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…]

Donate clothes, glasses, shoes at LOTS clothing drive July 12

Pile of clothes

On Sunday, July 12, the Mission Outreach Council will conduct a clothing and eyeglass donation drive during the Summer Place fellowship hour. Donations will benefit Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church (LOTS), a mission church that ministers to Houston’s homeless. On that same Sunday morning, a team of Cathedral volunteers will cook breakfast for [read more…]

Learn new dance moves at July 17 Family Night


On Friday, July 17, all are invited to join the Spanish-speaking community of the Cathedral for a night of dancing from 6–8:30 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. Don’t know how to dance? No worries, we will teach you. Bring your family and friends and join us for a potluck supper starting at 6 p.m. Dinner will [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.

Cloister Gallery: Rona Lesser

Detail of "Yellowstone" by Rona Lsser

Houston art educator Rona Lesser’s landscapes emphasize the color, light, and beauty of nature, as well as a deep spirituality. Her works will be presented during the month of June in the Cloister Gallery, with an opening artist’s reception held June 5 from 6–8 p.m. Lesser has been painting and drawing for over 30 years and [read more…]

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…]