CATHEDRAL CONNECTIONS THE MAGAZINE OF TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019
Then and Now—
INSIDE: • Trinity’s Myths and Legends • Winter & Spring Formation Opportunities • Daughters of the Holy Cross Celebrate 125 Years • 2019 Kanuga Parish Weekend
TRINITY CATHEDRAL CLERGY The Very Reverend Timothy Jones Dean firstname.lastname@example.org The Reverend Dr. Andrew Grosso Canon to the Dean email@example.com
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The Reverend Dorian Del Priore Canon for Mission & Evangelism firstname.lastname@example.org
DEEP LEARNING AND DEVOTION Cathedral Music Education THEN AND NOW A Look at Photos from Trinity’s Past CATHEDRAL HAPPENINGS Parish Events for January and February
The Reverend Tina Lockett Canon for Pastoral Care email@example.com
WINTER AND SPRING FORMATION A Guide to Sunday and Weekday Adult Formation
The Reverend Patricia C. Malanuk Canon firstname.lastname@example.org
DAUGHTERS OF THE HOLY CROSS, 1894-2019 For Those Who Said Yes, Thanks Be to God!
NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Meet the Yohos
Trinity Myths & Legends
5 Trinity Episcopal Cathedral invites all to experience a joyful relationship with God, to share friendship with one another, and to make Jesus Christ known in the world. www.trinitysc.org 803.771.7300
Trinity’s 1937 Pageant
16-17 Volunteer Spotlight
2019 Kanuga Parish Weekend
Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light
There’s a Feast This Sunday (and I hope you come)
From Dean Jones:
What a spread we are going to put out! I don’t mean one of our outstanding parish meals in Satterlee Hall or on the lawn under the oaks.
grocery shelf bears little resemblance to the yeasty smell, the warm feel, the crunchy shell of just-baked bread.
I mean a banquet even more substantial. Maybe not at first glance—not when you are handed a slip of dry bread and a sip of wine. But I’m talking about a meal with nourishment to last the week. We need that sustenance, even more than we need the finest dining.
It’s the substance of the latter that does a better job of symbolizing the significance of the meal we enjoy every Sunday. Our familiarity may obscure for us the wonder of what God does for us by coming close in that sacred meal. We may overlook through repetition how that table fellowship can make all the difference in our lives.
I’m talking about the Eucharist, of course, the weekly gathering where we are invited to receive the tokens of God’s love for us in Christ, Sunday after Sunday. Familiarity may not always breed contempt, but it often breeds indifference. That’s true enough for our daily meals. Writes poet and novelist Wendell Berry, “Our kitchens and other eating places more and more resemble filling stations, as our homes more and more resemble motels. ‘Life is not very interesting,’ we seem to have decided. ‘Let its satisfactions be minimal, perfunctory, and fast.’” We “grab a bite” but forfeit richer nourishment. Fewer families and friends sit together to eat, it seems. What we ingest often majors on quickness. The cottony-white, plastic-bagged bread I grab off a
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I often hear from people a longing for spiritual replenishment, for being “fed” in the deepest part of their souls. The bread and the wine we receive every Sunday won’t by itself offer that, not the mere physical configuration of processed wheat and fermented juice. But God promises to draw near as we come up to a rail or a communion station. His presence is real and sustaining as we open our hands for the wafer and lift the chalice to our lips. We can receive the rich spiritual benefits of that banquet encounter each week. And then we take the good change that feast works in us wherever we go.
Addie Thompson, Editor Cover Design by Susan Craig Cover Photo: Choir in 1934 from Trinity Archives
DEEP LEARNING & DEVOTION Cathedral Music Education by Susan Craig What is deep learning? Choirmaster JED JOHNSON describes it as devotion that becomes formative. In his words, “Music forms us when we devote ourselves to it.” It’s this kind of devotion in which cathedral choristers are schooled—a devotion formed of discipline and dedication, a slow and deliberate absorption of skill and artistry. Cathedral choristers, current and former, exude that sense of devotion. When they speak of their experience, it’s with a sense of awe and reverence—and a smile. For Senior Chorister and high school sophomore WALKER McKAY, cathedral choir is about much more than singing. In his words, being a chorister has taught him to increasingly “put God first.” When he reaches a high note, there’s a “rush of adrenaline,” in which he feels “every fiber of himself praising God.” Walker says the challenge of learning how to sing again after his voice changed kept him engaged and stimulated. Through music, too, he’s been drawn more deeply into liturgy and reading scripture—which might not have happened, he said, without his choir immersion. RUTH DIBBLE describes her nine years as a chorister as a lesson in “balancing joy with responsibility.” With a deep love of singing, she made choir a priority. This meant two weekly practices as well as rotating Sunday performances, along with school commitments. Ruth would tell you that, in addition to receiving a college-level music education, she became adept at time management. She describes a certain holiness in choir rituals, such as robing and processionals. Thorough the choir, she says, she helped spread music’s sacredness to others, like “praying twice.” Assistant Choirmaster KATIE GATCH compares the chorister program to team sports. By being part of something larger, the individual learns accountability. To Katie, choral singing actually involves athleticism: the breath, movement, coordination, attention to timing and nuance. Like sports teams, older choristers serve as role models to younger members. Choir also teaches choristers to acknowledge errors—if someone misses a note in rehearsal, they raise a hand—a handy tool, but even more, a lesson in “owning one’s mistakes.”
