31 08, 2018

The Hijab and The Cross, by Anne Whitlock

2018-08-31T09:39:54-05:00August 31st, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

In 2016, as the new founding director tasked with creating a connected community in Gulfton/Sharpstown with four non-profits – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, KIPP Public Schools, YMCA and Legacy Community Health – I spent the first several months meeting everyone I could. But what I heard over and over was, “You need to meet Cece and Sara.” Who were they? How could they help me in my quest to understand what makes the neighborhood tick? Well, I got my first taste when I co-led a parent session at KIPP:CONNECT with the City of Houston Planning department to [...]

31 08, 2018

Race and Culture

2018-08-31T09:32:34-05:00August 31st, 2018|All blogs|0 Comments

Our inside-out habits: We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. Friends, this Sunday I look forward to introducing you to Dr. Maria Dixon-Hall, preaching in our morning worship services. Dr. Dixon-Hall is an African American United Methodist pastor on the faculty of SMU. I heard Dr. Hall at the meeting of the Texas Annual Conference, speaking about cultural intelligence, and she is a powerful speaker. She was invited by the parents of the students in the SAE fraternity, expelled for singing a racist song [...]

24 08, 2018

A Bridge Across Faiths

2018-08-24T08:53:57-05:00August 24th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Tina Melo left Houston in late August to watch the solar eclipse in Tennessee. That’s also where she watched Hurricane Harvey tear through Houston. Filled with survivor’s guilt, she returned to a damage-free home. She and her daughter signed up for a shift volunteering at St. Luke’s to support the Red Cross. Days later, the Red Cross moved on to the next location, and Tina went back to work, but there was so much more to be done. What else could she do? Her childhood friend, Debra, called from Seattle where she sits on the board for the [...]

24 08, 2018

A Year Ago

2018-08-24T08:49:57-05:00August 24th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Our inside-out habits: We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Sometimes, it seems like much more distant past than one year ago. Sometimes, it seems like it was just yesterday. Many of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing, a newsreel that we can play back in our minds. I wondered if Dee and I would be stuck in Los Angeles after a week with our daughter, and while everyone else was escaping Houston, we [...]

17 08, 2018

Building Bridges, by Bob Eury

2018-08-17T09:02:05-05:00August 17th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

My wife always calls me “Bob the bridge builder” and I have never really thought much about it. Pursuing a profession or perhaps obsession for city building all my life (including building cities in my back yard as a kid—pity my poor parents) has been one of the most rewarding and enriching gifts one can experience.  The opportunity to work with so many people from so many walks of life - people with means or without, the powerful and the unempowered, those of all races, gender and age, those of many faiths or no faith, of widely differing [...]

17 08, 2018

Respect

2018-08-17T09:04:18-05:00August 17th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Our inside-out habits: We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER God of us all, I feel like there is fracturing all around me. We are pulling apart, separating into camps, •  unable to see any truth or goodness in people with whom we disagree, •  unwilling to give certain others the benefit of the doubt, •  quickly sizing up the color of the jersey of people we meet, •  speaking much but listening little, •  failing to see others as part [...]

10 08, 2018

Whatever Is Excellent, by Jennifer Boubel

2018-08-10T15:05:55-05:00August 10th, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Excellence. A word we hear often and maybe at times even become too casual with our use of it. Merriam Webster defines excellence as, “eminently good.” In every aspect of our lives there is the opportunity to focus on excellence. I think of my Mom who makes every person who walks into her home feel loved and welcomed. Of course, that happens with a warm hug and a listening ear. It also comes from the thoughtfulness in which she hosts a guest. Whether they pop in unexpectedly or she has been planning for their arrival for weeks, every [...]

10 08, 2018

Is it my best?

2018-08-10T14:59:07-05:00August 10th, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER Gracious God, Today, I want to see the amazing gifts all around me. The letter of James reminds me that "every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights..." (1:17) I know what is the proper response to a gift - to appreciate it, to enjoy it, to experience it fully, and most of all to be grateful for it. This very day is that kind of gift, coming down for me from your gracious and generous nature. I pray for a heart and mind to receive [...]

3 08, 2018

Whatever is Beautiful, by Kathryn King Coleman

2018-08-03T11:13:33-05:00August 3rd, 2018|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

What determines beauty? Is it intrinsic, as in the beauty of a rose in full bloom, or the giggle of a delighted baby at the silly antics of a parent? Or is it “in the eye of the beholder” - totally subjective, determined by the individual - the reason some prefer Mozart to Stravinsky, symmetry to asymmetry? On Sundays we are surrounded by beauty: majestic organ music filling our Sanctuary, a family’s joy during an infant baptism, 100 voices blended in choral song, friendly faces wreathed in smiles, the corporate affirmation of our beliefs. And it is easy [...]

3 08, 2018

In the Eye of the Beholder

2018-08-03T08:58:51-05:00August 3rd, 2018|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of everything good, Your Scripture tells us that "no one can see God." (1 Timothy 6:16). Sometimes, though, when I see something incredibly amazing and beautiful, I wonder if maybe I have seen you after all. Yes, God, I can hear your warning now. I know I must be careful not to confuse you - the creator, with things of the world -- your creation. The pagans worshipped the forces of creation as if they were gods themselves, and I don't want to do that. Instead, I love and worship you, the one who [...]