Past Programs

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2014 Programs

December
9
Twilight Meditation
Kinley Lange
3
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Sister Adeline O'Donoghue

November
20
Houston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
13
Mainstreaming Torture
Dr. Rebecca Gordon and Dr. Sarah Sentilles, moderated by Juan E. Méndez
5
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Swami Tyagananda, Hindu Tradition

2
Morton Feldman's For Philip Guston
Presented in partnership with Da Camera

October
28
The Institutional Violence of Incarceration
Rev. Dorothy Budd and Chris Scott, moderated by Liliana Segura

21
Radical Ahimsa
Nuns Samani Sanmati Pragya Ji and Samani Jayant Pragya Ji
1
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Janice Rubin, Jewish Tradition

September
27
Love Your Enemies
Sharon Salzberg and Tenzin Robert Thurman, Ph.D., Presented in partnership with Dawn Mountain
21
International Day of Peace
Presented in partnership with Edge of Arabia and Art Jamee
16
Twilight Meditation
Master Miao Tsan
3
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Fali Engineer, Transcendental Meditation Tradition
1
Free Day of Yoga Houston
Presented in partnership with Texas Yoga Association

August
21
Summer Sounds on the Plaza: Mariachi Imperial de America
6
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Sat Kartar Singh Khalsa, Sikh and Kundalini Yoga Traditions

July
24
Summer Sounds on the Plaza: Jon Dee Graham and Son
2
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Marlis Hodges, Gurdjieff Tradition


June
29
Clarity and Compassion: Lessons from a Zen Garden
Karen Maezen Miller
21
Summer Solstice Observation
19
Summer Sounds on the Plaza: Sara Hickman and Family
4
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Cathy Crouch, Zen Tradition

May
21
Mark Rothko: A Response in Verse
Nicole Brossard
13
Poetry for Peace
Naomi Shihab Nye and Chana Bloch
7
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Ginger Clarkson, Vipassana Tradition
6
Mark Rothko: The Houston Connection
Chelby King
3
MenilFest
Lisa Harris

April
29
Mark Rothko: Seeing in the Dark
Harry Cooper, Ph.D.
27
From Auschwitz to the International Court of Justice
Judge Thomas Buergenthal
24
Sound Observations at the Rothko Chapel
Charles Curtis and The Nameless Sound Ensemble, Presented in partnership with Nameless Sound
22
Dismantling Hurtful Worldviews on Earth Day
Anne McClintock, Ph.D.
16
A Night of Arab Poetry and Oud Music
Fady Joudah, Poet and Rahim AlHaj, Oud Musician
Presented in partnership with FotoFest and Arab American Cultural and Community Center

11
Mark Rothko: A Musical Response
Haskell Small

3
The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on a Revolutionary Anthem
Presented in partnership with APERIO, Music of the Americas and FotoFest
2
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Dr. Alejandro Chaoul, Bon Buddhist Tradition

March
24
Shostakovich: The Last Quartets
Jerusalem String Quartet, Presented in partnership with Da Camera
20
Moments from the Sun
Jeff Talman and Dr. Daniel Huber
6
Mark Rothko: Traveler to the Sublime
Annie Cohen-Solal, Ph.D.
5
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Ajit Giani, Baha'i Tradition
2
Losar

February
27
The Violence of Love: The Legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero
Julian Filochowski
20
Soul Repair from Moral Injury After War
Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D.
19
Where Soldiers Come From
Heather Courtney
6
Mark Rothko: Marriage of Modern Art and Architecture
Dr. Eileen Costello
1
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Dr. Jerry Ruhl, Modern Meditation

January
30
Twilight Meditation
Bon-Buddhist Meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
25
Museum Experience
23
America Beyond Capitalism
Gar Alperovitz, Ph.D. with David Benson
20
MLK Day
15
Take My Hand, Lead Me Home: The Music that Inspired MLK
Jason Oby
1
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Dana Shamas, New Year's Day Crystal Bowl Meditation

2013 Programs

December
21
Winter Solstice Observation
10
Possibilianism
David Eagleman, Ph.D.
7
2013 Member and Donor Appreciation Performance and Reception: The First to Arise
Kevin Locke
4
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Rev. Hannah Atkins, Christian Tradition