Jed Johnson directing one of the many rehearsals he leads at Trinity weekly, assisted by Katie Gatch
A USC Music/ Education graduate, Katie believes Trinity Cathedral’s music edu-
cation is unparalleled in the southeast. Not only do participants learn music theory and performance; Mary Waldo teaching five-year-old V.J. they also Bynoe and his mother, Ja’Vell, to play learn Anglirecorder through the Suzuki method can tradition, sacred music history, and become fluent in the “language of music.” Through pilgrimages, such as the one to England’s Durham Cathedral, choristers are exposed to living history as well—in this case, performing in a 1000-year-old cathedral. Along with the chorister program, there is much other “deep learning” going on in the cathedral. You may hear USC organ students practicing on the Trinity organ, a rich tradition of sharing resources (and a gift to those who happen to be in the cathedral.) MARY WALDO, classically trained musician and instructor, is currently teaching Suzuki-method recorder at Trinity to a mother/son duo from St. Luke’s Church. Beginning this January, she’ll offer a session of adult and youth recorder lessons for anyone interested. She and Katie hope to expand music teaching to other parts of the community, including public elementary school students. Music education at Trinity is not a solitary, single-focused enterprise. It is made up of moving pieces, all working in concert to spread the sacred beauty of music—not only to parishioners, but to all who are drawn. Through cathedral concerts and other performances, as well the choral service of Evensong throughout the liturgical season, the gift of music emanates to the community. At Trinity, music is created to be shared; to be transformative; to be another form of prayer.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some facts about the Cathedral Music program • In 2003, when Jed assumed the role of Choirmaster, the oldest youth choristers were 4th graders. • Trinity’s choir today consists of approximately 90 youth and 30 adults. • This year’s Novice class includes 8 boys and 7 seven girls, the largest to date. • The Novice course prepares students to read music, understand liturgy, and sing scales on key. • Junior choristers are typically boys grades 4–5 and girls grades 7–8, and spend two years in training, including two rehearsals per week and individual lessons. • Senior choristers continue their music education, even as they’re full members of the Cathedral Choir, with all responsibilities entailed.
Trinity’s Myths and Legends by Ward Briggs
When I first became a docent, many friends in the church recounted in remarkably similar detail certain significant episodes in our church’s history. In revising the Docents Handbook, I have found a number of these stories to be either inaccurate or unlikely. Histories and handbooks all relate that the acre now mostly occupied by the Churchyard was given by “Mrs. Smythe of Charleston.” In fact, Caroline Neyle was a native of Devonshire, England, and was widowed by Bartlett Smyth (no “e” on the surname in either his will or hers) in 1802. In 1807 she married Nicholas Herbemont, the first Professor of French at South Carolina College. She had been “Mrs. Herbemont” for six years before donating the northern acre of the campus in 1813, yet she is still referred to as “Mrs. Smythe.” The legendary Rev’d Peter Shand, who was Rector for 52 years (1834-86) is regularly referred to as “Dr. Shand,” though his only doctorate was an honorary one given by the University of South Carolina in 1871.
According to his journal, he was set upon by invading Federal soldiers, was beaten, and robbed of the communion silver, which he was trying to take to the Rectory for safe keeping. But Connie Britt points out that Sherman was encamped across the river for three days before entering Columbia, during which it surely must have occurred to Dr. Shand to secure the silver. There was much rioting, looting, and drunkenness in the streets and likely Dr. Shand was set upon by a local brigand, not a Union soldier. The 1789 prayer book required a prayer for the “President of the United States,” but during the war Dr. Shand prayed for the Confederate president. When obliged by the commandant of the Union garrison occupying Columbia to say “United” once again, we are told, the congregation coughed, stamped its feet, and otherwise obscured a clear hearing of the words. In fact, some of the congregation simply stood silently and refused to say “Amen.” The bell rope is supposedly called the “Sally” after Sally Baxter Hampton, daughter-in-law of Wade Hampton II, whose family gave the bell to the church. In fact, “Sally” refers to the furry part of the bell rope and the name comes from the Latin verb salire (“to jump”) because after the ringer pulls the sally down, it jumps back up again. Other stories await investigation... 5
Then and Now by Connie Britt
Pictures give wonderful peeks into the past, and knowing about the past can give perspective on and appreciation for the present. Trinity has had its picture taken literally hundreds of times. Here are a few very old ones paired with current pictures showing elements from the old that can still be found today. During a tour of Canterbury Cathedral, the docent said something I have never forgotten, “A cathedral is a living thing. It grows and changes - building on its past, reflecting its present, and, hopefully, preparing for its future.” As you look at the old picture of Trinity, probably taken in the late 1870’s or early 1880’s, the horsedrawn fire-wagon is an obvious focal point. Less obvious, perhaps, until you look closely is the fact that Sumter Street is a dirt road; and the sidewalk is unpaved. Have you ever noticed the metal shoe-scrapper on your left as you get ready to go up the front steps at Trinity today? There use to be one on either side of the steps so the parishioners could remove the mud from their shoes before entering the building. During the restoration, the scrapers were pulled up and might have been lost had not Ruth Tibshrany seen one (the one shown in the recent picture) in the bookstore and urged that it be saved and replaced as a focal point for the docents as they tell about our history and the 6
history of Columbia. One of my favorite old pictures of Trinity had to have been taken after 1862 (when Trinity was enlarged with the addition of the north and south ends of the transept and the apse) and before 1890 (you can tell by the line of the south wall that the sacristy had not yet been built). The detail in this picture that I love is the staircase going up to, what was at that time, Dr. Shand’s office. Had you gone through the door at the top of those stairs you would be standing where the new picture of the window above the desk in the passage was taken. The next time you walk from the altar rail through the passage into the sacristy, take a second and remember that you are walking through what was once Dr. Shand’s office. Dr. Shand is standing behind the lectern in this old picture which had to have been taken between 1862 and 1886 (the year of Dr. Shand’s death). There are several points of interest in this old picture - the omega shaped altar rail, the location of the baptismal font, the ceiling of the apse - we did not orig-
