Being Healthy in a Toxifying World

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2021 is Healthy Planet = Healthy People = Healthy Economy.

Prayer to End Human Trafficking

Join the Dominican Sisters of Houston on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9am as they gather virtually for Prayer to End Human Trafficking.

The Structure of Racism

Please join the Dominican Sisters of Houston and the Center for the Healing of Racism on Saturday, October 10, 2020, 1-3 PM, for “The Structure of Racism,” a Zoom presentation examining the structural and psychological causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination. The workshop will be led by Dr. Craig Oettinger who will discuss these persistent patterns and — with the help of the audience — explore how change is possible.

Is This Really A Racial Reckoning?

Join the Rothko Chapel and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin for the 6th annual Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights.

The 2020 Farenthold Lecture will kick-off a series of Rothko Chapel programs exploring the past, present, and future of civil and human rights in this country. Which rights are particularly at-risk in today’s society, and how can we become more effective advocates and activists as we work to undo injustice and create a society of equality and equity? A moderated Q&A session by ABC13’s news anchor Melanie Lawson follows the lecture.

America’s Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics 

Please join us for a Zoom conversation with author Joel Goza who will discuss his book America’s Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics on September 30, 2020, 6-8 PM (CDT).  Goza, former pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Houston, TX, writes with passion about the racist and classist roots of America’s political and religious institutions.  Grounding his work in the philosophies of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Adam Smith, Goza convincingly argues that America’s Founding Fathers deliberately designed a racist and inequitable society. 

The Wonders of Harvester Ants

In arid grasslands and deserts throughout North and South America, the most abundant insects are harvester ants.  These large and conspicuous ant species feed on seeds, which they harvest directly from plants and store in their nests. Unlike most species of ants, members of a single colony are not closely related to each other; each colony is genetically diverse. Join Professor Diane Wiernasz of the University of Houston as she discusses how the harvester ant life cycle is an adaptation to the harsh conditions of the desert, how these ants affect the abundance and distribution of plant communities, and the sometimes surprising consequences of colony genetic variation.

The Wonders of Plant-Microbe Interactions

Plants, like humans, interact with a diversity of microscopic organisms, and scientists are just becoming aware of the role that microbiomes play in influencing host health. Current evidence suggests that despite their small size, microbes can have big impacts on natural ecosystems – from influencing whether plants are edible to determining how diverse a prairie is.

Discovering Our Texas Native Lady Beetles

Lady beetles, or ladybugs, have long been recognized as one of the best biological controls for many insect pests in both home gardens and agri-business. The diversity in this family of insects has been well-characterized yet they have largely been represented by only a few select species which have been introduced in the U.S. via different methods. So, who are our native lady beetles? What are their dietary preferences and habitat needs? This presentation is an introduction to some of the native lady beetles in the greater Houston area and an overview of their biology and habitat needs.

Evening with Robert Reich

A lecture event with Robert Reich on his upcoming book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It.

Lobby Training With Amnesty Houston

Free and open to the public, including nonmembers. Amnesty International, Houston, local 23 will offer lobby training: getting petition signatures, letter writing,  public events and lobbying your political leaders.  We hope you’ll attend and put another tool in your activist toolbox as we work for human rights change here in Houston.