Thursday, April 3, 2014

Church Uses Pottery to Engage Spirituality, A Twist on Stations of the Cross, and More

Pottery & Spirituality Merge at Houston Church

"God is the great creator, and we are also made to be creators," said the Rev. Eric Hungerford at St. Mark's Between the Bayous' Pottery & Spirituality Workshop. Click above for a gallery and to read more.

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Free Clergy Spouse Retreat, April 4-5, at Camp Allen
This free retreat is an invitation from JoAnne Doyle, Larry Harrison and Susan Fisher for all active clergy spouses. Join for fun, food and fellowship. You can even sign up for skeet shooting or horseback riding. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 4 and ends April 5 at 3 p.m. Register here.

An Evening of Poetry and Music at Trinity, Houston, April 4
Poets and writers Aliki Barnstone, Leslie Adrienne Miller, and Melissa Studdard will be joined by special guest Donna McKenzie and composer/pianist John Hardesty for "An Evening of Poetry and Music" at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman Street, on April 4 from 7-9 p.m. Click here to learn more.

Taizé Brothers Available for Meetings in Houston Next Week
The Taizé brothers invite you to contact them between April 10 and April 21 to meet, consult, host Taizé services and/or answer questions. They will be in Houston preparing for their Pilgrimage of Trust. They can be reached at 832.980.8224 or by email at They are being hosted by St. John The Divine, Houston on April 25-27. Click here to learn more

Camp Allen Hosts Lunch & Learn Photography Seminar, April 9
Don't miss the second Lunch & Learn event! Enjoy a delicious lunch and a photography seminar entitled "Beyond the Snapshot: Elevating your Everyday Photos" for just $20. Register here.

Interfaith Ministeries' iLead Program Opens Applications
iLead is Houston's premier interfaith youth leadership program. Participants are a selected and diverse group of outstanding young leaders who come together to learn from successful faith, business and civic leaders. This 9-month prestigious program prepares young leaders in a diverse, interfaith setting, helping students learn to implement their own faith and values in the real world. The next session is September 2014 - May 2015, but spots are limited. Get your student's application in today! Click here.

The Astros are Undefeated! Come to Episcopal Night, June 13
Hey, we've gotta celebrate while we can, right? As of the publishing of this newsletter, the Astros haven't lost. It definitely won't be that rosy on June 13, but it will still be a great time for Episcopal Night at the Ballpark. Join hundreds of Episcopalians at the game. Your priest has the opportunity to wave from the field! Click here to learn more.

EHF Report Shows Texas' "Young Invincibles" Have Little Knowledge, Low Opinion of Affordable Care Act
Texas' "Young Invincibles" had a poor understanding of the Affordable Care Act's health coverage opportunities and held a low opinion of the new law, according to a report released today by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Rice University's Baker Institute. Read more.

Join a National Gathering to Challenge Violence, April 9-11
An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence. Bishops, clergy and laity from throughout the Episcopal Church are invited to gather April 9 – 11 at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). Read more.

Interfaith Ministries of Houston Hosts Spiritual Gathering for Women, April 24
This event will be hosted by the lovely women of the Arya Samaj of Greater Houston who will tell us all about their Hindu faith and traditions. Click here to learn more and register.

Sign Up Your Sharing Faith Dinner Coordinator!
Every church is asked to identify a Dinner Coordinator for their church members' participation. The Dinner Coordinator will coordinate host families and moderators, communicate with parish members, register church members who don't have access to email, and facilitate parish member participation. Click here to register by April 1, 2014 or as soon as possible.  If you have any questions or will not be participating, please contact Gail McGuire in the Diocesan Office (

UTMB Learning Dinners in Galveston for Persons with Dementia, Tuesdays in April
Galveston area families, their loved ones with dementia, friends and caregivers are invited to attend. Following each gourmet buffet dinner a panel of dementia and Alzheimer's specialists will lead an interactive conversation. Panel leader is Dr. Mikaila Raji. Other panelists will enjoy dinner with the attendees. Click here to learn more.

Kindling Conference Created for Young Adult Ministry Leaders
Registration is now open for a visionary Episcopal conference for young adult ministry leaders called Kindling, July 28 – 31 at the Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Learn more.

Mike Endicott Visits Houston for Weekend of Healing Ministry, April 30 - May 4
The Rev. Mike Endicott will return to St. John the Divine, Houston, for a weekend of healing ministry, April 30 - May 4. Learn more.

Sign Up for Diocesan Youth Music Camp, July 6-12
The Diocesan Music Commission will present Diocesan Music Camp for musicians in rising grades 4-8. The camp will be expanded to include both vocal and instrumental music instruction. Interested campers can apply here.  Scholarships are available.  For more information, contact Dr. Linda Patterson 979.836.7248.

Walking the Mourner's Path Groups in Houston & Spring
Walking the Mourners' Path, a small group program for those mourning the death of a loved one, will be offered at Palmer, Houston and Holy Comforter, Spring. Meeting for 8 weeks on Tuesday evenings at Palmer and Sunday afternoons at Holy Comforter, the faith-based group will be led by trained facilitators and follows a curriculum. To learn more about the Palmer meeting, contact Sue Hamblen at For the Holy Comforter meeting, contact Deacon Bob Lowry at 281.229.0194 or

Register for THE Conference with Bishop Rob Wright, May 2-4
Bp. Rob Wright of Atlanta, joins Jamie Clark-Soles, author and professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, Dallas as keynoters for THE CONFERENCE on evangelism, stewardship and formation, May 2-4, 2014. Learn more and register here

The Episcopal Health Foundation Has Several Job Openings
EHF has openings for Communications Director, Director of Impact and Grants Director. Apply today!

More Upcoming Events

April 4 - Taizé in Dallas

April 5 - Lenten Quiet Day at St. James', Houston

April 6 - Little Church Club Meeting, Camp Allen

April 9 - Miroslav Volf at Christ Church Cathedral

April 11 - Piping Rock Singers at St. Thomas, Houston

April 27 - Wayne Kerr Concert at Trinity, The Woodlands

May 5 - Retreat for Retired Clergy, Spouses, and Retired Spouses

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Houston Church Uses Pottery to Engage Spirituality [more]

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Good Shepherding School for Lay Ministry Reopens in League City [more]

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