November
21
Houston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
14
Spiritual Intelligence and Leadership: The Quest for Human Nobility
Cindy Wigglesworth
12
Twilight Meditation
Jewish Contemplative Service with Cantor Daniel Mutlu
6
Women’s Human Rights: A Global Conversation
Elisa Massimino

6 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Joseph Newland, Sufi Tradition

2
Welcoming the Dead, Renewing our Struggle for Migrant Rights

October
24
Music and Religion in the Age of the "Nones"
Anthony Pinn, Ph.D.
17 The Fight for Public Education
Brian Jones with Hany Khalil, moderated by Juliet Stipeche
8
Peace Building through Art and Dialogue
Creativity for Peace
3
America and the Religion of No Religion
Jeffrey Kripal, Ph.D.

2 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Rev. Daniel Strain, Spiritual Naturalist Tradition

September
29
Modern-Day Slavery
Lori Cohen, Sanctuary for Families, and Constance Rossiter, YMCA
21 Peace Pilot
17
Twilight Meditation
Christian Contemplative Taize Service with Kinley Lange
15
Learning to Walk in the Dark
Barbara Brown Taylor
4 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Rev. Melissa Murry, Wiccan Tradition

2 Free Day of Yoga Houston
Presented in partnership with Texas Yoga Association

August
31
Preserving Mayan Legacies in Ritual and Ceremony
Tata Apolinario Chile Pixtún, Presented in partnership with Think Peace International and PK McCary, artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses
28
Dreams of the Beloved Community
15
Summer Sounds on the Plaza: Celebrate Cuba
El Rectorado del Son
7
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Satmitar Khalsa, Sikh Tradition

4 Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial
Collaboration with Pax Christi, Dominican Sisters of Houston, Maryknoll Brothers and Fathers, Houston Peace and Justice Center

July
18
Summer Sounds on the Plaza: An Angolan Adventure
Vivalda Dula
10
Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Dr. Andrew Vidich, Modern Tradition

June
27
Summer Sounds: Sufi Second Line
Wahida
21
Summer Solstice Observation
20
LGBT in America: The Last Legal Discrimination
Councilman Joel Burns and Robert Leleux
5 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Mediation Leader Vehishta Kaikobad, Zoroastrian Tradition
May and June
Tai Chi on the Plaza

May
14-15
DUET: Lift Me Up For I Am Dying, an audio installation featuring Avri Levitan (Tel Aviv) and Tyme Khleifi (Ramallah)
10
Vatican II and Visual Sacred Art
Dr. Marcia Brennan and Dr. Amy Hollywood

2
Earth Church: A Vision of Full-World Spirituality
Jim Blackburn

1 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Claire Villarreal, Buddhist Tradition

April
27
MURAL in Concert
20
Menil Community Arts Festival
13Mozart's A Little Night Music
Collaboration with Mercury
13 Yoga and Meditation on the Plaza
7 2013 Óscar Romero Award honoring Ms. Blanca Velázquez Díaz
3 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Henry Abramovitch, Jewish Tradition

March
26
Economic Justice: Labor Rights as Human Rights
Joie Chowdhury
24
Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero Film Screening on the Plaza
21
Slow Justice is No Justice: The Mexican Case
Jose Calderoni
19
Mexico Today: A Portrait of Contemporary Mexican Society
Katharine Donato, Ph.D.
14 The Transformed Experience of Sisters since Vatican II
Sister Pat Farrell
7 Musical Traditions of Christianity and Judaism Explored Through the Psalms
Collaboration with the University of St. Thomas
6 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing 
Meditation Leader Lisa Harris, Music
4 Jewish-Catholic Reconciliation: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going?
Rabbi David Rosen and Fr. James Barlow Anderson, S.T.D.

