Throughout August you’re invited to take a self-guided tour, with or without shoes, through the re-creation of third-world family residences called Compassion City. The display, created by a local family, is housed in the parking lot on the south side of Friendswood Methodist Church, 110 N Friendswood Drive.

Christopher Leslie, is the communications director here. He explained:

“Moved by a display from Compassion International, the Damman family, who has been sponsoring a child there, felt a call to share,” he said. “They wanted to provide an experiential learning environment for their daughters so they could see and feel how their sponsored child lives. The executive staff at the church realized the impact it was having on the congregation so it was decided to open it all up to the public. What started as a lesson in caring, humility and giving thanks for the Dammans’ daughters, has become a lesson for Friendswood.”

For details, call 281-482-7535.


Odds are you’ve never heard anything like the Acoustic Shabbat service which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 16020 El Camino Real in Houston.

Singer Joe Buchanan, clarified his mission here as “Americana with a Jewish soul.”

“People work hard and when Friday night comes, they want to kick back and I feel like a huge part of my job as an artist is to give people a break from worries and stress,” he said. “This Shabbat service is a relaxed, kicked-back affair. You don’t have to read Hebrew, you don’t have to be a member of the synagogue, and you don’t even have to be Jewish to enjoy it. Does it also make a great date night? You bet it does. Let’s shake some dust together and welcome in Shabbat with a good time. You can even wear your boots. I’ll be wearing mine.”

For details, call 281-488-5861.


Another musician of note, saxophonist Tom Braxton, will perform at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Life Fellowship Church, 2020 Anders Lane, in Kemah.

“There is a deeper side to Tom,” said the Rev. Mark Johnson, Life’s pastor. “As a Christian and servant of the living God, Braxton understands that his true calling is to create music that touches the heart, bringing glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.”

For details, call 832-864-2800.


Update: Faith leaders of all stripes used social media to condemn the concept of racial superiority after the tragedy of the Charlottesville protest, which lead to death and injury as white supremacists clashed with counter-protesters.

Rabbi A. James Rudin, the senior inter-religious adviser for the American Jewish Committee asked, “Was the lethal violence in Charlottesville a one-time event or does it represent the future of an America religiously and politically at war with itself?”

Leah Wise, writing in Christianity Today, said she took refuge from the violence of the neo-Nazis in a nearby church. Her insight, “I take with me the promise and the reminder that when we are terrified, God shows up, in faces that look like mine and in faces that neo-Nazis hate.”

Professor Michael J. Svigel of Dallas Theological Seminary tweeted, “White supremacy is a sin against humanity,”

And Russell Moore, an oft-quoted leader in the Southern Baptist Convention, responded, “The so-called alt-right white supremacist ideologies are anti-Christ and satanic to the core.”

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