inally have a dome, the solid line of quatrefoils above the black marble tablets (there were five of them) and the five, small, plain glass lancet windows above the quatrefoils. View the picture to the right. After Dr. Shand’s death, the back wall of the apse underwent major changes as the plain glass windows were replaced with the beautiful stained glass windows we have today including the large, central window showing Jesus and the children (the first picture window to be installed at Trinity). To install this window the center section of the apse wall behind the altar completely changed. The marble tablet that had been directly behind the altar was removed, inscribed with information about Dr. Shand, and is now on the wall behind the organ as you can see pictured left. The next time you are in the sacristy, look at the lithograph over the sink. This was done in the early 1920’s as part of the architect’s proposal for the parish house which was built in 1925. If you look carefully you will see that there were several changes from the design in the lithograph to the final
building. You may also note that the south porch had not been built and the parish house was a stand-alone building. What I find of particular interest is the little oak tree on the far right. The current photograph shows that “little oak tree” today. Amazing what 100 years does to an oak tree! The three great oaks of Trinity are the Sire Oak in the graveyard planted in 1814, the “little oak tree” in the lithograph which was planted in 1895 after the sacristy was built and the chancel raised and redesigned, and the oak tree in the southwest corner of Trinity’s courtyard which was planted in 1925 after the parish house was built. How many special, happy events have been and will be celebrated “under the oaks” in the courtyard. The framed drawing below hangs in the Narthex to the right of the double western doors. It is actually dated, October 1, 1901, and shows a chart of the graveyard and the footprint of the building at that time - notice that the Sacristy has been added and that the Parish House has not yet been built. Each grave site is outlined and numbered, and on the lower right is a table of “References” identifying the people buried at each site. Now, over a century after this chart was made, something very important is in the works. Jim Sims, Churchyard Administrator, has identified every burial site at Trinity and regularly updates the information. Ward Briggs, Chairman of the Docents, has worked with Jim to digitize the information so that it can be placed on Trinity’s website. Soon those who wish to find a particular burial site in our graveyard or columbarium will be able to type a name into the app find its exact location. 7
Parking Solutions for a Growing Parish by Howard Duvall To illustrate the power of prayer in a recent sermon, Dean Jones told the story of the young business executive heading to an important meeting who could not find a parking place. The young man said, “God, if you will find me a parking space I will be in church every Sunday.” All of a sudden a car backed out of a prime space. He looked up to heaven and said “Nevermind, I found one. “ Now the Dean did not say this was a good illustration of the frustrations felt by many trying to find a parking place at Trinity, but he did appoint a Parking Committee! The Parking Committee began meeting in May 2018. The first order of business was to review the parking options at Trinity and define the problem. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is a downtown church occupying a block in the center of the city of Columbia. This block is bounded by Gervais, Sumter, Senate and Marion streets. The State Capital complex is across Sumter with additional State buildings on Senate and Marion. An apartment complex, private parking surface lot and Goodyear surround the Trinity Block. Parking has been tight at Trinity for years. During the legislative session the Senate Street parking is frequently filled by visitors to the Statehouse. Trinity benefited for years from a private parking area on the south side of Senate. Spaces were rented for the staff of Trinity Learning Center and the lot was used on Sundays and at special events at Trinity. This lot is now divided by a privately owned surface lot on the east end with kiosk and state owned parking. 8
The opening of the USC
School of Law one block away has exacerbated the parking situation. The Law School block has very little parking and students use mobile apps to pay to park on Marion and Senate Streets during class. Trinity has two parking lots on campus. The main lot has 43 spaces with 18 reserved for Diocesan staff, Trinity Learning Center and Kitchen staff. The staff lot has 11 spaces. Trinity is currently renting parking spaces at 1411 Gervais and Keenan garage. The parking for Sunday services has generally not been difficult. The parking spaces on Senate and Marion Streets are usually available. The City allows oblique parking on Sumter which increases the capacity. State offices are not using the parking for their buildings and parishioners fill those lots. Likewise, evening and Saturday events at Trinity have sufficient parking using the Trinity lots and street parking. Parking becomes a problem during weekdays for special events such as funerals, large meetings, and special services.
The committee and administration have worked on some actions to relieve the pressure. City of Columbia agreed to limit the use of the parking mobile app to two hours on the 1300 block of Senate. This discourages use in this block by students who could renew the parking time using the parking mobile app. Trinity has rented spaces in the Senate Street private parking lot for staff parking. The private owner also agreed to allow the use on Sunday without any charge. The staff is aware to carefully schedule
meetings to avoid peak times. The noticeable use of the parking lot by persons doing business at state offices or attending classes at USC led to a discussion of a Trinity specific parking sticker to help identify unauthorized users.
Out of the box!
A more innovative discussion dealt with “out of the box” solutions. Many of our parishioners now use services like Uber and Lyft to go to night events or when visiting other cities. These options are available in Columbia. If a special event is scheduled during a peak time, maybe it would be more convenient to use Uber, Lyft or the regular local taxi! The Comet bus system has the Soda Cap loop that stops at the corner of Sumter and Gervais. It is a free ride on the newest buses. Parishioners could park at any point on the Soda Cap loop and get off at the nearest stop to Trinity. In addition, the Comet will arrange a special bus shuttle for groups going to events in the city. An off campus parking lot could be identified and arrangements made to shuttle attendees to Trinity and back to the off campus lot. Christ Church Greenville has a Parking Lot Ministry. The volunteers help point parishioners and visitors to available parking. In rainy weather they provide umbrellas! This may be a service opportunity at Trinity. The young executive who asked God to find him a parking space did not realize the power of prayer. The Parking Committee is asking for continued prayers to find sufficient parking for all ministries at Trinity.
