Community

Going Green in Houses of Worship – Learn from Others!

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to learn
how houses of worship in Houston are going green and consider what
you could do in your own house of worship. Join speakers of a variety
of faith backgrounds who will discuss work in their houses of worship
to go green in their building, grounds, worship services, community
service projects, advocacy, educational programs, and more.

Christmas at the Jails VII

On Christmas Eve this year, End Mass Incarcation Houston, in association with The Positive Black Male Association of Houston, Houston Peace and Justice Center, and Bering United Methodist Church, will change the world with Love. We will give gifts to children, visiting their jailed parents, as they emerge from the two largest jails in the city. Join us as we try to heal some of the wounds inflicted by this world on the most innocent in it. In this we are in part healed too. Come out and receive the greatest gift of all. Bring unwrapped gifts and your smile. Gifts of money may be sent to HPJC.org (mention ‘Jails’) and are tax deductible. Call Michael at 281-714-8278 for more information.

10th Annual Muslim-Jewish Roundtable

This is our 10th year of coordinating a Muslim Jewish Christmas, an event where members of the Muslim community and members of the Jewish community get together. This year, there will be two simultaneous Muslim-Jewish Christmas Events in Houston with several more Muslim and Jewish organizations participating.

The theme for this year is “Standing Up for One Another.” As division and hatred become more common in our communities, honest conversation is something that we must do. As both of our communities are at the receiving end of hate, it’s important for us to come together to better understand one another.

The goal of this event has always been very simple – to come together on a day when we don’t have any other commitments and talk about our similarities and differences surrounding a specific theme.

Benefit Concert for Christmas at the Jail

Benefit concert for End Mass Incarceration (organization that puts on Christmas at the Jail) featuring the ElectroLuv Elf Party w/ Xombies, Jes & Friends, Kasama, Robert Kuhn. Come on down!!

Ghosts of Sugar Land

Ghosts of Sugar Land examines the radicalization of a young American Muslim. Through interviews with his friends, the documentary tells the story of “Mark,” who converted to Islam before college and became radicalized shortly thereafter. A number of years ago, through Facebook posts, “Mark” stated that he crossed over from Turkey to the “Islamic State.” His friends from Sugar Land, Texas—all masked to protect their identities—hypothesize about what may have happened that led their friend to join ISIS. Ghosts of Sugar Land won the Nonfiction Jury Award for Short Film at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Quaker Barter Fair on Buy Nothing Day

Black Friday offers the challenge to BUY NOTHING!  The Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Community and Stewardship encourage Friends to find creative ways to care for the earth and each other, and we want to extend this opportunity to others in the community.  Creating a space to practice thinking together in a new way about how we place value on objects and services within our community seems like a worthwhile way to observe the day after Thanksgiving.

Mennonite Sale for World Peace

A celebration of the handmade and the unique, the practical and the beautiful, the Peace Sale takes tradition and gives it a few modern touches. Buy handmade treasures; bid on a quilt during the live auction; browse Ten Thousand Villages; drink Fair Trade coffee; feast on freshly prepared food, take home a shoo-fly pie – and know that you’re supporting peace and justice at home and abroad.

The Mennonite Sale for World Peace is a sale and auction in the tradition of Mennonite Relief Sales held annually across the United States and Canada.

Be Bold Be Heard- Learn to Make Democracy Work

This is a ‘lunch and learn’ talk by a visiting activist from India. Jayaram Venkatesan heads a citizens movement in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, which aims to create a just and equitable society. He and his team have led campaigns against corruption, for restoration of waterbodies, for improving quality of public health system, and for raising awareness about people’s civic rights and responsibilities.

The Walk for Mental Health Awareness

The Walk for Mental Health Awareness – Houston is a community based event that helps raise awareness and funding for Greater Houston area non-profit agencies and programs that provide mental health services; creating an environment for our positive public dialogue.