CATHEDRAL CONNECTIONS THE MAGAZINE OF TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL | SPRING/SUMMER 2016
Cathedral Choir’s Visit to Charleston, SC —page 8
INSIDE: • Trinity Green: Theology of Creation • Shop LOCAL at the Trinity Bookstore • Education Matters: An Interview with Dean Jones and Bishop Waldo • Summer Activities and Parish Programs
TRINITY CATHEDRAL’S CLERGY
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The Very Reverend Timothy Jones Dean firstname.lastname@example.org The Reverend Charles M. Davis, Jr. Canon Pastor/Canon to the Dean email@example.com
SPIRITUAL GIFTS How Others Can Benefit From Your Talents
THEOLOGY OF CREATION Trinity Green Team Goes Green for Bishop Sutton
SUMMER/SPRING SCHEDULES AND EVENTS Share Your Summer with us at Trinity!
SHOP LOCAL Come Discover Your Local Authors at the Trinity Cathedral Bookstore
STEPS TO DISCERNMENT A Message from Joel Mikell of RSI Stewardship
SUMMER AT CAMILLE Trinity’s JumpStart Program
The Reverend Patricia C. Malanuk Canon for Mission & Outreach firstname.lastname@example.org The Reverend Dane E. Boston Canon for Adult Christian Formation email@example.com The Reverend Ira Houck Interim Priest Associate firstname.lastname@example.org
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Are We There Yet? 2016 Vernon Funds
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FROM DEAN JONES:
Powers Equal to Our Tasks
“I would like to make a motion that we face reality,” comedian Bob Newhart was fond of saying. We may find ourselves slightly surprised when difficulty comes knocking. A part of us hopes that with luck (or providence), Maybe I will be exempt. God will protect and keep me from sadness. We may secretly hope for calm, even easy lives. Poet Donald Hall chronicled his struggle with the leukemia that took his wife’s life in a collection of poems, one of which reads, Inside him, some four-year-old understood that if he was good— thoughtful, considerate, beyond reproach, perfect—she would not leave him. Perhaps it is worse for modern people; we pull pills off a shelf to quiet our pain. We wave the TV remote for numbing amusement that keeps us from facing our hurts. We turn to smart phones and tablet screens to save us from even a hint of an idle, restless moment. We get incensed when some pangs cannot be medicated, psychologized, or entertained away. The answer is not found in avoiding hardship or disappointment. That cannot always be possible. Not in a world of sometimes random violence, occasional betrayal, loneliness, or loss.
“Those who seek to avoid suffering,” writes Thomas Merton, “are those who end up suffering the most. They are troubled by every little thing as well, even as they move inexorably to the suffering that is to come.”
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But there is another option besides passive resignation. We can ask, whatever we face, for divine resources. We can find help for the challenging work that sometimes life assigns us. I love the wise counsel of Phillips Brooks, the renowned preacher and Episcopal bishop of an earlier generation: “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger persons. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.” In the wake of Easter, we recall how God’s power has been unleashed. Suffering, even the grief of loss and death, cannot undo the promise of the strength God has made possible through the risen, nowalways-near life of Jesus. Will you pray for renewed strength to not only endure your challenges, but meet them with assurance?
