upRising Austin

Rising to Meet the Need.

Sunday Worship Live Stream at 11:00 a.m.

In order to meet the highest level of safety measures for our congregation and to be a responsible member of our Austin community, upRising worship will be online only (through Facebook Live) until further notice.

We are offering a variety of additional online community activities for all of our members and friends during this time, and you can see a full schedule in our News & Notes electronic newsletter. If you do not already receive our newsletter, you can sign up easily at the bottom of this page. If you have ideas, questions, or needs that you want us to know about, please send an email to upDates@uprisingaustin.org.

Always in Hope,
Rev. Karen

During this time apart, as we’re longing for connection more than ever, we’ve got at least one solution for you — Growth Groups: COVID Edition!

If you’ve not joined us for Growth Groups in the past, they are groups of 10-20 people who meet weekly for 6 or 8 weeks for discussion, study, fun, or activity. Groups in the past have generated lasting friendships, spiritual growth, new hobbies, opportunities to serve, and even a romance that resulted in marriage! We can’t guarantee that you’ll find a spouse in this round of groups, but we feel comfortable saying your life will be better for having participated in a group.

Take a look at the offerings below to find one or more of the groups that fit with your schedule and interests — there’s something for just about everyone! Then, just click on the name of the group to sign up! Unless otherwise stated, all groups will meet via Zoom and will begin the week of October 4.

Saving Jesus Redux
Mondays 6:30-7:30 p.m. with Amanda Alvarado and Kaye Young
Do you ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the religious right and discarded by the secular left? This course will explore a credible Jesus for the third millennium. Each week we will watch a short video of Biblical scholars and theologians discussing different aspects of Jesus, and then we will discuss.

Taking the Bible Literately
Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m. with Dina Steiner 
Whether you believe that the Bible is the Word of God or just the words of some guys who were really inspired by God, it is a fascinating book. But how many of us have really read the Bible? It’s long, it’s confusing, and it contains some really weird stuff. This study will help you make sense of the Bible — who wrote it, why it was written, and what’s important (and what’s not). This is not a study for Biblical scholars — it’s a discussion group for the rest of us. We will look at all of the literary genres of the Bible — the histories, the poetry, the stories, and even Revelation — to discover what it has to say for all of us who are looking for a sense of hope, justice, and promise in our lives and our world.

Song and Spirit
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. with Stephen King

Join us for evenings of song, prayer, scripture, and fellowship. Be uplifted and see how music can strengthen our connections with God and with each other.

Spiritual Health: An Unexpected Toolkit
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. with Josephine Williamson

Maintaining heart health and spiritual health have much in common. Both benefit from regular exercise and good nutrition. There is a darker similarity too. If exercise and nutrition are ignored, then decline and sickness result. In the case of the heart that decline can result in a heart attack. In the spiritual realm, this kind of decline is manifested as addiction. So here’s the surprise: the same spiritual tool set that rescues drunks and addicts can be used to keep the non-addicts spiritually healthy! This group will use the Richard Rohr book “Breathing Under Water” to discover this wonderful set of tools.

Game Night
Thursdays 8:00-9:00 p.m. with Becki Lee

Join us for nights o’ virtual fun and games!

Rainbow Narratives: Sharing Your Story with Younger Generations
Fridays 1:00-2:00 p.m. with Tessa Bloom

Are you 60+ and part of the LGBTQ community? You can give the gift of your stories to younger LGBTQ people through this writing group. Using prompts to get your creative juices flowing, you’ll write about different experiences in your life to offer connection, encouragement, and hope to those in younger generations. If you desire, you can share your written work during the meeting each week, and then with your permission, the stories will be shared with organizations serving young LGBTQ folks. We would like to have a wide range of experiences recorded, so if you know of anyone outside our congregation who might like to participate (even if they’re out of town — an advantage to meeting virtually), please invite them!

The Big Cleanup!
Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m. with Becky Rohne
*In-person group*

Help beautify the church grounds while safely socializing from a distance! This group will work on a list of projects such as weeding, mowing, raking leaves, trimming trees, painting, making minor repairs, and general clean-up.

Lunch Talks for Youth
Saturdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. with Eros Townsend and Sergio Alvarado

This group is designed for youth in 6th through 12th grades. BYO lunch, and chat with other middle and high schoolers about relevant topics such as justice, caring for the environment, and anxiety. A different topic will be explored each week, and participants will be encouraged to bring an item from the news, from their own life, or from the Bible that relates to the topic.

Crafting Happy Hour
Saturdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. with Kathryn Lunsford

Emphasis on happy! A package of supplies will be available for you to pick up from the church, and then on Saturday evenings, we’ll kick back, relax, and create!

Community Gardening
Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. with Angelica Gomez

*In-person group*
Help us launch The Giving Garden, a community garden that will supply fresh fruits and vegetables to upRising’s  Project Brown Bag and Unsheltered Neighbors ministries. The first few sessions will be walking the grounds and planning for the garden until the group is ready to begin implementing the plans!

Who We Are

Pastor KarenMCC Austin is now upRising–a church without walls. In searching for our new name, we didn’t want a name that just described one piece of us—just our welcome, advocacy for lgbtq people, MCC roots, or passion for social justice. We wanted a name that said we are people who believe in the good news of the Gospel, that our human nature can be transformed to the nature of Jesus Christ, and that the truest expression of our faith is how we act in the world.

We are people in whom love, hope, joy, and peace rise up. Who will rise up for justice. Who will rise up for the least of these even when, and especially when, we are the least of these. Who inspire others to rise up with us.

We wanted a name that will inspire us never to become complacent. Even in the moments when we are still and know that God is God, our spirits are rising.

We believe our new name captures all of that. We would love for you to come and worship with us or join us for one of our many programs and outreach ministries and experience upRising for yourself.

8601 South 1st Street
Austin, Texas 78748
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