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December 2011 Interfaith Relations Newsletter
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

December, 2011

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    One of my very favorite quotes reads, "We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born." (Meister Eckhart) For many this quote may seem odd, jarring or perhaps even heretical. For me it is a lovely idea to meditate upon during the season of Advent. For Christians this time of year is one of preparation and anticipation as we remember the coming of God into the world.

     As I reflect on Eckhart's words I find a depth of sentiment that perhaps many of my brothers and sisters of various traditions share. I believe that  as a Christian I am to be a person who reflects, and if you will, "births" the character of God in the world every day. I am called to be compassionate, to lend help to those in need, to choose hope over despair, and to encourage those among us who are hurt that they are loved and valuable. 

    I believe that we too often leave the repair and salvation of the world in the "hands of God." We have a significant responsibility on earth; we have the opportunity to birth acts of love, grace, and kindness every day. Similar to the sacred duty of my Jewish friends, Tikkun Olam, I believe I am responsible for bringing the spirit of God to those around me. I hope that as you prepare for your holy days or simply spend a few quiet moments in contemplation during the winter months that your spirit will be enlivened to birth hope, joy, and peace into our world.  


Happy holidays to all my friends... 


Please scroll all the way down the page to see all upcoming events!        



Lauren Santerre
Director of Interfaith Relations

Women's Interfaith Retreat
Love Thyself

February 24-26, 2012
Camp Allen 

A Beautiful Mess
A Beautiful Mess, Kristin Ritzau


We invite you to participate in restorative weekend. Women from all faith traditions will join together and explore the many messages we receive from our families, relationships and society about love. At this retreat we will reflect, meditate and embrace what it truly means to "Love Thyself".


Join us for a DIVINE weekend!


Keynote Speaker: Kristin Ritzau   

Workshops, Meditations, Small Groups and More....



Semi-Private: $250.00

Private: $325.00








Join Our Women's Committee  

We are currently accepting applications to join our Interfaith Women's Committee for the 2012 year! If you love to plan events, enjoy fellowship with women from different faiths, and want to help us to grow our women's programs we invite you to apply for our committee!
Apply by December 16, 2011


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The Interfaith Relations Department asks that all requests to promote upcoming events be received by the 3rd Friday of the month preceeding your event. Click here to fill out our line request form. Thank you!
In This Issue
Women's Retreat 2012
Join Our Women's Committee
Twelve Moments of Spirituality
Bells in Spiritual Traditions
Importance of Prophet Jesus
Twelve Moments  of Spirituality and Healing: Christian Mediation
December 7, 2011
3900 Yupon Street
Houston TX 77006

Claudia Morgan will lead this month's meditation and exploration of the Christian faith. Twelve Moments of Spriituality and Healing.

This series is committed to the idea that spiritual practice offers the possibility of physical and psychological health as it deepens a sense of meaning and connection to inner values.

Click here for more info.
Bells in Spiritual Traditions, Songs, and Celebration

December 9, 2011
3900 Yupon
Houston TX 77006

Kick of the holiday season with bells! This program will feauture a variety of guest artist.

Special guest expert and scholar Mark Walters will talk to audiences on a tonal journey moving from Hindu sound eternal sacred sound "Om" to Tibetan bowl.

This celebration of the use of bells in the world's spiritual traditions benefits Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos.

For more info click here
The Importance of the Prophet Jesus
December 17, 2011
10:00a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Jungman Neighborhood Library
5830 Westheimer Rd.
Houston TX 77057

English Session: 10am-12pm
Dr. Farrokh Sekaleshfar
Also featuring a Spanish Session from 1-3pm
"La Importancia del Profeta Jesus en el Islam"
Sister Hajjar Hosseini
Refreshments will be provided 
Please call IEC Houston Dawah Committee at 832-232-6903 for more information


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