calendar & updates

People from all parts of the world and all walks of life visit the Chapel for renewal and restoration. They come to experience prayer, meditation, religious services, lectures, concerts, or simply sit in silence among the magnificent Mark Rothko murals.

Dec
7

“Little Central America, 1984”: A Sanctuary Then, and Now

6:30 PM

Join for a panel discussion in advance of the Houston premiere of “Little Central America, 1984,” a performance that reanimates the history of the Sanctuary Movement.

LOCATION
Rothko Chapel

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Jan
15

Annual MLK Birthday Celebration

3:00 PM

In partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Gordon Parks Foundation, this event explores the role of the media in civil rights movements.

LOCATION
Rothko Chapel

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Jan
16

MLK Day Observance Audio Installation

11:00 AM

Listen to the quiet of the Chapel resonate with MLK’s voice.

LOCATION
Rothko Chapel

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Feb
15

Dorothy Roberts: Annual Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights

6:30 PM

This year’s lecture features Dorothy Roberts on the topic of family policing and reproductive justice.

LOCATION
Rothko Chapel

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Mar
8

International Women’s Day Observance

7:00 PM

LOCATION
Rothko Chapel

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Mar
26

2023 Rothko Chapel Óscar Romero Award Ceremony

3:00 PM

LOCATION
Rothko Chapel

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Apr
15

“Simple Gifts” featuring River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO)

7:00 PM

Experience Aaron Copland’s iconic tone poem "Appalachian Spring," paired with a World Premiere ROCO Commission by Composer-In-Residence Adam Schoenberg.

LOCATION
Rothko Chapel

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May
4

“Will and Soul” featuring Loop38

7:00 PM

A concert celebrating creativity and our shared humanity; featuring works by Chen Yi, Carolyn Chen, George Lewis, and a new commission and performed by the boundary-pushing, artist-driven new music ensemble Loop38.

LOCATION
Rothko Chapel

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Jun
21

Summer Solstice Evening Observance: Kaminari Taiko of Houston

7:30 PM

Kaminari Taiko of Houston, a Japanese drumming ensemble, marks the end of the longest day of the year with an evening performance.

LOCATION
Rothko Chapel

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Private Service Nov 19 2022

10:00 AM

(Postponed) Book Talk: Total Environmental Alignment by C.C. Lee

1:30 PM

2022 World AIDS Day Observance

8:30 AM

“Little Central America, 1984”: A Sanctuary Then, and Now

6:30 PM

2020 Rothko Chapel Óscar Romero Award
The recent award recognized 3 individuals working within the areas of art, spirituality, and human rights, who committed their life’s work toward climate justice and the creation of a more sustainable, livable and possibility-filled world. 

View the 2020 ORA Ceremony in English or Spanish on Vimeo. 

Experience past ORA ceremonies on Vimeo or Soundcloud.

Living Mindfully

Explore the relationship between the sacred and the self through video and audio recordings of past practices, discussions, and gatherings that cultivate a more spiritually focused and mindful life.

-Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual & Faith Traditions Soundcloud
-Twilight Meditations & Days of Observance Soundcloud
-Concept of the Divine Series Vimeo Soundcloud
-Interfaith Thanksgiving Services Vimeo Soundcloud

Transformative Power of Art

Witness the Chapel come to life with provocative music and original artist projects through video and audio recordings of past concerts and performances on Vimeo and Soundcloud.

Advancing Human Rights

Examine intersectional social justice issues from a local to global perspective through video and audio recordings of past symposia, conversations and lectures.

--2020 Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights Vimeo

--2019 Annual MLK Birthday Celebration Vimeo Soundcloud

--2016 Symposium: Confronting Inequality: Alternative Economies, Resilient Communities Vimeo Soundcloud

--2017 Symposium - An Act of Justice: Undoing the Legacy of Mass Incarceration Vimeo Soundcloud

--2019 Symposium - Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis Vimeo Soundcloud