Adult Formation on Sundays

Sunday classes meet during the 10 o’clock Education Hour, unless otherwise specified. Weekday classes are also offered.

Dean’s Class

Job: The Trials of Humanity or God on Trial?

(January 12 and February 2–23) Job was a righteous man, and yet every possible malady befell him and he lost everything he held dear. Dean Thompson will lead us through the Book of Job, considering how different religions and cultures have interpreted the book. We’ll also look at the writings of Elie Wiesel, Archibald MacLeish, Leslie Weatherhead and Harold Kushner.

How We Got to Where We Are

(March 2) Canon Emeritus John Logan will regale us with Cathedral stories on Texas Independence Day, which is also the day of our 175th Anniversary Dinner.

Launching the Vision

(March 9) For eight months, the Cathedral’s Visioning Task Force and the vestry have been hard at work discerning the vision for our beloved Cathedral. Hundreds of Cathedral parishioners participated in the process through last fall’s visioning charrettes. Dean Thompson will discuss the exciting vision for the next chapter in the Cathedral’s life.

Understanding Human Trafficking

(March 23) Houston is a major U.S. hub for human trafficking. Maria Trujillo, executive director of Houston Rescue and Restore, and Constance Rossiter, director of Houston’s Trafficked Persons Assistance Program, will help us to understand the problem and what we might do to help.

The Spirituality of Music

(March 30, April 27 and May 11–18) From its beginnings, the church has always incorporated music into its liturgy. Guest speakers will present various musical settings, including jazz, choral and contemplative, as well as creative settings of traditional hymns. As we engage these differing styles, we will discover how churches are using music to tell the story of God’s redemptive love.

The Worldwide Reach of Episcopal Relief and Development

(April 6) Episcopal Relief and Development sows grace across the globe, responding to natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes as well as funding development projects to alleviate poverty and render communities sustainable. We are privileged to welcome ERD President Dr. Robert Radtke to share more about the group’s good work.

Basics of the Faith

This workshop is open to any adult interested in joining the Episcopal Church or to anyone wanting a great refresher course about the church. It concludes with Confirmation on May 11. To register, contact Anne Shepard at 713-590-3301.

Parenting Class

This fall, the Parenting Class will read and discuss two books by Dr. Leonard Sax. In Boys Adrift, Sax explains why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home and he presents practical solutions. In Girls on the Edge, Sax argues that many girls today have a brittle sense of self and he offers tools to build independence and confidence. We’ll also spend two weeks discussing The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto by Brené Brown.

Exploring the Connections

The class will read Brian D. McLaren’s book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World. In group discussions, class members will learn from one another and provide a space for those interested in progressive Christianity to explore and grow. Facilitators are Bob Baker, Elaine Krause and Lucy Wagner.

“Falling Upward” and More Rohr

The class will continue the study and discussion of the writings of Franciscan monk Richard Rohr, looking particularly at Falling Upward. This book postulates that there are two halves to life: the first being the half in which we build our career, family and home, and the second (usually initiated by a stressful event) being when we “fall upward” into our true selves and into the loving arms of God. This class is facilitated by Larry Boyd.

Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation is a class to learn and practice a form of prayer as taught by Jesus. There is a teaching, the experience of meditation and a closing including prayer and scripture. The class is open to all, regardless of experience.