Training offered for new pastoral care volunteers


The pastoral care office will host a Community of Hope class this fall to train new volunteers interested in joining the Shepherds, the team of lay pastoral caregivers that was commissioned earlier this spring. The Community of Hope training model is shaped by Benedictine spirituality. Through spiritual formation and practical lessons on care giving, [read more…]

Childcare center to see changes this fall

Two young children playing in a childcare center

As the fall semester begins at Christ Church, you’ll see a few changes on Sunday mornings for children, including a new childcare center supervisor, new registration and check-in procedures, and new children’s Bibles available in the church pews. Elizabeth Cuevas has been hired as the supervisor of the Childcare Center, and will be introducing a [read more…]

Bolz-Weber, Karr to present new works

Nadia Bolz-Weber

The Bible is filled with strange and sometimes circuitous paths to faith. David is anointed while tending his father’s sheep to become King of Israel and Judah; Amos is called from dressing sycamore trees to deliver God’s prophecy; and Mary Magdalene is healed of seven demons to become one of the first to receive the [read more…]

Cloister Gallery: Jennifer Aden

Detail of "Dawn" by Jennifer Aden

From September 4–30, local artist Jennifer Aden will present a series of watercolor paintings. “As an artist,” she says, “I bring to the paper three ingredients: thought, paint and water. As the colors journey through the water, they create a life of their own. I strive to convey to the viewer the emotion and feeling [read more…]

Will you extend the invitation?

The expression of faith found at Christ Church Cathedral is too good not to share. Invite a neighbor, friend, or family member to church on September 20 for Invitation Sunday. Every Sunday is a good time to invite someone, but this global event provides focus and intention to our promise made at baptism to share [read more…]

Celebrate Hispanic culture, contributions at Fiestas Patrias

A man and woman in colorful traditional clothing

The traditional Fiestas Patrias celebration at Christ Church is one of many activities held throughout the city of Houston and throughout this nation to honor the presence, heritage, culture, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. Our Fiestas Patrias event on Saturday, September 19, is key to the Cathedral’s celebration of [read more…]

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…]

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.

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…]

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…]

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…]