Zeteo Worships With Just Love

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Beginning in March 2015, Zeteo has begun to worship twice a month with the Just Love community, another recently formed Disciples of Christ community.  Come join us to see what new things are happening!

Zeteo Featured In Houston Press Article

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Zeteo was recently featured in a Houston Press article.  We aren’t sure why the “hipster” word was used so much.  And we don’t meet in Meyerland.  But all in all, the article was good and helped to get the word out about Zeteo.  Read the article here.

Jenni’s Radio Interview

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

On July 18th, Zeteo’s pastor, Jenni Fairbanks, was interviewed on Open Community Access Journal on KPFT Houston.  She discussed Houston’s recently passed Equal Rights Ordinance, Zeteo, and Christianity in America today.  Listen to the interview below:

Upcoming Events…

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED

ORIGINAL POST:

We are excited to announce that our old friend Peter Rollins is making his way back to Houston in May!  He’s also bringing Danielle Shroyer and Jerry Dewiit with him!  Over the course of two days, we’ll have an experience at the Rothko Chapel and have discussions led by Peter, Danielle, and Jerry.  See our special events page for more details.

Since we will be having the event on May 9th and 10th, we will not have our “typical” monthly worship gathering on May 11th.

Also, since Easter falls on the 3rd Sunday in April, we are pushing our Theology Pub to April 22nd at 7:00 pm.

Zeteo Featured In Houston Chronicle Blog

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Check out the new Houston Chronicle blog post about Zeteo titled, “A Mission To Serve The Seeking.”  Thanks Tony for writing about us!

http://blog.chron.com/beyondchurchwalls/2013/12/a-mission-to-serve-the-seeking/

Jay Bakker Is Coming To Town

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Jay’s visit is one month away!  We are very excited about meeting Jay and hope that we’ll all meet some new faces that weekend.  The link below is to the event flyer.  Feel free to print it out and post it up wherever you think will work…coffee shops, pubs, telephone polls, etc., etc.  The more the merrier.

Jay Bakker Humidity & Heretics Event Flyer

“Be The Resurrection” Sunday

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Easter, or “Resurrection” Sunday, is approaching.  Last year, our second Sunday worship gathering fell on Easter Sunday, but this year it does not.  For a time, it seemed as if we should plan a special gathering for Easter Sunday.  However, recently a new book by Jay Bakker (Faith, Doubt, And Other Lines I’ve Crossed) gave us a different idea.  In his book, Jay writes:

Our church in Brooklyn meets in a bar. The service can only be an hour because the bar hosts an open mic afterward. After church, we head out to the bar and just sit around and talk.  Members belong to our church simply by staying around to talk to other people.  We encourage community, meaning we want people to communicate.  Usually churches do that through “membership,” which inevitably comes with rules and regulations. (Some churches take it even further, into signing and submission to discipline.)  But membership is not community.

In New York City, Brooklyn especially, people are moving constantly.  The first way we try to make church not follow the art gallery model is to tell people: This is not your only community.  Your primary community is where you live.  Where you shop.  Who you spend time with.  That’s where you find faith.  That’s where you find God.  Those are the people who will stick with you and that you can rely on and share with and love.

A few pages later he goes on to say:

We need to open the doors of the church, not to let other people in, but to get ourselves out.  Instead of having Wednesday night church, let’s give people ideas on how to spend time as a family on Wednesday nights.  Give people a recipe for an easy meal, a game idea, and have a night were everyone in the church invites their neighbors over for game night—or invites them out to a night of the great American sport of bowling.  Pick a local store and support it with your business.  Frequent your local coffee shop and get to know the baristas.

When Jesus wanted to be fed, he did something.  He didn’t expect someone to feed him.  He fed himself.  He got out there and talked with people—scandalous people.  A Samaritan?  A woman?  A divorced woman living with another man?  And what’s he doing—engaging her in theological discourse?  All of these things are radically inclusive.  He’s not converting her, correcting her, confronting her.  He’s showing her that she is not only accepted and loved but also respected and valued.

Don’t invite people to church; invite yourself to leave the church and find the people.

Wow.  Seems radical, but it also makes a lot of sense, right?  So let’s try it.  Instead of planning a special Easter Sunday service, let’s be with people in our own communities.  In that vein, we’ll probably take a break from the monthly meal gatherings and small group gatherings.  (Don’t worry…we’ll still have the monthly worship gathering and Theology Pub!)  But the point is to be in community with the people that are around us every day.  So let’s give it a try.

