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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung g Friday, November 15, 1996 □ 9 AAfter 25 years, Rothko Chapel is still an interfaith monument By MICHELLE KCMDIN Associated Press Writer HOUSTON (AP) — On a typical midweek day, a woman dressed in exercise clothes sits cross-legged on the tile floor of Houston’s Rothko Chapel, her palms up, her eyes closed. She wipes away tears. Around her, 14 large dark murals take up most of the wall space in the octagon-shaped chapel. The paintings are monotonic, and lack the symbolism of any particular religion. That absence is the key. The Rothko Chapel, which turned 25 this year, is so small yet stands for so much — an understanding among followers of different religions, the blending of art and religion, an appreciation for protectors of human rights. * The unpretentious landmark on a tree-lined street in Houston’s Montrose area comfortably holds no more than 200 people. Since its consecration in 1971, the chapel has been the site of interfaith weddings, baptisms, a bar mitzvah. It has served as a temple for Hindus and Buddhists, a mosque for Muslims. One of die city’s premier tourist attractions, the Rothko Chapel has drawn visitors from all over die world, including the Dalai Lami. Many scribble in a guestbook their thoughts about how the chapel has touched them. “No images — but I see. No sounds — but I hear,” writes one. “Such a jewel,” another says. “The ability to finally know what I want to ask my God.” It certainly isn’t like that for everyone who enters the chapel, named for the late abstract expressionist painter Marie Rothko, who was asked to create a meditative environment. When it first opened 2 1/2 decades ago, it was viewed by many as an oddity. Here was a building with the status of a church, but without a steeple or cross. It contained paintings that had no religious representation. “The artsy people liked it very much, but the others felt, ‘Well, what’s this?’ ” says Nabila Drooby, the executive director. Even now, Mrs. Drooby can look out the window of her office next door to the chapel and see surprised guests as they exit. “A few days ago, I was watching here and I had three youngsters walk in and came out laughing,” die says. “We often have reactions like this. People who do not know what to expect or don’t know anything about it look on a list of monuments to visit, see the Rothko Chapel. You walk in, you see 14 dark panels and nothing else, lf you do not have a spiritual concern or an artistic sensitivity, what is this?” It was a vision of art patrons John and Dominique de Menil, who settled in Houston in the 1940s after fleeing Nazi-occupied France. They commissioned Rothko and architect Philip Johnson, who was building their home at the time. Out of a reflecting pool by the chapel’s entrance rises Barnett Newman’s “Broken Obelisk,” dedicated to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “I very much believe that the chapel is the womb and the obelisk in front of the chapel is virility,” Mrs. de Menil says. She chose Rothko to provide the sanctuary’s only adornment because she liked his use of color and knew there would be no religious symbolism in the paintings. Rothko never lived to see the chapel. He committed suicide in 1970 at age 67. From the beginning, the de Mentis imagined a place where anyone would feel welcome. “The chapel is unique in the world because it belongs to no one and to everyone,” says Mrs. de Menil, 88. “So many spaces that try to avoid being sectarian and being identified with any particular faith tradition, they lose a spiritual quality and it becomes simply a generic spaced’ says the Rev. James Leach of Covenant Baptist Church. “Somehow what they’ve been able to achieve is a nonsectarian, spiritual space. That’s a tremendous gift to the city.” During the 1970s, the chapel evolved into a rallying place for the human rights causes close to Mrs. de Menil’s heart. In 1981, the chapel celebrated its 10th anniversary by handing out human rights awards of $10,000 to 12 individuals and groups. Five years later, the $20,000 Oscar Romero Award was developed in honor of the murdered archbishop of San Salvador. Also in 1986, Mrs. de Menil and former President Jimmy Carter formed the Carter-Menil Human Rights Foundation to promote the protection of human rights around the world. Advertise on our church page, Call 625-9144 Ferguson - Hermes Insurance Agency since 1t» 625-4500 mW.SANAMTOMO PORTER GRAPHICS Your business could be here! Call 625-9144 for more Information. Sift N. SEGUIN NEW SHAUNTE IS. 