Hurricane Season in Houston

It is Hurricane Season in Houston. I am writing this on the third anniversary of Hurricane Harvey that swamped Houston starting August 25, 2017. We’re still cleaning up after that monster storm. It is Tuesday and we’re wondering how Hurricanes Laura and Marco will impact our region. In keeping with the 2020 trend of unprecedented events, we’re expecting two hurricanes the same week. Or are we? WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG WITH LATE BREAKING NEWS: Marco […]

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Great Opportunities from Impossible Situations

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Charles Swindell This quote describes 2020 so far. As of today (August 21) summer 2020 is two-thirds over, which seems a suitable time for a Summer Summary. What a surreal time this is. For the most part I stay home – partly because my age calls for extra caution to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19, and partly because everything I […]

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Phyllis J. Brown, author

Black History Matters – #ListenLearnLove

Since the May murder of George Floyd unrest has been spreading across the country faster than the COVID-19 pandemic. If there is any good coming from this turmoil, it is that more White Americans than ever are aware of just how unjust our national systems have been for centuries and continue to be. My writing colleague Phyllis Brown, worried about the safety of her own Black children, has channeled her concerns into historical fiction novels […]

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The Rev. Greg Han: ListenLearnLove

This week’s guest blog is courtesy of The Rev. Gregory Han who describes himself as “half-Asian, Midwestern-raised, Jesuit-educated, Harvard-trained, Texas-residing, Presbyterian Minister.” Since moving to Houston in 1998, Greg has worked at the intersection of religion, education, and dialogue. After a year as a hospital chaplain, Greg served Presbyterian congregations for eight years. He then taught courses in the study of religion and ethics, as well as high school English literature, for six years. He’s […]

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Pandemic Lessons to be Learned?

The pandemic continues to infect increasing numbers of people over the summer 0f 2020. As part of my #ListenLearnLove blog series I asked my former pastor, Kerry Nelson, to chime in with his thoughts about Pandemic Lessons to be Learned? He was my pastor when I first moved back to Houston in 2004. He’s since moved on to another congregation, but his insights continue to inspire me. Thank you Pastor Nelson for this guest blog. […]

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