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.
Join Lisa Brenskelle, head of the Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), for a talk on the Earth Charter. The ELCA voted to endorse the Earth Charter at its national assembly in August. The Earth Charter, while a completely secular document, is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful society. As such, it’s precepts have much in common with Christian social teaching, and indeed, with the social teaching of many faiths. This first half of this talk will cover the Earth Charter, its origins & principles, as well as materials available from the Earth Charter Initiative. The second half of the talk will explain the relationship between Earth Charter principles & Christian social teaching, using the social statements of the ELCA as a basis
This day of prayer offers an opportunity for Houston Christians of all traditions, members of environmental groups and local officials to join hearts and voices at a decisive moment for our natural world. Scientists, activists, the world’s poor and even children from across the globe are beseeching leaders in all areas of civic life to inspire moral action to address the current ecological crisis.
This training is designed for faith leaders, lay leaders, and multifaith or faith-based organizational leaders committed to countering anti-Muslim discrimination in their communities. We’ll share up-to-date research, resources, tools, and messaging to be stronger, strategic, and more effective actors in shaping our nation toward a greater vision – where all people, no matter their religious or cultural background, are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
What is our present ecological crisis? What specific issues are central? Lisa Brenskelle will examine the science that explains the present state of our world and the major environmental issues we face. She will then consider how our faith both informs and enables our response to this crisis.
Called to Conversion: Laudato Si’ & Catholic Ecological Awakening, 9-12 p.m. Saturday, March 16th, Villa de Matel Convent, 6510 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, host a morning of critical reflection on one of the greatest moral challenges of our time. “TEDTalk”- style presentations and a panel of local Catholic leaders will discuss the responsibility of individual Christians and the role of the local Church to Care for our Common Home. Come early for a Labyrinth Prayer Walk at 8 a.m. Free with Spanish interpretation offered.
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to attend an Adult Forum that addresses scripture and science. Lisa Brenskelle & Elmer Ledesma, leaders of the Creation Care Team at Christ the King, will consider: Is there conflict or connection between scripture & science? If there is connection, what connection exists? If a connection exists, then scientific understanding matters for people of faith – but, how can they distinguish good science from “fake news”? Join us for this insightful Adult Forum! Christ the King is located at 2353 Rice Blvd. in Houston. Metro buses 41 and 27 stop nearby. For more information, contact Lisa Brenskelle at email@example.com.
Dinner and conversation with Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.”
The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to explore spirituality in nature with those of other faiths, using the documentary The National Parks – America’s Best Idea, as a source of inspiration.
This fun, FREE event is part theater, part auction – and all help for hurricane victims. You’ll laugh, you’ll feel hope, you’ll experience the world class comedy of Ted & Co TheaterWorks…
Come prepared to laugh out loud, to bid on auction items (part of the performance), and to lend your support to a cause close to all our hearts: All funds raised will benefit the work of Mennonite Disaster Service restoring homes and hope for those affected by natural disaster. MDS is currently working in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, helping those affected by the 2017 hurricanes.