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February 2021

HPJC Quarterly Board Meeting

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom

Please join us for the first HPJC Quarterly Board meeting of 2021. Organizational members are asked to send a representative to each Quarterly Board meeting. Individual members are always welcome to attend. We will be discussing our plan for activism towards peace and justice in the areas of peace and family education, foreign and military policy, environmental justice, economic justice, and human rights and criminal justice. We also welcome members to send in their agenda items.

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The Houston Climate Action Plan & Faith Communities

February 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online
Free

Join Lara Cottingham, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Houston, to learn about the Houston Climate Action Plan (CAP) and how faith communities, houses of worship & their members, can get involved.

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Beach Clean-Up

February 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Galveston Bay
Free

Calling people of all faiths, or no faith at all, to care for our shared environment!  We will remove trash polluting a shoreline along Galveston Bay in Kemah, helping to protect and restore the beautiful bay ecosystem. This ev

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MFOLH Intersectionality Event: BHM x GVP

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

March For Our Lives Houston is excited to announce that we will be hosting a February Intersectionality event, which will be centered around Black History Month and gun violence prevention! The event will include an informative presentation about BHM, GVP legislation, how to take part in BHM by supporting the black community, action items, an interactive trivia session, and guest speaker Brandon Mack from BLM Houston! Note: A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent via email prior to…

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50th Anniversary Interfaith Service & Community Celebration

February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

To lift up the last 50 years of the Rothko Chapel’s work and mission, and renew and strengthen its commitment to serve as a welcoming interfaith sanctuary for all and a place to rally around the significant human rights issues of the day, the Chapel will hold an online interfaith service and human rights celebration including Sufi Whirling, prayers, reflections, and music. Register to receive the livestream link.

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Externalities in Action: Air Pollution, Public Health, and Environmental Justice in Houston

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free

Join Paige Powell, Development Director at Air Alliance Houston, as she discusses the impacts of air pollution on physical health, quality of life, and economic prosperity. In her talk, Paige will consider: What is the "right" amount of air pollution for a healthy and prosperous society? What are the true costs of doing business measured by the Triple Bottom Line? What are the socioeconomic implications of racial inequity and environmental injustice? How can the Houston economy continue to thrive through…

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March 2021

Contemplation & Sound: Hindu Tradition

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St
Houston, 77006
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Free

Join the Rothko Chapel for a livestream meditation in the Hindu tradition, led by Dr. Hansa Medley and representatives of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) of Houston. In this traditional Vedic or Hindu meditation we will vibrate sacred sound in the form of mantras accompanied by musical instruments. Register to receive the livestream link.

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Ending Nuclear Weapons Before They End Us: Opportunities Under the Biden Administration to Take Action

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Online

Please join us on March 4, 2021 for a virtual policy briefing and workshop series to call on the Biden administration to prioritize the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. The event is convened by Back from the Brink (BftB) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) with support from many partner organizations. The virtual event will feature an expert panel discussion and Q&A, followed by a series of workshops to help advocates generate the public and political will needed for a fundamental change…

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Rothko in Jazz with Maris Briežkalns Quintet

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St
Houston, 77006
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Free

The Rothko Chapel continues its 50th Anniversary celebrations with a livestream jazz performance inspired by the work of Mark Rothko. In honor of Rothko’s Latvian heritage, Latvian jazz ensemble the Māris Briežkalns Quintet commissioned ten Latvian composers to each create an original jazz composition, arranged and performed by the Quintet. Each composition is created to illustrate the moods and atmosphere evoked by an iconic Rothko painting selected by the composer. Register to receive the livestream link.

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Bystander Intervention Training

March 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom Event
Free

Learn how to help people targeted by identity-based bigotry and harassment. Register today at https://houstonagainsthate.org/BIT This FREE 1.5-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect — from microaggressions to violence — that people with marginalized identities face and the history of identity-based violence. You’ll also learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for…

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Spring 2021 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

March 21 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Gathering Place, 5310 S. Willow Dr.
Houston, TX, 77035 United States
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Free

Spring 2021 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event Sunday, March 21, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.   Calling people of all faiths or no faith at all in Houston to care for our shared environment! We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve, giving the park a spring cleaning by weeding, removing brush & other tasks. This event will offer activities for all ages and skill levels and appropriate precautions to prevent spread of the Coronavirus will be taken. Meet at…

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33rd International conference on Mental and Behavioral Health

March 22 @ 8:00 am - March 23 @ 5:00 pm
$99

The main theme of the conference is “Psychoanalysis & humanizing Mental Health" which covers wide range of critically important sessions. It’s a platform to bring all the neuroscientists together to share their experiences it’s the amalgam of scientific research as well as innovative ideas. The organizing committee is gearing up for an exciting and informative conference program including plenary lectures, symposia, workshops on a variety of topics, poster presentations and various programs for participants from all over the world.

