Resource Center breaks ground on its new building at 5714 Cedar Springs Road at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 23. Everyone is invited. The new building will be adjacent to Cathedral of Hope. Parking is available at the church’s property.
Cathedral of Hope announced its new senior pastor at services on Sunday, April 12.
The Rev. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas is ordained with Metropolitan Community Churches and currently serves Founders MCC in Los Angeles. His Facebook page says he has been part of MCC for 33 years.
As a native of Bournemouth, England, Dr. Thomas grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Cathedral of Hope was a member of MCC until about 10 years ago when it affiliated with United Church of Christ.
The church has been without a permanent senior pastor since the Rev. Jo Hudson resigned almost two years ago. The Rev. Jim Mitulski, who served as interim pastor for about a year-and-a-half, left in December and is now serving as an interim pastor at a church in Denver.
Cazares-Thomas will begin at Cathedral of Hope in June.
If you’re looking for an LGBT- and family-friendly Easter service or event this weekend, check out the list below. Feel free to e-mail russell(at)dallasvoice(dot)com t add your event. I’ll be sure to get it up.
Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, hosts a Good Friday service at 7:15 p.m. and three Easter services at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, and 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. For more information call 214-351-1901 or visit CathedralofHope.org.
Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius Street, hosts a Good Friday service 7–8 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and three Easter services from 8–11:45 a.m. Easter SONrise Service 8–9 a.m. followed by an Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30–10:15 am for children ages 3–12, and a worship service 10:30–11:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 5. For more information call 214-824-2533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Road, hosts a Good Friday service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and two Easter Sunday services from 7:30–11 a.m. Sunrise service 7:30 a.m. and a worship service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 5 Easter Egg-stravaganza, an LGBT family friendly even from 10 a.m.–noon on Saturday, April 4. Easter egg hunts, raffle, egg races with prizes and photo opportunities with Easter Bunny. Doughnuts, kolaches and other sweets for sale with proceeds benefitting youth mission trips. For more information call 214-363-2479.
Agape MCC, 4615 E. California Parkway, Fort Worth, hosts an an Easter egg hunt and fundraiser for Tarrant County Gay Pride Association from noon–5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. For more information call or e-mail Richard Tinker at 817-921-3318 or email@example.com. Join the church for a sunrise service at 7:15 a.m. followed by a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 5.
Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Worth hosts a Tenebrae service at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and Easter services from 6:30 a.m.–11 a.m. Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Easter services at 9 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 5. For more information call or e-mail 817-335-3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sean Baugh, who has been serving as associate artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale this season, has been named permanent artistic director.
Chorale Executive Director Bruce Jaster said the singing membership strongly supported the appointment and the announcement during the Chorale’s Tuesday night rehearsal was met with a standing ovation.
Throughout the season, Baugh has reversed declining attendance and recent shows have been sold out.
Jaster said Baugh would work with the Chorale full time and reduce his affiliation with Cathedral of Hope to part time. Thursday rehearsals and Sunday services would continue at CoH under Baugh’s direction.
“Cathedral of Hope is my spiritual home,” Baugh said. “I’m excited to be able to continue my work there as well. Both organizations are dear to me and I cannot imagine my musical life without both of them working in tandem.”
Baugh has been with the chorale nine years. He joined during former artistic director Tim Seelig’s final season. Through most of his tenure at TCC, he has been a conductor of specialty groups and has also served as an officer of the organization.
Jaster said planning has begun for the 2015-16 season that will be announced before this season’s final concert in June.
The next concert, entitled “Britain, Beatles and Bond,” takes place April 23-25 at City Performance Hall. Tickets are now on sale.
This weekend, the Chorale performs twice — at the DIFFA event on Saturday and at a memorial for former Chorale president Chet Flake at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 6525 Inwood Road.
A group that protested Sabbath services at Cathedral of Hope on Sunday, Jan. 17, left Dallas after their appearance at the church.
The head of the group traveled to Dallas from Los Angeles to protest a Muslim conference in Garland and Saturday’s MLK parade before heading over to Cathedral of Hope to spread the hate. Police confirmed Cathedral of Hope was the group’s last stop before heading out of town.
“On their way out of town, why not harass others,” Dallas police spokeswoman Monica Cordova said.
According to its website, gays are just a small portion of what this hate group protests. Among its other targets are Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, atheists, rebellious women, adulterers, pot smokers, abortionists, witches, blasphemers and … yes, hypocrites … because they’re not that.