Addie Thompson, Editor Cover Design by: Susan Craig Cover Photo of Trinity’s Choiristers at Grace Cathedral in Charleston Photo by: Anne Bauknight
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” By The Rev’d Canon Dane Boston
n late medieval Florence, the powerful Merchants’ Guild was a hard-nosed fact-finding body. It was the Guild’s job to regulate the commerce that brought enormous wealth to their city. They scrutinized the transactions of merchant-members, fixed a skeptical eye on business practices, and even investigated the dealings of tradesmen belonging to other guilds. The Merchant’s Guild tenaciously pursued accusations of wrongdoing, always seeking out hard evidence and spurning the family ties, “gentlemen’s agreements,” and bribery all too common in the civil and economic of the Middle Ages. So when each of the city’s guilds was invited to contribute a sculpture to beautify one of the great Florentine churches (and, of course, to declare their own power and importance at the same time), the Merchant’s Guild offered a statue of St. Thomas the Apostle, better known as Doubting Thomas. Thomas is skeptical. He’s eager for evidence. He’s unwilling to accept the word of his fellow Apostles about the Lord’s Resurrection. He’s the one who throws down the dramatic challenge, “Unless I see the marks of the nails, and put my hand in his side, I will not believe.” What better saintly representative for those committed to the relentless pursuit of the facts? The trouble is, Thomas’s story is not about facts at all. For when the Risen Jesus suddenly accepts Thomas’s challenge and invites the stunned disciple to feel his wounded hands and to touch his pierced side, Thomas doesn’t respond with a statement of fact. He doesn’t shout, “It really is you!” or, “They were telling the truth!” No, Thomas’s encounter with the Resurrected Christ leads him out of the realm of mere facts and into a relationship of faith. “My Lord and my God!” he cries, confessing Jesus’ identity and making a statement about the way that that truth will shape his life in the days and years to come. And Christ tells him, “Do you believe because you have seen? Blessed are those who have not 4
seen and yet have come to believe.” In our own day, we struggle with the link between faith and facts. Sometimes we talk about Statue pictured is the the façade of the Orsanmichele faith as if it in Florence, Italy. has nothing to do with facts at all. We act as if “having faith” means “believing what I believe no matter what the evidence seems to say.” But at other times, we mix faith up with facts. We act as if “having faith” means mentally accepting a long checklist of religious “facts.” But the story of Doubting Thomas reminds us that faith isn’t about making logical assertions or poring over evidence. It’s about a relationship of trust and reliance. When we say, “We believe in one God,” we’re not putting forth a proposition to prove. We’re claiming a foundation of love upon which to build and grow. We’re confessing that Someone—even God our Father!—is drawing us deeper and deeper into his knowledge and love. We’re rejoicing that we and the whole creation are being made new. This Eastertide, may we remember that the claims of the Risen Christ do not engage our minds only, but our whole lives as well. May we receive with joy the Good News of Christ’s Resurrection. May we share in St. Thomas’s confession of faith, and find our lives transformed by the One who said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” For in those words, Jesus was speaking about us! Alleluia!
What Makes Gifts Spiritual? By Beebe James, Lay Ministries Coordinator
Spiritual gifts — words we hear often in the church but frequently without much meaning. “What makes gifts SPIRITUAL?” you may ask. How are gifts different from ordinary talents? If you are like I am, you have told yourself more than once that there’s nothing special about the things you are good at. If you only had another person’s abilities (Peter’s artistic talents or Mary’s organizational skills), then you could be the person you would like to be. God just didn’t give you the right skills. For most people these feelings and insecurities come frequently at the turning points in their lives. For me it was looking down into the face of my first child and thinking “Good grief, I don’t have a clue what it takes to nurture a baby.” What do I do now?” Or when my last child went to college and they were all four clearly gone, determined to lead their own lives – so what do I do now? Or when it was time for me to change jobs and I kept asking God once again – What now? And now, when my life has taken another different turn. These turning points offer the perfect time to look seriously, once again, at those special gifts God has given you; perhaps, to identify some unrecognized or unused talents and offer
them to Him. The gifts God gives to us at our birth are expanded by our own personality and enlarged by life experiences to make our gifts unique. No one else has exactly the combination of skills or talents that you have; and if they are not used by you to further God’s kingdom they will not be used. And the church will be less able to carry out the mission God has given us. In a church as big as Trinity, it’s so easy to say, “they don’t need me. Somebody else will do it.” Only nobody else has what you have to give. You are special—your gifts are needed. One way to go about identifying those special “you” skills that God is calling you to is to participate in a Spiritual Gifts workshop. In these workshops you will meet with others who share your desire to reflect on your gifts and identify the ways God may be calling you to use them in His service. The advantage of such a group is that you can learn about giftedness together through different exercises (frequently others can see gifts in you that you never thought about) and you can encourage each other in the process. It’s fun and life-affirming. Do you hear God calling you but you’re not sure to what? Have I got a group for you!
