Sacred resistance

 Rev. Dr. Matthew Russell, Senior Associate Pastor

Rev. Dr. Matthew Russell, Senior Associate Pastor

As the crisis involving children and families at our southern border continues, many of you have asked me how to engage in sacred resistance

In addition to prayer, here are three faithful responses I commend to you: 

1. Attend the vigil at 419 Emancipation Ave, organized by Dominican Family of Houston. Shifts are being scheduled 24/7. My family and I will be there, and I hope you will be too.

2. Participate in the Write to Reunite campaign, organized by the five United Methodist bishops of Texas. There is urgency in writing our state and congressional representatives so that children can be reunited with their parents.

3. In early July, St. Paul's will be offering an opportunity to hear from Lupe Mendez, who is a local teacher, writer, and activist here in Houston. He will share a brief history of U.S. immigration policy and invite us to a time of Q&A. More details coming soon.

St. Paul's Moms Summer Fun Day

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St. Paul’s Moms Summer Fun Day, Monday, June 25, 10 am-2 pm. Join us for brunch, fellowship, fun and possibly a movie. Please meet in the Jones Building Lobby at 10 am, and childcare is available. For more information, email Jennifer at

RSCM Summer Course

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For the sixth consecutive summer, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston will host the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Gulf Coast Course. 

Young singers from across the United States will come together for one week to learn Anglican choral music and present songs in a variety of sacred services, as well as a public concert. The Gulf Coast Course is an all-girls course, fostering lasting friendships and instilling a mutual love of sacred music. About 45 young women (ages 10–18) are expected to participate this year.

The 2018 course will be directed by Jonathan Vaughn from Christ Church in Greenwich, Connecticut. All of the week’s events are free and open to the public. Come hear the RSCM Gulf Coast Summer Course choristers sing! 

  • Thursday, June 28, 6 pm, RSCM presents Choral Evensong at South Main Baptist Church (4100 S. Main St.), featuring works by composer-in-residence, Philip Moore.
  • Friday, June 29, 1 pm, RSCM will give a concert at Houston Methodist Hospital (6565 Fannin St.) as part of the Margaret Alkek Williams Crain Garden Performance Series. 
  • Friday, June 29, 5:30 pm, Choral Evensong at St. Paul’s UMC (5501 Main St.), in celebration of Feast of St. Peter with works by Britten, Palestrina, and Gibbons. 
  • Saturday, June 30, 9 pm, Sung Compline service led by the trebles will be open to the public and held on the outdoor labyrinth at St. Paul’s UMC. 
  • Sunday, July 1, 11:05 am, Choral Eucharist at St. Paul’s UMC will feature the Houston premier of Philip Moore’s unpublished Missa por Ecclesia Cristus

“We are so excited for another great year, both musically and spiritually,” says Anna Teagarden, RSCM Course Manager and Director of Children’s Music at St. Paul’s UMC. “It is a privilege to continue the Anglican tradition with these young women.”

Amazing Parents, Amazing Kids

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Does your child have developmental, emotional, medical or learning differences? This parent group is designed to provide a time of connection and mutual support.  

First Sunday of every month 12:15-1:30 pm in J-204. Lunch and childcare provided. You do not have to be a member of St. Paul’s to attend.

The group is led by co-facilitators Helen Spaw, who holds a Masters in Art Therapy and Creativity from New York's Pratt Institute, and Jennifer West, who is working on a graduate degree in counseling.

RSVP and questions to Helen Spaw at

Coffee with the Pastors

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Are you new here? Join us for Coffee with the Pastors, a family-friendly time of coffee and conversations with our St. Paul’s clergy and others in the Jones Building Lobby.


Chapter One Book Group

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The book for discussion July 17 will be Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

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Chapter One Book Group is open to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing a wide variety of books. The group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in J-202.

The book for discussion at the next meeting, August 21, will be Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

To be added to the email list for group notifications, please contact Linda Harmes at

Michael Dowd: "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness"

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Rev. Michael Dowd will be the guest speaker for "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness," a weekend lecture presented by the Kerley Endowment for Spiritual Advancement and Understanding at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Rev. Dowd will speak on Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30 am–2:30 pm, and again on Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:45–11 am, in Fondren Hall. 

Tickets for Saturday's event are $20, which includes a choice of box lunch, and the Sunday session is free, but space is limited. Childcare is also available upon request. Register online today!

Michael Dowd is an evolutionary theologian. He calls himself “an evidential mystic, a sacred realist, a Christian naturalist.” He graduated with honors from Palmer Seminary and has served as a United Church of Christ minister. Now he travels as an “evangelist for evolution,”  inspiring and empowering people of all ages and theological orientations to know real freedom, to live in deepest integrity, and to fulfill their evolutionary mission.

Dowd’s latest book, “Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World,” has been endorsed by six Nobel Prize winners and will be for sale at the event.

Free parking is available across from the church at the corner of Binz and Fannin. Fondren Hall on the second floor of the Jones Building at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.