Join us as Transition Houston welcomes Ken Kramer, former Director for the Sierra Club's Lone Star Chapter and a specialist in environmental policy and administration. For several years, Ken served as a lobbyist, representing the Sierra Club at the Texas Legislature and Texas state agencies. Ken will provide us with details on Texas water conservation and protection efforts including upcoming legislation and privatization efforts in the state of Texas.Find out more »
Join Ethan Hughes of the Possibility Alliance for a 2 hour workshop on Conflict Transformation and Nonviolent Communication. Ethan has studied NVC for many years and practices it daily at his permaculture homestead. He has organized and been part of restorative circles, and notes that his community wouldn't exist without them.
This class will focus on NVC in group situations like Food Not Bombs. What approach can be taken when someone in like cuts and a fight breaks out? What if someone wants to call the police for a non-emergency? How can we understand peoples motivations and what drives them to anger and aggression?Find out more »
Want to learn to make homemade Kombucha and Wild Fermented root drinks like Ginger Beer, Turmeric Beer, and Sunchoke Beer? They are all fermented to be full of probiotics (healthy gut!), nonalcoholic (less than .5 percent), and simple to make. Kombucha is a fermented tea that acts as an adaptogen, which helps the body maintain homeostasis. The wild root drinks bring wild yeasts and bacteria from your environment into your system, which makes for a happy gut. The main ingredients are simple; water, the root or SCOBY, and something sweet.Find out more »
The Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston—Downtown offers a space of retreat and reflection for all people, no matter your race, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexuality, religion, class, caste, or national origin. We welcome you to a critical and frank consideration of racialized violence in our country as well as manner in which institutions engage in racist actions under the guise of policy change. The Center recognizes that individuals and institutions are neither neutral nor colorblind.Find out more »
Come learn the ancient art of fermentation! It’s a way to preserve food, harvest probiotics, spread food cultures, and get creative with your food. In this introductory class, we will cover the basics of the fermentation process, taste homemade ferments, and you will make and take home a mason jar of your first vegetable ferment! Your gut is already thanking you. The class is based on the teachings of Sandor Katz’ book Wild Fermentation, an essential reference for budding home fermenters. This class will use locally grown produce whenever possible, meaning that the vegetables we ferment in class will change by the season! We have fermented cabbage, beets, carrots, daikon radish, green beans, turnips, mustard greens, and more. These nutritious goods have been flavored with dill, fennel, oranges, garlic, and ginger. Come see what’s in season and make your own combination!Find out more »
The Center for the Healing of Racism presents Dialogue: Racism, a two-day intensive workshop that educates participants about racism and facilitates the process by which individuals can begin to counter the affects of racism on their lives and become empowered to interrupt the cycle of racist attitudes. The workshop provides a safe, respectful, and loving atmosphere for individuals to learn new information, share experiences, dispel fears and guilt, and get to know each other.Find out more »
The BAUUC Service and Justice Ministry (SJM) invite all to hear acclaimed author and scholar Chuck Collins discuss, "How wealth inequality is wrecking the world and what we can do about it". The event is scheduled for March 22nd, 7 to 9PMFind out more »
Learn about the history of non violent civil disobedience and learn practical skills for direct actions and non violent civil disobedience. If you're thinking about taking a step beyond standing on the sidewalk with a sign, the presentations and role playing will help you decide if that's right for you, and prepare you to take action.Find out more »
Continuing its tradition of celebrating communities from border regions in North America and South Asia, Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) will launch the third and final installment of its internationally renowned anthology series. Borderlines Volume Three features original photos, essays, poetry and journalistic narratives that find commonalities, and explore issues erupting across areas splintered by borders.Find out more »
Our great ancestors have described our sitting meditation — zazen —as the pivotal activity of all Buddhas. This practice is also the pivotal activity of all events. It is our own pivotal activity.
This retreat will explore this inconceivably wonderful activity of all Buddhas. Join the retreat to hear the teachings of this wonderful teacher.
Led by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi
Senior Dharma Teacher of San Francisco Zen Center and Founder of Houston Zen Center
The Center for the Healing of Racism will hold its 23rd annual Juneteenth Ally Awards luncheon on Saturday, June 24, 2017.
The luncheon will be held at noon on Saturday, June 24, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (Fondren Hall), 5501 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased through the Center for the Healing of Racism. Contact: email@example.com or (713) 520-8226. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to this event to aid in our work, if you are unable to attend.Find out more »
Working as a white ally against racism is hard but not impossible. One thing that doesn’t help the cause is saying “I don’t see color.” The failure to see color only benefits white America. A world without color is a world without racial debt. Rather, the most radical action a white person can take is to acknowledge privilege, to admit that in the institutional and deep psychological structures of the United States, the underlying assumption is that white lives are worth more than black lives.Find out more »
Natalie M Smith visited Crimea, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, as a delegate of the Center for Citizen Initiatives in May 2017. She has a Ph.D. in Russian literature and linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and has traveled in the Russian Federation since 1995. CCI, the largest citizen diplomacy organization between the two nations, determined this year to carry out a first-ever “information-gathering” delegation of American citizen investigators who would travel to major Russian cities to learn what is happening in Russia – since many allegations are made in US mainstream media and few know whether it is truth or misinformation.Find out more »