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Sunday Worship

Join us this Sunday at 11:30am in the Sanctuary at our shared campus. Extra parking is available across Oltorf at Travis High School.

Gnostic Roots of Unitarian-Universalism

June 25, 2017

Guest Speaker: Ben J. Cunningham

The earliest Christians were known as Gnostics. Many of their beliefs will resonate with Unitarian-Universalists. The Roman Church spent centuries trying to destroy this early Gnostic movement (and its adherents), and was more or less successful. Within the last few decades archeologists and biblical scholars have discovered a number of seminal “Gospels” of Gnostic Christianity that in many ways have altered the way modern Christianity is presented. Spiritual threads of these writings run through Unitarian-Universalism, Buddhism, and other traditions that have tended the flames of these ancient candles of wisdom for millennia.

About Ben: For half a century Ben has been a student of philosophy, history, and the great Wisdom Traditions of the world. A Buddhist-Unitarian-Universalist, steeped in Eastern and Western Perennial Wisdom traditions, Ben currently is completing graduate level studies at the University of Philosophical Research in the fields of interconnected old and new philosophies of the West and East, comparative religions, and transpersonal psychology. His day job is peacemaking, as an attorney-mediator. Ben is a founding partner of Lakeside Mediation Center in Austin, a national and international dispute resolution practice. Ben is happily married to Wildflower’s own Cathy Cramer, who keeps him (somewhat) tethered to planet Earth.

Serenity Service

Join us for an interfaith service of music, readings, candles, and silence every third Friday of the month (next is May 19) at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary on our shared campus.

Upcoming Sunday Sermons

Our worship theme for January through June 2017 will be “Reaching in to Reach Out; Reaching Back to Reach Forward”. The purpose of this theme is to help each of us as individuals and Wildflower as a community to deeply connect our inner values (reaching in) to our lived experience (reaching out) and deeply connect our rich Liberal Religious tradition (reaching back) to community action in the wider world (reaching forward). We will be exploring this challenging theme in all our aspects of our church life: our worship services, religious education programming, community outreach and social justice.


June 25: Guest Speaker: Ben J. Cunningham

Gnostic Roots of Unitarian-Universalism

The earliest Christians were known as Gnostics. Many of their beliefs will resonate with Unitarian-Universalists. The Roman Church spent centuries trying to destroy this early Gnostic movement (and its adherents), and was more or less successful. Within the last few decades archeologists and biblical scholars have discovered a number of seminal “Gospels” of Gnostic Christianity that in many ways have altered the way modern Christianity is presented. Spiritual threads of these writings run through Unitarian-Universalism, Buddhism, and other traditions that have tended the flames of these ancient candles of wisdom for millennia.

About Ben: For half a century Ben has been a student of philosophy, history, and the great Wisdom Traditions of the world. A Buddhist-Unitarian-Universalist, steeped in Eastern and Western Perennial Wisdom traditions, Ben currently is completing graduate level studies at the University of Philosophical Research in the fields of interconnected old and new philosophies of the West and East, comparative religions, and transpersonal psychology. His day job is peacemaking, as an attorney-mediator. Ben is a founding partner of Lakeside Mediation Center in Austin, a national and international dispute resolution practice. Ben is happily married to Wildflower’s own Cathy Cramer, who keeps him (somewhat) tethered to planet Earth.


All services start at 11:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. After the service, please join us for fellowship and refreshments in the Wildflower Church Community Room.

Music

Choir Director and Pianist: Elke Baitis

It is said, “You can’t be all things to all people,” but when it comes to music at Wildflower Church, we certainly try! The Wildflower Choir was formed at the same time Wildflower Church began having services, in 2001. We have continued with the Choir singing two Sundays a month, and on the other Sundays, other Wildflower and guest musicians have provided an array of music genres, including classical, folk, blues, rock, show tunes, gospel and mariachi. The Music Team also coordinates music for the Serenity Service.

Our Wildflower musicians include Jason Crow, Kenn Wells, Steve Brooks, Dana McBride, Demethia McVea and our intern minister, Erin Walter. Other Wildflower musicians also contribute to our services. We invite anyone interested in joining the choir or providing music for a worship service to contact us.

Contact Elke at music@wildflowerchurch.org.

What to Expect on Sunday Morning

Finding Us

We worship at Faith Presbyterian, our space sharing partner. See the bottom of the page for a map and directions. Their campus is laid out around a courtyard. To find the sanctuary, look for the entrance with two sets of blue-framed glass double doors.

Accessibility

If you have accessibility needs, there is ramp access to all entrances at the Faith campus. If you'd like to have more info ahead of time, please email facilities@wildflowerchurch.org. You can also ask ushers for information and assistance on-site.

Entering Worship

Once inside the vestibule, look for the membership table, where you can tell us more about yourself and learn more about Wildflower and Unitarian Universalism. Don't forget to pick up a hymnal and Order of Service on your way in!

Click to learn more about childcare and children's religious education.

Services Themselves

Our services usually run about an hour, usually with a 15-25 minute sermon or a series of homilies. Sermons and homilies can be responsive to current events, ethical, historical, social justice-themed, all of the above, and more. We light a chalice, the symbol of our faith, at the beginning of worship, and extinguish it at the close. We sing hymns and often have choral music and/or guest musicians. We often applaud during church. We have a time for all ages, a time for prayer and meditation, and we sometimes explore varied world religious traditions.

Fellowship Hour

After worship, we gather for coffee and snacks in the Wildflower Community Room in the building to the left of the sanctuary (follow the crowd), where you can also retrieve your children. Fellowship Hour is a great time to meet Wildflowers and fellow visitors and talk about anything and everything!

The Worship Team

The Worship team works with the minister, any guest speakers, the Music team, Facilities, and more to put together cohesive, inspiring worship services, including Serenity services as well as the Sunday service, and any new way of doing church. Their team mission is to ensure that every worship service is carefully planned and conducted so that congregants have fulfilling worship experiences; and to support the minister in providing meaningful, creative worship that invites our members forward on their spiritual journeys.

Contact the team about your ideas or a desire to participate at worship@wildflowerchurch.org.

New Ways of Doing Church

Wildflower has been exploring the concept of expanding what it means to “do church,” from how we think of worship services and religious education to how we think about congregations. We’ve listed some resources as food for thought.