February
28 A Revolutionary Event 50 Years Later
Peter Steinfels
23 and 24 Music for Rothko Chapel
Collaboration with Da Camera
19 America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose
Rev. James E. Atwood
8 Music for Peace: Shouts, Cries, Prayers
Collaboration with the Foundation for Modern Music
6 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing 
Meditation Leader Jerry Ruhl, Ph.D., Modern Tradition
3 Morton Feldman's Rothko Chapel
Collaboration with Da Camera of Houston

January
26
Museum Experience
19 Bach's Double Concerto
Collaboration with Mercury
15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance
Texas Johnny Brown
9 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Alejandro Chaoul, Tibetan Bon-Buddhist Tradition
New Year's Day Crystal Bowl Meditation

2012 Programs

December
21
Winter Solstice Observation
14Night Thoughts

Adam Tendler
5 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Rev. Laura Mayo, Christian Tradition
2 Member Event, Simply Singing Songs
1 Member Event, Simply Singing Songs

November
19 Poet of Witness: Cyrus Cassells Reads from The Crossed-Out Swastika
15 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
October 4-November 8 Tai Chi on the Plaza
Henderson Smith
7 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Dr. Hansa Medley, Hindu Tradition

October
6-27 Yoga and Meditation on the Plaza
25 An Evening with Poet John Taggart
20 Vivaldi's Harmonic Inspirations
Collaboration with Mercury
17 Vatican II@50
International Inspiration, Local Expression: Vatican II, the de Menils,
and the Rothko Chapel
Alberto Melloni
16 Vatican II@50
The Challenge of Faith in Contemporary America
Margaret Steinfels
15 Vatican II@50
The Untold Story: Global Peacemaking and Interreligious Cooperation
Dr. William F. Vendley

3 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Ali Kemal Civelek, Islamic Tradition

September
29
Rothko Chapel Book Club Author's Chat
Claudia Kolker
21
Master Miao Tsan: Just Oneness
15 Museum District Day Featuring John Lane on Percussion
9 Eric Weiner on His Life Changing Spiritual Journey
5 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Ange Finn, Meridian Tapping
3 Free Day of Yoga Houston
Collaboration with Texas Yoga Association

August
29
Rothko Chapel Book Club
Claudia Kolker

26 A Call to Conscience: Poet Javier Sicilia on the US/Mexico Drug War
9 Summer Sounds: Brazilian Arts Foundation
1 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Sat Kartar, Sikh and Kundalini Yoga

July
30
Kirtan and Dialogue with Mahamandaleshwar Swami Nityananda
28 As If They Were Not There: Sound Art in the Rothko Chapel
Jacob Kirkegaard, Steve Roden, and Stephen Vitiello
Collaboration with the Menil Collection
12 Summer Sounds: Baba Ifalade and D.R.U.M.
11 Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing
Meditation Leader Michael Perkola, Buddhism

June
20 Summer Solstice Observation
17 New Arrivals
Collaboration with HGOco 

May
16 Katrina: The Neo-Liberal Deluge
Cedric Johnson, Ph.D.

12 Awakenings: Contemporary Expressions of Nature and Spirit
Aperio, Music of the Americas 
4 Off-Site Collaboration Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo
3 Dana Gillespie Concert
Jewish Intrafaith Dialogue Panel: Modern Questions for an Ancient Faith
Off-Site Collaboration with the Boniuk Center

April
26
Walking in Air
Collaboration with Aurora Picture Show

21 Geography Comes to an End
Intersection New Music Collective 

20
Off-Site Collaboration with Arab American Educational Foundation
Marcel Khalife and Al Mayadine Ensemble
17
No Culture Without Freedom
Marcel Khalife

14 Turkish Orchestra
Menil Community Arts Festival Performance
Family Drum Circle presented by Da Camera
Menil Community Arts Festival Performance
Valerie Hartzell, Classical Guitar 
12 The Anguish of the Journey: Central American Migration through Mexico
Father Heyman Vazquez 

March
15
Rothko and the Menils: A Houston Legacy
Stephen Fox, Geraldine Aramanda, and Suna Umari

10
The Spirituality of Stewardship, Sustainability, and Food
Dr. Norman Wirzba, J. David Bamberger, Darwin Nelson, and Rev. Jeremy Rutledge 

5 Fact, Fiction, and Interpretation: Conversations about Red
Kate Rothko Prizel, Gregory Boyd, Dr. Terrence Doody
3 – Thomas Moore, Ph.D. on Art, Dreams, and Spirituality

February
25, 26 Fragments for the End of Time
21
Religious Freedom in Houston
17 Music For Peace: Musicians in Exile
11, 12 Bernie Glassman on Spirituality Based Social Action and Peacemaking