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Oak Flooring, Ceramic Tile, Vinyl Flooring 625-2629    710    Loop    337 Come Join us after church. GARLAND TRANSMISSIONS 629-0278 2141 Et IH35 HEO. 651 S. Walnut 608-0017 B&C Service Cantel Automotive Repairs 211 Hwy. 81 E. 029-1072 Express Your Love with MOW 146 North Casted 625-5522 IBI COUNTY OFFICE EQUIPMENT SALES SERVICE RENTALS -LEASE ivri wnnrns CALCULATORS raru REGIS I EMS COMPUIER8 COPIERS SUPPLIER PRINTING TURNITURfc JAMES OLSEN 210 -629 -5023 •46 N WAI NUT NEW IlflANTEl S. lo.a. 78130 Parly Partial* K'trydaj Rn 17*I Wa DvlKrr W.Immi Ar*, al III 39 Wa la a I Sqwarr 6*9 ft 45 Your business could bs here! Call 625-9144 for more Information. naiROLASt WORM dom!stic a ronciGN • MttUMANCi CLAIMS WCICOMC 547 S. SEQUIN Your business could bs here! Call 625-9144 for more Information. Utloru Smith ' Omer GOLDEN EAGLE MINTING Cm*,Un Urn tfr*Mn§ (HO) 629 4352 M I III J3 West • New SrmufeU. ITC 7HJ0 Webue Smimii CtMtr NOW OPEN DAILY AT I LAM Gruene Historic District 625-0684 4fcr% Joe's] fun-me mins 1153 Cash 620-1234 SAM’S CLEANERS Dry Cleaning • Laundry Alterations • Monogramming Leathers * Furs 274 Trade Center Dr. • 275 Lands St. (210)629-6296    (210)629-8112 Qkatte in    t Qfio/ty c-PeacG, S£oue, & flood QAsit the chuiteh o^j you/t choler you u/oufid (like adve/ttiQe in ou/i /tcfiigious section - please cctCC 62S-91    - Church directory for New Braunfels, Comal County & area Berean Bible Church, 889 Landa St. Sunday services. IO a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Wed. 7:30 p.m. MeiC^class at 8 Saturday. 62iFoT02. a.m. Calvary (Independent) Baptist Church, 2286 W. San Antonio St. Sun. School-10:00 a.m. Sun. Worship & Junior church-11:00 a.m. Youth Group-Sunday-5:00 p.m. Sun. evening services-6:00 p.m. Bible study-Wed.-7:0() p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church Christ centered - Bible believing. Presbyterian Church in America, 1620 Common. Sunday school, 9:30; Worship service, 10:45; Wednesday eve., 7:15. Phone 629-0405 Church of Christ, 1665 Highway 81 W. Bible classes for alf; 9 a.m.; worship IO a.m.; evening worship 6:00 p.m.; Wed. 7:00p.m. classes for all ages. Nursery available. Church of Christ, 117 E. Zipp Rd, 620-0055. Preacher Mark Reeves. Sun. 8:30am and 4:30pm; Wed. 7pm. Community Christian Church, McQueeney Braunfels, Tx. 78130. 620-7174 1750 Old McQueeney Road, New Office. Mr. Dee Armes, Pastor. Services: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday night, 7:00 p.m. Nursery provided. Cross Lutheran Church, (Missouri Synod), South Hickory and Cross Streets. Sunday school 9:15 a.m.; worship 8 and 10:30 a.m. Dayspring    Christian Fellowship, 1895 S. Walnut, Sunday School 9:30am, Sunday Worship 10:30am. Wednesday evening service 7:00pm Wesleyan denomination. Faith United Church, 970 Loop 337. 625-6761 Sunday Worship 10:30a.m., sunday school-all ages 9:15 am. Pastor Lee Zillman. Youth Faith Extravaganza 2nd Saturday of each month 9:30am-lpm. First Assembly of God, 1687 First Church of Christ Scientist, 137 E. Mill St. Sunday service 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school 10:30; Wednesday service 7:30 p.m. Child care available. First Church of the Nazarene, 1465 135 East. Sunday service 9:45 a.m.; worship 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. First Protestant Church, (located on the corner of Seguin and Coll streets; one block from downtown plaza)    Sunday Worship 8:00 and 10:30 AM; Sunday school Classes 9:00 AM; Breakfast at The First 8:30-10:15; Youth Activities - call 609-7729 Ext. 36; Wednesday PRIME TIME Bible studies & seminars; For Your Intercession Prayer Groups - Wed. AM & Tues. PM; Adult activities; child care provided. First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio Street Sunday Worship: 8:30am, 10:50am, 7:0()pm Sunday School: 9:30am Youth Activities: 5:(K)pm Freedom Fellowship Church, 330 S. Hackberry. 625-1288. Pastor Dennis Gallaher. Sun. Worship 10:30am: Sun. Bible Study 9:30am, Wea. night home ministries. Foursquare Gospel, 430 FM306, 606-2o43. Pastor Fred McMichaei. Sun. School 10am, Sun Worship Ham; Wed. 7pm. Greater Life United Pentecostal Church, 134 Enchantment Lane, off FM 725, Pastor Jack Dool: Sunday services 10:00am and 6:00pm - Wednesday 7:30pm. For more information call 609-1325. Harmony Baptist Church, 1472 Texas 46 S. sunday school 9:45 a.m.; Sunday worship ll a.m. and I p.m.; Church training 6p.m.; Wednesday prayer meeting J p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church, 245 S. Hidafgi sn 609-5320. Mon.