lost & found

Join us for Exploration of the Healing Power of Joy
with Rev. Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell

On Saturday, October 14th, join in community for an exploration of the powerful gift of joy to heal broken hearts, remind us that we’re not alone, and offer a path out of despair. Not a guide to surface-level happiness, this is a dive into what authentic, grounded-in-faith joy can do.

“If you’re feeling exhausted, lonely, sad, going through a hard time in your life, you need to come and hang out with us. You’re going to be in the right place on October 14th.” —Angela Williams Gorrell

Saturday, October 14th | 10am to 3pm

Abiding Love Lutheran Church, 7210 Brush Country Rd, Austin, TX 78749

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lost & found

Join us for Exploration of the Healing Power of Joy
with Rev. Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell

On Saturday, October 14th, join in community for an exploration of the powerful gift of joy to heal broken hearts, remind us that we’re not alone, and offer a path out of despair. Not a guide to surface-level happiness, this is a dive into what authentic, grounded-in-faith joy can do.

“If you’re feeling exhausted, lonely, sad, going through a hard time in your life, you need to come and hang out with us. You’re going to be in the right place on October 14th.” —Angela Williams Gorrell

Saturday, October 14th | 10am to 3pm

Abiding Love Lutheran Church, 7210 Brush Country Rd, Austin, TX 78749

GET TICKETS

Leave our time together with:

  • A better understanding of how joy can find us anytime, anywhere.

  • The essence of joy and how it can play a vital role in alleviating suffering.

  • Hope about joy’s potential to help address depression as well as the epidemics of suicide, addiction, and other crises of despair.

  • New friendships formed with other like-hearted souls.

“Joy has a wonderous way of seizing our attention. It often comes swiftly and powerfully. Joy can be a gift of the breaking in of goodness, beauty, and truth amid brokenness.”
—Angela Williams Gorrell

Join Us:

Saturday, October 14th, 10am to 3pm at Abiding Love Lutheran Church
with your host, Rev. Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell.

FEE: $65 (includes gourmet boxed lunch*)

Livestream Option Available ($45 per person)

Partial Scholarships Available

“Your story is still being told, and it’s a story worth telling, and that no matter what you’re experiencing today, you won’t always feel this way. And no matter how much pain or suffering that you’ve witnessed in the last couple of years or that you’re in right now, that there is no imprisoned mind, nowhere in space, no darkened feeling that joy cannot break through because joy is the very being and presence of God loving on you and being present to you. Joy can always, always find you.” —Angela Williams Gorrell

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Many thanks to our sponsors for helping bring Rev. Angela to Austin!

$3,000 Nourishment Sponsor Kristie Bryant, Best of Austin Living, and $500 Contributing Sponsor Kristin Hamlett.

– Event Schedule –

– 10:00 AM –

Welcome and Introduction
Dianna Amorde and Pastor Brad Highum

 

– 10:10 AM –

Lost and Found with Rev. Dr. Angela Gorrell

 

– 11:30 AM –

Break

 

– 11:45 AM –

Lost and Found Exploration of Joy continues

 

– 12:30 PM –

Break for One-Hour Lunch (in Activity Center or on your own)

Central Market gourmet boxed lunch provided.

 

– 1:30 PM –

The Gravity of Joy: A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Angela
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Mona West 

 

– 2:30 PM –

Q & A with Participants

 

– 2:50 PM –

Closing Comments from Rev. Dr. Angela

 

– 3:00 PM –

Book Signing (30 minutes)

Click Here to View the Gourmet Boxed Lunch Options Provided by Central Market

You will be emailed immediately after ticket purchased to select your desired lunch option.

SANDWICH BOX LUNCHES:

All sandwich box lunches include mixed berries, penne mozzarella salad, and a freshly baked chocolate chunk cookie.

