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Houston’s #IceAge2 and How Religious Organizations Balance Membership & Community Service: Houston Matters for Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sleet and ice in Houston. Again. What? As Greater Houston gears up for more icy weather today, we’ll check in with TxDOT’s Karen Othon about current road conditions, and what the Houston District Emergency Operations Center has already done to pre-treat roads. And for any motorists who simply must drive Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll discuss how to […]

#IceAge2 is a hashtag trending on Twitter, used to describe today’s wintry weather in Greater Houston.

Sleet and ice in Houston. Again. What?

As Greater Houston gears up for more icy weather today, we’ll check in with TxDOT’s Karen Othon about current road conditions, and what the Houston District Emergency Operations Center has already done to pre-treat roads. And for any motorists who simply must drive Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll discuss how to minimize the potential for accidents.

Also on this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss how religious organizations throughout Greater Houston often find themselves engaged on two fronts: supporting their own congregants with services and events based on their particular religious beliefs, and providing services to the community at large, based on the moral convictions of the congregation, regardless of whether those served hold similar religious views.Along the way, those two fronts – which are often not mutually exclusive – can become intermingled. It creates a challenge for churches, synagogues and mosques – they want to represent and grow their congregations. They also want to provide needed services of all kinds for all Houstonians. How much can they accomplish? How much of work like food, clothing, medical care, and job training should religious organizations be expected to engage in? Does the city of Houston or state of Texas assume too much from them? Do some of those religious organizations, in turn, feel compelled to use the opportunity to proselytize while providing these services? (Different religions – and even sects of the same religion – look on proselytization very differently).

We’ll learn about the many services Greater Houston religious organizations provide to those in need. Then we’ll discuss the pressures such organizations face to meet demand with those services, while also serving the needs of their members, and the moral quandary some face in balancing those two responsibilities.

Plus: Hermann Park is celebrating its centennial this year. Ernie Manouse from Houston Public Media’s Arts and Culture Unit will talk with Doreen Stoller, Executive Director of the Hermann Park Conservancy, about the yearlong series of events planned to mark the anniversary.

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