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The Episcopal Diocese of Texas and Christ Church Cathedral Announce The Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in Downtown Houston
Who: The Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer (The Hines Center)
What: The Hines Center Grand Opening – Practice. Connect. Reflect.
Houston (December 2015) — The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer is pleased to announce the opening of its new center in downtown Houston on Jan. 4, 2016. The grand opening celebration will take place Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, from 6–8 p.m. at 500 Fannin St. The event will be open to the public.
The Hines Center is located adjacent to Christ Church Cathedral at the corner of Fannin and Prairie Street. The Episcopal Health
Foundation occupies the upper floors of the building and the Hines Center will occupy the first floor and mezzanine level. Ziegler Cooper Architects designed the space. Total capital funding for the Hines Center, including all operating reserves, came to $2.4 million, and all funds have been secured. The buildout and construction were completed Dec. 4, 2015.
The Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer is a ministry of Christ Church Cathedral, the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. In describing it, Dean Barkley Thompson remarked, “Just as the Beacon [another ministry of Christ Church Cathedral] feeds hungry bodies in downtown Houston, the Hines Center will feed hungry souls.” Grounded in ancient traditions of Christianity and drawing upon wisdom from other faiths, the Hines Center programs are designed to facilitate individuals on their journeys to wholeness and authentic connection.
Executive Director of Hines Center, Brooke Summers-Perry, said, “The Hines Center provides community members a place to practice contemplatively by offering options that encourage deeper connection to the self as well as with others, and inspire reflection on personal truths. To practice, we must respond to the nudge and desire for wholeness and connect authentically by understanding, accepting and respecting ourselves and each other. We must listen and follow our still, inner voice while holding reverence for the inner voice of others. To reflect, we need to become aware of and equipped to notice, engage with, and mindfully experience our spiritual lives.”
The goal of the Center is to support the human journey toward spiritual wholeness and provide guidance to individuals as they contemplate how they identify and relate to God. In support of spiritual formation, a variety of educational and experiential offerings provide strategies to increase acceptance and awareness, and practice compassion. These educational programs offer practical tools to address blocks, bypasses, distractions and limiting beliefs that can distract from taking steps toward spiritual wholeness.
Throughout history, the Episcopal Church has often been a bridge to various perspectives and traditions. The Hines Center will introduce participants to the gifts healthy religions have to offer by providing instruction and facilitation of practices like meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, labyrinth walks, expressive arts and centuries-old practices developed in the monastic tradition. In addition, the center will host lectures and dialogues. If the desire is to explore deeper in a particular tradition, an authentic connection will guide the next step. If the longing is for progression in Christian spiritual formation, the Hines Center will provide a tailored program that supports growth in non-judgment, inclusivity and incarnational integration of mind, body, and spirit.
“Unity is not the same as uniformity,” said Summers-Perry. “Unity is about respectfully accepting our differences and becoming aware of universal truths. Each of us has the opportunity to more fully experience the moments that make up our journey with reverence for our individual story, our community story and the universal story. The Hines Center respectfully honors you, where you are, and your next step.”
Where: The Hines Center, 500 Fannin St, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77002.
Contact: Brooke Summers-Perry, 713-569-5844 or [email protected]