In the coming months, Trinity will sponsor a new series of public presentations intended to foster discussion about the nature of faith in the contemporary world and the exercise of faith in today’s culture. This series takes its name from the place where Paul proclaimed the gospel in Athens, and thus reminds us of our need to find new ways of proclaiming the gospel to those among whom we live and work. In the books of Acts, the apostle Paul engages in debate in the synagogues, in the marketplace, and in the schools of the city. At the invitation of the assembled citizens, Paul presents his message. He takes his stand before the crowd and calls out, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way! For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you!” When the crowd had heard Paul’s message, “some scoffed,” but others said, “We will hear you again about this,” and still others “became believers” (Acts 17.16-34). The location where Paul is said to have delivered his speech is the Areopagus, also known as “Mars Hill” (after the Greek phrase “Areios Pagos,” or “rock of Ares”). Paul’s speech at the Areopagus has for centuries provided a model for the church as to how to proclaim the gospel in the midst of a people for whom the gospel is foreign or unknown. The Areopagus series at the Cathedral will likewise provide members of Trinity and the wider community with opportunities to reflect on issues having to do with civic society and the common good, the maintenance of a flourishing culture, and the public exercise of religious faith. The spring season of the Areopagus series will include five presentations, one each month. The theme for the spring season is “virtue.” The schedule for these presentations will be as follows: • January 27 • February 24 • March 24 • April 28 • May 19
Introduction to the concept of “virtue” and the possibility of common civic culture Presented by Jennifer Fry, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at USC History of “virtue,” different cultural examples of the “good life” Presented by Erin Roberts, Assistant Professor of Religion at USC The relationship(s) between public (or secular) and private (or sacred) virtues Presented by Jonathan Reibsamen, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at CIU “Moral inversion” and the danger of violence enacted in pursuit of virtue Presented by Andrew Grosso, Canon to the Dean at Trinity Cathedral Contemporary retrieval of “virtue theory” and the challenge of pluralism Presented by Christopher Tollefsen, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at USC
These presentations will be excellent opportunities for members of Trinity to invite friends and colleagues to visit the cathedral and experience its worship, formation, and fellowship. Each presentation will immediately follow Evensong (which begins at 4:00), and will conclude prior to the Holy Eucharist in Keenan Chapel (at 6:00 pm). Each will begin with a light reception at 4:45 pm, which will be followed by the presentation (5:10-5:40 pm), opportunities for small-group discussion (5:40-5:50 pm), and brief concluding remarks (5:50-6:00). All are invited and encouraged to support this new initiative, and to invite those who may worship an “unknown god” to hear the gospel of the One who is made known to all the world in Jesus Christ. 9
Ward Briggs By Beebe James
Our Volunteer Spotlight this month shines on Dr. Ward Briggs, the Chairman of the Cathedral Docent program. Recently I was fortunate enough to meet with him and learn about his involvement in the Docent program and his many other areas of interest at Trinity.
ground, he soon joined the Churchyard committee and has now put all the Churchyard records of burials, cremations and columbarium interments in digital form. He is currently putting names, locations, inscriptions and photos from the graves online and those will be available for the public to view soon.
In the process I had an amazing tutorial from him about aspects of the Cathedral that were new to me (and I consider myself reasonably knowledgeable). Therefore, I begin by encouraging you to sign up for a tour. No matter how much you know about the church or how long you have been a member, I guarantee you will walk away saying “Wow”. And you will have a new level of respect for the approximately 14 docents who lead the tours every Spring and Fall.
Learning from new friends about the Sunday morning breakfast for our homeless and near homeless friends, he now serves on the second week team where his specialty is making grits. And now, since he has energy leftover, he is an adult formation coordinator and a contributor to Trinity’s Cathedral Connections (see his article on page 5).
Ward Briggs is a native of Wilmington, Delaware where his father practiced medicine. He moved to Columbia in the early two thousands to take a position at USC and, living downtown, was attracted by the history of our church and in awe of the beauty of the building and churchyard. He began attending services here in 2003, attending the 7:45 am service on Sunday, shortly after becoming a Lay Reader for that service. Along the way, as he met people and continued exploring the history and symbols of the church, someone suggested that he join the team of docents. Recently, with docent Connie Britt, he extensively rewrote the guide to the Trinity windows, originally written by Sarah Hempley, and put it online so it would be easily available to the whole parish and community. Following his interest in the churchyard and burial 10
For a person who says “I didn’t meet people very quickly” Ward has lots of friends at Trinity, is involved in many different aspects of the church and easily shares his knowledge. In one short meeting, I learned the history of the baptismal font and the windows, the meaning of the color and stars in Seibels Chapel and many other things that will make my worship experience every Sunday much more meaningful. A big thank you to Ward, for your continued dedication to Trinity.
CATHEDRAL HAPPENINGS: JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 Tuesday, January 1: New Year’s
Sunday, February 12: The Trinity Cathedral Founda-
Day Service at 10:00 am in the Cathedral, Offices Closed
tion’s second annual celebration in honor Trinity Legacy Builders at 5pm. Anyone who has made a commitment to Trinity’s future through an estate gift is a Trinity Legacy Builder.
