JOIN US for an engaging panel discussion,
co-sponsored by:


the Rice | Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance

Alliance for Compassion & Tolerance, Houston


and Justice and Peace Council of
Christ Church Cathedral, Houston

Many LGBTQ people have been rejected, or feel rejected, as they come out people of the faith community they have known since childhood. And so they leave the faith home they grew up in and seek another path. But lately, many are seeking a way back to a welcoming and embracing faith.

On Saturday, October 21, four seekers and searchers will explore this journey, by sharing their own stories and and how LGBTQ issues are addressed in their past or current faith communities.

The panel will be facilitated by the Very Rev. Barkley S Thompson, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral. Panelists will include:

  • Erum Rani, grew up in a conservative and humble Pakistani family. She is Lesbian and Co-Founder of Iftikhar Community of Texas a LGBT space for our Muslim Brother and sisters.
  • Rabbi Gideon Estes is head rabbi at Congregation Or Ami in Houston, and openly gay. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City.
  • Michael DeVoll, a professional counselor in private practice who was raised in a fundamentalist Christian household, and is now an active participant at Christ Church (Episcopal) Cathedral.
  • Nishta Mehra is the daughter of Indian immigrants and a practicing Hindu. She’s Chair of the English Department at the Emery/Weiner School. She and her partner, Jill Carroll, were legally married in 2015 and have a five-year-old son.

Saturday, October 21, 6:30 to 8:00pm
FREE program, but please register online.
Free parking available in the Christ Church Cathedral garage, 511 San Jacinto