The Border in Crisis and Houston Responds: Art Exhibit and Educational Forum

September 20 & 21
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Aurora Art Gallery
129 Aurora, in the Heights
“The Power of Hope: Refugee Art Reflections,” a traveling art exhibit, will be presented at the Aurora Art Gallery. The Rev. Dr. Helen Boursier of San Antonio worked with mothers and children held at the Karnes Family Detention Center in 2015 -2016 and helped them explore—through art—the trauma that they suffered while in detention. Rev. Boursier will speak, and there will be a silent auction of donated works by local artists in support of Team Brownsville and the Interfaith Welcome Coalition (IWC) in San Antonio. Wine and cheese will be served.

Educational Forum:
Saturday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
at Faith Lutheran Church, 4600 Bellaire.
Keynote speaker: Hope Frye, immigration attorney from San Francisco and co-founder of Project Lifeline, will share what she has witnessed at detention centers, including Tornillo and Homestead, and her work seeking to implement the Flores Agreement which governs children being held in detention.
A light lunch will be provided. For information, contact Rebecca Shields.

Scriptural Reasoning

Wednesday, September 25
6:30 p.m. in the parish hall
Pastor Larson and Fatih Ozcan of Houston’s Blue Mosque will give an orientation to the Scriptural Reasoning program. Interested participants will register for the monthly program. Scriptural reasoning was developed at Cambridge University, UK, and has gone global as a wonderful and practical way of sharing our scriptures in small groups. In a group no larger than 14, half Christian and half-Muslim, we read similar texts from the Bible and the Qur’an side by side and share what they mean to us. Light food and good fellowship accent the experience of growing together as Abrahamic cousins in faith and friendship. You can register for the monthly small group programs—hosted in homes or elsewhere—after the orientation on September 25.

Blues, Brews, and Good News Returns September 27, 7:00 p.m.

It’s back. After the summer break, Blues, Brews, and Good News returns to its every fourth Friday slot with great music by The Healers and provocative topical discussions. Oh, and outstanding craft beer choices!
Our topic this month syncs up with the ELCA’s resolution as a denomination that we are a “Sanctuary” Church. We’ll discuss what “sanctuary” means
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Caring and Carrying On through Cancer Workshop

Saturday, September 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
presented by CanCare in the parish hall
We are all touched by cancer, either through a loved one’s diagnosis or certainly within our friendship circles and our congregation. Come hear from two fabulous speakers about cancer’s effect on body, mind and spirit, and learn ways we can better support our loved ones through the cancer experience. This free workshop is sponsored by our Community of Hope lay chaplains and Cancare, Inc., and is open to ALL interested persons. Please RSVP.
Presenters:
Pat Hogan, Director of Training for CanCare, Inc., Psychologist, cancer survivor, and formerly on the faculty of the Texas Institute of Family Psychiatry.
Rev. Tommy Thompson, Program Director of Hospital Missions at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, and former COO and Vice President of CanCare, Inc.

Small Group Book Study: Shameless, A Sexual Reformation

Wednesdays, 6:00 -7:15 p.m.
September 11-October 16
Join us for a book study at church and from afar via Zoom. This six-week book study will read Nadia Bolz-Weber’s 2019 book “Shameless: A Sexual Reformation”. Some of the topics she tackles in this book are: Adam and Eve story, church history influences on LGBTQ acceptance, abortions, sexual trauma, divorce, and purity culture. The book is available in hard copy and eBook. Please read ch. 1-2 for the first meeting. This book study will be a safe space for all thoughts and opinions on these topics. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Pastor Karin Liebster to RSVP.