January 6: Epiphany Lessons
and Carols at 4:00 pm followed by Parish Oyster Roast & Chili Dinner - Register online at trinitysc.org/epiphany
Saturday, February 23:
Wednesday, January 9: Wednesday Night Suppers resume - trinitysc.org/supper
Friday, January 11: Children, Youth, and Family Bowl-
Homeless No More Race for the Place 5K - Register online & join Trinity’s team at stlawrenceplace.org
Sunday, February 24: “I Was
Glad” Choir Concert at 4:00 pm in the Cathedral, Tickets available at trinitysc.org/tickets
Sunday, January 13: Even-
song followed by 125 Daughters of the Holy Cross Anniversary Celebration in Satterlee Hall th
Sunday, January 20: Special
Martin Luther King, Jr. Choral Evensong and Reception with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Monday, February 25:
Daughters of the Holy Cross General Meeting with speaker, Beebe James, in Satterlee Hall at 11:00 am Register online at trinitysc. org/dhcevent
Monday, January 21: Cathedral Offices & Trinity Learning Center closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Sunday, January 27: 207th Annual Parish Meeting at
11:15 am; Special service schedule: 7:45 am in the Cathedral, 10:00 am in the Cathedral, 4:00 pm Evensong, and 6:00 pm in Keenan Chapel
February 1-3: Kanuga Parish
Weekend, visit trinitysc.org/ kanuga for registration and information
SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE CATHEDRAL SERVICES
7:45 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:00 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II 11:15 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite I 4:00 pm: Choral Evensong
KEENAN CHAPEL SERVICES
11:15 am: Holy Eucharist, Rite II 6:00 pm: Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday, February 3: Youth Super Bowl Flag Football
Spring Adult Formation Opportunities Sunday Mornings at 10:15 am RENEWALWORKS (January 6 - January 20 in Satterlee Hall): Months ago many members of the Trinity community completed the Spiritual Life Inventory that is part of the RenewalWorks program. The cathedral received a summary of our responses to the inventory, and a dedicated group of parishioners have interpreted the results and reflected on what the results suggest regarding our mission and ministries. Now it’s time to share the results of all this work with the congregation! The first three sessions of the spring program season will give us an opportunity to discern what we believe the results of the RenewalWorks process are telling us about where God is calling us to go as a community of faith. Canon Grosso will facilitate. ADULT CONFIRMATION & INQUIRERS (January 6 - May 19 in the Admin Conference Room): This series is for anyone who will be confirmed when Bishop Waldo visits on May 5, and is also appropriate for those seeking to become more familiar with Episcopal beliefs and practices. The series explores scripture, church history and traditions, and Anglican spirituality. Dean Jones will facilitate. EQUIPPING THE SAINTS (February 3 - March 3 in Satterlee Hall): In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul writes, “speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph 4.15). The ministry of the church depends on the spiritual maturity and vitality of its members. But what exactly does spiritual growth look like? What are the challenges that sometimes frustrate spiritual growth? How do we find time for spiritual growth in the midst of the many competing demands of our lives? This five-week series will explore these questions, and will also provide an opportunity to consider ways of putting into practice the 12
results of the RenewalWorks process. Canon Grosso will facilitate.
JOURNEY TO THE PURPLE-HEADED MOUNTAIN (March 10 - April 7 in Satterlee Hall): During Lent, we will explore the work of Martin Thornton, an English priest who was also a farmer and an author. Thornton wrote several notable works on the life of faith and the experience of Christian community, and is remembered today for his account of the essential connections between individual spirituality and congregational life. This five-week series will be organized around Thornton’s modern classic, The Purple-Headed Mountain. Canon Grosso will facilitate. UNDERSTANDING & OVERCOMING ADDICTION (March 10 - April 7 in room 114): Addictions of various kinds are among the most serious challenges our culture faces in today’s world, and faith communities have a special role to play in helping people become more knowledgeable about the hazards of addiction and the means for overcoming it. This series will be the first in a series of coordinated efforts aimed at helping parishioners better understand addiction and recognize the resources available to help those who struggle with it (including those who have family or friends who struggle with addictions). This series will be facilitated by Betsy and David Wolff. GROWING IN CHRIST (March 10 - May 19 in the Stirling Room): This group is dedicated to biblical study, encouragement, and spiritual teaching that helps participants grow in their life of faith. The group is facilitated by Lee Ayers, Emery Clark, Phil Johnston, and Rox Pollard. Please note, the group will not meet January 6 - March 3 so that those who regularly attend can participate in the discussions in Satterlee Hall. PARENTING WITH GRACE (March 10 - May 19 in room 222): This group provides opportunities for
parents with children of all ages to create a community of support as they navigate the many issues families face, and explore a variety of topics related to family, marriage, and parenting. The group is facilitated by Shannon and Brian Kvam and Cydney and Jonathan Milling. Please note, the group will not meet January 6 - March 3 so that those who regularly attend can participate in the discussions in Satterlee Hall.
CHRISTIAN PROFICIENCY (April 28 - May 19 in Satterlee Hall): Sometimes we feel stuck in our life of faith: we’re not new believers, but neither do we feel we’re as far along as we’d like to be. How does one continue to grow in the life of faith even after having been a Christian for many years? Martin Thornton’s book Christian Proficiency is designed for those who are seeking a new level of faithfulness with God. Canon Grosso will facilitate.
Come experience the mid-week refreshment of Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm (in Keenan Chapel), a parish supper at 5:45 pm (in Satterlee Hall), and formation programs for all ages from 6:30 until 7:00 pm.
GOD’S STORY, OUR STORY, YOUR STORY (January 9 - May 22): The Bible tells a series of overlapping stories. The Bible is the story of God’s work on behalf of his good creation. The Bible is also the story of God’s people, both Jews and Gentiles. And the Bible provides a framework wherein we might make sense of the story of our individual lives. How do these stories correspond with one another? And what about the story of how the Bible came to be: what’s the relationship between the story in the Bible and the story of the Bible? Canon Grosso will lead us through an examination of these questions in an effort to help us live more fully into the story of the Bible.
GOD AT WORK (January 9 - May 22): How does our faith inform the work we do day in and day out? Is there any connection between our identity as Christians and our professional and vocational identities? How do we align the earthly values and goals of our jobs with the spiritual and heavenly purpose of our faith? This series will explore these kinds of questions using the Alpha course, “God at Work,” and will be an excellent opportunity to invite co-workers who may be looking for a church home to come to Trinity. This series will be coordinated by Emery Clark, Rob Gyemant, and Ian Weschler.
TUESDAY LECTIONARY STUDY GROUPS: There are lectionary study
groups for both men and women on Tuesdays at 8:30 am and 12:30 pm. These groups provide reflection on the gospel readings for the coming Sunday. Canon Grosso coordinates the men’s groups, and Canon Lockett coordinates the women’s. The 8:30 men meet in the Stirling Room, and the 8:30 women meet in the Daughters of the Holy Cross Room. The 12:30 men meet in room 114, and the 12:30 women meet in Satterlee Hall; lunch is available for $10.
