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East End Development, Co-Ops, and Atheism: Houston Matters for Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Posted on · All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7’s Florian Martin has reported on development efforts in Houston’s East End. We discuss that development on this edition of Houston Matters. But first, we hear Florian’s report on how, as much of the industry has moved out, the East End is turning into a walkable, mixed-use community. Then, […]

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How a Former Atheist Became an Episcopal Minister

Posted on · A few weeks back, Rev. Clay Lein delivered his first sermon as the new rector at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks. But he wasn’t always a religious man. He’s a former electrical engineer who was once a self-professed “angry atheist.” How did he find himself heading up a 4,000 strong Episcopal congregation in Houston? We find […]

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“Winter” Weather and Moderates in Politics: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Posted on · The recent cold snap reminds us that, while summer months here can seem interminably hot and muggy, from October through April, Houston’s weather can vary wildly. One day we’re enjoying mild seasonal temperatures; the next we’re fishing our coats out of the back of the closet, and being reminded to wrap our pipes and mind […]

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Zealot: Reza Aslan Discusses the Life and Times of Jesus

Posted on · Religious scholar Reza Aslan is the author of the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Any time someone seeks to examine a religious figure as a real-life, flesh and blood human being, it’s bound to generate some measure of controversy, and last year Aslan found himself defending his book, and that effort. He […]

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The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: Priest Incorporates Alcohol into Devotion

Posted on · You may not have heard of Episcopalian priest Father William “Bill” Miller, but he grew up close to The Heights, in Garden Oaks. Recently he released his second book, “The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: The Whole and Holy Truth About Lager, Loving, and Living.” For a priest to choose a topic like God and […]

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Will Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance Pass or Fail?

Posted on · The Houston city council is delaying a vote on the proposed Equal Rights Ordinance by one week while members review various amendments to the measure. The proposal would ban discrimination based on sex, race, age, and religion, and expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents. The ordinance would apply to private businesses, housing, city […]

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How Are Women’s Roles in Faith Changing in Houston?

Posted on · Women have played key roles in faith-based communities as long as they have existed. In recent years, that leadership has been formalized. More congregations today are led by women. Here in Houston, women are Reverends and Rabbis, hold leadership roles in interfaith organizations. And yet, some sects of some religions still hold to long-standing, traditional […]

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Why Religious Charities in Houston Wish More People Were in Church

Posted on · Back in the early 1980s, about six or seven percent of Houstonians did not affiliate themselves with any religion. Today, that number has nearly doubled. So we consider what this trend means for established religious institutions in Houston, and the services they provide, now and in the future. We’ll welcome your comments and questions for Dr. Lynn […]

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Houston Holds Community Vigil For Sikhs

Posted on · Houston will hold a candlelight vigil tomorrow night for the victims of the Sikh temple shooting. It's the second mass shooting in recent weeks and Houston leaders will gather at city hall for a time of mourning.