Above Grounds Austin is an online resource for Christians in the Austin listing Christian churches, Christian bands, Christian ministries and volunteer opportunities in the Christian community. Above Grounds Austin has a directory with website links and information on over a 1000 Christian churches within a 35 mile radius of downtown Austin including Bastrop, Buda, Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, Elgin, Georgetown, Kyle, Liberty Hill, Lockhart, Red Rock, San Marcos, Spicewood, Taylor and Wimberley. Above Grounds Austin also has an online calendar of faith-based events in the Austin area.
The Salvation Army began as a street ministry by William Booth in England in 1865 and came to Austin in 1889, holding the first meetings in downtown Austin on Congress Avenue. The Salvation Army is an international evangelical Christian Bible-based movement that believes physical, emotional and social support is essential to spiritual rebirth. The Salvation Army is the largest source for emergency shelter in Central Texas including the Austin Shelter for Women and Children and also provides services such as residential drug and alcohol recovery, individual rehabilitation, emergency disaster relief, employment services, community development, advocacy, summer camps and help for seniors and missing persons. The ministry of the Salvation Army is supported by Salvation Army Thrift stores offering donated used goods for sale, direct donations and fund raising events such as golf tournaments and the Christmas time “Red Kettle” where volunteers ring bells and accept donations from passersby at shopping malls and other locations.
The Austin Shambhala Meditation Center is a Buddhist Church and non-profit educational organization. Established in 1976, the Austin Shambhala Meditation Center offers free meditation instruction, public meditation hours and classes in the tradition of Shambhala Buddhism, a form of Western Buddhism that teaches a view of living an uplifted life, fully engaged with the world. The Austin Shambhala Meditation Center also offers training in contemplative arts such as tea art, Japanese flower arranging, calligraphy and the way of the bow. The Austin Shambhala Meditation Center offers a children's program during parent meditation sit on the first and third Sundays of each month.
The Austin Zen Center is a Buddhist temple and Zen Buddhist community established in 2000 offering training in Zen Buddhist practice and meditation. The Austin Zen Center occupies four buildings which house a meditation hall, office space, classrooms and a library. The Austin Zen Center has social events, retreats, beginner's instruction, Zazen seated meditation, slow walking meditation, chanting and bowing service, Zen ceremony, speakers and other programs and classes.
Creation Flame Church of Awesome is a nonprofit creative spiritual center emphasizing charitable and educational action including healing, art and eco-friendly sustainable development. Creation Flame Church of Awesome is located in Cedar Creek, 20 minutes east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and has regular meetings every Wednesday night. Projects at Creation Flame Church of Awesome including building a compressed earth brick machine to build durable, locally and sustainably produced building materials to share with the Austin community using the principals of open source ecology, a model where all information is shared freely.
The Human Potential Center is a nonprofit offering workshops, counseling and other services based on the work of humanistic and transpersonal psychologists like Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow and Virginia Satir. The services and classes offered at the Human Potential Center include personal growth counseling for individuals and couples, massage, Reiki (Japanese method for stress reduction), guided imagery through music, meditation and hypnosis. Most of the workshops are free, though donations are accepted. Individuals can also become members of the center, which allows the to attend members-only workshops and receive discounts on books and paid workshops.
The Jewish Community Association of Austin is a gathering place and community support center for Jews living in the Austin area. Located primarily on the 40-acre Dell Jewish Community Campus in Northwest Austin, the Jewish Community Association of Austin provides a wide provides a wide range of services and programs, including early childhood enrichment classes, parenting programs, programs for youth and teens, acting and dance classes, fitness classes, sport leagues, aquatics programs and support groups for families and senior adults. The Jewish Community Association of Austin also sponsors arts and cultural events with partnerships with Austin performing arts facilities, an art gallery on the campus, the Austin Jewish Book Fair and the Austin Jewish Film Festival featuring renowned authors and scholars, nationally acclaimed comedians, international films and theatrical performances. The 28th Annual Austin Jewish Book Fair is scheduled for November 3 through 12, 2011.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin was founded in 1947 and provides services, education, social ministries and advocacy to 125 parishes (faith communities) in 25 counties in Central Texas. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin operates three high schools in Austin: St. Michael's Catholic Academy; San Juan Diego Catholic High School; and St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School.The coat of arms Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin is an adaption of the coat of arms associated with the family of of Stephen F. Austin, the founder of Austin, Texas.