Crawford, and meets in room 114.
SPIRITUAL LIFE FOR WOMEN: This weekly Bible study meets 9:30 am every Wednesday, and provides women with the opportunity to explore the meaning of the scriptures and the application of biblical insights to daily life. The group is facilitated by Mopsy
SUGGESTIONS? QUESTIONS? Contact Canon Grosso or one of the members of the adult formation committee (Walter Edgar, Eleanor Kitzman, Steve Matthews, Ian Weschler, Betsy Wolff, and Belton Zeigler). We would love to hear your thoughts
ALL TRINITY READS IS BACK! This spring, the All Trinity Reads program will return. There will be seven different reading groups that will convene at different times and locations; each group will meet for a total of no more than six weeks. Everyone is invited to take part in one of these groups. Space in each group is limited so contact the coordinator(s) of the group you’d like to join as soon as possible. We will read Verna J. Dozier’s The Dream of God: a Call to Return (Church Publishing, 2006). Dozier (1917-2006) was a high-school English teacher, a lay theologian, and an active member of the Episcopal Church for many years as a parishioner at St. Mark’s Church in Washington, DC, as well as various diocesan and national groups. She is remembered for her passionate commitment to lay leadership, racial reconciliation, and the importance of Christian education for all members of the church. Dozier’s work has had a tremendous influence in the Episcopal Church, but the reception of her work has not been without controversy. The Dream of God can be a challenging book, and many of the ideas Dozier proposes about how we might think about the life of faith in today’s world prompt a number of questions. In other words, Dozier’s work makes for an excellent starting point for group reflection and discussion. If you’d like to take part in this season’s All Trinity Reads program, contact one of the group facilitators or contact Canon Grosso (email@example.com).
ARK: This group is dedicated to fostering deep conversations and open dialog about the life of faith, and meets in the Stirling Room every Wednesday at 10:00 am. The group will meet during the spring season beginning January 9 through April 10. The topic will be the video series, “Living the Questions 2.0.” This group is coordinated by Calvert Klopp and Allianne Duvall.
• Facilitator: Walter Edgar (firstname.lastname@example.org) Walter’s group will begin meeting at 5:00 pm on Monday, January 14 in the Stirling Room. • Facilitator: Bill Beckham (email@example.com) Bill’s group will begin meeting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, January 16 at Bridgepointe Condominiums (100 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia). • Facilitators: Ward Briggs (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Marvin Caughman (email@example.com) Ward and Marvin’s group will begin meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, January 16 in the Daughters of the Holy Cross Room. • Facilitators: Marion Hornsby (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Will Hornsby (email@example.com) Marion and Will’s group will begin meeting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 20 at their home (1760 Shady Lane, Columbia). • Facilitator: Betty Hudgens (firstname.lastname@example.org) Betty’s group will begin meeting at 10:30 am on Tuesday, January 22 at her home (3419 Wilmot Ave, Columbia). • Facilitators: Nela Edgar (email@example.com) and Sallie Guess (firstname.lastname@example.org) Nela and Sallie’s group will begin meeting at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 23 in the Daughters of the Holy Cross Room. • Facilitator: Walker McKay (email@example.com) Walker’s group will begin meeting at 7:30 am on Wednesday, March 6 at the offices of Cason Development Group (2144 Sumter St., Columbia).
Children and Families Ministries What Happens Through the St. John’s Portal each Sunday?
…it is the beginning of our children’s journey into the liturgy for a lifetime of preparation for entering God’s Kingdom. Liturgy Preparation is a cherished time and space at Trinity for our young children. We as adults, love the liturgy we hear each week. Over the years, it becomes a cherished, precious part of our worship. This is what our children are learning through the Saint John’s portal…a development of their own sense of the liturgy. Granted it looks a little different as we play with Jesus through the “Godly Play” curriculum or with “Lesson Plans That Work”. We invite you to come join us one Sunday or two and remember what the liturgy sounded like in your childhood. Come join as we prepare for Lent with the parables Jesus told, hear the gospel lesson through “Sermons 4 Kids”, and learn the Nicene Creed. As you see these small blessings process back into the Cathedral with the offertory, know they have heard something very special. Ask them about it but be prepared to learn something as a child again. Not only will you learn who has a boo-boo or who’s eating lunch with their grandmother, but if you really listen you will hear Jesus speaking through a child’s heart.
Formation, Fun, and Fellowship:
Friday, January 4 & February 8: Movie Night
Join us in the Workshop from 6-8 pm. Be sure to bring a Happy Meal, a snuggle buddy, and even a friend!
Friday, January 11: Children & Youth Family Bowling Night Join us at 5:30 pm at Beltline Lane (2154 South Beltline Blvd.) Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we will be sure to reserve enough lanes.
February 1-3: Kanuga Parish Weekend
Join us for a weekend of S’mores, yoga, family field games, Enneagrams and much more for the whole family!
Saturday, February 23: Race for the Place
Lace up your racing shoes and join us for the Kid’s Fun Run at 9:00 am.
Wednesday Night J.A.M. (Jesus and Me!) 5:45 - 7 pm:
The 3’s-Kindergarten meet in Ms. Geddis’ room; First grade-youth meet in the gym/Workshop for formation, food and fun. Please be sure to register by 2:30 pm each Wednesday to ensure Safe Church ratios.
Sunday Morning Formation “Exploring God’s Kingdom”:
Each week we explore the liturgy through Gathering, Opening the Bible and Active Faith with the Spark curriculum.
