University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Brigid's Place Records

Overview of the Collection

Creator Brigid's Place (Houston, Tex.)
Collection Title Brigid's Place Records
Dates 1974-2011
Identification 1999-003
Physical Description 9.50 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL:, Phone: 713-743-9750

Historical Note:

Brigid's Place, the women's center at Christ Church Cathedral, a place of prayer, meditation, research, and mutual support, is dedicated to the spiritual and personal development of women. Brigid's Place was established in 1996 by Christ Church Cathedral's Women's Assembly when the Assembly recognized that it needed to expand both its resources and its space. The Women's Assembly itself was formed in 1993 as a network for progressive women of Christ Church Cathedral.

Originally, the Assembly envisioned Brigid's Place as a separate project, but the Assembly and Brigid's Place soon became closely identified with one another. Brigid's Place assists women in finding mentors, in forming support networks through Small Groups, and in searching for answers to questions about female spirituality, gender roles, theology, and other issues facing religious women in the modern world. Brigid's Place participants join Small Groups, which focus on specific issues of particular importance to women at different stages in life

Brigid's Place is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with a board of directors; the Rotating Circle, composed of members from smaller communities who serve limited terms, is the advisory board of Brigid's Place. Brigid's Place also publishes an annual newsletter and brochures for their programs.

Scope and Contents

Although the Women's Assembly founded Brigid's Place in 1996, the papers in ththe processed portion of this collection span from 1974 to 2011. Some research items date to the late 1980s and early 1990s. The original accession of papers arrived in five boxes, which split naturally into the two categories of the Women's Assembly and Brigid's Place. The papers were arranged topically and chronologically.

The largest portion of the papers concern the Women's Assembly and Brigid's Place, which are the first two series of the collection. Because the activities of the Women's Assembly quickly became synonymous with Brigid's Place, the papers of the Assembly are included with Brigid's Place beginning with 1996, the year of its foundation. Therefore, the papers relating to the Women's Assembly from 1993 through 1995 were placed in the Women's Assembly series. All papers from 1996 on are in the Brigid's Place series; however, researchers may note some overlap with 1996, and should check both series for complete documentation. These two series contain administrative records; agendas, minutes, notes and fliers for the Rotating Circle and Small Groups; the records of activities, speakers, and ministries for both organizations; and publications.

Papers filed throughout the collection, but which did not directly relate to the functioning and activities of either Brigid's Place or the Women's Assembly, are arranged into two more series: Christ Church, and Other Related Information. The Christ Church series contains various newsletters, minutes, and documents relating to the Christ Church Cathedral, and to other organizations associated with the parish. Other Related Information contains information regarding other religious and women's organization not directly tied to Christ Church, as well as various research materials. The current organization is primarily topical by series and sub-series, and is either topical or chronological within the sub-series.

Two additional boxes of materials were acquired in 2013 and have not yet been processed. These are currently described as Series 5, but may later be integrated with other series once processed.


Conditions Governing Access:

The processed materials in this collection are open for research. Unprocssed materials from the 2013 accession may be restricted and not available for access. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact curator Vince Lee (

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Brigid's Place (Houston, Tex.)
Christ Church Cathedral (Houston, Tex.)
Genre/Form of Material:
Administrative records
Topical Term:
Nonprofit organizations -- Texas -- Houston
Women -- Religious aspects -- Christianity

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Brigid's Place Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Brigid's Place, 1999. Additional materials were acquired in 2011 as part of a donation by Patty Turney. Another accrual, currently unprocessed, arrived November 15, 2013.