Theology of C T
he Doctrine of Creation is an essential teaching of the Christian Faith. Jewish, Christian and Islamic teaching give preeminent authority to these words in Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth …”. A multiplicity of biblical passages witness in song, poetry, metaphor, liturgical forms and theological statements that throughout the Old and New Testaments there is revealed a profound and beautiful Theology of Creation. Creditable theologians have written extensively on how the Christian community interprets God, humanity and the cosmos. Because of the reality of evil there has been considerable neglect in humanity’s responsibility to care for a magnificent, ever-evolving creation. Theologically speaking, the same love that brought creation into being, expects of the created human being, made in the image of its Creator, to care lovingly for all that has life. Colin Waters, the leader of a new international team of scientists, is quoted on Reuters.com as arguing that “the world has entered the Anthropocene, or human epoch, marking the end of the Holocene, or present epoch, which began some 12,000 years ago as the planet thawed from the ice age.” This comment supports the thesis of the New York Times bestseller entitled The Sixth Extinction, which, 6
along with other scientific sources, affirms that rapid technological advancements and massive population growth dating back to the mid-20th century have tipped the planet into this new age. Staggering increases in the production of materials like plastic, aluminum, and concrete are changing the face of the planet, with human infrastructure now covering half of the Earth’s surface.
Christian liturgical, scriptural, and theological descriptions of the God we believe brought forth Creation: God of all power, ruler of the universe, you are worthy of glory and praise. At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile Earth, our island home. By your will they were created and have their being.
In addition, fertilizers used in agriculture have doubled the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous in the soil. Radioactive fallout from nuclear weapon tests have settled into ice and sediments and will remain detectable for 100,000 years. The burning of fossil fuels has doubled the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and warmed the globe.
For Jews and Christians there is an initial story of creation in the Bible that was inspired by ancient writers to describe the world as they experienced it in their day: flat, floating on water, with the sun, moon and stars suspended from a blue dome. Living plants and animals were made over a period of six twenty-four hour days. It is written, as one would expect, reflecting the natural and social order with which they were familiar. Succeeding models of the universes, vast space and billions of galaxies came later, consistent with new knowledge following the Ages of the Enlightenment, of Reason, and of Science.
It is this negative influence of human activity on the earth and its atmosphere that suggests a new geological epoch, with human beings as the geological destructive agent! However, even if the Anthropocene epoch is or is not recognized, more important for Christians is the reality that Creation is a gift that comes from a loving Triune God. An ancient cultural story in the Book of Genesis presents a God, who, as “Father” creates, as “Son” loves , as “Spirit” sustains us from the very moment God spoke the words: “Let there be!” Eucharistic Prayer C, Book of Common Prayer, p. 370 is one of hundreds of
Science is the gift of reason that allows us to break things down into their parts so that we might understand the finite and infinite wonders of nature. Theology (“God thought”) is putting things back together so that we may comprehend their meaning and their relationship to God and life. In more current thoughts and ideas
By The Rev’d Philip H. Whitehead,
M.Div.,S.T.M.,D.Min. Bishop Charles Duvall, Bishop Eugene Sutton, Bishop Andrew Waldo and Dean Jones following noonday prayer during Lent.
about the Theology of Creation within the teachings of the Christian faith, we need to concentrate on three balanced and essential perspectives: •
First, we need to study the doctrine of Creation with great respect for increasing knowledge of the natural order; Second, we need to study nature and cultural stories for insights into the importance of relationships with the Creator, the Created, and the concept of love that brought all things into being; Third, we need to be sober and intentional about the implications of our caring and ethical responsibilities to and for creation.
On a positive note: Churches can design liturgical services, studies, and related activities for both children and adults to teach and emphasize a Theology of Creation in special seasons of the Church Year. As a start I would recommend A Catechism of Creation: An Episcopal Understanding. It is produced by The Committee on Science, Technology and Faith of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and is available on the internet. It is a superb statement of Creation Theology, with Scriptural references and readings.
Photo by Carrie Graves
Andrella Brunson, Jane Clarke, Arney Love and other volunteers helped create a “green” lunch by using reusable plates, forks, glasses and cloth napkins.
Going Green for Bishop Sutton On February 24, Trinity welcomed the Right Rev’d Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland, to our Lenten Speaker Series. In honor of Bishop Sutton’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Trinity Green worked with Andrella Brunson and her amazing crew of volunteers to offer two wonderful “green” meals at lunch and dinner that day. Parishioners and guests dined on real dishes, with real silverware, and drank from real glasses. While our kitchen always recycles, composts, and buys local when possible, special efforts were made to minimize the footprints of these meals. It was a wonderful, aspirational effort: a vision of what we one day will be able to do with a renovated, updated kitchen, complete with an industrial dishwasher. As always, the sense of camaraderie and fellowship in the kitchen was palpable, and our “green” meals were a smashing success! —Rev’d Canon Dane Boston 7
Great things are in the works for the 68th Trinity A BRAND NEW DATE! Saturday, Oct. 15
Bazaar scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10:00am-2:00pm.
