Public Programs


Music for MenilFest

Sila: The Breath of the World
Saturday, May 7, 3pm


Sila: The Breath of the World is the most recent (2014) major work by John Luther Adams (b.1953), the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music Composition. Scored for upwards of 80 musicians performing in an outdoor space, Sila is an hour-long work that is inspired by the Inuit concept of sila, the spirit that animates the world. Rather than simply performing outdoors, the musicians engage with the environment. Five “choirs” of musicians – strings, winds, brass, percussion, and vocalists – create a soundscape that is regulated by the pace of their own breaths. The audience is immersed in harmonic “clouds” that are dictated by the lengths of individual exhalations. These “clouds” ebb and flow and seem to drift in the breeze. Audience members are encouraged to walk around the entire performance space in order to create individual, meditative experiences of the work.

 
Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions

Jerry Ruhl, Ph.D., Modern Meditation
Wednesday, May 4, 12pm, Suggested donation $10
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Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D. is a psychologist, lecturer, and author. The series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel.

 
Twilight Meditation

Ann Friedman, Ph.D., Jewish Meditation
Tuesday, April 12, 6pm, Suggested donation $10
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Ann Friedman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has studied meditation intensely for the last eight years. Her primary teacher is Rabbi David Cooper, author of many books on Jewish meditation. Two years ago, Ann was asked to teach meditation at Congregation Emanu El, which she continues to do, along with teaching regularly at Congregation Beth Yeshurun and United Orthodox Synagogues. She teaches concentration practices, such as repetitions of the names of the Divine and lines from Psalms, as well as mindfulness practices. A reception follows the program.

 
Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions

Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions
Debbie Mills, Breath Meditation
Wednesday, April 6, 12pm, Suggested donation $10
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The series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, The Jung Center of Houston, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Rothko Chapel.

 
Confronting Inequality: Alternative Economies, Resilient Communities

Has the American Dream disappeared? Income inequality affects almost all Americans and threatens the fabric of our democracy. Inequality raises considerable ethical questions about our interconnectedness and obligation to one another. In response to this crisis, innovative alternative economies are emerging locally, nationally, and globally. These have the potential to create a more economically, politically, environmentally, and socially sustainable and resilient world.

This symposium explores emerging models in depth, incorporating voices from the arts, spirituality, and human rights sectors.  What they share are creative, effective responses to challenging inequality and creating a more just world.

Do not miss this opportunity to engage with and contribute to creating change- in our community and beyond.

Keynote featuring Terry Tempest Williams
Thursday, March 31, 7pm, Suggested donation $10
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The symposium begins on March 31st with keynote address from Terry Tempest Williams. Tempest Williams is an author, conservationist, and activist.

 

 

 

 


A Faithful and Moral Response: Spirituality, Community, and Justice
Panel discussion
Friday, April 1, 7pm, Suggested donation $10
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Rev. Sally Bingham is the President of The Regeneration Project and the Interfaith Power and Light campaign, as well as the canon for the environment for the Episcopal Diocese of California. Rev. Fred Small is a Unitarian Universalist minister on the Leadership Team of the Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action. Kristin Barker is a co-founder of One Earth Sangha, exploring what it means to practice a Buddhist response to environmental and social injustice. Rudy Rasmus is a pastor, author, and global humanitarian with a passion for outreach to the world’s poorest citizens. Moderator Zahra Jamal, Ph.D. is the Associate Director for Community Engagement at Rice University's Boniuk Institute.

The Rise of the Green Economy: Environmental Sustainablity, Development, and Equity
Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 2, 4pm, Suggested donation $10
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Margaret Swedish is a writer, speaker, advocate for ecological wholeness, a culture worker, and spiritual seeker. Janet Redman is the director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, where she provides analysis of the international financial institutions’ energy investment and carbon finance activities. Jim Blackburn is a practicing environmental lawyer and Professor of the Practice in Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University where he serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. Makani Themba is the executive director of The Praxis Project, a nonprofit organization helping communities use media and policy advocacy to advance health justice. Moderator Tom Ricker is the Director of Communications at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.

More than Half: Gender in Alternative Economies
Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 2, 7pm, Suggested donation $10
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Monica White, Ph.D. is an Assistant professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Anne McClintock, Ph.D. is a professor in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. Gita Sen is an adjunct professor of global health and population at Harvard University and co-founder of the Executive Committee of DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era). Gloria Lowe is the founder and CEO of We Want Green, Too! Moderator Elizabeth Gregory, Ph.D. is the Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Houston.

The Power of the Collective: From Community to the Boardroom
Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 3, 4pm, Suggested donation $10
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Rogelio Garcia Contreras, Ph.D. is the Director of University of St. Thomas's Social Entrepreneurship program. Frank Joyce is a lifelong Detroit labor and political activist and writer. Carl Gibson is the co-founder of US Uncut, a creative movement that mobilized thousands against corporate tax dodging and budget cuts in over 100 cities. Pam McMichael is the Director of the Highlander Center. Moderator David Benson is a Rothko Chapel Board Member.

The Art of Equity: A Creative Response
Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 3, 7pm, Suggested donation $10
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M. NourbeSe Philip is writer known for experimentation with literary form and for her commitment to social justice. Rick Lowe is an artist, founder of Project Row House, and MacArthur Award recipient. Mel Chin is a conceptual visual artist. Motivated largely by political, cultural, and social circumstances, Chin works in a variety of art media to calculate meaning in modern life. Moderator Carrie Schneider is a Houston-based artist and co-founder of the Charge Practicum.

 
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