times a year. The date of the next orientation will not be determined until after our new minister begins his ministry with us on September 1. For more information, please visit our membership page or email .
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