Youth Ministries Sunday Formation Youth Offerings Sunday Mornings at 10:15 am
• 6-9th grade: Youth formation in the Workshop, using the “Living the Good News” curriculum, a lectionary based curriculum • 10th grade: Confirmation, using “My Faith, My Life” 2nd edition, in the Youth Office • 11th grade: Confirmation, using “My Faith, My Life” 2nd edition, in the Diocesan Conference Room • 12th grade: Youth formation in the Workshop or attend adult formation offerings. New formation- replacing Senior Formation on Sunday mornings: • 12th grade: Senior girls are invited to Katherine Robinson’s home on Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm for dinner, fellowship, and a lesson
Spotlight: 10th Grade Confirmation
This January we begin a new opportunity at Trinity – 10th grade confirmation! From now on, youth Confirmation classes at Trinity will take place during the sophomore year, with Confirmation in the fall of their junior year.
Sunday Night EYC: 5:00-7:00 pm in the Workshop!
Come hungry and bring a friend! Every week we will eat dinner, hear a message, and play a game. • January 6: Parish-wide Epiphany oyster roast • January 13: Cornerstone, location TBD. New year kickoff! • January 20: No EYC for MLK weekend • January 27: EYC Topic: spiritual gifts • February 3: Super Bowl Sunday – details TBD • February 10: Cornerstone, location TBD. • February 17: February EYC will focus on spiritual, mental, and physical wellness • February 24: February EYC will focus on spiritual, mental, and physical wellness
Events & Important Dates: • January 11: Children & youth family bowling night at Beltline Lanes • January 12-13: 10th grade confirmation retreat at Camp Gravatt
• February 1-3: Parish retreat! • February 4: Smash! Sr High Retreat registration deadline • February 9: Servant Saturday
• February 22-24: Smash! Sr High retreat • February 25: Happening registration deadline
Trinityâ€™s 125 Birthday, 82 Do You Recognize These Faces? 1: Heath Manning 2: Fred Strickland 3: John Ferrell 4: George Siokos 5: Francis Gucrry 6: Cotesworth Pinckney 7: David Asbill, Jr. 8 9: James F. Sims, Jr. 10: Joan Bollin 11: Anne Frances Desportes 12: Charlotte Buchanan 13: Katherine Lawrence 14 15: Henry Fair, Jr. 16 17: Mary DuBose 18 19 20: Warrington Williams 21: Eliza Lide 22: Eleanor Roman 23: Gordon Thomas 24: Robert Gibbes 25 26: George Sausay, Jr. 27 28 29: Elizabeth Dehon 30: Robert Ellison 31 32 33 34: Sara Graydon 35: Louise Crawford 36: John A. Chase, Jr. 37: Frances Allison
38 39 40: Katherine Murphy 41: Albert L. Wardlaw, Jr. 42 43: Charles Knowlton 44 45 46 47 48 49
50: Richard Cathcart 51: Alexander Heyward, Jr. 52: Ella Hunter 53 54 55 56 57: Anne Boyle 58 59 60
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Article and photo from The State Newspaper in 1937.
If you are able to identify any additional persons in the photograph above, please contact Jim Sims at 787.1750. 17
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Alala Cancer Society Jumpstart Prison Ministries Sistercare Toby’s Place (Oliver Gospel Mission) Transitions Homeless Center
God can do anything, you know far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around, but by working within us ….” Ephesians 3:20
Nov. 16, 2019
Kanuga Parish Weekend 2019 “Doctor, Cure Yourself” Luke 4:21-30 February 1-3, 2019
Register online at trinitysc.org/kanuga Deadline to register is January 15, 2019.
Cost is $235 per adult. With a gracious grant from the Vernon Funds, cost for youth and children is free.
Weekend Activities Include: Spiritual Hikes
Mind Space Yoga
“The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth”
...and family fun for all ages!
Daughters of the Holy Cross, 1894-2019: For Those Who Said Yes, Thanks Be to God By Louise Taylor, 2019 President of the Daughters of the Holy Cross The year 2019 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Trinity Cathedral Daughters of the Holy Cross organization. According to Jeanne Kean in her book REFLECTIONS: The Women of Trinity, 18122012, “Dr. William E. Evans, new rector of Trinity, called a meeting of young, unmarried women of the parish on January 11, 1894, to form a chapter of the Daughters of the King, a national organization. This society required certain pledges of its members, and at the second meeting, it was voted not to affiliate with this society. Dr. Evans then suggested they form their own group and call it Daughters of the Holy Cross. He impressed upon them the responsibility of living up to such a name. And thus the Daughters group was born, although, at this point, it was one among several groups of women at Trinity, busily tending to God’s House and to His people.” Mrs. Kean goes on to say, ”The first officers of the Daughters of the Holy Cross (DHC) elected were: President, Miss Mary Stoney; Vice-President, Miss Amy Waring; Treasurer, Miss Kitty Tennent. They chose a motto, “In Hoc Signo Vinces”; as their badge, a small Maltese cross in silver, with the letters “I.H.S.” on the arms. Red was named the Society’s color. This group also included the Benevolent and Beneficial Societies as well as the Chancel, Mildren Knowlton said Church, and Churchyard Chapters, each with spe“yes” in 1972 cific responsibilities. The 20
ages of these young unmarried ladies, whom Dr. Evans called together in 1894, ranged from 17 years to about 24. They were energetic and enthusiastic members eager to serve.” One hundred and twenty-five years later, the Daughters of the Holy Cross includes all women of Trinity Cathedral, now a diverse group ranging in ages, educational backgrounds, financial resources, marital status, etc. In addition to possessing the energy and enthusiasm mentioned by Mrs. Kean, one quality these women have in common with one another is their love for God, Trinity Cathedral, and this organization, which has enabled them to share their gifts not only with their parish family, but with the wider Columbia community and beyond. They continue to fulfill the charge made by Saint Paul in Romans 12:6: “God in His mercy has given us gifts, let us use them….” In 2019, fifty-seven women have said yes to using their spiritual gifts by chairing or participating in a committee for the Trinity Cathedral Daughters of the Holy Cross organization. In this first Cathedral Connections issue of the New Year, the theme “Looking Back and Looking Forward” has been selected to emphasize the importance of looking back to acknowledge the spiritual gifts used and shared by so many devoted members of this parish family in the past while looking forward to identify even more of these gifts which “God in His mercy has given us….” and put them to work in a broader scope in days to come than ever before. At times, a greater use of our gifts can seem daunting. How can we commit to even one more task in
an already over-burdened schedule? What if we feel that we don’t possess the necessary skills to accept responsibility in a particular area of ministry? Examination of one’s priorities can provide an answer to the issue of an over-burdened schedule, while the late Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Edmond L. Browning, offered this thought about not feeling competent when one is asked to participate in an area of ministry: “I have noticed that people can talk themselves out of their ministries. They can focus on their inadequacies and be overwhelmed by despair at what they see. And so they never make a start.” Bishop Browning continued: “God doesn’t give us ministries we cannot perform. God calls us to ministry and gives us the gifts we need to do what needs doing. We are sometimes amazed at what we are able to do in the service of the God who empowers us with the Holy Spirit.” In addition to reflecting on Bishop Browning’s comments, let us also consider the words of Sister Joan Chittister, an American Benedictine nun, theologian, and author, who tells us that: “…each of us has a special purpose and…the discovery of our own talents is key to our purpose in life.” During 2019, let us look back in amazement and gratitude to those who have shared their gifts in the past; let us look forward with love for one another and hopefulness and enthusiasm for the ministries that will be carried out not only today but also in the future; and, as we use our God-given gifts, let us remember the words of our much-loved Hymn 424: “FOR THE HARVESTS OF THE SPIRIT, THANKS BE TO GOD”!