January
23 Tariq Ali on the Uses and Abuses of History
15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance
12 Answering the Knock at Midnight: Martin Luther King's Legacy in the Contemporary
Black Church with Dr. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs
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2011 Programs

December
16
40th Anniversary Year-End Celebration with Sara Hickman
09
Music Doing Good: Bells in Spiritual Traditions, Song, and Celebration

November
17 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
13 Oscar Romero Awards Ceremony Honors Nassera Dutour, Algerian Mother and
Champion of Missing Algerians
01 Off-Site Cooperative Event, I Shall Not Hate: A Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and
Human Dignity with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

October
20
The Idea of Justice: Human Rights as Global Imperative with Amartya Sen
15 The Foundation of Happiness with Michael Ciborski
11 Exploring a Course in Miracles with Sondra Ray and Mark Sullivan
01 Through the Lens: The Early Days of the Rothko Chapel as Seen by François de Menil

September
24 A Conversation about Barnett Newman with Carol Mancusi-Ungaro
18
Houston Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Interfaith Prayer Service
17
– Museum District Day
Performance/Demonstration of Middle Eastern Sacred Songs (Piyutim)- From Pulpit to Pop Chart with
Galeet Dardashti 

Tai Chi Demonstration with Henderson Smith
08, 11, 13 – Pieces of 9/11: Memories from Houston
Community Conversations about 9/11, Remembrance and Honor: Why do we Remember? How do we
Honor?
Song Cycle with Houston Grand Opera
Journey to Hope: How do we Heal the Wounds?

August
28
Labor in the Pulpit, on the Bimah, and in the Minbar
27 – MURAL

July
16 – Brian Siskind presents Beat Hollow: a guided sonic meditation, acoustically tailored and specifically crafted solely for and in reverence of the sacred space of the Rothko Chapel

June
28 – Cipriana Juardo, Mexican Activist, Tells Her Story
26 The Raga in Hindu and Islamic Music Presented in Cooperation with Sacred Songs, Sacred Sites, HAA
10 Evening Star: Beauty Bringer, Songs of Possibility, Divergence Vocal Theatre
05 – SPECIAL PROGRAM AND WORKSHOP, “Storytelling Workshop”
04 – SPECIAL PROGRAM AND WORKSHOP, “Monkey King: Journey to the West”
Diane Wolkstein
02, 09, 16, 23 – Tai Chi Series
Henderson Smith, Instructor

May
9 Community Dialogue with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
26 – Your Name Means the Sea 

A Chamber Opera Presented by HGOco

April
29 – Spirit Matters: A Series Exploring Identity, Religion, and Human Rights,
“The Rights of Others: Citizens, Migrants and Residents”

Seyla Benhabib, PhD
15 – “A Pilgrimage to Easter” with Saint Romanos Chorale
12 – Spirit Matters: A Series Exploring Identity, Religion, and Human Rights,
“The Humanity of Solders: Spiritual Injury and the Right of Moral Conscience in War” 
Rita Nakashima Brock, Jr., PhD
07 – Spirit Matters: A Series Exploring Identity, Religion, and Human Rights, “The Path Beyond the Path: Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest for Universal
Singularity”
Elliot R. Wolfson, PhD
02 – Riyaaz Qawwali at the Rothko Chapel
Sonny K. Mehta, Lead Performer
Performance co-sponsored by the Asia Society

March
23 – Spirit Matters: A Series Exploring Identity, Religion, and Human Rights,
“Political Economy and the Holistic Spirituality of Jesus” 

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., PhD
19 – Spirit Matters: A Series Exploring Identity, Religion, and Human Rights,
“Human Rights, Universality and Sovereignty in African and Islamic Perspectives” 

Abdullahi An-Na’im, PhD
11 – Music For Peace 
The Foundation for Modern Music, Raúl Orlando Edwards, Artistic Director, and Guest Performers

February
25, 26, 27 – Da Camera Honors the Rothko Chapel with “Music for Rothko”
Presented in Collaboration with Houston Chamber Choir
19 – The Rothko Chapel and the Transformative Power of Art, A Series, “Acts of Faith” 
The Reverend Susan J. Barnes
12 – The Rothko Chapel and the Transformative Power of Art, A Series, “Painting and Patronage” 
David Novros, Artist

