THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
Houston is home to members of all the world’s major religions and, like our citizens, the diversity is refreshing! If you’re curious about our different places of worship, explore with the "Faith in Our City" series, organized by Interfaith Ministries. The program has been going on since last August and wraps up in July, but there are three religions to explore before they are done: Sikhism, Eastern Orthodox, and Buddhism. Each tradition is featured in a “Lunch & Learn” at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer which is followed a week or so later by a tour of a local site. This month’s “Lunch & Learn” is today (Wednesday, May 15) and the topic is Sikhism; the tour of the Sikh Center of Gulf Coast will take place on Thursday, May 23.
If you are curious about what is going on at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and its expansion along Montrose Boulevard, be sure to watch this week’s VIDEO PICK – you’ll be amazed! There is the new Glassell School of Art building, which fronts onto to The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza, with an outdoor area for programs and performances, and there is a new street-level coffee bar for students and the public. Be sure to check out the newest sculpture, Cloud Column, while you’re there! The Glassell Studio School, which features a wide variety of classes for adults, is open for summer class registrations next week, May 21 and 22 – check the PICK below for more details. And there are children’s summer history camps called “Crafting America” taking place at Bayou Bend (register now, many are already sold out!) and a full schedule of classes for kids at the Glassell Junior School.
Next Monday, May 20 at 7pm, there will be an interesting multi-media program organized by the Houston Grand Opera, "Transforming the Mind & Spirit: An Exploration of Creativity,” taking place at the MATCH (tickets are only available at the HGO website). The event is part of a six-year multi-disciplinary initiative – “Seeking the Human Spirit” -- designed to highlight the universal spiritual themes raised in opera and to expand and deepen Houstonians’ connections to opera and to art. Featured next Monday will be an eclectic group of artists, musicians, and thought-leaders in spirituality and creativity presenting an interactive evening of live performance and art making, audience engagement and reflections about creativity through the lens of art & music, mysticism & spirituality, mental health, and science. I will be there and hope to see YOU!