Bill Walterman: Why Sundays in Deep East Texas

A woman stands at the front of a congregation, raising her hands in prayer while another woman kneels

In the Cloister Gallery during the month of February, photographer Bill Walterman will present images from his series: “Why Sundays in Deep East Texas.” An artist’s reception will be held Friday, February 13, from 6–8 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. Through this series, Walterman attempts to portray the collective spirit of several small African American congregations [read more…]

Weekly Way of the Cross observance follows Jesus through his suffering, death

Jesus takes up his Cross

The Lenten journey invites us to follow the path of the Lord as he travels the way of self-examination, of self-denial, and of self-discovery. Throughout many centuries, it has given Christians the opportunity to bring their call to follow Christ into sharper focus by eliminating from their lives some of the “spiritual clutter” with which [read more…]

Young adults to slow down, build up at weekend retreat

Young adults hold a worship service outdoors at the 2013 retreat.

Once a year, the Cathedral 20s & 30s gather together at a place that is away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. There our young adults can slow down, build their faith, and grow in fellowship more deeply. The annual retreat weekend features a facilitator who will lead the group in discussion and [read more…]

Hellmann, Barrow, Webb honored at annual meeting

Dean Thompson presents the Dean's Cross to Harry Webb alongside Senior Warden David Kirkland

Three leaders of Christ Church Cathedral were honored at the annual parish meeting on January 18. In his “State of the Cathedral” address, Dean Barkley Thompson announced that the Endowment Board recently renamed the Legacy Fund for Cathedral Preservation in memory of former Cathedral senior wardens Tom Barrow and Stuart Hellmann. The board established the [read more…]

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper clears pantry before start of Lent


We’ve just come through the time of year when many of us enjoy recipes that we connect with a person or place and, because of those associations, bring us comfort. Maybe it’s a grandmother’s chestnut and sausage dressing with that right hint of sage on Thanksgiving, or a dear friend’s perfectly spiced black-eyed peas for [read more…]

Five noted speakers to explore topic of penitence, forgiveness in Lenten series

Miroslav Volf at the Lenten Series

The “Invitation to a Holy Lent” in the Ash Wednesday service reminds us that “all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.” This year’s Robert C. Stuart Lenten Series seeks to explore this mandate in a program entitled “Restored to Fellowship: Reconciled by Penitence and Forgiveness.” This year’s speakers include: Pastor Juanita RasmusFebruary [read more…]

Family Night returns Feb. 13

People sit at tables in a room and look toward a speaker

Whether you are a Spanish-speaker or you are developing your Spanish skills, you are invited to Family Night (Noche Familiar) on Friday, February 13, from 6–8:30 p.m. in the McGehee Conference Room. The theme for this evening will be Bread of Life (El Pan de Vida). As a multigenerational community, we will gather to put [read more…]

Annual Parish Report

Read the printed report presented at the Annual Parish Meeting on January 18, 2015.

The Beauty of Landscapes: Linda Dellandre and Liz Czerewaty

Detail of painting by Liz Czerewaty

Linda Dellandre and Liz Czerewaty, whose works will be exhibited in the Cloister Gallery from December 31 through February 1, are primarily landscape painters. An opening reception for the show will be held Friday, January 9, from 6–8 p.m. Dellandre, who has had a 30-year career in fine arts, paints her observations of nature both [read more…]

Wednesday-evening bilingual service to begin January 21

Golding Chapel

Christ Church Cathedral is delighted to announce an expansion of our worship life. On January 21, we will initiate a weekly Wednesday-evening bilingual Eucharist in English and Spanish from 6–6:30 p.m. in the Golding Chapel. This simple Rite II Eucharist, which will take the place of Evening Prayer on Wednesday nights, will include a short [read more…]

Quarterly update from the Vestry

2014 Vestry

The final quarter of our 175th anniversary year has found your vestry overseeing an exciting array of projects promising yet another productive era for our Cathedral. During this quarter, we have seen five of the six visioning initiatives take off, with development of an additional weekend worship opportunity set to [read more…]

Concert to feature old hymns set to new music

Matthew Smith

Jesus says it’s a bad idea to put new wine into old wineskins. That’s good advice. But, have you ever wondered what would happen if you did the opposite? What is the potential of taking something old, something venerable, something timeless and wrapping it in the new? Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace think it’s infinite. [read more…]

End-of-year guidelines for gifts to the Cathedral

God is in the midst of the city (Psalm 46)

We are grateful for all gifts given to the Cathedral, but we realize that end-of-year giving has distinct advantages; so we are reminding you of deadlines that will keep all of us in good stead with the IRS. Postmarks are imperative to the Internal Revenue Service to claim a 2014 tax deduction. The Cathedral must [read more…]

Vestry endorses Unity in Mission Task Force recommendation

Concluding a six-month study process, at its December meeting the Vestry unanimously endorsed the recommendation of the Cathedral Unity in Mission Task Force with the following resolution: “Along with the Cathedral Unity in Mission Task Force, we, the Vestry of Christ Church Cathedral, ‘embrace together our central core belief in the saving grace of Jesus [read more…]

Hines Center to open in fall 2015

A four-story office building on the corner of a block

The Vestry of Christ Church Cathedral is pleased to announce the approval of the Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality & Prayer. Named to honor the legacy of the former Christ Church rector, later the fourth Bishop of Texas and 22nd Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Hines Center’s mission is as follows: [read more…]

Longest Night service offers consolation, healing

A lit candle in the dark

One of the greatest acts of pastoral care in the Advent season is to offer a service for those grieving a loss. This year we will hold a service on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, Sunday, December 21, at 3 p.m. in the Cathedral. This service acknowledges our suffering and grief [read more…]

Mission trip to Costa Rica planned

Seal of Diocese of Costa Rica

The Cathedral is reestablishing its short-term international missions by teaming up with the Diocese of Costa Rica for a trip July 5–12, 2015. Fifteen high-school students and 12 adults will join Bishop Hectór Monterroso Gonzalez in Costa Rica for a multi-generational mission trip that will also serve as the summer’s high-school mission trip. At the [read more…]

Dean’s Book Club selections

Cover of "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr

The Dean’s Book Club discusses a different book each month, including novels, nonfiction, and books on spirituality and faith. Books are selected by the group and are available for purchase from the Cathedral Bookstore. All are welcome. The club meets in the McGehee Conference Room from 6:30–8 p.m. as follows: Wednesday, November 5“No Great Mischief” [read more…]

How Goes the Vision? An Update on our Vision Action Plan (Video)

Dean Thompson stands behind a lectern

Dean Thompson reviews progress to-date and previews the exciting developments to come within the six initiatives of the Vision Action Plan developed earlier this year: Pastoral Care, Community Life, Welcome and Evangelism, Outreach, Worship, and the Spirituality Center. Watch on YouTube Download the Vision Plan (PDF)