January
29 – The Rothko Chapel and the Transformative Power of Art, A Series,
“About Painting and What It Can Do”

Brice Marden, Artist
17 – Renewing the Chapel’s Spiritual Vocation through 40 Days of Silent Meditation
15 – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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2010 Programs

December
10 – The St. Romanos Chorale
Dr. William Attra, Choral Director
09 – Gaza in Crisis
Ilan Pappé, Israeli Historian

07 – In the Lateness of the World: Singing in Dark Times
Carolyn Forché

03 – SPECIAL TICKETED EVENT PRESENTED BY DA CAMERA

November
18 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
12 – Water and the Spirit: Exploring Spirituals and Gospel Music

Kenneth Gayle, Tenor
Rodney Waters, Piano
Sheldon Nunn, Lecturer
10 – Music of a Distant Drum
Smadar Levi

October
23 – Robert Schumann Meets Lithuanian Composers
Petras Geniušas
20 – An Evening of Poetry at the Rothko Chapel with Internationally Acclaimed Poet Adonis
19 – Juárez: A Killing Field, “The Most Dangerous Place to Practice Journalism”
Alfredo Corchado, Journalist
12 – Juárez: A Killing Field, “City of Death; City of Hope”
Dr. Cecilia Ballí, Journalist
10 A Conversation with Tariq Ramadan, plus a panel of local scholars, presented in collaboration with Islamic Society of Greater Houston
05 – Juárez: A Killing Field, “Murder City”
Charles Bowden, Author

September
29 – Faith, Labor and Justice: The Struggle for Worker Rights in Houston
Christine Diaz, Moderator
25 – Museum District Day
25 – Transformative Encounters with the Rothko Chapel
Helen Winkler Fosdick
Carol Mancusi-Ungaro
Christopher Rothko, Ph.D.
Harry Cooper, Ph.D., Moderator
17 – Not for Sale: The Scandal of Human Trafficking in Houston and Beyond
David Batsone, Ph.D.

August
03 – Environmental Care in Islamic Teachings
Imam Muhammad N Haq

June
06, 09, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 – Compassion: The Key to Peace?
Co-Sponsored by the Rothko Chapel and the Magdalen Community, Facilitated by The Reverend Betty Adam

May
20, 21 – Song Salon: Fragments from Augustine the Saint, A Chamber Opera
Kenneth Gayle, Tenor
Lauren Anderson, Dancer
William B. Parsons, Professor, Rice University Religious Studies Department
Presented by Divas World Productions
15 – Members Event: A Concert of Sacred Sound
13 – Three Rabbis Respond to “Encountering the Jewish Future” As Presented by Marc Ellis

Rabbi Barry Gelman, United Orthodox Synogogues of Houston
Rabbi Steve Morgen, Congregation Beth Yeshurun
Rabbi Roy A. Walter, Congregation Emanu El
Gregory Kaplan, Anna Smith Fine Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Rice University
08 – A Life of Zen: Making Peace with the Commonplace
Karen Maezen Miller, Author and Zen Buddhist Priest
03 – Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi: A Voice for Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East

April
29 – Encountering The Jewish Future
Marc Ellis, Director
The Center for Jewish Studies, Baylor University
08 – Amiri Baraka: Living Legend
Amiri Baraka
06 – Gaza on the Ground

March
25 – In the Sufi Tradition: Poetry and Music Celebrating A Face That Does Not Bear the
Footprints of the World
13 – Menil Community Arts Festival
A Conversation with Houston Chronicle Art Critic Douglas Britt
East/West Improvisational Music by The Language of Peace
11 – Nelofer Pazira Speaks on Afghanistan: Fact or Fiction
Afghan-Canadian Filmmaker, Writer, Journalist and Human Rights Activist

04 – MURAL in Concert
Kim Myhr, Guitar
Jim Denley, Woodwinds
Ingar Zach, Percussion

February
20 – Chanting in the Chapel
Monks from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert
12 – Lunar New Year Celebration

January
29 – Song Salon: Tonal Transcendence — Composers and Human Rights
Sonja Bruzauskas, Mezzo Soprano
Presented by Divas World Productions
15 – Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir / Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

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