Detailed List of Contents

Brigid's Place

Scope and Contents
Brigid's Place contains the papers relating to the administration and activities of the women's center at Christ Church Cathedral, beginning in January 1996 and continuing through 1999. This series is divided into eight sub-series: Administration, Rotating Circle, Small Groups, Ministries, Activities, Speakers, Labyrinth, and Publications. The Administration sub-series contains the documentation for the creation and organization of Brigid's Place, as well as some financial records, correspondence, and information regarding its board of directors. The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject. The Rotating Circle and the Small Groups sub-series include agendas, minutes, notes, and fliers for the Rotating Circle administrative committee and for the various topical committees of Brigid's Place. The Rotating Circle folders are arranged chronologically, while the Small Groups folders are arranged alphabetically by group name. The Ministries sub-series contains similar information, as well as descriptions and plans for the different outreach programs associated with Brigid's Place. Those folders are arranged chronologically. The Activities and the Speakers sub-series include the plans, budgets, attendance records, fliers, and brochures for various liturgical events, workshops, retreats, and educational lectures sponsored by Brigid's Place. The sub-series are arranged chronologically. Information regarding the research and execution of the Labyrinth, a major project of Brigid's Place in conjunction with other Houston area religious organizations during 1997, is contained in the Labyrinth sub-series. The Publications sub-series contains The Women's Journal newsletter, and Lenten Meditations, a group of prayers for women during the season of Lent.
Box Folder
1 1 Proposal 1995-1996
2 Organizational Meetings 1995
3 Budgets 1995-1996
4 Long Range Planning 1996
5 Architectural Plans 1995
Box Folder
1 6 Statement of Purpose 1995-1998
7 Articles of Incorporation 1997
8 By-Laws 1998
9 Non-profit Status 1996-1998
10 Organizational Structure undated
11 Board Meetings Information 1998-2000
12 Brochures approximately 1998
13 Computer Disks undated
14 Correspondence 1995-1997, 1999
15 Directors Lists 1994-1996
16 Treasurer's Reports 1997-1998
16a Press 1996-2000
17 Donors undated
18 Historic Documents August 2010
Rotating Circle
Box Folder
1 19 Board of Directors/Members 2000-2011
20 Meeting Information 1996
21 Meeting Information 1997
22 Meeting Information 1998
23 Meeting Information 1999-2000
24 Retreat 1997
Small Groups
Box Folder
1 25 Feminist Forum 1996-1997
26 Noontime Meditation 1996-1997
27 Women in the Workplace 1997
28 Worship Weavers 2000-2001
Box Folder
1 29 Jail Chaplaincy February 1995
30 Jewish and Christian Women in Conversation June 1996
31 Women in Crisis 1996-1997
32 Caring Partners 1996-1997
33 Noah Project 1997
34 Brigid's Hope 1999
34a Family Pathfinders 1997
Box Folder
1 35 Calendars 1996-1999
36 Seasonal Programs 1997-1999
37 Blessing of Brigid's Place August 25, 1996
38 Yoga 1996
39 Outdoor Program 1996-1997
40 Workshops 1996-1998
41 Theater LaB Benefit April 1997
42 Creative Writing Workshop Spring 1997
43 "Racism: Woman to Woman" September 10, 1997
44 Mary Magdalene Festival 1996-1999
45 Mary Magdalene Festival 2000-2010
46 Retreats 1997-2000
47 "Creativity as Sacrament" Workshop May 8-9, 1998
48 "A Time for Friends" November 7, 1998
49 St. Brigid's Festival 1998-2011
50 Women's Spirituality Day January 23, 1999
51 Hildegard von Bingen Festival April 30, 1999; 2004
52 Julian of Norwich Festival May 5, [?]
53 “Search for the Feminine Soul” 1996-1997
54 “Changing Woman, Changing Church” undated
55 “A Time for Friends” 1998-2005
56 “President’s Luncheon” 2010
57 10th Anniversary November 11, 2006
58 “Culture, Authority and the Church” 1998
59 Faith on Trial 2000
Box Folder
2 1 Laurence Freeman May 1996-Nov. 1997
2 J. Pittman McGhee September 6-7, 1996
3 Richard Howard September 26, 1996
4 Living the Questions series September 1996-April 1997
5 Jane Chance September 1996, June 1997
6 Don Benjamin and Jennifer Elkins October 1996
7 Anne Carolyn Klein November 1-2, 1996
8 Erika Lorentz December 6-7, 1996
9 John Lienhard 1996, undated
10 Martha Serpas January 1997
11 Edith Mayo January 1997
12 Tinka Tarver March 14-15, 1997
13 Rev. Michael Mayne April 1997
14 Elizabeth Smith April 1997
15 Patricia Orr June 1997
16 Sue Monk Kidd September 1997
17 Sue Monk Kidd, Study Questions for The Dance of the Dissident Daughter undated
18 Sue Monk Kidd, Secret Life of Bees 2002
19 Fr. Thomas Keating March 1998
20 Sister Helen Prejean March 6, 1999
21 Betty Adam undated
22 Jim Cotter 2005
23 Carol Christ 2003-2004
24 Patty Turney undated
Box Folder
2 25 Meetings 1996-1997
26 Correspondence 1995-1997
27 Budgets March-April 1997
28 Events 1996-1997
29 Presenter Training February 9, 1997
30 Volunteers 1994-1996
31 Research 1991-1997
Box Folder
2 32 Women's Journal 1997-1999
33 Women's Journal 2000-2011
34 Lenten Meditations 1998-1999
35 Lenten Meditations 2000-2002
36 Gifts From Within 2002
37 “Notes on the ‘F’ Word” undated
38 The Wholeness Initiative undated
39 Programs 1996-2003
40 Brochures 2005-2010

