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  Dominican Family Committee Information

As the Dominican Family keeps growing, we rely on dedicated members to help us strengthen our mission. We accomplish this through the active participation of our members in our committees. Please contact the committee head listed after each committee description if you have any questions or wish to get involved.

Prayer Committee

The Prayer Committee's goal is to help our Dominican Family members actively pursue a deeper awareness of God's presence through prayer. Nurturing prayer life and spirituality as well as sharing the fruits of one's prayer embody the Charism of the Dominican's call to be aware of and speak of the constant presence of God. Our committee is responsible for the daily prayer, normally do the prayer at the monthly Dominican Family meetings and develop other prayer events. Please consider being a member of the Prayer Committee to share your ideas/gifts as we plan events. We have our planning meetings at St Pius X High School. 

Poverty Study/Action Committee
The Poverty Committee focuses on study and action related to the problem of poverty in the Houston area. We are trying to learn about the many dimensions of poverty through reading, viewing short films and inviting guest speakers to our meetings. We are dedicated to working with the Dominican Sisters in the Angela House ministry and are seeking other opportunities to help alleviate poverty in our city and surrounding areas. The Poverty Committee welcomes new members, and our meetings are posted on the Dominican Family calendar. -- Krystle Powell, kntpowell@gmail.com

Integral Ecology Work Study Committee
Integral Ecology refers to the factors that shape and are shaped by the interaction of human beings with each other and the natural world. The interconnectedness of these factors points to the central idea of wholeness; this and the coming together of science and spirituality define the overall theme of our message. 

Ecology, evolution and social psychology are the especially relevant scientific disciplines for us. As the study of ecosystems, ecology focuses on the consequences of climate change and the general degradation of natural systems. An enlightened view of evolution opens the possibility of turning evolutionary mechanisms to the task of consciously evolving a culture in which Earth and all life are cherished, protected, healed and restored. Social psychology addresses how collective beliefs can become better aligned with the reality of a threatened planet. 

Spiritually, the New Story embodies logic and scientific sensibilities while sustaining religious faith as a motivating force. Individual transformation is a spiritual process that recognizes that change begins and takes hold in the beliefs and actions of individuals. Our message should resonate with those who are deeply religious and with those who are not but who believe there is a moral reality that transcends mere individual self-interest. 

Our purpose is to collaborate with other appropriate organizations and participate in the process of creating awareness of the peril we face and the consequences of sustaining the political, cultural, religious and economic status quo - and acting, where possible, to support change.  

-- Neil Douglas, oxfordcg@swbell.net

Communication Committee
The Communication Committee is dedicated to improving communication among Dominican Family members and Dominican Sisters.  Our goal is to promote the Dominican Family and its work to the greater Houston community.  Committee members utilize the Dominican Family website, Flocknote, email, and social media channels to remind members of family, formation, and inquiry meetings, social gatherings and special events.  We encourage those interested in writing, photography or videography to join us. -- Lauren Wasielewski, 
laurenwasi@hotmail.com
 
Dominican Family Hospitality 
As a family, all are welcome to volunteer with Hospitality. Together, we offer a warm welcome while distributing name tags and provide snacks and refreshments for our monthly gatherings. Coordinators are needed to help organize the September Potluck, the December Advent Brunch and the Commitment Mass in April. Hospitality using an online signup.  Watch for communications from Dominican Family to volunteer with Hospitality.  -- Abby Linesch, abbylinesch@hotmail.com

 
 
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