|Interfaith Relations Newsletter||February 2011|
As we move into the month of February we have all had some time to implement our New Year's resolutions. This month I challenge you to consider how you can increase your understanding of the world's religious traditions. We have a city that rich in its diversity, and I encourage you to really get out and experience it. This spring we have many opportunities for you to get involved, meet new people, visit new places of worship, and learn about Houston's religious landscape. If you join us for one or more of these upcoming events, I guarantee you are going to learn something new and have a great time with other fantastic folks!
I would like to remind you about our exciting new partnership with The Houston Arts Alliance Sacred Songs, Sacred Sites program that provides exposure to Houston's diverse faith communities. We encourage you to learn all about the series here. The weekend extravaganza is coming up on February 26 and 27! Four faith communities will provide interactive experiences that present their traditional art, music, dance, poetry, storytelling, and cuisine. It is an event not to be missed! To learn more and register, click here.
We also have our first Women's Gathering of 2011 that will be at Jade Buddha Temple on February 24, 2011. These gatherings continue to bring women from a variety of faith backgrounds together to share a meal and discuss faith. All women are welcome! For more information and to register click here.
So resolve to come and join us. We are excited to bring you a great series of events that offer opportunities for you and your families to learn about Houston's religious communities. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Director of Interfaith Relations
| Spiritual Gathering for Women |
Jade Buddha Temple
February 24, 2011
Members of Houston's Jada Buddha Temple will share a brief 30 to 45 minute educational presentation on their beliefs and practices. Following the presentation attendees will engage in a question and answer session, communal meal and group discussion.
Sacred Songs, Sacred Sites
Join Interfaith Ministries and the Houston Arts Alliance for a series of visits to Houston area faith communities. Explore the artistic and cultural traditions that make each worship experience unique. Transportation will not be provided and there will be no shuttle service between sites.
Save the Date
Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!
Student led interfaith dinner dialogues!
Free Food, New Friends & Mutual Respect
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
in partnership with
The Emery/Weiner School
Thursday, March 3, 2011
9825 Stella Link
Houston TX 77025
All students ages 13-18 are encouraged to join!
For more information click here.
Faith and Cultural Bus Tour
March 12, 2011
6220 Westpark Drive
Houston TX 77057
Interfaith Ministries and The Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association invite you to visit a Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim faith community! All participants will experience Houston's booming Chinatown as we stop for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. If you would like to experience Houston's fantastic southwest community, meet new people, and have someone else navigate, this trip is for you!
To register click here.
| Dinner Dialogue in a Box|
Questions for Dinner Dialogue Groups
Many of you have let us know that you are continuing to meet with your Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue groups and we are thrilled to hear that great news! Each month you will find in this section a few discussion questions that you can use for your follow up meetings!
We would love to hear about how your groups are doing and any activities that you all choose to do together!
1. "Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul." --Abdu'l-Baha
Share with your group a time when the only way through a problem, situation, or life event was by way of relying on the love of God or loving someone else. Were you surprised by any part of this experience? Did you learn something new?
2. "Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the "Beloved". Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence." --Henri Nouwen
How do you through your spiritual practice, religious rituals, or sacred relationships fight the enemy of self-rejection? Who or what in your life continually reminds you that you are the "Beloved?"