An initiative of the Menil Collection with cultural, educational, and social justice organizations in the Greater Houston area.
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Rothko Chapel

The mission of the Rothko Chapel is to inspire people to action through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations of humanity, and to provide a forum for global concerns.

Founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. The tranquil meditative environment was inspired by the mural canvases of painter Mark Rothko (1903–1970).

The Chapel has two vocations: contemplation and action. It is a place alive with religious ceremonies of all faiths, and where the experience and understanding of all traditions are encouraged and made available. Action takes the form of supporting human rights, and thus the Chapel has become a rallying place for all people concerned with peace, freedom, and social justice throughout the world.

Open 10–6 every day of the year

3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX 77006

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Sep 21
2014
7 PM
Discussion and Celebration
Montrose / Museum District
Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon Street, Houston 70006

International Day of Peace

An evening celebration with panel discussion, film-showing, and reception featuring artists that work across borders and on projects connecting communities in the Middle East and United States.

Sep 27
2014
10 AM–3 PM
Community Conversation
3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX 77006

Love Your Enemies

Join celebrated Buddhist scholar-teachers Sharon Salzberg and Tenzin Robert Thurman for a delightful day of training and dialogue on living a mindful, love-filled life.

Oct 21
2014
7 PM
Meditation with Lecture
Montrose / Museum District
3900 Yupon, 77006

Radical Ahimsa: Jain Dharma Talk and Meditation

Explore how spiritual practices can foster compassion in one’s daily life. Two Jain nuns from the JVB Preksha Meditation Center talk on the teaching of ahimsa, nonviolence, followed by an extended meditation.

Oct 28
2014
7 PM
Discussion and Celebration
Montrose / Museum District
3900 Yupon St., 77006

The Institutional Violence of Incarceration

What impact does incarceration’s institutional violence have on society? Journalist Liliana Segura leads a discussion with Rev. Dorothy Budd and exonerated prisoner Chris Scott.

Nov 13
2014
7 PM
discussion
Montrose / Museum District
3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX, United States

Mainstreaming Torture

Two scholar-writers and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture discuss the societal effects and ethical implications of the “normalizing” of torture.

Jan 7
2015
7:00 PM
Contemplation and Dialogue
Montrose/Museum District
Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX, 77006

Black Lives Matter: Getting Beyond the Hashtag

Like much of the nation, the Chapel has been wrestling with our response to the lack of justice in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and the possibilities for action going forward. Please join us for “Black Lives Matter,” which builds on our yearlong program series on Living As If: The Art, Spirituality, and… Read More

Jan 15
2015
7 PM
Concert
Montrose / Museum District
3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX, United States

Songs of Freedom

Songs of the US Civil Rights Movement performed by a Freedom Singer who was there, offered as a tribute on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

Mar 19
2015
7 PM
Screening and discussion
Montrose / Museum District

How to Start a Revolution

A documentary on Gene Sharp, a leading practitioner and theorist of nonviolent struggle and change, followed by Q&A and discussion

Mar 21
2015
10 AM–3 PM
Workshop
Montrose / Museum District
3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX, United States

From Dictatorship to Democracy

A workshop on strategies and techniques of nonviolent struggle led by a world leader in applying strategies of peaceful change

Apr 29
2015
7:30 PM
Screening and discussion
Montrose / Museum District
3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX, United States

Journey of the Universe

A film and dialogue on how our current understanding of the universe story relates to our ecological and social challenges

May 14
2015
7 PM
performance and meditation
Montrose / Museum District
3900 Yupon Street, Houston, TX, United States

Breath: The Pulse of the Universe

A moving mandala harmonized with the breath and based on the yogic sequence of tadasana movements