Wednesday Evenings at Trinity are a great opportunity for our community members to gather during the week. Wednesday evenings begin with Evensong at 6 p.m., followed by supper ($6 donation) and an educational program at 7:30 p.m. Times may vary for Bicentennial events. See the schedule below.

Contemplative Consciousness: Awakening to Reality

February 7

Led by the Rev. Kay Rackley
Drawing upon the work of Richard Rohr, this class is an exploration of the various practices of our tradition that support the cultivation of contemplative knowing.


Community: What is it? Why do we need it?

February 21-March 21

This series of five discussions, each devoted to the idea of “community” at a particular level, will offer an opportunity for Trinity parishioners to consider the present state of the communities to which they belong and to weigh possible ways of making those communities stronger. The facilitators will pose questions such as those listed below.

February 21: The Family and the Workplace as Communities
Our first community, often our most important, and in all likelihood our last is the family.

• What defines a healthy family?
• In what ways is a well-functioning family like a well-managed town?
• What can we do as individuals to strengthen the family to which we belong?
• In what ways should the workplace be a community? To what extent is your workplace a community?
• As a Christian, what responsibility do you have to make your workplace a healthier community?

February 28: The City as Community
Walker Percy, the novelist, said, “You can’t live anywhere. You’ve got to live somewhere.”

•What qualities define a good city?
•If you could determine exactly what kind of city or town you would live in, what would it be like?
•In what ways does your ideal city or town differ from the one in which you live?
•Some of us choose our communities. Others of us “inherit” them. Still others may not have much choice. Do our community obligations differ according to whether we have chosen our community?
•Communities must balance the private interests of their members (e.g., low property taxes, property rights) with their public interests (police and fire protection, zoning, neighborhood restrictions).
What are some of the other tradeoffs involved? How do you define a healthy balance?
•As a Christian, what responsibility do you have to make your city a healthier community?

March 7: Our State, National, and World Communities
The intent “to form a more perfect union” sought to “promote the general welfare.”

•What is our obligation to remain well informed regarding state, national, and international issues?
•What is the purpose of the State of Ohio? To what extent do you believe it serves that purpose? Are there ways in which the state community might be made stronger?
•A nation must seek the “general welfare” while protecting the “liberty” of those who belong to its society. What are some of the tradeoffs involved? How do you define a healthy balance?
•If you were to describe the world as a community, what kind of community would it be?
•Nations must balance their national interests with the welfare of others in the world. What are some of the tradeoff’s involved? How do you define a healthy balance?
•What can we do as individuals to contribute to a healthier state, nation, and world?

March 14: The Church as Community
“Bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church.”

•What does the prayer for the parish really mean? Must everyone within the parish agree on everything?
•In what ways is a healthy parish like a healthy family? How is an unhealthy parish like an unhealthy family?
•In what ways is the cathedral a unique church? What are our opportunities as members of the cathedral? What are our particular responsibilities? What can we do as individuals to strengthen the cathedral family to which we belong?

March 21: Becoming Beloved Community
“A new initiative! What’s the ‘fit’ for Trinity?”

•What are the emphases of this program initiated by the Episcopal Church?
•What alignment is there between these emphases and the values and experience of Trinity?
•What should we consider going forward?


“Be Not Deceived: Evil Communications Corrupt Good Manners”: The Language of Race and Gender

Wednesdays April 11, 18, 25 & May 2 and 9, 7:30 p.m.

Language shapes our thoughts and forms our world view. Three books, listed below, will be used to look at how language influences one’s understanding of non-dominant groups within our society. These books explore the domination that language choices and uses can and do provide for the typical American male power structure, even as used by non-dominant Americans and a supposed neutral media.
 
April 11: Introduction of the Series and the first of two discussions of with Jackson Katz’s Man Enough: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity, facilitated by Alex Leslie, Senior Director of Educational Services for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
 
April 18: Conclusion of the discussion of Man EnoughDonald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinityfacilitated by Alex Leslie
 
April 25: Discussion of Jane Hill’s The Everyday Language of White Racism facilitated by Adrianne Fletcher, Assistant Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University
May 2: Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. by Samy Alim and Geneva Smitherman, facilitated by Donna Davis Reddix, JD, Faculty Diversity Officer at Case Western Reserve University
 
May 9: Wrap up facilitated by the Rev. Kay Rackley
This series is sponsored by Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and Apple Tree Books with the support of Case Western Reserve University.
 

#MeToo — “Cat Person”

May 16, 7:30 p.m.

Led by the Rev. Kay Rackley
Join the Rev. Kay Rackley in a discussion of Kristen Roupenian’s The New Yorker magazine short fiction, “Cat Person.” Read the story at https://newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/cat-person.