Dinner & Discussion


Dinner & Discussion

Dinner & Discussion returns on September 9

Dinner & Discussion is delighted to welcome Ansley Browns as our first speaker of this season on Friday, September 9th. In her presentation "Making Dreams Reality: My NASA experience," Ansley will speak about how she came to NASA in 2001 and some of her experiences there with Mission Control, the Astronaut Office, Artemis development, and the International Space Station. Ansley and her husband Scott are Palmer members and were married there. All are welcome at the home of Jim and Betty Key, 1816 North Boulevard, at 7pm. Please bring a dish to share and $3 each to cover drinks. If you have any questions, contact Betty Key at 713 859-9026.

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.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dinner & Discussion moved from individuals' homes to an online format for two years. In May 2022 Dinner & Discussion was able to return to its original format.

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 – 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