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Twelve Moments: Exploring Spiritual and Faith Traditions Family Friendly Virtual Offerings

May 28, 2021


June-August Family Friendly Virtual Offerings from The Rothko Chapel

The 2020-2021 season will come to a close with final three programs throughout the summer

Houston, TX – Since 2005, the Rothko Chapel has shared a monthly contemplative practice featuring different spiritual and faith traditions, known as Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions. This series engages teachers and religious leaders from the greater Houston community and provides opportunities to learn more about the contemplative and meditative practices of the diverse array of spiritual traditions that make up our communities. For the 2020-2021 season of Twelve Moments, the Chapel is offering “Contemplation & Sound,” which highlights the role of music and sound in spiritual practices, and how these practices help to sustain us in the face of challenging times.

This summer, the virtual program will include three sessions designed specifically for the entire family. On June 2, 2021, Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen and Mark Vogel of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston will lead a meditation offered in conjunction with Pride Month. The livestream service will include songs of social justice, readings and an interactive meditation. Bossen is senior minister of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston. He is a scholar and organizer as well as a religious leader, who has been active in the labor movement and human rights work for many years. Vogel serves as Music Director at both First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston and Congregation Beth Israel, and is Artistic Director for International Voices Houston, a multicultural community choir of singers from over 35 different countries.

On July 7, the Rothko Chapel presents a laughter meditation, led by Stephen Findley. Stephen Findley serves as the Primary Chaplain for the Leukemia and Pediatric Services at the U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. His major focus is providing spiritual care and support to patients, caregivers, and staff.

And, on August 4, representatives of the Texas Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Program will provide an offering that will focus on mindfulness and music, led by Marial Biard and Michael Way. Biard became a board-certified music therapist after completing her Master’s in Music Therapy at Colorado State University and her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Louisiana State University. Michael Way received his Bachelor’s from Sam Houston State University and later received his Master’s in Music from the same university. He is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist, who serves as the Nephrology music therapist. The Music Therapy Program at Texas Children’s Hospital focuses on creating a safe environment for children and families to relax, have fun, learn, grow, and express themselves through music.

All programs begin at 12 pm Central Time. Registration is required. The event is free with a suggested contribution of $5 -10​​​​.

The link to register for this program can be found on the Chapel’s website:

About Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is a contemplative space that successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of public programs and community initiatives. It is open to the public every day of the year at no charge. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an interfaith, nonsectarian sanctuary, and invites visitors from around the world to experience the power and sanctity of Mark Rothko’s monumental paintings. The Rothko Chapel is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for spiritual growth and dialogue that illuminate our shared humanity and inspire action leading to a world in which all are treated with dignity and respect.

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Elizabeth Kubany


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