to Jan 29

EQUIP Senior Adult Ministry Conference


A conference dedicated to strengthening ministries for Senior Adults and by Senior Adults

Why is this important?

Because in most mainline churches, 70% of the membership is over 65 years old. EQUIP will address this fact head on by providing laity with practical and spiritual tools for starting a Senior Life Ministry. 


What will you gain by attending EQUIP?

  • A new 34-session video series, SAGE: Senior Adult Growth Enrichment, created by seniors for seniors, on topics such as Spiritual Tools, Eternity, Fate & Destiny, Miracles, Christian Leadership, Hope, Forgiveness, Humility, and 26 others

  • New perspectives on relevant topics from speakers who are experts in their fields

  • New friends committed to strong senior ministries in their churches and communities 

Please visit www.upumc.org/equip for speaker profiles and session details.

PRICE (includes lunches and dinners) 

  • Early-bird rate of $125 before November 1

  • Regular rate of $150 between November 1-December 15

  • Click HERE to register or go to www.upumc.org/equip


Click HERE to register

For more information or help with registration: 

Dede Casad  |  dcasad@upumc.org  |  214.368.1435 x209

Christy Baker  |  cbaker@upumc.org  |  214.368.1435 x116

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6:45 AM06:45

Travis Park - RMN Worship Service


This year at Annual Conference, Travis Park UMC will host a Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) worship service on Thursday, June 7 from 6:45 to 7:45 am. Jerill Wilson will deliver the message, Revs. Eric Vogt and Billie Watts will serve communion, and Paul Harper will lead music. Members of our RMN Committee, including John Patterson, Rachel Jennings, Susan Snow and Kerry Kirtley have worked many hours to plan this important event.

Contact: John Patterson, jpinsatx@gmail.com.

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to May 17

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Webinar Wednesdays: How Pastors Write for Public Life


In this workshop, dive into your creative interests, expand the language palette you use, adopt a collaborative practice, and explore your own public voice.


“I loved this workshop. I feel that I was renewed in my own creativity, not only in writing but in sermon development, etc. Further, I believe this workshop will help me navigate my own discernment of future vocational goals.”

“What I got out of this week will forever shape the writing (and the thinking I will do about writing). I received so much more than my expectations could have imagined.”

Presenter: Charlotte Gullick

Date:  May 14-17, 2018

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost:  $460 (meals and lodging included). Scholarships available. 

Participation is limited and requires application and a 2-7 page writing sample. Application are accepted between February 1 and April 16. Participants will be admitted on a rolling basis.

Register here between Feburary 1 and April 16, 2018

Register Here

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12:00 PM12:00

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary's Webinar Wednesday: Young Adults and the Church

Twenty-somethings in church are as rare as hens’ teeth. What’s going on? Through the 787 Collective, we are working to find the stories of why, what matters, and what next.Join us as we present our best thinking and emerging insights. Bring your own knowledge, experience, insight and questions for a lively hour together.

Hosted by: Education Beyond the Walls

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7:00 PM19:00

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary - 10 Minute Play Bake Off

  • 100 East 27th Street Austin, TX, 78705 United States (map)
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Need to refill your creativity reservoir? Stretch your imagination muscles? Try this. Local Austin playwrights will combine ingredients from biblical history and theology; sift in humor; and add a dash of pathos, resulting in delectable insights through ten-minute plays. This is the second in a four-part series leading to a veritable feast of play readings. The 787 Collective will present a selection of plays in a staged reading format. Come get a taste of the collaborative efforts of theology and theater and join in dialogue with the writer, readers, and fellow listeners.

Date: April 26, 2018

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost: $5 per person

(Contact ebw@austinseminary.edu.)

Recommended for anyone interested in connecting head and heart and faith and art. Especially for congregations involved in the 787 Collective.

