THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
It’s officially the holiday season in many parts of the world! If you’re curious about the MANY celebrations, check out my fave go-to “Calendar of Observances” created by ADL because, as their website says: “The increasingly pluralistic population of the United States is made up of many different ethnic, cultural, faith, and religious communities. To enhance mutual understanding among groups and promote inclusive communities, the ADL offers this resource as a tool to increase awareness of and respect for religious obligations and ethnic and cultural festivities that may affect students, colleagues and neighbors in your community.” You can grab their 2019 calendar here. And if you are interested in learning about other upcoming holiday celebrations, check out this list compiled by Religious Tolerance.
I went to a Goethe Pop Up Houston film screening recently and it reminded me of my dad’s deep influence in bringing the study of German culture to Houston and to Texas. I wrote a lengthy post on Facebook about it and I’ve sprinkled some German culture into this week’s blog. I hope you’ll take a moment to enjoy the VIDEO PICK about German-built St. John Church, owned by the Heritage Society. And you have two opportunities this weekend to catch the Houston Saengerbund, a German singing group founded in 1883 which is the oldest musical association in the city! You can hear them this Saturday, December 7 at their annual Christmas concert and this Sunday, December 8 at the GISH (German International School of Houston)’s St. Nikolaus Market.
I’m highlighting a different Houston-based nonprofit each week during November and December as a way to help those in need over the holidays. This week’s spotlight is the Living Hope Wheelchair Association, an organization that works to improve the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injuries or disease. Founded in 2005, their goal is to improve access to services, promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, foster independence, enhance mobility, and demand equality.