Exploring St. Paul's

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Choose a time (9:45 or 11:05 am) to attend Exploring St. Paul's. This gathering is for visitors and new members to learn about the St. Paul's community and ways to connect with each other and God. 

Chapter One Book Group

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The book for discussion March 20 will be The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman.

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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, April 17, will be A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

To be added to the email list for group notifications, please contact Linda Harmes at hblinda@hibit.com.

Iconoclast Sessions

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Iconoclast Session

Featured artists

Deborah “Deep” Mouton, Houston Poet Laureate
Houston’s current Poet Laureate is Deborah "DEEP" Mouton. She has published and performed poetry since the age of 19.  She released her first full-length album in 2009 titled "The Unfinished Work of a Genius." Her sophomore album, "Beautiful Rebellion," was released in 2015, exploring more socially themed poems. Deborah Mouton is Slammaster/Coach for the Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team and a high school English teacher.

Marlon “Marley” Lizama, Iconoclast Artist
Marlon “Marley” Lizama is a poet, writer, artist, author, and dancer who focuses on the cultural aspect of writing and the arts. He is the Co-founder of the Iconoclast Artists program that focuses on empowering youth in underserved schools and incarcerated youth through the arts. He is the Artist-in-Residence for St. Paul’s United Methodist in Houston, TX.  With the help of fellow educators, Marlon developed the “How to Teach High-Level Creative Writing to At-Risk Youth” curriculum, which aims to create creatives, writers, and young authors. Through Iconoclast, they are able to publish an anthology of poetry created by the students who have participated in this program. Marlon published his first book, Cue the Writer: Cheers to the Notion of Love, Hate, God, and Revolution, which is a collection of short stories and poetry from a young immigrant’s perspective, and launched his website MarlonLizamaPoetry.org. Marlon is the recipient of the 2015 John P. McGovern Award for distinguished activities in science, literature, arts and humanities. Through competitions, performances, poetry shows, and the U.S. Department of State, Marlon has traveled to more than 40 countries.  His work and ultimate mission is to use the arts as a tool to reach out and change perspective, environment, and lives.

SEARCH Coming Home: Restorative Community

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  To Volunteer Visit :   www.stpaulshouston.org/cominghome

St. Paul’s will host a 24 -week pilot project in Restorative Community for 10-14 of SEARCH Homeless Services clients on Tuesday evenings in Fondren Hall, starting April 3. 

The program is to create a safe space to build community among congregations and participants by offering friendship and support through a shared meal. The cornerstone of the program, this weekly meal generates a sense of belonging that fosters caring relationships and promotes healing.

All of SEARCH’s congregations are asked to provide one of these meals, volunteers to be welcome hosts who dine with the participants to help create community, and mentors offering friendship and encouragement throughout the program. Training and guidance for volunteers and mentors will be provided at St. Paul's on March 24.

If you are interested in serving with Coming Home or learning more, please email Merlene McAlevy  via mfmcalevy@gmail.com. For more about the genesis of this program, please see www.fordham.edu/info/27195/restorative_community

Palm Sunday Share

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On Palm Sunday, March 25, please bring new or gently  used men's clothing for donation to the Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC). Especially needed are

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  • men's pants (sizes 30-36)
  • belts
  • shoes

Please place your donations in the collection barrels at church entrances

Author Jesmyn Ward

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National Book Award winning and best-selling author Jesmyn Ward presents her latest book --  Sing, Unburied, Sing -- now available in paperback. Wednesday, May 16, at 7  pm in the Sanctuary.

To purchase tickets, please go to Brazos Book Store online or at 2421 Bissonnet.

Author Michael Ondaatje

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Booker-award-wining author Michael Ondjaate for The English Patient presents  his latest book, Warlight, at St. Paul's in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, May 23.

To purchase tickets, please go to Brazos Book Store on line or at 2421 Bissonnet.