- It would make no sense to limit the outreach to congregations situated within League City.
- It would make better sense to extend the outreach to congregations most commonly attended by League City residents (i.e., voters).
|Sugar Land / West Side is an example of a largely-suburban area that has had the time to establish a diversity of religious congregations that reflects their residential base. League City, in stark contrast, is still at the more primitive developmental stage of attracting restaurants. Here's a Googlegrab showing reported Hindu temples across the southern half of greater Houston (and Google tends to significantly under-report religious institutions).|
|The public list to which I'm referring is published every Saturday in Galveston County Daily News. |
Low-res screengrab from the August 24, 2013 e-edition.
CHRISTIAN (all branches)
- Too numerous to list in this space. Refer to the GCDN source given above.
|Nice crisp diagram from Wikipedia.|
- League City Islamic Center, located north of FM 518.
- Clear Lake Islamic Center on El Camino Real. An interesting local news story of religious tolerance here.
- Asia Center in off Highway 3 in Webster (added 20130830 via email comment).
- Masjid Abu Bakr Siddiq on Highway 3 in the Ellington Field area (full list of greater Houston ISGH facilities here; added 20130830 via email comment)
- There's also Galveston Islamic Center.
- The closest major venue at this time is likely Meenakshi Temple in nearby Pearland.
- Sugar Land, with its 35% Asian population, currently hosts the majority of greater Houston's Hindu facilities.
- Empty Field Zendo draws from all over Clear Lake / Galveston County and currently meets in League City. This is primarily a western convert group.
- Until a few months ago, the Diamond Way congregation was meeting at a location on Dakota Avenue in League City, but they outgrew their facilities and had to move to a larger commercial location on NASA Road 1. This is also largely a western convert group.
- The closest and most prominent ethnic (Vietnamese) facility is the spectacular Chua Linh Son which is alternately described as being in Santa Fe or Dickinson. Interesting factoid: The number of Vietnamese in Houston has been increasing at break-neck speed, particularly with recent migration from California. About 50% of the Vietnamese community self-identifies as Buddhist.
- Dharma Spring Temple is located in Pearland just over its municipal border with Friendswood, and draws congregants from League City. The Abbot of this temple frequents the Clear Lake area, sometimes leading meditation groups at local venues, including UH Clear Lake. This is a rare blended western convert and ethnic temple.
|Linh Son is a large compound on FM 646 a bit south of its intersection with FM 517. Dharma Spring is also situated on a large tract of land and is poised for intensification of its development. |
Screengrabbed from Googlemaps.
- Temple Beth Tikvah is located in Clear Lake and I believe it is the closest Reform institution.
- Congregation Shaar Hashalom on El Camino Real is the nearest Conservative synagogue.
- Congregation Kol Am is reported in Seabrook but doesn't seem to have a webpage at this point.
- There's also Congregation Beth Jacob down the road in Galveston.
- The Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church is a vibrant congregation encompassing approximately four hundred pledged members plus their families as well as semi-pledged friends of the church. A significant percentage of the congregation resides in League City. Clear Lake is a southern stronghold of sorts for UU-ism, owing to its preponderance of intellectual residents whose formal educations are in the natural sciences (drawn by associations with Johnson Space Center, UTMB, UHCLC, and other local institutions).
- There is also the Galveston UU Fellowship which I have heard is attended by some north-county-ers, particularly former islanders who chose to move inland following Hurricane Ike but who maintain ties to the island.
- Houston Atheists claims to be the world's largest atheist group. They appear to be currently using Facebook and the Meetup platform to self-organize. Local atheists are generally becoming more prominent in our mainstream society.
- There exists a wide variety of analogous other focus groups including Humanists of Houston, Houston Coalition of Reason, agnostic Meetup groups, etc.
- Unitarian Universalist congregations include atheist and agnostic members (explanation here).