Sunday Morning Programs for Adults
On most Sundays, Trinity hosts a forum, an ongoing discussion series on contemporary public and theological issues, and a drop-in Bible study. All programs are free, and open to the public. The forum presentations are available as podcasts. Click here for forum podcasts. Sermon podcasts are also available online.
Sundays at 10:10 am
Each week Trinity offers the Dean’s Forum or the Sunday Forum.
Dean Tracey Lind interviews leaders, teachers, thinkers and artists about faithful living at the Dean’s Forum. The Sunday Forum invites authors, theologians and other public figures to discuss their recent work. View the schedule here.
Sundays at 10:10 a. m.
Trinity offers small group conversation on issues of concern to the congregation, the Episcopal Church and the wider world. While topics are frequently selected in advance, newcomers are welcome. Upcoming discussion groups include:
Spirituality and Social Transformation in Urban America
Dec. 8 and 15
Led by Dr. Joy R. Bostic, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, CWRU
For most Christians, the relationship between spirituality and social justice/activism is assumed to be incompatible. The assumption is that the expression of one’s faith is a strictly dichotomous proposition: one must choose to be either spiritual or practical; to develop either an interior life or an active life (in the world); to pursue either individual transformation or social transformation. And yet, the teaching of the Bible and the mystical Tradition (of the Church) insists that both aspects of religious life are necessary. This class will explore the intimate relationship between spirituality and social justice/activism and how both of these aspects of religious expression are not only complementary, but vital to urban transformation.
Bible Study: African Bible Study Method
Led by Jane Freeman
This Bible study method was introduced by the delegation of African bishops at the 1998 Lambeth Conference (a conference convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury for all bishops of the Anglican communion). This method is a form of lectio divina or “holy reading” that is designed for use in small groups. This method of study provides groups a means for reflecting on scripture in a manner that elicits personal deliberation and response to the exhortations of Scripture.
Fear and Faith in the Gospel of Mark
All Sundays in January 2014
Led by Bob Fowler
For many people, “faith” is synonymous with “belief,” and “belief” is often reduced to believing “six impossible things before breakfast” (Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass). It’s interesting, in light of this, that biblical authors do not express much interest in believing impossible things. Rather, in the Bible “faith” is fundamentally a matter of “confident trust,” and the opposite of biblical “faith” usually turns out to be “fear,” not “doubt.” The dance between fear and faith is a recurring theme in the Gospel of Mark, which we will examine in this class.
On Being an Urban Parish
Sept. 22 and 29
Led by Alex Barton
What does it mean to be an urban parish, esp. in an environment that is in transition? What are the challenges facing Cleveland and our community? How do we as the church respond to this transition and serve as a catalyst for renewal and transformation? Explore our community and the changing role of the urban parish.
Politics is Religion . . . Religion is Politics
Oct. 13, 20 and 27
Led by the Rev. Canon Will Mebane
This class will explore the intersections and connections between politics and religion. The Old Testament texts of Exodus, Judges and Kings as well as the Prophets will be examined. The class will also use the book by Franklin I. Gamwell, Politics as a Christian Vocation…Faith and Democracy Today as a primary source of reference. See Canon Mebane’s recommended resources.
Caring for Caregivers
Nov. 10, 17 and 24
“Caregiving is a time of toughening and learning through phases where we leave the old parents of the psyche for a remote land.” Beth McLeod
A class for anyone involved in caregiving — whether as active caregivers, those who are preparing to become caregivers or someone who is providing support for someone who is a caregiver. This class endeavors to provide members of the congregation with the opportunity to discuss and learn about positive approaches and practices related to caregiving, how to overcome the challenges inherent in this role and identify available resources that provide help and support. Learn more here.