Dinner & Discussion


Dinner & Discussion


Dinner & Discussion features Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Come join us for Dinner & Discussion on Friday, February 16. All are welcome. Featured speaker will be Kristian Coates Ulrichsen from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Professor Coates Ulrichsen has written and lectured extensively on The Middle East and the Gulf region for nearly twenty years. His presentation will focus on issues and questions about The Middle East that are currently challenging most observers, including: What have we learned? Where are we going? Why does it matter? Coates Ulrichsen is the author of ten books on the history and politics of the Middle East and consults regularly within the U.S. government and international agencies. This Dinner & Discussion event will be held at the home of Cheryl Verlander and Chuck Bracht. Come at 7 PM and bring a dish to share with about six people, plus $3 each to cover beverage costs. If you have any questions, contact Joan Baird Glover at 346-444-6096 or 

Upcoming Speakers

March 15, 2024: Sailing from South Africa with speaker Jim Lober
April 12, 2024:  Mapping of the Texas Borderlands with speaker Jim Key
May 10, 2024:  2024 Elections with speaker Mark Jones


Dinner & Discussion

For more than 40 years, Palmer parishioners have gathered together to build relationships, enjoy delicious potluck dinners, and learn about current thought-provoking topics.

Many stimulating and interesting issues, selected by parishioners, were presented in recent years. These included: U.S. Healthcare World Ranking, Texas Politics, Palmer's Fisk Organ & Organist, Buffalo Bayou Park, U.S. Immigration policy, and much more.

For additional information about upcoming events during 2022-2023, contact any member of the Dinner & Discussion planning committee: Don Tobin, Betty Key, Ken Alexander, Joan Baird Glover.

Dinner & Discussion – 2022-2023

During the academic year of 2022-2023, nine excellent speakers and topics were presented to Palmers and their guests.  Much appreciation is due to Palmers who opened their homes to crowds ranging from 40 to 65 attendees.

September 2022 –
Making Dreams Reality: My NASA Experience
Speaker:  Ansley Browns

October 2022 –
Hermann Park Conservancy
Speaker:  Doreen Stoller, President 

November 2022 –
Energy Transition
Speaker:  Professor Jim Krane, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy 

December 2022 –
Home Eucharist
Celebrated by the Reverend Ryan Hawthorne. 

January 2023 –
What is Cohousing?
Speakers:  Lynn Morstead, Kelli Soika, Kip Krause, and the Rev. Liz Parker. 

February 2023 –
Houston Parks & Recreation
Speakers:  Kenneth Allen, Director and Tina Ortiz, Division Manager 

March 2023 –
Houston Food Bank
Speaker:  Brian Greene, President and CEO 

April 2023 –
Houston’s Zoo: History and Future Plans
Speaker:  Audra Jesudason, Sr. Director of Development Operations

May 2023 –
Houston’s Historic 1871 Glenwood Cemetery
Speaker:  John E. Cutler

Dinner & Discussion – 2021-2022

Although restricted to Zoom gatherings during most of 2021-2022, Dinner & Discussion presented many engaging topics and speakers. Below is a list of the informative events that took place during the season –

September 2021 –
Introduction of Palmer’s Curate and Deacon:  Ryan Hawthorne and Jack Karn
Interviewed by the Reverend Neil Willard

October 2021 –
Precision Medicine: Enabling new cancer treatments
Speaker:  Dr. Peter Gascoyne / UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

November 2021 –
Palmer’s Property Development Task Force
Speakers:  The Rev. Neil Willard, Rector and David Robinson, Sr. Warden

January 2022 –
Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Speaker:  Al Massey, Executive Relations Manager

February 2022 –
2022 Politics & Elections in Texas and the U.S.
Speaker:  Professor Mark Jones, Rice University

March 2022 –
Ukraine & Russia: Historical relationship and overview of current conflict
Speaker:  Professor Ric Stoll, Rice University

May 2022 –
U.S. Immigration: Past and current policies, issues and challenges
Speaker:  Charles C. Foster, Immigration Attorney