“Will you strive for peace and justice among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” These words from the service for Holy Baptism in The Book of Common Prayer inspire us at Trinity. Volunteers are always needed. Please consider committing your time and talent to speak out for justice.

Anti-Death Penalty Group

This group advocates for the repeal of Ohio’s death penalty. Volunteers are needed to write letters and cards to death row inmates, help with petitions, participate in vigils and pray for inmates, and families of murder victims and those on death row. Volunteers coordinate with Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) in Columbus and Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati. Group members may also sponsor community forums on the death penalty.

Ministry Contact: Bruce Freeman, freeman.bruce@gmail.com

Becoming Beloved Community 

Becoming Beloved Community’s mission is to use educational and spiritual formation activities to increase understanding of power, privilege, institutional racism and cultural differences, in response to the systemic injustices on which our country was built and which are very much still in place. This group, open to all, usually meets monthly.

Ministry Contacts: Toni Ponzo at amp1of5@gmail.com, Allison Hauserman at abhauserman@yahoo.com, or Debbie Likins-Fowler at dlikinsfowler@gmail.com.

Episcopal Peace Fellowship 

Trinity members, youth and adults, can belong to our chapter of this national Episcopal organization that addresses issues of peace and justice in our community, the nation, and the world. Examples of potential areas are Middle East relations, “Defending Those Without a Voice” (Standing Rock Reservation, N/S Dakota), the death penalty, and criminal justice issues such as human trafficking and mass incarceration. The Trinity community is kept aware of these concerns through our own education, advocacy and workshops, and resource centers in the Greater Cleveland area that are active in these areas and provide relevant materials and guides for action. Young adult inter-community networks and pilgrimages are potential avenues for us. All persons in the Diocese of Ohio are welcome to participate.

Ministry Contacts: Bruce Freeman, freeman.bruce@gmail.com or Debbie Hunter, hunterd16@roadrunner.com

2018 Sep 21 Day of Peace 2018 Service Bulletin

Greater Cleveland Congregations

The Greater Cleveland Congregations Trinity Core Team expresses its faith through determined advocacy for social justice. For example, we have succeeded in getting the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion in Ohio; reforming the Cuyahoga County Criminal Justice system’s charging and sentencing practices, and participating in the educational reform of the Cleveland Public Schools. We work with about 40 other congregations of many faiths to bring fairness to people who live in the Greater Cleveland area. We develop relationships with other advocates across the region and attend events and meetings in many faith venues all over Northeast Ohio as well as at Trinity. GCC is part of a national network known as the Industrial Areas Foundation. You can find more information at www.greaterclevelandcongregations.org

Ministry Contact: Gary Benjamin, garyabenjamin@aol.com

Green Team 

Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees” (Revelations 7:3) The Green Team gathers to develop and support activities that promote the health and welfare of our Mother Earth. We want to develop projects ourselves, and also collaborate with existing environmental organizations to help engage the congregation in the education and growing awareness of how to sustain our environment for future generations.

Ministry Contacts: Gail Smith, gailmsmith@cox.net  and Linda Lee, eriesprite2@yahoo.com

 

Refugee/Immigrant Family Support

This group collaborates with the Migration and Refugee Services of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, serving as mentors and tutors for newly-arrived refugee families, and occasional transportation for asylum hearings. Training and background checks are required and provided. As an evolving ministry, growth into opportunities for “welcoming the stranger” is anticipated.

Ministry Contact: Jeff Spiess, jpspiess@wowway.com