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April 2022

Forest Bathing & Earth Examen

April 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Spring Creek Greenway & Nature Center, 1300 Riley Fuzzel Road
Spring, 77386
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Free

Experience forest bathing, led by a certified guide, followed by practice of the Christian spiritual discipline of the Earth Examen.  Forest bathing, a practice that originated in Japan, involves taking in, in all of one's senses, the forest atmosphere. Not simply a walk in the woods, it is the conscious and contemplative practice of being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest.  Forest bathing has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood and focus, enhance creativity, and…

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The Path of Hope: A Study on Climate Action for Faith Communities

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - May 12 @ 7:00 pm
Online
Free

  You are invited to join an online discussion series on Thursdays built around 15-minute videos featuring interviews with US faith leaders, representatives of climate-impacted communities from the global South, and presentations by UN officials and other experts. The videos walk viewers through four key climate policy issues that intersect with universal faith concerns for vulnerable and marginalized people. The series focuses on how climate change is impacting the core ministries of faith communities around the world, how those impacts…

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Creation-Focused Worship for Earth Day

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free

Join other Christians to celebrate Earth Day by participating in a streamed pre-recorded creation-focused worship service. Listen to the wisdom, song, and stories from our fellow Creatures, human and non-human. The Rev. Dr. Carmelo Santos will share the message of the day. This 45-minute worship service is in English with full Spanish translation, and does not include communion. Observe Earth Day by praising the Creator and giving thanks for God's good creation in worship on April 22! Register to participate…

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Spring 2022 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

April 24 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve, 5300 Dryad
Houston, 77035
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Calling people of all faiths or no faith at all in Houston to care for our shared environment in observance of Earth Day/Month!  We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve. This event will offer activities for all ages and skill. Meet at the Swartz Gazebo in the park to sign in. Metro bus line 7 stops nearby, and line 49 is not far.  Tools/supplies will be provided. This event is organized by Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church…

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Collective Visioning for Our Region’s Water

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free

In a generation, much of the U.S. will resemble the lower Galveston Bay Watershed, a 10-county region surrounding Houston which Bayou City Waterkeeper (BCWK) serves. Home to the most diverse population, and also one of the most ecologically diverse major urban areas, our waterways — consisting of 2,500 miles of bayous, as well as creeks, coastlines, and the ocean — support immense biodiversity. Our region has lived through unprecedented storm surges and widespread flooding from hurricanes and heavy rain storms…

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“Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Villifies a People”

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Free. Donations appreciated. RSVP required:

In commemoration of Arab American Heritage Month, the Center for the Healing of Racism will present a screening of the film: “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Villifies a People” on Thursday, April 28, 2022 (6:30 to 8:30pm CDT). A facilitated dialogue will follow the screening. This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today’s Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores…

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Waking (Let’s Talk) News!

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Zoom Event
Free. Donations appreciated. RSVP required:

Bring a bag lunch!  Come; share an article with us on Zoom!  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 will be held on Zoom This event is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. RSVP to receive the link: https://www.centerhealingracism.org/event/waking-news-april/

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May 2022

Carbon Fee & Dividend: What’s Justice Got to Do with It?

May 1 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Online
Free

Members of Citizen's Climate Lobby explain the ins and outs of carbon fee & dividend as an economic policy tool to address climate change. Learn about the positive impact not only on the environment, but also on jobs, the economy, and human health.   And, carbon fee & dividend has been deemed by economists as the fastest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of any economic policy approach.  But, best of all, carbon fee & dividend is designed to ensure equity…

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In Memory of George Floyd: 9 minutes; 29 seconds — “I Can’t Breathe”

May 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
1st Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St.
Houston, TX, 77004
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Free. Donations appreciated. RSVP required:

Please join the Center for the Healing of Racism to remember the second anniversary of George Floyd’s murder on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 6:30 to 8:30pm (CDT), at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77004. The program, “Lifting the Knee of Whiteness: A White Male’s Contribution to Justice,” will be presented by Chuck Egerton Ph.D.  Egerton is an educator, photographer, artist and writer who earned his Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manitoba.…

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Jewish American Heritage Month

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
3412 Crawford St., Parking on HCC Lot 9, 3412 Crawford St.
Houston, TX, 77004
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The Center for the Healing of Racism will commemorate Jewish American Heritage Month with a screening of the documentary “The Longest Hatred” on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  This event will be held IN-PERSON at 3412 Crawford Street, Houston, TX 77004.  Free parking is available at Houston Community College lot #9 (Crawford & Holman). "The Longest Hatred" traces anti-Semitism from its earliest manifestations in antiquity to ominous outbreaks in Germany, Russia, and elsewhere in the early 1990s. Contained…

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Guided Firefly Hike & Prayer with Eyes Wide Open

May 13 @ 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
Armand Bayou Nature Center, 8500 Bay Area Blvd.
Pasadena, 77507
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Free

