Wednesdays @ Trinity

Trinity Cathedral’s Wednesday evening programs resume Feb. 5, 2014

Wednesday Evenings at Trinity begin with Evensong at 6 p. m., followed by supper ($5 donation) and a program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening classes at Trinity include:

Tai Chi
Led by George Anderson
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that was originally developed for self-defense (it is considered to be a martial art form). Today tai chi has evolved into a graceful and elegant form of exercise where each posture flows gently into the next without pause which ensures that your body remains in constant motion. Consequently, tai chi is sometimes described as meditation in motion. Because of its gentle and flowing style, tai chi is considered to be a self-paced system of gentle stretching and low impact exercise that naturally promotes stress reduction. Tai chi is generally considered safe and beneficial for all ages and fitness levels.

Integral Spirituality:  Developmental Stages
Oct. 1, 8, 15
Led by the Rev. Kay Rackley and Chris Grostic
Today we live in a holistic and integrated world — connection and relationship being the default assumption.  Unfortunately, the world of theology remains very Newtonian — a discrete and isolated world where independence and autonomy is assumed.  The consequence of these divergent worldviews is that the religion and the Church (especially in the West) is viewed to be out of touch with reality and completely irrelevant to contemporary life.  This series of classes will explore the basics of Integral Theory and its implications for theology.

This class will look at what modern psychology has discovered concerning human evolution and development.  Specifically, we will explore how adults have the capacity to continue to develop and grow throughout their lives.  Adulthood, it is now understood, affords individuals the greatest opportunities for growth and development as human beings — intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.  Recognizing and acknowledging this developmental reality challenges the traditional role and function of religion while affording the Church a renewed sense of purpose.  No longer is the purpose relegated to a confession of “right belief” (orthodoxy) but now it is about supporting spiritual growth (orthopraxis) — enabling all of us to live into the fullness of our humanity.

A Selected Bibliography
Reverent Irreverence:  Integral Church for the 21st Century From Cradle to Christ Consciousness by Tom Thresher
Integral Christianity:  The Spirit’s Call to Evolve by Paul R. Smith
Integral Spirituality:  A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World by Ken Wilber

Integral Spirituality:  The Faces of God
Oct. 22 & 29
Led by the Rev. Kay Rackley and Chris Grostic
The doctrine of the Incarnation insists that God is immanent and intimate — that God is “with us.”  And yet, much of religion focuses on a wholly transcendent God — a God distant and remote (relegated to “heaven”).  Sadly too few of us have any idea of where or how to discern God’s presence in the midst of daily life.  Integral Theory with its assumption that reality is discerned through connection and relationship, offers new language and imagery for the doctrine of the Incarnation.  As we learn to recognize how we encounter and engage the other, we begin to discern where and how we encounter and engage the Other.  This class will explore how we perceive God and engage God in our midst. 

Integral Spirituality:  Multiple Intelligences/States/Types
November 5, 12 & 19
Led by the Rev. Kay Rackley and Chris Grostic
The human being is a complex creature.  Integral Theory acknowledges this complexity and seeks to integrate all the fields of science, all the disciplines of the social sciences, and all our meaning making systems and worldviews into a comprehensive model of the human being.  This complexity may be explored by looking specifically at the various intelligences of humanity (e.g., cognitive, moral, emotional, etc.), states of consciousness (e.g., gross, subtle, causal, and witness), and types (i.e., how we relate to others).  This class will explore how these various attributes of our humanity interact in our lives and influence our growth and development as individuals and our relationships with others.  

Trinity also offers opportunities for faith formation and fellowship on Sundays. In addition, our Adult Journey programs—Confirmation, Culture of Call and Education Ministry—offer a deeper understanding of the life of faith.