PREVIEW PARTY! Friday, Oct. 14
Many of your favorite booths are returning this year, including Trinkets and Treasures, Books, Bargain Basement, Cherished Closets, Fine Threads, Garden, and Sports.
OLD FAVORITES ARE BACK! • Trinkets & Treasures • Books • Bargain Basement • Cherished Closets • Fine Threads • Garden • Sports DROP-OFF DATES: • May 21 • June 25 • July 23 • August 27
Yes, we said October 15—how Bazaar!
A new favorite will be back as well—the Bazaar Preview Party will be held on Friday, October 14th, so make plans to come enjoy fellowship and get a sneak peek of Saturday’s auction items. As always, we appreciate your Bazaar donations, including gently used books, children’s clothes, gear and toys as well as kitchen items, art, men’s and women’s clothes, and sporting goods. For a complete list of accepted items, go to www. trinitysc.org/bazaar. All items donated to the Bazaar are tax deductible, and all profits go toward Midlands charities. Drop-off dates for this summer are shown at left (drop-off locations to come). We are also looking for many volunteers for Friday and Saturday to help set up booths, kitchen prep, auction set-up, etc. Childcare will be provided. Please contact Katie Rankin (email@example.com) or Jessica Shand (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or to volunteer.
Reasons for Giving to God at Trinity: Jesus Christ is the Reason By The Rev’d Ira Houck
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life John 3:16.
tewardship is more than church financial support. Stewardship is the thankful and obedient response to God for all that is freely given through Jesus Christ. It is using all our strength to conduct Christian work in the world.
we are made for existence with God. God is a giving God and creates a giving people. We are made in the image of God. The giver is connected to that which is given.
The Bible and Prayer Book teach us that “The mission We express our stewardship of the Church is to restore through the ways we all people to unity with God worship corporately and give and each other in Christ. The individually. It can be said Church pursues its mission that the way we work is an as it prays and worships. The expression of our stewardship. Church carries out its mission The ways we engage life’s through the ministry of all challenges is an expression its members” (1979 Book of of our stewardship for our Common Prayer, The Catechism, behavior reveals our belief. page 855). Stewardship is the mission of the church, and the Stewardship begins and ends as mission of the church is Jesus an act of worship. The reason to Christ. give money, time and ourselves in stewardship practice with We are not giving to the church, others in the church is Jesus we are giving to God as people Christ. We are giving to God of faith are want to do. If we out of gratitude for our life with desire a holy place that is Him. set aside for worship, then it follows that we will give to God God doesn’t need anything in that place. from us, and yet God knows
The whole point of giving ourselves and our hard earned wages to God at Trinity is to see that the work of Christ in the world has the substance and people to conduct its mission. The mission of the Church is God’s mission. We give to that mission. Our part is to participate fully by giving ourselves to Christ first in an act of dedication, then to the work that means so much to us, to our families and to the communities where we live. Our pledge is to Jesus Christ, not to Trinity, and Trinity is where we make that pledge work for us and others.
THINK: What evidence can I cite for God loving me? PRAY: Lord, I desire to honor you fully in all my life. READ: John 8:8-20
Don Whittaker By Beebe James, Lay Ministries Coordinator
When the flood hit in early October, impacting many Trinity families, lots of people jumped into the effort to provide help and support and we are grateful for the service of each one. But the person we highlight this month was and continues to be at the forefront of our volunteer efforts. Don Whittaker was there to move furniture, pack up boxes, do whatever most needed doing at any moment for any person who needed help. Still today, Allison Cox, our flood response leader extraordinaire, describes him as one of her trio of helpers who can be called on at any time to do anything that’s needed. He continues to clean up yards and help people move back into their homes and get settled or do other tasks to make their lives easier. But flood cleanup is not the only thing Don does at Trinity in his quiet way. He sings in the choir and has for many years. He has joined his wife, Carol, faithfully for many years as one of Andrella’s kitchen helpers, showing up every Wednesday evening helping to get set up for suppers by fixing and serving the drinks, cleaning up after the dinner and helping in the kitchen.
His landscaping gifts are another important contribution as he works with the Churchyard Committee. He is a constantly available, hardworking member of the group who, in addition to the Churchyard team work, frequently comes alone to carry out additional yard work. If you haven’t met Don, look for him in the choir or behind the counter on Wednesday evenings. You will meet a man who knows his gifts and offers them to God and to us. We call this Kingdom living. Thanks, Don.