You are invited to join a private two-hour guided firefly hike and practice of a spiritual discipline, prayer with eyes wide open. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the prairie, forest, and bayou at night, and see the mating dance of fireflies, as a spiritual experience! You'll also learn about fireflies, which are truly amazing creatures! The hike is suitable for kids 6+. Instruction and discussion of prayer with eyes wide open begins 7:15 p.m., followed by check-in at…

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“The Chinese Exclusion Act”

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
3412 Crawford St., Parking on HCC Lot 9, 3412 Crawford St.
Houston, TX, 77004
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Free. Donations appreciated. RSVP required:

The Center for the Healing of Racism will celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM with a screening of “The Chinese Exclusion Act” at 3412 Crawford Street, Houston, TX 77004. The film will be followed by a facilitated dialogue. On May 6,1882 — on the eve of the greatest wave of immigration in U.S. history — President Chester A. Arthur signed into law a unique piece of federal legislation.…

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“The Myth of Equality”

May 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Center for the Healing of Racism, 3412 Crawford Street
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Free. Donations appreciated. RSVP required:

Houston Muralist Daniel Anguilu uses life itself as his subject matter.  Painting abstract shapes, animal imagery, and vibrant color, his style is inspired by his Mexican heritage and the celebrated Mexican muralists.  His art has become increasingly more visible around the Bayou City as well as in other parts of the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Italy. Please join the Center for the Healing of Racism on Saturday, May 21, 2022, 2:00-4:00pm, to hear Anguilu discuss how his art reflects societies shaped by…

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How Long Will Our Aquifers Last?

May 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Free

Groundwater is, as famously quoted by the Texas Supreme Court in 1904, “secret, occult, and concealed.” Sometimes referred to as “hidden water,” it is out of sight and, therefore, unfortunately, out of mind. However, groundwater comprises 98.7 percent of all the fresh, unfrozen water on Earth. About 40 percent of all surface-water flows in the United States are sourced from innumerable seeps and springs that discharge groundwater into streams and rivers. Groundwater supports 26 percent of the human use of…

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Interfaith Protest at NRA Convention in Downtown Houston

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010 United States
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The NRA seems to be undeterred by the Uvalde mass shooting, and is having their convention at the George R Brown Convention Center this week. Trump, Abbot, Cruz, and other prominent opponents of gun control are scheduled to speak there on Friday. Security in and around the convention center will probably be tight while they are there. We are gathering at the Annual NRA Convention in order to protest their ongoing complicity in the gun violence and death in this…

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June 2022

Church-State Separation Affects Everyone

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Christian nationalists are using the law to force everyone to live according to their beliefs and widen inequality in our communities and country. Separation of church and state guarantees religious freedom, which protects everyone’s right to practice the religion of their choice or no religion at all, as long as they don’t harm others.   Following a brief annual business meeting, three Houston leaders with deep, personal connections to reproductive freedom, LGBTQ equality and racial justice will explain how religious…

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Church-State Separation Affects Everyone

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Christian nationalists are using the law to force everyone to live according to their beliefs and widen inequality in our communities and country. Separation of church and state guarantees religious freedom, which protects everyone’s right to practice the religion of their choice or no religion at all, as long as they don’t harm others.   Following a brief annual business meeting, three Houston leaders with deep, personal connections to reproductive freedom, LGBTQ equality and racial justice will explain how religious…

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2nd National Holiday Juneteenth Ally Award Celebration and BBQ luncheon – in person

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5504 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004

Join us as we celebrate the 2nd National Holiday of Juneteenth. BBQ luncheon will be provided. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – Fondren Hall5504 Main StreetHouston, TX 77004 This event will be IN-PERSON. It will not be offered virtually or recorded. REGISTER HERE.

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Peace Camp Houston 2022 – Week 1

June 20 @ 9:00 am - June 24 @ 3:00 pm
Mission Milby Community Center, 2220 Broadway St.
Houston, TX 77012 United States
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This first week of Peace Camp this year will be at Mission Milby, 2220 Broadway in east Houston. This week will be for children who will be in grades 1-6 next fall. The two teachers leading the program for this week are bilingual English/Spanish speakers. Scholarships are available but they must be requested in advance. More details, with important information and updates on Peace Camp Houston, are at www.hpjc.org/peace-camp – Please review that information before registering your child(ren). Also, please…

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Is There an Association Between Air Pollution and COVID-19 Mortality?

June 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Free

The air quality in Harris County is influenced by multiple sources of pollution, including extensive road traffic, concrete batch plants, proximity to the largest petrochemical industrial complex in the United States, and port activities in the Houston Ship Channel. It is also important to note that environmental risks are not always uniformly distributed in urban areas like Houston, Harris County, and individuals classified with low socioeconomic status (SES) can become overburdened by environmental exposures. One pollutant of interest is particulate…

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