Women's Assembly

Scope and Contents
The sub-series for the Women's Assembly are nearly identical to those of Brigid's Place: Administration, Rotating Circle, Small Groups, Ministries, Activities, Speakers, and Publications. The materials are dated 1993-1996. Because Brigid's Place is an extension of the Women's Assembly, the duplicated sub-series contain the same types of papers that are included in Brigid's Place, and follow the same arrangement.
Box Folder
2 41 Organizational Meetings March-June 1993
42 Budget Rationale 1994
43 Mission and Goals undated
44 Organizational Chart 1994
45 Brochure Plans 1995
46 Correspondence 1993-1995
47 Mailing Lists 1993-1997
47a Parish Reports 1997
Rotating Circle
Box Folder
2 48 Meeting Information 1993
49 Meeting Information 1994
50 Meeting Information 1995
51 Publicity Committee 1993
Small Groups
Box Folder
2 52 Lists 1994-1995
53 Contemplative Woman 1993-1994
54 Feminist Forum 1994-1995
55 Mothers and Daughters 1994
56 Through Her Eyes undated
Box Folder
3 1 Weavers 1994-1995
2 Wisdom Bearers 1993
3 Women in the Workplace 1993-1995
4 Women on the Cusp 1993-1996
5 Women Praying for Women undated
6 Women Saints and Mystics 1993-1996
7 Women in Crisis 1993-1996
Box Folder
3 8 New Hope Housing 1996
9 Caring Partners undated
Box Folder
3 10 "Savvy, Spirited, Southern" 1993
11 Retreats 1993-1994
12 "Let Freedom Ring" 1994
13 St. Lucia Evening 1994
14 Facilitator Workshop 1994-1995
15 St. Brigid Festival 1994-1996
16 Taskforce (unidentified) 1995
17 Personal Empowerment Workshop 1996
18 Workshops undated
19 “Three Gates of the Feminine Soul” 2000
Box Folder
3 20 Christine Cozzens and Donna Sadler September 1993
21 "Herstory": Women of the Bible November 1993
22 Speakers Bureau 1993
23 Carol Anderson 1993
24 East Harris County Convocation approximately 1993-1994
25 John Lienhard May 1994
26 Parker Palmer September 1994
27 Allison Cheek May 1995
28 Daphne Grimes April 1996
29 Lois Ann Peckham May 1996
Box Folder
3 30 Newsletters 1993-1996
31 Matrix Award 1995
32 Notes 1993-1994
33 Notes 1995
34 Notes 1996
35 Photos undated
36 Mailing List undated

Christ Church

Scope and Contents
The Christ Church sub-series and folders contain papers relating to Christ Church Cathedral and its other organizations for the years 1985 through 1999. The folders in this series are arranged alphabetically by topic: Administration, Cathedral Organizations, Cathedral Bulletin, Events, and Miscellaneous. The Administration folders are arranged alphabetically, and contain church policies, brochures, parish reports and plans of action. The Cathedral Organizations includes minutes, information, and fliers concerning Christ Church organizations other than the Women's Assembly or Brigid's Place. The folders are arranged alphabetically. The two Cathedral Bulletin folders contain an incomplete set of newsletters for the Cathedral from 1992-1999. The Events folder contains fliers for various church functions. The Miscellaneous folders contains fliers, clippings and other information related to Christ Church, but not directly related to the other subseries and folders in the Christ Church series.
Box Folder
3 37 Brochures undated
38 Building Use Policies 1997, undated
39 Church Policies 1992-1995
40 Parish Report 1994-1999
41 Plan of Action 1997
Cathedral Organizations
Box Folder
3 42 Daughters of the King 1985-1986, 1990-1994
43 Guild of the Christ Child 1993
44 Ladies' Parish Association 1992-1997
45 Mary and Martha Guild 1993-1995
46 Women's Breakfast 1992-1997
47 Cathedral Bulletin 1992-1996
48 Cathedral Bulletin 1997-1999
49 Events 1994-1999
50 Miscellaneous 1996-1998
51 “A Time and Place for Health and Minds” 2004