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Texas Welcomes Refugees

March 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Join us for a webinar update on refugee resettlement at the national and state level. We will be joined by an advocacy expert from Church World Service, a refugee leader from Texas, and faith leaders from multiple faith traditions. Join us to learn how YOU can support refugee resettlement in Texas! Register for the webinar here: http://bit.ly/TexasWebinar1 FB Event link HERE.

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“Sanando el dolor” (Healing the Hurt) / Dialogue in Spanish

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street (@ Holman)
Houston, TX, 77004
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Free. Donations appreciated

El Centro para la Sanación del Racismo, gracias a la generosidad de Univision Communications Inc., celebra el Día Internacional para la Eliminación de la Discriminación Racial con un diálogo para sanar las heridas dentro de la comunidad latina y sobre los roles que desempeñaron César Chávez y Dolores Huerta al exponer la discriminación contra los/las Latinos/Latinas. La presentadora será la Juez Josefina M. Rendón, abogada, mediadora, árbitro y ex-juez del distrito. También es jueza visitante de los Tribunales de Justicia…

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Zoom for Victim of Police Abuse

March 23 @ 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Event

In a shocking case of police brutality, Montgomery County Precinct 5 Constables broke the neck of Gary Berger, a 40 year old local resident. While riding his motorcycle home, Berger was suddenly thrown from his bike. Apparently, he was rear-ended by a police cruiser who was allegedly pursuing him for a traffic violation.  To raise awareness and support for Gary, HPJC , GHCFJ, and other civil rights organizations is hosting a live Zoom with the Ruiz Law Firm. Unable to…

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Women In Refugee Resettlement

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion with refugee and SIV women as we discuss what it means to be a refugee or Special Immigrant Visa holder and what it is like to work in refugee resettlement. Our speakers will include Aisha Koroma, Dina Al Bayati, and Geeta Farahmand. Register for this virtual event here: http://bit.ly/WomenInResettlement FB Event link HERE.

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“Waking News”

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street (@ Holman)
Houston, TX, 77004
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Free. Donations appreciated

Bring a bag lunch!  Come; share an article with us!  Bring your articles clipped from newspapers, magazines, journals, or computers relating to discrimination, oppression and all forms of racism.  Join us in a lively discussion and contribute your ideas and materials to the Center’s tool kit. This event is free and open to the public.  Donations appreciated.  RSVP @ https://www.centerhealingracism.org/event/waking-news-march-a-zoom-gathering/

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A Healthy Planet is a Prerequisite for Healthy People

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free

Join Hyun-Min Hwang, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental & Interdisciplinary Sciences at Texas Southern University, as he discusses the links between people’s health, and the health of our planet. Our planet consists of four major components: lithosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), biosphere (living things), and atmosphere (air). A healthy planet is a prerequisite for healthy people. Every day we depend on the health of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the foods we eat, and the land…

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April 2021

Contemplation & Sound: Zarathushti Tradition

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St
Houston, 77006
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Free

Join the Rothko Chapel for a livestream meditation in the Zarathushti (Zoroastrian) tradition, organized by Kaemerz Dotiwala and led by representatives of the Zoroastrian Association of Houston. This session will be focused on The Gathas, seventeen hymns composed by poet-prophet Zarathushtra around 1200 BCE that form the core of Zarathushti liturgy. Register to receive the livestream link.

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Actions Faith Communities Can Take to Reduce Pollution & Pollution-Related Health Effects

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online
Free

Actions Faith Communities Can Take to Reduce Pollution & Pollution-Related Health Effects Sunday, April 11, 2 p.m., online Concerned about pollution, and its impact on health? Loren Hopkins, Chief Environmental Science Officer for the City of Houston’s Health Department, will discuss current Houston Health Department programming and policies directed toward reducing pollution and pollution-related health effects.  She will provide examples of where faith-based organizations play a critical role and offer additional ideas on how they can expand their support. Join her…

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