CATHEDRAL HAPPENINGS: SPRING/SUMMER 2016 APRIL
• April 5: Retired Clergy Luncheon • April 29: Trinity Learning Center • May 5: Vernon Scholar Open House Celebration Dinner • April 8-9: Men of Trinity Retreat at Camp Gravatt. Register online • May 1: Last Day of Youth and • May 6: TLC Mother’s Day Tea at trinitysc.org/men Adult Formation • May 8: Senior Sunday for Youth • April 10: Friends of Music • May 1: United Thank Offering Graduates Concert Spring Gathering • May 14: Confirmation Retreat • April 24: Trinity Forward • May 1: Last day of Adult • May 15: Confirmation Sunday Commitment Sunday Formation • May 20: Trinity Learning Center • April 24: Last Day of Youth • May 3: Men of Trinity Spring Spring Program Group; Choristers Recognition Drop-In • May 22: Trinity Sunday & Parish Evensong • May 5: Feast of the Ascension Picnic Trinity Forward Celebration • April 27: Last Parish Supper of Service followed by Parish • May 30: Memorial Day the Season • April 29: AARP Drivers Course
Cathedral offices are closed & no services will take place
JUNE • June 1: Trinity Learning Center Sizzlin’ Summer Fun Begins • June 10-12: Middle School Home Works Mission Trip in Augusta, GA
• June 13-16: Vacation Bible
• July 4: Independence Day -
School at Trinity. Register online Cathedral Offices are closed & no at trinitysc.org/vbs services will take place • June 17: Trinity Learning Center’s • July 18-21: Episcopal Outreach Donuts for Dad Camp at Trinity • July 24-31: High School Home Works MIssion Trip in John’s Island
Summer 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
Summer Schedule Begins on May 22
Keenan Chapel 11:15 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II 6 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Keenan Chapel 9 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II ( New Time for Summer) 6 pm Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Cathedral 7:45 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Daily Morning Prayer is at 8am and Evening Prayer at 5:30pm (4:30pm on Fridays) in Seibels Chapel.
SPRING/SUMMER 2016: IMPORTANT EVENTS • Trinity Forward Celebration - On Sunday, May 22, we will have a joyful parish gathering to celebrate Trinity Cathedral’s capital campaign accomplishments. Stay tuned for more details!
• Feast of the Ascension - Thursday, May 5 Feast of the Ascension Service will take place at 6 pm in the
Cathedral and will be followed by Parish barbecue supper on the Cathedral Lawn. Please register for supper online at trinitysc.org/ascension.
• 2016 Vacation Bible School with the theme of “God’s Plan 4U=Jesus!” will take place at Trinity Monday, June 13 to Thursday, June 16 from 9am until noon each day. Register online and/or register to volunteer at trinitysc.org/vbs.
• Youth Summer Mission Trips — Middle School Home Works Mission Trip to Augusta, GA: June 10-12 Register and get more information online at trinitysc.org/msmission. —Episcopal Outreach Camp in Columbia, SC: July 18-21 from 9am - 2pm Register and get more information online at trinitysc.org/eocamp. — High School Home Works Mission Trip to John’s Island, SC: July 24-31 Register and get more information online at trinitysc.org/hsmission.
V ARIATIONS ON
A FRIENDS OF MUSIC CONCERT OF GREAT CHORAL MUSIC BY AMERICAN COMPOSERS
Charles Ives - Psalm 90 Leonard Bernstein - Chichester Psalms Aaron Copland - Old American Songs
- plus spirituals, Ives’s Variations on “America” for organ, and a few surprises!
Sunday, April 10 4:00 pm in the Cathedral Tickets from $15 to $45 ($12 for students and military) are available through the Cathedral website: trinitysc.org/concerts and music office: 771-7300.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES CORNER See What’s Blooming This Spring/Summer Parents Night
• Friday, April 15 at the Lee’s (1728 West Buchanan Drive) • Friday, May 20 at the Babson’s (21 Castle Hall Lane) Childcare not provided.
Passages in the Park
Tuesday, May 3 from 12:30-1:30 pm at Heathwood Park (or Room 205 if weather is yucky.)
Parent's Night Out/ Kid's Movie Night
Friday, May 6 from 6-8 pm in the Workshop/ Edward Room. Please RSVP to email@example.com by May 2. Come dressed in your PJ's! Bring a Happy Meal, sleeping bag, and “lovey.” We will eat dinner in the Workshop and then move to the Edward Room for a movie.