Other Related Information

Scope and Contents
The Other Related Information series contains papers not directly related to Christ Church Cathedral, the Women's Assembly, or Brigid's Place, dated 1986 through 1999. Four sub-series are found in the Other Related Information series: Organizations, Conferences/Events, Research, and Printed Materials. The Organizations sub-series folders are arranged into two groups: Women's and Religious. Women's Organizations include both secular and religious groups focusing primarily on women. Religious Organizations include only religious groups that have no particular gender association. The folders in the two Organizations groups are arranged alphabetically. The Conferences/Events sub-series includes programs and information for conferences or similar events that were not sponsored by Christ Church, the Women's Assembly, or Brigid's Place. These folders are arranged alphabetically. The Research sub-series contains clippings, papers, notes, brochures and publications relating to the various issues that concerned the women of Brigid's Place. These folders are arranged alphabetically by topic. All of the material in the Other Related Information series provides context for the different activities, networking, and ideas that influenced the creation and functioning of Brigid's Place. The oversized box contains three issues of New York Times Magazine, January and April 1990, and June 1993; three issues of the Texas Episcopalian, September 1996, and March and May 1999. The box also contains one page from the April 1995 Texas Episcopalian, and ten sheets of butcher paper with notes written on them.
Box Folder
4 1 Crisis Pregnancy Center 1993
2 Episcopal Women's Caucus 1993-1995
3 Federation of Houston Professional Women 1994-1997
4 Gladney Center (adoption) undated
5 Greater Houston Women's Foundation 1993-1997
6 Houston Area Women's Center 1993-1994
7 National Assembly of Religious Women 1992-1993
8 Planned Parenthood 1991-1996
9 UH Women's Studies Program 1993-1996
10 Women for Social Witness 1993
11 Women in Mission and Ministry 1992-1995
12 Other 1993-1996
13 Searching the Scriptures/The Monday Group 1997-2007
Box Folder
4 14 Center for Progressive Christianity 1996-1997
15 Episcopal Diocese 1988-1999
16 Institute of Religion 1994
17 Jung Center 1996-1997
18 "Let Freedom Ring" 1995
19 New York Open Center 1996
20 Other 1992-1998
Box Folder
4 21 "Catching Fire" 1992
22 "Continuum of Violence" 1992
23 Trinity Institute National Conferences 1992-1995
24 "A Vision of Wholeness" 1994
25 "Women in Photography" 1993-1994
26 Other 1993-1996
27 “Religion and the Feminist Movement” 2002
28 “Exploring Justice” May 11, 2002
29 “Interfaith Women’s Ramadan Iftar” 2010
29a Women United Conference 1999
Box Folder
4 30 Anglican Spirituality and Liturgy 1974-1994
31 Diversity 1992-1995
32 Family Issues 1992-1995
33 Feminism 1990-1994
34 Gospel of John undated
35 Male/Female Difference 1988, undated
36 Prayer undated
37 Reproduction Issues undated
38 St. Brigid of Ireland 1954, 1994
39 St. Hildegard von Bingen 1998
40 St. Lucia undated
41 Science and Religion undated
42 Supplemental Liturgical Materials 1993-1997
43 Women and Education 1993-1994
44 Women and Spirituality 1985-1994
45 Women in the Clergy 1986-1994
46 Women's Health 1991-1992
47 Women's Self-Esteem 1990-1997
48 Handwritten Notes undated
49 Other undated
Printed Materials
Box Folder
4 50 Journal of Women’s Ministries Winter 1996-1997
51 Mayor’s Summit on Women 1999
52 Moorehouse Publishing Fall 2002
53 Sewanee Fall 1997
OVS_Box Item
5 1 Houston Chronicle 1997-2000
2 Texas Episcopalian 1996-2000
3 New York Times Magazine 1990-1993
OVS_Box Item
6 1 Mayor’s Summit on Women Framed Art 1999
2-9 WNBA Houston Comets Posters 2001-2002
10 Mike Moncrief Photograph undated
11 Ann Richards undated
12 Printed Poem undated

Unprocessed additions

Scope and Contents
This series contains 2 boxes of materials received in 2013. Unprocssed materials may be restricted and not available for access. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact curator Vince Lee (