-Wed. 8am U.S. 81 West. Sunday school 9;45 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday service 7 p.m. 8am (Spanish mass). Wed. (English mass), Thurs.-6pm (Spanish), Fri. 8am (English), Sat. 5pm (English), Sun. 8am (Spanish) and 10am (English). Father James Wasser, M.S.r. First Baptist Church, 733 Cross St. Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday dinner 5:00 p.m. Bible study and prayer service 6:00 p.m. New Braunfels Christian Church, 734 Loop 337, Sunday School for all ages - 9:30am. Worship Celebration and Junior Church - 10:30am. Nursery Erovided. Youth groups & adult ible study 6:00pm. A nondenominational fellowship. 629-2202, Pastor Rick Bartlett 608-0330. New Braunfels Presbyterian . Worship 8:30 a.m.; Sunday school 9:30 Church, 373 Howard. Worshi Lakeside Baptist Church, FM 725. Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship ll a.m.; Wednesday Bible study and prayer meeting 7 p.m.; worship ministry and home groups. Life Christian Center temporarily meeting at the J&R Gymnastics Bldg., 1437 S. Walnut, New Braunfels. Sundays - IO a.m.; Thursdays - 7:00 p.m.; Pastor Don Dalton 620-LIFE 8 Tree of Life Fellowship, 652 N. a.m.; worship ll a.m. nursery provided. New Braunfels Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2990 W. San Antonio St. P.O. Box 311551. Sabbath school 10:40 a.m. Saturday; worship 9:30 a.m. Saturday. 629-5673. Oakwood Baptist Church, 2154 Loop 337-N., 625-0267. Sundays-8:15am & 10:45am; Sun. eves.-6pm, Wed. Service 7pm. Pastor Ray Still Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 138 W. Austin. Masses 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and, 8 and ll a.m. Sunday; Monday through Friday Masses 6 p.m. Wed. 8 a.m. Peace Lutheran Church, 1147 S. Walnut. Worship 8:00 and 10:30 am; Sunday School 9:15 am. Pastor David Schulte. 620-0618 New Life Fellowship Church, 104 Melody Lane, New Braunfels, 78130 (1/2 mi. south of 1-35 on FM 725 behind Sac-n-Pac) 210-606-5527 Worship: Sundays, IO am; Wednesdays, 7:30 pm Resurrection Baptist Church, 909 FM 1518. 658-0459. St. John's Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther. Holy Eucharist Rite One 7:30 a.m., Rite Two at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Christian education classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Anglican Church, 446 N. Seguin. Sun. 8 a.m. Holy Communion; ll a.m.-1st & 3rd Sundays Holy Communion; 2nd & 4th Sundays Morning Prayer, Church School 9:45 Sundays. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2), 10:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m. Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. casten, 625-4531. Monsignor Eugene O’callaghan. Mass: Sat. 5pm; Sun. 8am, 9:30am, 11:15am.. ladies Bible study IO a.m. Wednesday; Pastor's Bible study I and Youth Meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday. Church of Unity, New Braunfels,! Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Citizen’s Center at 655] Landa St. The Unitarian Universalists ol Comal County will meet on] Wednesday at the Faith United Church of Christ, 970 N. Loop 337, at 7:30 pm. Public invited. Victory Temple Church 608-1 1300 1121 Oasis, New Braunfels! Penecostal Church of God Pastorl Donald Beard. Sunday and Sunday School lOam and| 6pm; Wed. 7pm. AREA Bracken United Methodist! Church, 20377 FM 2252. Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; Church services 8:15 and 10:40 a.m.; UMYFl Sunday 5 p.m. Church of Christ, FM 3159 and 2673. Bible class IO a.m.; Sunday worship ll a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday service 7 p.m. 899-7077. St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 7420 FM 2673. I mi E. of! Startzville. Sun. Church School, 9 a.m., Worship 10:15, Holy Communion, 1st & 3rd Sundays,] Nursery provided 9 a.m. St. Francis By the Lake, Episcopal Church, FM 306 at Spring Mountain Drive, Canyon Lake. Sunday: Morning Prayer] 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m., Sunday School for adults] and children 9:30-IO: 15 a.rn Wednesday: Morning Prayer IO] a.m., Bible Study 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Rev. John D. Badders, Vicar. 964-3820. Unity Center of Practical Christianity in San Marcos, 16870 No. State Hwy. 123 (5 miles from IH-35/Exit 204, towards Seguin), San Marcos, TX 78666 Sunday: 9:30am Bible class, 11am worship; Tuesday 11am prayer service (512) 392-5199. Dial-APrayer: 512-396-LIFE (5433). Sondra Von Gylienband spiritual leader. Call for weekly class schedule. ;