And with it being Easter very soon, perhaps that day would be a good time to be intentional about being with your community…being the Resurrection.  And what does it mean to be the Resurrection?  Our friend Peter Rollins gives us his take:

…someone asked if my theoretical position led me to denying the Resurrection of Christ. This question allowed me the opportunity to communicate clearly and concisely my thoughts on the subject, which I repeat here.

Without equivocation or hesitation I fully and completely admit that I deny the resurrection of Christ. This is something that anyone who knows me could tell you, and I am not afraid to say it publicly, no matter what some people may think…

I deny the resurrection of Christ every time I do not serve at the feet of the oppressed, each day that I turn my back on the poor; I deny the resurrection of Christ when I close my ears to the cries of the downtrodden and lend my support to an unjust and corrupt system.

However there are moments when I affirm that resurrection, few and far between as they are. I affirm it when I stand up for those who are forced to live on their knees, when I speak for those who have had their tongues torn out, when I cry for those who have no more tears left to shed.

…And A Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year from Zeteo!  In November of 2012 we celebrated our one-year anniversary, and by far 2012 was a big year for us.  We hosted several special guests, such as Peter Rollins (North Irish philosopher/theologian), Deadman (Austin, TX based band), Tim Coons (Greeley, Co based musician) and Joel McKerrow (Australian poet).  We’ve had several fantastic Theology Pubs with numerous guest discussion leaders (various Rice University professors as well as some organization leaders from the Houston community), and we’ve enjoyed new gatherings such as our first Saturday of the month meal fellowship and a small group at the Fairbanks’ for the last Sunday night of the month.  Most importantly we’ve had several new faces join us on our journey as we continue on our path as a progressive, emergent Christian community in central Houston.

We hope 2013 will also be an exciting year as we continue to grow as a vibrant community.  The first big change for 2013 is that Jenni Fairbanks will be stepping down as the Family Minister of First Christian Church to focus all of her efforts as Pastor of Zeteo.  First Christian Church will continue to be Zeteo’s host as well as provide some financial support, but this is an important year for our community to become self-sustaining and continue in conversations around Zeteo’s identity.  First Christian Church graciously hosted and financially supported us 100% throughout 2012, but this new year is an opportunity for our community to take ownership of our needs for sustainability and longevity.

Another important change for 2013 is that we are rolling most of our start times forward to 5:30 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m.  We took an informal poll of several regular Zeteo friends, and most said the 5:30 time would be a benefit.  For families with children, the kiddos can resume their more usual bedtime.  In addition, this earlier time will allow Zeteo attendees to perhaps gather for dinner after worship.

We hope 2013 brings new ways for Zeteo to become an even more meaningful place for those who decide to journey with us.  Each weekend in 2013, some Zeteo happening will be organized, and – of course – we’ll continue our monthly worship gatherings.

We invite you to continue to partner with us on this adventure as we seek to be a radically inclusive worship gathering for anyone seeking to love God and to follow the transformative ways of Jesus.  Follow us on twitter (@Zeteohouston) and on Facebook (ZeteoHouston), and make sure to check out our website for the latest happenings.

Blessings to all of you in these new days of 2013!

All Saints / All Souls With Tim Coons

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The October Zeteo worship gathering (October 14th) will focus on All Saints / All Souls.  Our special guest musician will be Tim Coons.  Tim was with us to help us kick off our very first Zeteo worship gathering.  We are very excited about having Tim back with us and are looking forward to hearing from him again.

Check out Tim’s latest album: http://timcoons.bandcamp.com/

New Monthly Gatherings!

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

This month (October), Zeteo is kicking off two new monthly gatherings.  This signifies a big step for us as we commit to doing more to foster the growth and camaraderie of the community.

On the first Saturday of each month, we’ll gather for a meal.  We had our first meal gathering on October 6th and it was a great time.  For the time being we’ll meet up at First Christian Church, but we might try other locations as well.

On the fourth Sunday of each month, we’ll gather for a small group time.  During these gatherings, we’ll come together to spend time discussing various topics, books, movies, etc.  This month we kick it off using the Animate Faith series featuring folks such as Brian McLaren, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Mark Scandrette, Bruce Reyes-Chow, etc.  See more here: http://animate.wearesparkhouse.org/animate/the-course/

We hope you’ll come join us for one of these gatherings.