Cathedral hosts annual Service of Prayer for Christian Unity

Ecumene (also spelled œcumene or oikoumene) is a term originally used in the Greco-Roman world to refer to the inhabited universe. It has now come to mean belonging to the universal church. The church is portrayed as a boat afloat on the sea of the world with the mast in the form of a cross. These early Christian symbols of the church embody faith and unity, the message of the ecumenical movement. This image has also become logo for the World Council of Churches, a worldwide fellowship of churches formed in 1948 seeking unity, a common witness, and Christian service, and founder of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Credit: Photograph by Leo Reynolds from St. Nicholas Anglican parish church of Blakeney in Norfolk, England

Christian worship traditions – some familiar to Episcopalians and others perhaps not-so-known – have been thoughtfully structured into an ecumenical (belonging to a universal Christian church) experience of music and prayer for the upcoming Unity Service, hosted at the Cathedral on Wednesday, January 18, at 7 p.m., following a special Evensong at 6:30 p.m. This [read more…]

VBS in the midst of the city a happy success

VBS olympians enter 3_no nametags

Bobsled racing, ice skating, and a flurry of snowball tossing turned Sanders Hall into an Olympic venue as part of programming at Vacation Bible School, held June 6-9. The spirited games were among the many activities, lessons, and projects meant to interpret and reinforce the program’s message: “Faith is like a muscle. You have to [read more…]

In the Cloister Gallery: Experiments in Watercolor

Cloister Gallery

The exhibition in June of Joe Synan’s artwork reflects his lifelong passion for being outdoors — and a special place in his heart for the wilderness. His formal education has been in architecture, engineering, and theology, so his paintings occasionally feature a built object, such as an historic lighthouse, an Irish Castle, or a classic spiritual [read more…]

Picnic en el Parque has a new date: Saturday, Aug. 6

picnic in the park pavilion

Let’s try again, shall we? The parish-wide Picnic en el Parque, hosted by the Cathedral’s Spanish-speaking community, has been rescheduled to Saturday, Aug. 6, in Hermann Park at the Fannin Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (A map of the park indicates the venue is located near the southwest corner of the park.) [read more…]

Seeing red about area parking?

parking meter detail

Construction downtown is altering routes to the Cathedral and parking availability near the campus. Please be aware of parking changes indicated by bagged meters and other signage, which may be in effect on Sundays. The Cathedral continues to have a Sunday Morning drop-off zone for parishioners of limited mobility on Texas Avenue.

Canon Emeritus receives honorary doctorate

john logan closeup

The Rev. John A. Logan Jr. received an honorary doctorate of divinity at the Seminary of the Southwest’s 65th commencement earlier this week. Logan was recognized for his “63 years as a devoted priest, respected preacher and teacher, and carrier of the Gospel to the streets” and for tirelessly serving the Episcopal Church of Texas with [read more…]

Mothers and caregivers gain a summer camp program of their own

Hines mama happy trip

Remember summer fun at day camp when you were a child? You can have that again! In June, “When Mama’s Happy Camp” at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer will offer mothers and other caregivers two ways to gain a variety of whole life balance insights, practices, and tools. A daytime session for those [read more…]

How’re we doing? Comfort Calls from Vestry members have started

comfort phone

Vestry members will be reaching out to parish members during the annual Comfort Calls program, which begins June 1. These telephone calls are intended to inspire a conversation about your Cathedral, and not just answer a set of questions. In the words of Dean Barkley Thompson, “This is truly an opportunity for the congregation to [read more…]

Are you game? New classes teach bridge for beginners

bridge lesson promo

Learn to play bridge over the summer at a series of lessons offered by dedicated parishioners in the Cathedral’s bridge group. Classes for beginners will meet on Wednesdays, June 8, July 6, and Aug. 3, 6:30-8 p.m. in the McGehee Conference Room. Ask a bridge player about the card game’s timeless appeal and they’ll tell you [read more…]

Summer Place offers Food for Thought

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Summer Place returns to the 10 o’clock hour on Sundays, May 29 through Aug. 28, in Reynolds Hall to give the congregation a place to gather and mingle in the absence of Sunday School and Adult Education. Each week, a different ministry council of the Cathedral will highlight its mission while hosting the Cathedral community. Refreshments [read more…]

Prayers, Pajamas and Parks

compline bat bridge

Compline & Pajamas, a new program offered by the Cathedral’s Children’s Ministry Council, is a series of evening prayer services this summer that invites families to come together, stay connected, share their hearts, and experience some of the city’s natural world attractions. Here’s the venue rundown for the services, which start at 7:30 p.m.:

Annual Parish Report

Annual Meeting

Read the printed report presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 24, 2016.

An Early History in Photographs: Now on View in McGehee Conference Room

Members of the choir stand in a courtyard at the side of the 1893 church

The exhibit “Christ Church Cathedral: An Early History in Photographs” features rare photographs from the collection housed at the Houston Public Library Texas Room. Originally on view during the 175th anniversary of Christ Church Cathedral, the exhibition is now permanently installed in the McGehee Conference Room. This exhibit is funded by the Thomas Woodward Houghton Memorial Endowment. [read more…]