Because life at the Cathedral is filled with boundless opportunities, it’s easy to get involved. Like every group, you simply need to know the lay of the land and the way our organization is structured. Breaking what we do into segments — in this case councils — it’s much easier to get a handle on all that is going on.
We have eleven councils that oversee all the work that we do and they provide the leadership. Each council has a chair, a vestry representative and a staff liaison, along with approximately a dozen other members. All of the councils have lots of volunteer and participation opportunities.
To find out more about the councils, please contact the staff liaison listed below:
Adult Formation Council
The Adult Formation Council oversees programs designed to enable people from all sorts of backgrounds to live more deeply into their faith. Whether it is an adult class dealing with the current national economic situation, a retreat on the topic of forgiveness, or a community movie-viewing event after which theological reflection is done, the council works tirelessly to offer a wide range of classes and programs. It is the hope of the Adult Formation Council that in all that is offered, something will strike your interest and open you to the wonders of an active faith. Contact: Art Callaham, 713-590-3309, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Ministry Council
The Children’s Ministry Council is responsible for the spiritual care of the youngest of our members — infants through fifth graders. It includes the Sunday School program and many family-oriented special events and has a much broader concern for all the ways in which young children and families are supported. Contact: KariAnn Lessner, 713-590-3323 email@example.com.
Youth Ministries Council
The Youth Ministries Council encourages spiritual growth by sharing the love of Christ in community. This mission is accomplished through education, mission outreach and collaborative endeavors with other youth groups. Contact: Jeremy Bradley, 713-217-1349, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Life Council
The Community Life Council seeks to develop the sense of family among the members of the Cathedral. Its mission is to create and strengthen spiritual and social relationships through a variety of community-building activities such as Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Foyers (supper groups) and the Annual Parish Retreat. Contact: Eileen O’Brien, 713-590-3300, email@example.com.
Justice & Peace Council
The Justice & Peace Council is striving to address how we can, as a congregation, work toward justice and peace in our local community and act as a rallying point for downtown Houston. Its mission is to challenge the Cathedral community to live into its baptismal covenant “to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” Contact: Eileen O’Brien, 713-590-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome & Evangelism Council
The Welcome & Evangelism Council (W&E) is responsible for welcoming visitors and newcomers to Christ Church Cathedral as well as spreading the news of the Cathedral. This council’s members are for many people their first experience of the parishioners of the Cathedral. The W&E Council organizes activities such as the Greeters Program/Welcome Table and the Newcomers Welcome Dinners. Contact: Genevieve Razim, 713-220-9766, email@example.com.
Mission Outreach Council
The Mission Outreach Council is responsible for the ministry of Christ Church Cathedral to those beyond our membership, especially the poor. The work of the council falls into two general categories: outreach programs and mission trips. The outreach programs include such things as Christmas at the Cathedral. For more than eleven years its mission trips have been focused on housing and children’s ministry in Honduras. It has broadened its focus with a medical mission to the village where it has long served. Contact: Simón Bautista, 713-590-3337, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastoral Care Council
The Pastoral Care Council’s mission is to organize and provide compassionate and confidential emotional and spiritual support to the broader community of Christ Church Cathedral as we strive to experience and share the peace of God within. The council supports its ministry through organized groups such as Lay Pastoral Visitors, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Daughters of the King and Flower Ministry. Contact: Glenice Robinson-Como, 713-590-3319, email@example.com.
Religion & the Arts Council
The Religion & the Arts Council is responsible for exploring and developing ways to deepen our spiritual lives through the use of the arts. There are three things that are a part of every civilization that has been discovered, from cave dwellers to aboriginal Australians. Those three things are art, music and worship, and they bring something essential to touching the human spirit. This council helps others connect with the arts, which are often a window into the soul and a way to enter the mystery of God. Contact: Art Callaham, 713-590-3309, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stewardship Council oversees and guides the development of the resources necessary for the Cathedral to be responsive to the challenges and opportunities that God sets before us. This includes our annual Every Member Canvass (EMC) pledge drive, ongoing and year-round giving, planned giving through the Bishop Richardson Society and future capital campaigns. Contact: David Simpson, 713-590-3308, email@example.com.
Cathedral 20s & 30s
The Cathedral 20s & 30s ministry provides opportunities through programs and resources for young adults to explore ways to integrate their faith in their lives and through their life transitions. The group develops young adult leadership and ministry through resources and training programs to empower young adults and to strengthen their commitment to the Church. They advocate for fair and adequate representation by young adults throughout the life of Christ Church Cathedral, including all boards, councils and committees of the church. Further, they fully embrace young adults in our church and in our communities, addressing their needs and issues through a spirit of Christian fellowship, renewing and supporting the growth of the body of Christ. Contact: Jeremy Bradley, 713-217-1349, firstname.lastname@example.org.