The Los Angeles-based group, Official Street Preachers, is headed by Ruben Israel Chavez aka Ruben Israel. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists it as a “general hate” group.
“These groups espouse a variety of rather unique hateful doctrines and beliefs that are not easily categorized,” the SPLC writes about “general hate” groups. In other words, they don’t specialize in their hate.
On his Facebook page, Israel wrote on Monday, Jan. 19:
Thank You facebookers for your prayers and those of you who funded my trip to Dallas.
I am back from Texas with all my fingers and toes and we were not alone, hundreds of Texans were outside the Muslim event with one accord “Islam is evil”
Below are just a few news stories as we ‘made no small stir’ in Garland.
Photo used is taken from the ‘Christian Post’
Friday we stood outside the largest Mosque in Texas.
Saturday we witnessed at the Dallas MLK parade and later preached outside the Muslim event.
Sunday we stood outside a sodomite mega Church
I will post a full report later as I will being reminding those at the yearly MLK parade in Los Angeles of Jesus today.
So the hate came from California, not Texas, and is gone.
A group of protesters stood on Nash Street outside Cathedral of Hope on Sunday, Jan. 18, during morning Sabbath services to protest gay sex.
Police did not remove the protesters because Cathedral of Hope owns property on both sides of the street, but the protesters stood on an easement that is city property.
Because the first pictures I took were right in the faces of protesters, police moved me to the other side of the street and didn’t allow me to ask protesters what “church” they represent. The large signs say www.officialstreetpreachers.com.
After photographing protesters, I went into the church and it seemed like people were attending church, not having sex, so we’re not sure what the point of the protest actually was.
The Transgender Education Network of Texas hosted a Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial service and vigil at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Cathedral of Hope. The event honored the lives of trans people who died from anti-trans violence in 2014, including Alex C. DeChiara, 18, of Euless. Alex committed suicide last May, following severe bullying for being transgender.
Political gadfly Richard Sheridan has emerged as a suspect in the tagging incidents that occurred in Oak Lawn and more graffiti was found.
Resource Center spokesman Rafael McDonnell said they found a “666” painted on the Youth First building on Harry Hines Boulevard today. The marking has probably been there since the weekend like the others that were found on Sunday at Cathedral of Hope, the Legacy of Love Monument, on two Dallas Voice distribution boxes and in front of the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer and D magazine buildings.
McDonnell said the graffiti has already been removed.
Many people in the community, including D magazine, linked Sheridan to the crime because he is well known for his blatant homophobua. In his recent run for DISD board of trustees, Sheriden’s campaign printed a homophobic flier found stuffed in copies of Dallas Voice at several distribution sites.
Police have not confirmed that they have evidence linking Sheridan to the vandalism, but they are investigating the graffiti as a possibly bias-motivated crime.
Dallas Police Det. Laura Martin, DPD’s liaison to the LGBT community, said Monday morning that a detective has been assigned to investigate all cases related to graffiti “tagging” done at a number of locations in Oak Lawn early on Saturday morning. The number “666” — a number linked to Satan through the Book of Revelations in the Christian Bible where it is called “the mark of the Beast” — was spray-painted onto the base of the Legacy of Love monument on Oak Lawn Avenue at Cedar Springs Road, onto the driveway at two different parking lot entrances at Cathedral of Hope UCC and at a building on Oak Lawn at Maple Avenue that houses, among other businesses, the Dallas Observer.
There have also been reports that the “mark of the Beast” was spray-painted onto the Cedar Springs Road bridge over the North Dallas Tollway, on buildings at a housing development on Lucas Street and onto at least two Dallas Voice magazine racks.
Martin said police are looking into the possibility the graffiti is part of a hate crime. Police are holding a media briefing at 2 p.m. today regarding the incidents, so stay tuned for more information.
Schaefer refused to say he would never perform another same-sex wedding. While he performed a very private wedding for his son and son-in-law, he couldn’t promise to never do another wedding because he has two other gay children.
The church ruled in his appeal that Schaefer was on trial only for performing his son’s wedding and not for what he may or may not do in the future.
He can return to work at his church and will be given back benefits and pay.
Since being defrocked, Schaefer has been in Dallas twice and spoke at Cathedral of Hope and Northaven United Methodist Church. He appeared on Lambda Weekly and included footage shot at the radio station in an upcoming documentary about his trial.