Craven-Wilson Lecture presents Dr. Malcolm Guite

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Poet Malcolm Guite

Poet Malcolm Guite

Poet and singer-songwriter Dr. Malcolm Guite will present the 2014 Craven-Wilson Lecture. Also a chaplain and teacher at University of Cambridge, he is the author of several books on literature and theology, and he lectures widely in the United Kingdom and North America.

In the weeks surrounding his lecture at St. Paul’s, he will be Artist in Residence at Duke Divinity School, a visiting fellow at St. John College in Durham, NC, and lead an artists retreat at Laity Lodge in Texas.

Among his books are The Singing Bowl; Sounding the Seasons: Poetry for the Christian Year; Faith, Hope, and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination; and What Do Christians Believe?

His musical recordings include The Green Man, a collection of songs inspired by everything from a feel for the threatened English countryside to a passionate love of Blues and Americana. Songs range from lyrical love poetry to righteous rocking and carry echoes of, and allusions to, the poets and song-writers who have helped form Malcolm’s imagination.

For more information about Dr. Guite, please see his blog:

As part of a Faith and the Arts series, he also will be in a Compline service at 7 p.m. that evening and a Poetry Slam with Marlon Lizama at 7 p.m. Monday evening, October 20.

About the Lectureship
The Craven-Wilson Lectureship was endowed by the late Evie Jo Craven Wilson in memory of her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. W.A. Craven, and her husband, Arthur Wilson. The purpose was to give United Methodists and others in the Houston area the opportunity to hear inspiring messages by influential church leaders.

Iconoclast Poetry Exchange

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Poets Malcolm Guite of Cambridge, England, and Marlon Lizama of Houston will read their poetry in Fondren Hall at 7 p.m. Monday, October 20.

Poet and singer-songwriter Guite also is a chaplain and teacher at University of Cambridge and the author of several books on literature and theology. Among his books are 
The Singing Bowl, Sounding the Seasons: Poetry for the Christian Year; and What do Christians Believe?
His musical recordings include The Green Man, a collection of songs inspired by everything from a feel for the threatened English countryside to a passionate love of Blues and Americana.

Coming to the United States at age nine, raised by a single mother and two older brothers in an “at risk” neighborhood, only positive alternatives would save his life. The subculture of Hip Hop was the first alternative, gradually morphing into poetry and working in 
“at risk” areas worldwide. 
His primary goal is to spread arts, going back to the power of words for self-discovery, the power of movement, the power of community. 
He is Artistic Coordinator with the Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center and began working with St. Paul’s Youth.

This presentation is part of a Faith and the Arts series by and for the community from St. Paul's.

American Guild of Organists Presents Ben Sheen

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The American Guild of Organists and St. Paul’s present Benjamin Sheen in concert at St. Paul’s on Tuesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The concert is free of charge.

Considered one of the UK’s brightest young organists, Sheen is winner of the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition and awarded Second Place at the 2013 St. Alban’s International Organ Competition. He earned his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York and is Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York.

Sheen began his musical education as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, where he took up the organ at age 10. By age 13 he became the youngest person ever to give a recital in the cathedral’s Sunday evening series.

While at Eton College, to which he was awarded a musical scholarship, Sheen gave several recitals across the UK, including Liverpool Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and York Minster as well as appearing a number of times in the Windsor Festival as a soloist. He toured the United States with the Eton College Choir and also gave a number of solo concerts in New York, Denver, Washington, and Princeton University.

For three years, Sheen held the position of organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where he was responsible for daily service playing as well as occasionally conducting the renowned cathedral choir. While studying at Oxford, Ben combined his position as organ scholar at the cathedral with a busy solo career, which led him to numerous performances in cathedrals and concert halls across the UK, as well as further afield in Australia and Germany.

Recently, he has given several performances of his own transcription of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as several concerto performances of Guilmant and Poulenc. Ben has made appearances on BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio 3 with Christ Church Cathedral Choir. He has also collaborated with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Nicholas Cleobury and Duisburg Philharmonie with Jonathan Darlington.

Sheen is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning the Limpus, Durrant, and Frederick Shinn prizes, and was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal for 2011.

Represented by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, Sheen is generously supported by the Hattori Foundation and the Rotary Club of the USA. His website:

This presentation is part of a Faith and the Arts series by and for the community from St. Paul's.

Chapter One Book Group

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Tonight's book for discussion will be *Americanah by Chimamando Ngozi Adichie.

Chapter One Book Group is open to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing a wide variety of books. The group meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in J-202. To be added to the email list, please contact Linda Harmes at


The author was featured with this book during the 2013-14 Houston InPrint season. Accolades include: One of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year, An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago TribuneBest Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Nonfiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Good Reads Best of the Year pick.

Tour Historic Cathedral in Galveston

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The mother church of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese -- and Texas -- St. Mary Basilica Cathedral, survived the 1900 Galveston storm, providing sanctuary to many survivors, but was closed by Hurricane Ike in 2006. After extensive renovation, the cathedral was re-opened with the first public mass in the renovated structure by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo in April 2014.

Salt & Light will tour the “new” cathedral on Wednesday, October 22, leaving St. Paul’s at 9:30 a.m. A self-pay lunch will be eaten at a Landry's restaurant. Other treats also may be in store for the day.

RSVP by October 20 to 713-528-0527 or

Fall Family Festival

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One of our most popular annual events is the Fall Family Festival. this year it's Sunday, October 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Jones Plaza plus playground and the Jones Building.

There will be plenty of great activities for all ages -- games,moonwalks, pony rides, face-painting, pumpkin decorating, prizes, and food. Children, youth, and even adults are encouraged to wear costumes to add to the fun.

Activity and concessions tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

A large number of volunteers are needed to help with set-up and 40-minute shifts at the game and craft booths. Sunday School classes and other groups or families are invited to decorate and staff a tent or canopy for trick-or-treating or to sponsor an activity booth. To support this event, please use the sign-up poster in the Jones Building foyer or email Ellen Edwards at

This festival unites the whole St. Paul's family for fellowship and fun. Bring your friends and neighbors, too. Monetary donations help defray the cost for the children of St. Paul's After-School Program to attend as our guests. 


Willing Friends Annual Luncheon

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The annual Willing Friends luncheon honors individuals who have included St. Paul's Foundation or St. Paul's United Methodist Church in their estate plans. This year's luncheon will feature a special treat by St. Paul's Director of Music, Dr. Paolo Bordignon. He will share his experience traveling to Leipzig and Berlin as part of his doctoral studies.

Being One: A Marriage Seminar

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A marriage seminar, “Being One,” for engaged and newly married couples, will be conducted at St. Paul’s on Saturday, November 8 , from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Seminar leaders are Dr. Sherry Beeman and Dr. Bill Kerley. Married to each other, each also is a former president of the Houston Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

This seminar fulfills the “Twogether in Texas” marriage education requirements. It is free of charge for couples who have been or who are scheduled to be married at St. Paul’s. For others, the fee is $60.  Lunch included.

For more information or to register, contact Kat Denton via 713-528-0527 or 

Brochure with more information.