2019 Executive Committee for the Daughters of the Holy Cross President: Louise M Taylor 351.8907 | email@example.com Vice-President: Kenzie Newton 917.9923 | firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Sophie Martin 843.810.7361 | email@example.com Treasurer: Elizabeth Laffitte 238.4043 | firstname.lastname@example.org President-Elect: Mary Weston 917.7761 | email@example.com Treasurer-Elect: Rebecca Rhodes 240.5698 | rebeccaf@firstname.lastname@example.org Past-President: Diana Ayers 413.0488 | email@example.com
Newcomer Spotlight: Debbie & Ralph Yoho
Dusty, Debbie and Ralph’s pet dog By Allison Cox
Our Newcomer spotlight falls on the dynamic duo of Debbie and Ralph Yoho. Debbie was born in Tampa, Florida and Ralph in Pennsylvania. As the daughter of a US Air Force officer, Debbie moved quite a bit and was living in the Philippines when the couple met as Ralph was also in the Air Force. They began dating when Debbie finished high school. Her family returned to the states and was stationed at the Charleston Air Force Base. Debbie began attending the University of South Carolina and when Ralph separated from the USAF, he transferred his college credits to USC to be 22
with Debbie. The couple was married in Rutledge Chapel at the University of South Carolina in 1973. Debbie grew up in the Catholic tradition. Ralph was raised Presbyterian but attended Episcopal Resident summer camp. Together they attended a Southern Baptist Church for 30 years. Ralph says, “dissatisfaction with changes in our former church” is the catalyst that brought them to Trinity. When asked what made the couple choose Trinity Cathedral as their new spiritual home, they responded, “visiting and the warm welcome received!” Debbie and Ralph enjoy the Rite
I Cathedral Service at 11:15 am on Sundays and occasionally attend Evensong. They have both taken an active role in the parish.
“thankful to be a part of this vibrant Cathedral!” Debbie attends lectionary studies, has attended Cursillo and participates in the Tuesday women’s Bible Study. Ralph is currently a docent for Cathedral Tours. Ralph says he and Debbie are “thankful to be a part of this vibrant Cathedral!”
Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light By Jean Knowlton
The very first sentence in the Trinity Learning Center Parent Handbook is a message from the Director which begins with this statement… “We will offer many opportunities for your child to develop intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.” These are the necessary foundations of healthy early childhood education. While the academics of early childhood development are highly important and widely discussed, the spiritual development of children is equally important and part of our daily guidance at TLC. As we move into the new year at TLC our weekly themes used to spark curiosity come from a wonderful Christian based preschool curriculum called the WEE Learn Curriculum. It includes many opportunities to enhance our children’s spiritual development. Our TLC teachers will weave the idea of Epiphany - the 12th day of Christmas throughout these weekly themes… • January Themes: Winter Wonders * Our Five Senses * Healthy Bodies * Safe and Sound • February Themes: Growing Up Great * Day and Night * Solar System * Weather Wonders “On the day Jesus was born, not many throughout the lands knew of this glorious event. Wise men, shepherds, and others came from faraway lands to worship the baby Jesus. It took many days of travel for them to arrive at Jesus’ birthplace. Traveling during this period was slow and done by riding donkeys, camels, or walking.”
Magi are very Wise Men. Jesus called his friends to be with him and to help him in his work. Jesus said and did amazing and wonderful things that no one else could do. He healed many people to show how much God loved them. Jesus, the gift of love, came for all the people of the world. Jesus is like a light, helping us to see better. We are a part of Jesus, and in Jesus we are baptized into God’s family, the church.
There are many ways to describe an epiphany and this is one explanation… An Epiphany is a new insight on one’s daily reality due to an event, usually simple and “striking illuminating discovery”. Our children and teachers will “strike many illuminating discoveries” as we proceed together into this new year “Guided to Thy perfect light” and we hope each you do as well…It is all in how you look and listen for it… “O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy perfect light”
Here are some pieces of wisdom we will share and discuss with our children during this season… On the night of Jesus’ birth, the giant comet star let the world know that God is with us. Magi from far away saw the star and journeyed to visit Jesus.
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Sunday Worship Schedule Cathedral
7:45 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II 11:15 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 4 pm Choral Evensong
11:15 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II 6 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
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