Texas Guandi Temple is a site for the practice of millennia-old religious traditions and celebrations, but it is also a testament to the sacrifice, survival, and heroism of earthly people who chose Houston as their home. Visiting the Texas Guandi Temple is a step through the looking glass, a journey into a mystical world that […]
The extermination of six million Jews during World War II was a horrific event that will be remembered forever. In the city of Houston stands a distinguished building that has engraved within its walls the memories and stories of some of the survivors. The Holocaust Museum Houston’s mission is to remember those who perished in […]
On November 9, 2005, Ruby Lee Braziel, my grandmother, suffered a mild stroke in her home and was rushed to Houston’s St. Luke’s Hospital. When I returned home from school, my father, Darwin Allen Sr., told me what had happened – sad news that any grandson would hate to hear.
A Call to Worship Vol. 8, No. 3 (Summer 2011) Download PDF Letter from Editor 2 From the Oasis of Love to Your Best Life Now: A Brief History of Lakewood Church by Phillip Luke Sinitiere 10 J.W.E. Airey, the Cowboy Priest by Anne Sloan 14 Unexpected Adaptability by Jere Pfister 19 Shepherds […]
By Jesus Jesse Esparza In 1836 newcomers from the United States along with their Tejano (Texas Mexicans) allies, took up arms against the Mexican government and successfully seceded from that nation. Following the Battle of San Jacinto, which ended the Texas Revolution, Texians (Anglo Texans) ordered Mexican prisoners to clean the swampland on which Houston […]
On August 18, 1912, a priest celebrated the first mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Houston’s Second Ward on the second floor of a two-story wood-frame structure located on the corner of what was then Marsh and Runnels Street. Three weeks later, on September 8, 1912, the school at Our Lady of […]
Phillip Luke Sinitiere examines the rise of John Osteen’s Lakewood Church from its humble beginnings in a feed store to its current status as a nationally and internationally known megachurch led John’s son, Joel Osteen, “the smiling preacher.”
Anne Sloan tells the story of the young rector who parishioners called the “Cowboy Priest,” but an examination of his life reveals a man with far more than an affectation for boots. A magician, ventriloquist, cowboy, whittler, showman, circus promoter, frontier historian, writer, and dedicated Episcopal clergyman, Airey had no time to waste.
Jere Pfister writes a personal account of her retreat with the Cenacle Sisters and explains the ways in which these nuns have adapted with the changing times.
Rabbi Jimmy Kessler explains that Texas began as a frontier and Rabbis were called upon to meet an incredibly diverse set of needs. He details the contributions of Galveston Rabbi Henry Cohen and Houston Rabbis Robert Kahn and Hyman Schachtel.