Sundays during Easter at 4 pm
Every Sunday during Easter, children are invited to the Trinity playground while parents attend Evensong worship.
4th and 5th Grade Quarterly Fellowships
Wednesday Evenings (April 6 - April 27)
5:00-5:45: Just Mom and Me Devotional (Rm. 205) 1st – 5th grade 5:45-6:30: Parish Supper (Satterlee Hall) 6:30-7:00: The Colors of the Cross (children’s program Room 205) Adult program (Satterlee Hall)
Summer Thursday Visitors
Every Thursday during the summer at 10:00 am come join the Trinity Learning Center family for a fun visitor! • June 9: Carolina Choo Choo • June 16: Baskin Robbins ice cream • June 23: African Drumming • June 30: Magic with Nick Propst • July 7: Juke Box Island • July 14: Sarah Dippity's Fiesta Show • July 21: "Rockin" Marionette Theatre • July 28: Pantasia Steel Band • August 4: "Tortoise and Hare" Marionette Theatre • August 11: Native American Story Teller
Fourth and Fifth graders will gather quarterly for fellowship. Our first gathering will be Sunday, May 15 from 3:30-5 pm at Royal Z Lanes. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 9.
2016 Vacation Bible School
Keepin’ It Real in the Park
Mystery Reader Monday
Fifth grade children will attend a chapel service in the park on May 8 at 3pm. They will then serve dinner to approximately 75 people from the homeless community.
5th Grade Bridge Retreat
May 14-15 at Camp Gravatt...Whoa...What? Wow!- Peace Be With You For more information visit http://bit.ly/1RRIOHm.
God’s Plan 4U=Jesus! June 13-16 from 9am - noon. Register online at trinitysc.org/vbs
4:45 pm in Room 205. Every Monday this summer, we will have a special mystery guest come share their favorite book. Then join us at the 5-Points Chick-Fil-A for dinner and fun!
Important Dates • • •
Sunday, May 8: Last day of children’s Sunday School Wednesday, April 27: Last Wednesday Night Supper & Program Thursday, May 5: Ascension celebration
THINK LOCAL: Shop and Support LOCAL South Carolina Authors
In The Valley of Achor by Patricia Gaddis Brandon Patricia Brandon’s book In the Valley of Achor is her own story. She was a vibrant active person and when she woke up one morning she was paralyzed from the waist down. This
is a well written account of one of our neighbor’s inspirational stories and how she enjoys her journey.
The Stone Necklace by Carla Damron Pat Conroy writes, “Damron’s masterful portrayal of misery giving way to empathy leads us toward a glimmering hope of redemption for families and a community on the
cusp of bold rebirth.” The Stone Necklace was chosen for the 2016 One Columbia’s One Book, One Community Read.
Journey Proud by Salley McAden McInerney Trinity’s own Salley McAden McInerney’s book Journey Proud is a fictional account of growing up in a southern town in the 1960’s, a town very much like Columbia (it even has
a Groucho’s Deli.) Salley proves to be an enchanting storyteller and a surefooted guide to a time not long ago. It is an engaging, entertaining story with memorable characters.
The Art of Prayer by Timothy Jones Our very own Dean Jones honestly shares his own struggles with prayer and invites you to be honest—and hopeful—as well. Offering biblically wise, warmly instructive explorations
of our questions, Jones considers how you can become fluent in the world’s simplest language: talking with God.
All local books highlighted above are available for purchase at the Trinity Cathedral Bookstore. The Bookstore is open Monday - Friday from 11 am to 3 pm (with extended hours during formation activities on Wednesdays) and on Sunday mornings. 14
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What’s the Point of Christian Formation?