Register Here

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9:00 AM09:00

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary - Reconceiving Hope

  • 100 East 27th Street Austin, TX, 78705 United States (map)
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Infertility is an often silent and agonizing form of grief. It is rife with hope deferred and can threaten one’s sense of being whole, complete, and beloved. It stresses relationships and isolates socially. And the numbers of families impacted by infertility keeps growing as people wait until later in life to become parents. Come learn with us how to provide insightful, responsive care to those experiencing infertility and related reproductive loss.

Through plenary talks and breakout sessions, we will explore how religious identity can affect one’s experience of infertility, both positively and negatively. We will hear how traditional biblical interpretations can be reframed for healing and hope. We will learn about effective therapeutic methods and religious liturgies for healing, as well as examine the moral dimensions of fertility treatments. We will ask together, “Can hope be re-conceived in the darkness of infertility?”

Presenters: Serene Jones and Joel Baden with Carrie Elkins and workshop presenters (see below)

Date: April 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost: $60 per person (includes lunch); $30 per person for groups of 3 or more

0.7 Clergy CEUs; Applying for SW CEUs

(Contact ebw@austinseminary.edu.)

Recommended for clergy of all kinds; counselors, doulas, social workers, medical professionals, and all others interested in caring for those experiencing infertility, including themselves.

Register Here


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to Mar 23

SMU Perkins Theological School for the Laity: Stretch to Learn, Grow to Serve

  • 5901 Bishop Boulevard Dallas, TX, 75205 United States (map)
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Perkins Theological School for the Laity, March 22-24, will focus on evangelism and Bible study.  Forevangelism, Prof. Mark Teasdale from Garrett-Theological Seminary will give the Wallace Chappell Lecture on Evangelism on Thursday evening, March 22, in Prothro Great Hall, Perkins School of Theology. The lecture is free, and it will be live streamed.


On Friday, March 23, Prof. Teasdale will teach an all-day course on evangelism, “Knowing, Doing, and Being the Good news: A Reintroduction to Evangelism.” Registration and payment is required for this and all PTSL courses. Click on this link for information and registration: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/LaySchools/Dallas/PTSL_2018

Bible study courses, from the Book of Job to the Parables, from Geography and the Bible to Bible and Yoga are available from Thursday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Click on this link for information and registration: https://www.smu.edu/Perkins/PublicPrograms/LaySchools/Dallas/PTSL_2018

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to Mar 23

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary - Theological Hors d'oeuvre

  • McCord Community Center (map)
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What does happy hour look like at a seminary? Come, taste and see. Joined by distinguished faculty, we will nosh on powerful “small bites” of theology and biblical interpretation while enjoying hors d’oeuvre and signature cocktails (sans alcohol). This will be a time of connection and lively conversation with other women of faith in the workplace. Leave nourished in body, mind, and spirit!

Presenters: Professors Margaret Aymer and Carolyn Helsel, hosted by Pamela Benson Owens

Date: March 20, 2017

Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost: $10 per person

Recommended for professional women looking for encouragement for a vibrant faith in the workplace.

Register Here

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11:00 AM11:00

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary: Webinar Wednesday


Online Education

Do you miss the mental and spiritual stimulation of classroom learning that you had in seminary? Or, do you wish you had more opportunities to grow in your knowledge of scripture and theology, but going back to school is not a realistic option? Welcome to Webinar Wednesdays! In this interactive web series, learn from Austin Seminary’s world-class experts on a variety of topics, once each month of the spring semester. Now, seminary-level dialogue is available from the convenience of your own computer, wherever you are!

All webinars are limited to 25 participants


Register for all three spring webinars at once, and attend all three
for a discounted rate of $25. Offer good until February 16, 2018.

February 28, 2018: "Webinar Wednesday: Metaphor, Meaning, and Making Belief: Thinking Poetically about Faith" with Dr. Paul Hooker, associate dean for ministerial formation and advanced studies

April 4, 2018: "You Want Me to Teach What??" with Dr. Topher Endress

May 2, 2018: "Young Adults and the Church" with Melissa Wiginton, vice president for Education Beyond the Walls and research professor in Methodist studies, and Martha Lynn Coon, director of congregational innovation

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