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Jan 08, 2016

MLK Celebrations Throughout EDOT


Black Episcopalians Invite Austinites to March on MLK Day


Members of Austin’s Union of Black Episcopalians invite others to join their annual Martin Luther King Day march in Austin, January 18 at 9:30 a.m. to commemorate the faith and civil rights leader’s life and work. Marchers will meet on the southeast side of the State Capitol building by the water fountain and proceed from there. Contact Teresa Chang for more information at . The UBE chapter is named after Myra McDaniel, long-time and active member of St. James’ Austin, and former Secretary of State for the State of Texas.



Houston Episcopalians Observe Martin Luther King

in Special Saturday Service


A celebration Eucharist of Reconciliation, Sturday, Januray 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 13125 Indianapolis St., Houston, 770015 will honor the life and ministry of one of the country’s Civil Rights icons, Dr. Martin Luther King. Follow dream and join the Rev. John Epps Chapter of the Diocese of Texas to remember King. Contact Ayesha Mutope-Johnson at 713.446.5756 for further details.



“What are you doing for others?”

MLK’s Challenge is Theme of Galveston Prayer Circle


The MLK Unity Prayer Circle, hosted this year by St. Vincent’s House, Galveston, marks the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, on Monday, January 18, at noon, at 2817 Post Office St., Galveston, TX 77550.


The Rev. Ray Pinard, associate pastor and director of Hispanic ministries at Moody Methodist Church in Galveston, joins the Rev. Freda Marie Brown, executive director of St. Vincent’s and other community faith leaders to lead the prayer circle this year. Their reflections and prayers respond to one of King’s challenges: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?”


The Galveston Heritage Chorale and David Mitchell will provide musical offerings. The event is free and open to the public. The Prayer Circle was initiated by the former director of St. Vincent’s, Michael Jackson, and continues to be a way in which the community can gather to mark King’s life and leadership and ministry. Call 409.763.8521 or email Brown at for more information.


St. Vincent’s House is a social service agency established by the Episcopal Church to respond to the needs of Galveston’s working poor. It provides day care and early childhood education for 2-5 year olds; a primary care clinic with community partners and mentoring and educational support for at risk high school-aged students among other services.



Houston Cathedral features the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas on January 17


Christ Church Cathedral, Houston welcomes noted theologian, the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, who will speak in Reynolds Hall from 10–11 a.m. and sign copies of her book latest book, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God in the Cathedral Bookstore at 12:30 p.m. on January 17.


Douglas is professor of religion at Goucher College in Baltimore, Md. As a leading voice in the development of a womanist theology, she is counted “among this country’s most distinguished religious thinkers, teachers, ministers, and counselors,” according to Essence magazine. A widely-published author, Douglas is a pioneering and highly sought-after voice addressing sexual issues as they relate to the black religious community. In 1985, Douglas was the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, and one of only five nationwide at the time. Douglas spent more than 20 years as an associate priest at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., and now serves at the Washington National Cathedral.


Christ Church Cathedral is located at 1117 Texas St., Houston, 77002. For further details, visit the website at