This July, Austin, TX, hometown of Seminary of the Southwest since 1952, will host the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. In accordance with Southwest’s first core value of Hospitality, a generous offering of events and resources will be provided by Seminary of the Southwest. They include:
Fourth of July Fireworks Viewing Party
Wednesday, July 4th from 7:30pm – 9:45pm
The Fourth of July is the day before the first official day of General Convention, so please join us at Good Shepherd on the Hill, who have generously invited us to co-host their fireworks viewing party from their perfectly situated campus not far from the convention center. Enjoy food from Abundant Harvest, a ministry run by alumnus The Rev. Sean Steele, live music and other surprises.
A reception with food and beverages will begin at 7:30pm, and then we’ll head out to enjoy the fireworks at sundown with the Good Shepherd on the Hill and Seminary of the Southwest communities.
Please join us and start your General Convention with a bang!
Holy Eucharist and Brunch Open House at Seminary of the Southwest
Sunday, July 8th
Eucharist at 10:00am
Brunch from 11:00pm – 1:00pm
On Sunday, July 8th, Southwest will host a 10am Holy Eucharist in Christ Chapel, followed by a Brunch and Open House, to allow convention attendees an opportunity to experience our serene and beautiful campus. The Holy Eucharist will have The Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley presiding, and The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge preaching. Please join us on campus for either the Holy Eucharist or the Brunch, or both. The brunch will be an open ended buffet, so if you decide to visit another of the wonderful parishes in Austin, please drop by afterwards for a delicious meal and fellowship, and the chance to unwind from the activity downtown.
Just 3 miles from the convention center, a visit to Southwest may just be the break you need on this Sunday morning midway through General Convention. The perfect chance to learn or share about Seminary of the Southwest. All are welcome!
Alumni Reception Downtown
Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
On Tuesday, July 10th, Southwest will host a reception for alumni/ae and other friends one block from the Convention Center at the beautiful JW Marriott for a chance to reunite with students, faculty and fellow alums. Join us for drinks and dinner-by-the-bite. The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Dean and President, will speak about the state of the seminary and share the exciting vision for the future.
Join us immediately following evening worship and unwind with old friends.
Planning to attend all the events?
The Southwest ‘Doing Austin Right’ Guide
Southwest is creating the ‘Doing Austin Right’ guide, a not-so-typical visitor guide, geared especially for our friends visiting for General Convention.
The guide will be filled with ‘insider’ recommendations for:
- Places to eat and drink
- Places for worship, rejuvenation, reflection, and meditation
- Outdoor activity areas
- Popular sightseeing and tourist spots
- Art, music, and culture venues
The content of this guide will be provided entirely by the alumni/ae, students, faculty and staff of Seminary of the Southwest! It will be shared on the General Convention website for all attendees, so be sure your voice is heard!
Finally, plan to visit Seminary of the Southwest’s booth in the exhibit hall throughout the convention. It will be a gathering place for everyone connected to or interested in Southwest, and will be chance to connect with current seminarians and faculty.