Sunday Morning Programs for Adults, Children, and Youth

Sundays at Trinity go beyond our worship services. Throughout the year, Trinity offers forums and discussion groups to enrich the life of the mind as well as the spirit. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Forum

Select Sundays at 10:10 am
Held during Trinity’s regular program year from Fall through Spring, the Dean’s Forum is an opportunity to hear from leading thinkers about faith, ethics, art, and civic engagement. Dean’s Forums are also made available as podcasts.

Adult Catechesis Spring 2020

Catechesis is a systematic instruction and formation of adults for baptism, membership and confirmation. It is also an opportunity, for all Christians, to deepen their faith, informing their outlook on life, values and identity. The instruction takes place in the context of the prayers and life of the community at Trinity, and is based on the scriptures, creeds and prayers of the church. Visit https://trinitycleveland.org/learn/adult-catechesis-spring-2020/ for the conplete schedule.

Discussion Groups and Bible Study

Sundays at 10:10 a. m. (unless otherwise noted)
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:

Bible Study
January 5, 19 & 26

On January 5, 19, & 26 Bible Study will be meeting to offer reflections on the Bible reading from that Sunday’s services. Using a variation of the African/Lambeth Bible Study Method (a form of Lectio Divina) we will carefully listen to each other as we engage with that week’s texts from several different Bible translations. No previous knowledge of scripture is necessary. The focus of our discussion is on how that Sunday’s readings are touching our lives. Bring your coffee and come join us!

A Special 3-part Series: The Forgotten Creed
Feburary 2 , 9 and 16

What: Study of the book, The Forgotten Creed: Christianity’s Original
Struggle Against Bigotry, Slavery and Racism by Stephen J. Patterson
Who: Led by Bob Fowler
When:
Feb. 2 (Forum), 9 and 16 at the 10:10 a.m. Education Hour

Robert FowlerIn Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he declares that in Christ “there is no Jew or Greek, there is no slave or free, there is no male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Paul asserts that Christians must not discriminate based on race, class, or gender. Radical inclusion and solidarity must be the norm.

Sadly, within a generation or two of Paul’s martyrdom, the Jesus Movement lost that vision: ethnic rivalry triumphed, slavery was embraced, and Christian women were silenced and denied the positions of authority they once held. Ever since, Christians have wrestled—usually not very successfully–with the temptation to divide ‘Us versus Them’ on the basisof race, class, or gender.

This three-week class will examine how the Bible itself has been used to promote racism, classism, and sexism, even as it occasionally provides shining examples of the vision of the oneness of all of God’s children.

Children & Youth Programs

Sundays at 10:10 am
The Children/Youth Education Mission of Trinity is to guide Trinity’s children and youth through a reflective and active faith formation experience that provides a solid Christian foundation in the Episcopal tradition and fosters a spiritual reserve that supports them in making informed moral decisions throughout their lives.

Godly Play
This Montessori-based Sunday School program has classes organized by age groups: age 3 – Kindergarten; 1st & 2nd grade; and 3rd & 4th grade.

Quest
Children in 5th and 6th grade explore ethics, spirituality, social responsibility and Christian tradition through a Lectionary-based, multi-sensory program called Seasons of the Spirit.

Youth Group
Our Junior (7th-8th grades) and Senior (9th-12th grades) High programs combine open, faith-based conversation about contemporary issues with Bible study, outreach projects, retreats and social events.