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Iconoclast: Poetry * Imagination * Community

  • St. Paul's United Methodist Church 5501 Main St Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)

An evening of poetry and community, Iconoclast will bring together Kerley Lecturer J. Pittman McGehee and Houston poet Lupe Mendez to further explore Spirituality and Imagination. This event will be in Fondren Hall.

J. Pittman McGehee

The Kerley Lecture for Spiritual Advancement and Understanding brings the former Dean of Christ Church Cathedral J. Pittman McGehee back to Houston on January 20 for a lecture addressing Spirituality and Imagination. That lecture is co-sponsored by Christ Church Cathedral and The Jung Center.

From the cathedral, in 1991 McGehee became the director of The Institute for the Advancement of Psychology and Spirituality. The Institute joins the disciplines of psychology and religion by exploring the concept that mental health comes with the integration of the biological, psychological, and spiritual elements of the human condition. 

Currently in private practice as a priest/psychoanalyst and teacher/lecturer, based in Austin, he is an adjunct lecturer at The University of Texas, an adjunct instructor at Saybrook University in California, and a Faculty Member of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.  

In addition to his teaching and prose writing, McGehee is known for his poetry. His work has been chosen for the juried Houston Poetry Fest, and his poems “Ash Wednesday,” “Pegasus,” and “Semination” were published in the Poetry Fest Anthology. His poems also have appeared in the Cimarron Review, theAnglican Theological Review, the St. Luke’s Journal, plus In ArtCiteWindhover, and New Texasmagazines.

Lupe Mendez

Mendez works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, the Word Around Poetry Tour, and the Brazilian Arts Foundation to promote poetry, advocate for literacy/literature and organize creative writing workshops. 

His work reflects not only his roots in Texas and the Mexican state of Jalisco. As noted on his website, his work "is also a comment on commonplace issues, struggles, moments, and relevant ideas and images he is humbled to witness. Lupe remarks on issues from the political to the emotional in a way that intends to connect with both the novice reader to the pro poetic writer.”

He has more than 15 years of experience as a performance poet, in addition to being published internationally in print and online formats. In 2012, he was honored as one of the Houston Press’ Creative 100s.

Cathedral Vision Week

Iconoclast is provided as part of St. Paul's Cathedral Vision Week.