Hines Center course to teach memoir writing

Beginning in September, the Hines Center will host a nine-week writing workshop with a focus on memoirs. This series of classes is offered in partnership with the Cathedral’s Adult Formation Council and Inprint Houston. The classes will begin following the upcoming appearance of memoirist Mary Karr, who will present her latest book, “The Art of [read more…]

Round up for annual Rally Day


Every year, Rally Day reunites our Cathedral community following the summer break and reorients us as a people engaged in the mission of God. Join us on Sunday, August 23, during the 10 o’clock hour in Reynolds Hall to explore how God might be calling to you to learn and grow in faith in the [read more…]

Day by day, the impact of mission

Two youth scrape old paint off a table

In July, the Cathedral sent a mission team of 15 high-school students and 12 adults to the Episcopal Diocese of Costa Rica, where they teamed up with Bishop Hectór Monterroso Gonzalez to aid impoverished communities in that country. Six members of the team kept diaries of their experiences, which follow below.

Øgaard takes new post, Czausz named organist

Sigurd Melvær Øgaard

Organist Sigurd Øgaard has been appointed as the new organist at Bergen Cathedral in his hometown of Bergen, Norway. Øgaard and his wife, staff singer Laurie Robertson, will leave for Norway in early September. Organ Scholar Monica Czausz will step into his post beginning September 1. For Øgaard, the opportunity to return to his homeland [read more…]

Cloister Gallery: City ArtWorks Student Exhibition

Student art from City ArtWorks program

City ArtWorks, a nonprofit arts-education organization offering programs for children ages 3–15, is holding a biennial exhibit of selected works of its young students in the Cloister Gallery in the month of August. An opening reception will be held Friday, August 7, from 6–8 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. This past year, more than 3,000 students [read more…]

Empowerment and change at The Beacon

An artist’s rendering shows planned greenspace for the Dunn Center.

The Gospel of Jesus is a story of redemption. Again and again, Jesus heals, uplifts, and forgives those in dire circumstances, and Jesus always follows this action by commanding and commending redeemed persons to go forth in newness of life, claiming their redemption. Jesus always empowers. Almost a decade ago, Christ Church Cathedral opened the [read more…]

Alston to lead community life, stewardship

Karen Alston

Dean Barkley Thompson is pleased to announce that Karen Alston will join the Cathedral ministry staff in July as the Minister for Community Life and Stewardship. Alston will work with the Community Life Council to provide opportunities for parishioners of all ages to engage in fellowship and grow into the body of Christ. Christian community [read more…]

Bishop, dean remark on marriage ruling

Dean Thompson: This is a historic day in American history, one that will bring joy to many and consternation to others. As initial heightened emotions temper, I hope and pray we will take the opportunity for deeper understanding of one another, particularly within the Christian community, where marriage is considered a covenant in addition to a contract …

Meet your pastoral care “shepherds”


On April 26, nine Cathedral members were commissioned by Dean Barkley Thompson through the Community of Hope training program as “The Shepherds of Christ Church Cathedral.” This training model was selected to support the pastoral care initiative of the Cathedral’s 2014–2015 Vision Action Plan. Under our new system for pastoral care support, lay leaders (called [read more…]

Cloister Gallery: Re-IMAGE-ing Mary Magdalene

Painting of Mary Magdalene

In the Cloister Gallery in the month of July, Brigid’s Place has invited artists from around the world to create original works of art that portray the Mary Magdalene who was a beloved friend to Jesus and a woman capable of turning “hearts toward the good.” For too many centuries, the story of Mary Magdalene has [read more…]

The Parish Choir welcomes you this summer

The Parish Choir in procession at Easter

The Parish Choir invites you to join its ranks any week this summer during the 9 o’clock Sunday Eucharist. No previous musical experience or long-term commitment is needed. Come to Sanders Hall by 8:20 a.m. on Sunday mornings for rehearsal. For more information, contact Canon for Music Robert Simpson at 713-590-3311.

Answer calls with hopes, concerns

A telephone sitting on a table

This summer, your vestry will be checking in with you to ask, “How are we doing?” From your perspective, how are things going at Christ Church? What excites you about the Cathedral’s ministries and programs? What pastoral concerns do you have, and what hopes might you share? Now through August, members of the vestry [read more…]

Quarterly update from the Vestry

The 2015 Cathedral Vestry

By Ted Dom, Junior Warden Once again, the Cathedral enjoyed an active and joyous Easter season. The Lenten Series presented compelling speakers who all drew good audiences. Holy Week services were spectacular, and our special thanks go to all organizers and participants — clergy, staff, and parishioners. The Vestry and the Hines Center Task [read more…]

Documentary series tackles social issues

Garbage pickers at the Ghazipur Landfill, New Delhi, India

This summer, the Justice and Peace Council will present a summer documentary series, “Pray, Learn, Act.” For three Wednesday evenings, all are invited to gather for a special Eucharist, followed by dinner and a documentary screening in Reynolds Hall. Each film will conclude with a question and answer session featuring local community organizations who are [read more…]