Job Posting: Director of Congregational Growth at Westminster UMC

Westminster UMC on San Felipe is looking to hire a full-time staff person as the Director of Congregational Growth. They’re looking for someone who can help them evangelize young adults and families with young children, develop and implement adult programming of all kinds, over-all evangelism activities, and maybe help develop a small group ministry.

For more information, contact Rev. Bob Webb at or 713-782-7750.

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iPreach now available in Online Resources

iPreach gives you immediate access to numerous Bible, liturgy, and preaching reference materials that can improve the depth and quality of your sermons. These materials are easily and quickly searched using keywords, text or topic, and returns “hits” from all materials in the collection.

Go to SMU Online Resources to access the collection.

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Dr. Ted Campbell to speak at Christ UMC in Sugar Land

Dr. Ted A. Campbell will be speaking at Christ UMC in Sugar Land on November 22 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. The topic is A Methodist Heart: Exploring the Heart of What it has Historically Meant to be a Methodist and a Follower of John Wesley’s Vision of Christian Life. There will be a short question and answer period with Dr. Campbell, and everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments in the Gathering Hall afterwards. For more information visit the Christ UMC website.

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From the Fund for Theological Education

CALLING CAST: Dr. Evelyn Parker moderates a roundtable discussion on the first years in the academic profession.

Dr. Parker will be teaching “Church in its Social Context” for the Houston-Galveston Extension Program in the spring of 2010.

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New books catalogued for Houston-Galveston

Just arrived today:

A Dictionary of Philosophy, Antony Flew, ed.

A Handbook of Theological Terms, Van A. Harvey

Found in a box and recovered from library limbo:

The Dead Sea Scrolls in English, Geza Vermes

The resources catalogued in Houston-Galveston are for in-house use only. Contact Susan Buchanan, 713-621-5059, or, for access.

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Calvin for Methodists Lecture Available Online

The Bridwell Library Lecture “Calvin For Methodists” by Dr. Charles Wood from October 21, 2009 is available online at While there, take a look at the Calvin online exhibit.

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How the West Was Won: The East/West Convergence of Psychotherapy and Faith

The 18th Annual Psychotherapy and Faith Conference sponsored by the Institute for Spirituality and Health will be held Friday, November 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s UMC, 5501 S. Main, Houston, TX 77004. Cost is $95, $45 for students.

How did psychotherapy and spirituality become intermingled fields? The convergence of the two can be traced to the World’s Parliament of Religions which convened in Chicago in September, 1893. The Parliament attracted a potpourri of speakers from all of the world’s religions-the largest selection ever assembled at one time. Over a three week period, 194 papers and sermons were presented. The World’s Parliament had a broad impact on spirituality and psychotherapy and was important, historically, in several ways. First, It gave birth to the academic field for the study of comparative religion. Second, the interfaith movement can trace its roots to the Parliament and it had a huge impact on the modern Christian ecumenical movement: seventy-eight percent of the speakers were Christians. Finally, it is important to look back and see how much has happened in the field of psychotherapy and faith since the East/West convergence in the late 1800s.

The Faculty of Five will examine psychotherapy and faith from different perspectives: historically, clinically and then from Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism.

To Register:
tel. 713.797.0600 ext. 109
please send check to:
Institute For Spirituality and Health
8100 Greenbriar, No. 220
Houston, TX 77054

For more information visit the website for the Institute for Spirituality and Health.

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Lecture: Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, October 29, 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, professor of Social Ethics and Theology at the Theological School of Drew University and visiting professor at Perkins School of Theology, will present “Reconciliation: The Face of Justice in the 21st Century” on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall at Perkins and by videolink in Room 104 of the Crossroads. The lecture is made possible by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, and is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Co-sponsors include the Religious Studies Department and the Women’s and Gender Studies Programs at SMU. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Isasi- Diaz was born and raised in La Habana, Cuba and came to the United States in 1960. After serving as a missionary in Lima, Peru for three years and subsequently living in Spain, she settled in Rochester, New York in 1975, where she worked as a minister in inner city Roman Catholic parishes before becoming the regional developer for the Women’s Ordination Conference. She moved to New York City in 1983 and began studies at Union Theological Seminary, where she received her Ph.D. in 1990.

Since the late 1980s Isasi-Diaz has focused on the elaboration of mujerista theology based on the religious understandings and practices of Latinas living in the U.S. She has lectured throughout the country on issues of justice, women’s liberation, and Latina/o theology. She has been visiting professor in Cuba, Korea and the Philippines, and has also lectured in Germany and Zimbabwe. She co-authored, with Yolanda Tarango, Hispanic Women: Prophetic Voice in the Church, the first book on Latina theology published in the U.S. Her other books are: En La Lucha–In the Struggle, Mujerista Theology, and La Lucha Continues. She has co-edited several other books, as well as contributed articles to many other books and journals. At present she is working on JUSTICIA: A Reconciliatory Praxis of Care and Tenderness, to be published by Fortress Press in 2010.

Dr. Isasi-Diaz will be at Perkins from October 25 through November 3 in her capacity as visiting professor. Her visit comes under the auspices of the school’s Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions, and is made possible through a grant from the Luce Foundation. During her visit Dr. Isasi-Diaz will conduct other lectures, hold consultations with faculty and students, and preach in community worship.

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Tamla Groce: From Confirmation to Transformation

[Below] is a link to the blog section of HER Call Ministries’ website. I was blessed to be asked to provide an article on my experience at the conference in 2008. I encourage you to read the article but more importantly check out the website. HER Call Ministries exists to inspire and equip women to be dynamic and biblically sound ministers and leaders to advance the Kingdom of God. If you are a female in ministry, this conference will minister to you! If you are not a female in the ministry but you know someone who is, please pass this on to them. It could change their life!

Tamla Groce

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Nov. 16 Intern Program Faculty Presentation

The Intern Program faculty will give a presentation to students who are planning on beginning their internship in Fall 2010. They will discuss prerequisites, placement, and the goals and structure of internship. Students who are nearing internship should have received a letter about this information session. Please contact Judy Gibbons in the Intern Program office at for more information and to reserve a place for the meeting.

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