Greenland Hills UMC Opens Glory Be Hall

Artist's rendering of Glory Be Hall — Courtesy Image

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The United Methodist Church markets itself as having “open doors, open hearts, open minds.”

Greenland Hills United Methodist Church now reflects those phrases even more openly with its new Glory Be Hall, a new space that — with its floor-to-ceiling windows, Austin stone fireplace, new neighborhood preschool, and regular coffeehouse events — hopes to be an even more integral part of the East Dallas community.

The church conducts its opening ceremonies for the addition with two events this weekend.

The $1.28-million addition is the first new construction at the church since 1953, six years after it was built. Glory Be Hall is named in honor of Pastor Kathleen Baskin-Ball, who was senior pastor at GHUMC from 1994 through 2001. Baskin‐Ball died after a long battle with cancer in December 2008.

“Glory Be Hall is inviting, modern, and flexible,” said GHUMC Pastor Marti Soper, who was a close friend of Baskin-Ball. “Its glass wall makes a visual connection with the neighborhood and gives an architectural grounding to who we are theologically: a church open to all people and committed to ministry that roots people in the steadfast and inclusive love of God, helps them grow in Christian faith, and creates opportunities to reach out with ministries of compassion and justice, both locally and globally.”

Architects Joe McCall and Ben Reavis of Oglesby‐Greene designed the hall with the help of landscape architects Coy Talley and Michael Pappas, all focused on complementing the existing sanctuary and tree‐covered grounds while adding much-needed space to this small urban church.

The addition’s white roof reflects heat, lowering cooling costs and conserving energy.

The Greenland Hills Preschool will open this fall with four classrooms and a new playground to serve the needs of young families in the community. In addition, GHUMC will conduct regular coffeehouses, art exhibits, and other community events in the new space to highlight the gifts of the East Dallas neighborhood.

Events celebrating the opening of Glory Be Hall include:

  • Glory Be Coffeehouse, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11 featuring local musicians and GHUMC members Doug and Jill Bryan and Dana Leigh.
  • Consecration Sunday worship, 10:55 a.m., Feb. 13, with a reception and open house immediately following the service.

Thanks to Andrea Loubier for providing the words and pictures.


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