Sandwich selections include:

—Classic Chicken Salad on 9 Grain
—Ham and Swiss on Rye
—Pimento Cheese on Rye
—Roast Beef and Cheddar on Sourdough
—Turkey Havarti on 9 Grain

Please note if you need Gluten-free bread and a Gluten-free cookie.

 

SALAD BOX LUNCHES:

All salad box lunches include mixed berries, mini baguette, and a freshly baked chocolate chunk cookie.

Salad selections* include:

Caesar (Romaine lettuce, shredded Parmesan, homemade croutons, and our classic Caesar Dressing.)
Athenian (Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, cucumber, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, red onion, and Feta cheese with Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette.)
Spinach Strawberry (Baby spinach, balsamic onions, fresh strawberries,  slivered almonds, and goat cheese with a simple  Orange Vinaigrette.)
Kale, Cranberry, and Pepita (Leafy kale tossed with pepitas, cranberries, and  candied ginger in an Orange Sesame Vinaigrette.)

*Please specify if you want grilled chicken or salmon added to your salad.

Low Gluten Diet-Friendly options include gluten-free bread & cookie.

Note: With such a large order, we are unable to make any substitutions other than the Low Gluten Diet-Friendly options noted above.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER:

Rev. Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell

After the devastating loss of three loved ones in less than a month, Angela Gorrell was reeling and completely disconnected from the academic research on joy she was doing for Yale University. Sharing her journey out of the fog of grief in her book, The Gravity of Joy, Angela came to realize “Joy doesn’t obliterate grief…Instead, joy has a mysterious capacity to be felt alongside sorrow and even—sometimes most especially—in the midst of suffering.”

Rev. Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell is the author of always on: practicing faith in a new media landscape and The Gravity of Joy: A Story of Being Lost and Found. Angela’s research has been highlighted in media sources such as the New York Times, NPR, and Christianity Today. She has 14 years of ministry experience and has taught at several schools including Yale University, Baylor University, and McCormick and Fuller Seminary. 

Dr. Gorrell speaks and writes about joy, meaning, finding the life worth living, and the intersection of spiritual and mental health. She utilizes her expertise to help create collaborative communities of prevention specifically working to lower suicide and addiction rates. You can find her on instagram @angelagorrell. Dr. Angela and her sister, Coach Stef, co-host The Grief Sisters podcast and The Grief Sisters book club and support group on Facebook. 

“I was attending a retreat at Laity Lodge in the Texas hill country. Angela Gorrell was the last speaker of the retreat with a 90-minute slot right before lunch and a leisurely afternoon. Attendees were fiddling with phones and papers as Angela began her talk. Within 10 minutes, you could hear a pin drop. I have been attending retreats at Laity Lodge for almost 40 years and have heard well over 100 speakers, including world-renowned preachers, teachers, and theologians. Angela’s talk that day was the most compelling and mesmerizing one that I have ever heard. Her new book, The Gravity of Joy, captures the essence of that 2019 talk and expands it into a life-affirming saga.”
–GoodReads.com Review of The Gravity of Joy

ABOUT OUR FACILITATOR:

Rev. Dr. Mona West

Director of Adult Christian Formation at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Dr. Mona West served on the international staff of Metropolitan Community Churches for 11 years as the director of formation and leadership development. She is retired clergy in Metropolitan Community Churches. Mona earned a doctorate in Hebrew Bible from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, and completed a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, which included study at the International Center for St. Teresa and John of the Cross in Avila, Spain. She served on the Eremos Board of Directors from 2019-2021.

Going Deeper… Join us for the Eremos Fall Book Reflection

The Gravity of Joy: A Story of Being Lost and Found

Four 90-minute facilitated sessions, beginning OCTOBER 2023

Join us for four weekly conversations about our experience of her story, thoughts on the wisdom shared and how our definition of joy has shifted, and what we’ll take with us as we seek to expand our capacity for joy.o.

Register for both events and save $20!

Sponsored by Eremos, a Center of Contemplative Life, and Abiding Love Lutheran Church

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