An astonishing number of formation opportunities are offered at Trinity Cathedral. From Sunday School for all ages of children and youth, five distinct classes for adults each Sunday morning, youth and adult Bible studies and book groups on weekdays, Education for Ministry, special events for children and families each month, retreats and workshops throughout the year, Vacation Bible School in the summer, and the Lenten Speaker Series in the Spring, we’ve got something for everyone! But why? Why do we go through all the fuss and bother of praying, planning, promoting, preparing and, finally, teaching and learning in all our various classes? What’s formation for? The goal and purpose of formation at Trinity is to draw each and every one of our members—from the youngest to the oldest; from the newest confirmand to the longest-tenured vestry member—into a deeper relationship with God our Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord, by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s that simple. As our vision statement puts it, we want everyone at Trinity to “experience God [not just know about him!], be transformed [not just stay the same!], and make Christ known in the world [not just keep it personal and private!].” Formation is about knowing God. That’s why we organize our formation offerings under the headings “Learning God’s Story, Loving God’s Story, Living God’s Story.” Formation is always grounded in the study of God’s Word—the written words of Holy Scripture that point us to Jesus, the Word incarnate. Bible study is where we learn God’s story. But coming to know Jesus as Lord also calls us to wrestle with the big questions of theology and to discover the history of the Christian Church, the Anglican tradition, and of Trinity Cathedral. This is all part of the process of coming to love God’s story—and coming to understand it as our own. Finally, our relationship with God in Christ impels us out into God’s world. God calls us to take our part as ministers of his gospel of reconciliation, and we look for ways to live God’s story—to make Christ known in the world.
By The Rev’d Canon Dane Boston This is what Christian Formation at Trinity is all about. We are always looking for new and better ways to achieve these goals, and I welcome any and all ideas and initiatives bubbling up from our congregation. Call me or email me with your thoughts! What would you like to see offered? What days/times work for your schedule? How can we help you grow in your relationship with God? And as we look ahead to summer 2016 and fall 2017, here are just a few of our big-picture formation objectives, with some specific details on how we plan to live them out. —Renewed emphasis on small-group fellowship and formation. The All-Trinity Read has been dormant for the last two years. In Fall 2016, look for a new, reinvigorated approach to this unifying, enriching offering. —Greater cohesion and coordination across age ranges and classes. In Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, we pioneered a coordinated curriculum that synchronized what our children were learning in Sunday School with what adults in our Satterlee Hall offering (The Book of Genesis in the fall and St. John’s Gospel in the spring) were studying. We look forward to developing greater cohesion and common ground in 2016-17. —Creative use of the amazing resources found on our campus. Trinity’s physical campus is one of our best assets. But how can we make better use of this square block for the work and fun of formation? Whether it’s a class looking at our Cathedral’s stunning stained glass windows on Wednesday evenings in Eastertide or an inter-generational “watch and learn” movie-clip series in the Workshop in the summer (both in the works!), we want to rejoice in the great blessings of our wonderful facilities. 15
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An Interview with Dean JOnes :
How our own Bishop Waldo is making a difference in
Dean Jones recently sat down to discuss with Bishop Andrew Waldo the public education efforts he and some of his fellow bishops are pursuing. It is a work which the Rev. Susan Heath now coordinates on behalf of Lutheran, Episcopal, Roman Catholic and United Methodist bishops in South Carolina (LARCUM).
Dean Jones: Many of us have heard about the great work
that you and your bishop colleagues in other denominations are doing to help public education. Please tell the story of the Bishops’ education initiative, and how parishioners can be a part of it.
Bishop Waldo: Our working together as denominations
goes back to 1995, under the name LARCUM. At first it was an ecumenical effort strictly to express our unity in Christ. We worshiped together once every year and gathered for dialogue on various issues—sometimes missional, sometimes theological, sometimes larger social issues. But those of us currently serving in South Carolina as bishops became more energized around actually getting out and serving the community in a new way. Studying the effects of poverty and inequity in education funding, we learned that in households in which a single parent is working two jobs to pay the bills, children do not have someone who is able to have conversations about their work in school, help with homework, and read to them at bedtime. Without that support at home, those children fall behind during the school year. In the summer the effect is doubled because not only do they not have the educational input from school, the families don’t have the funds to enjoy the summer educational things that kids in more privileged homes do. By the time many of those children are seniors in high school, they have ended up four or five grades behind. All that became particularly clear in a dialogue that we had here at Trinity Cathedral when [former Governor] Dick Riley was the keynote speaker.
Dean Jones: I remember that event. The Cathedral hosted it a couple of years ago.
Bishop Waldo: There were school superintendents, principals, and school board members present. They said repeatedly that while, yes, children need backpack programs and other supplies, above all they need relationships. And one way that happens is for someone to tutor and mentor them. That was the genesis of our initiative and our desire to muster the members of our congregation.
Dean Jones: So you
would trace the reading initiative to that meeting? Obviously some conversations were already in the works.
Bishop Waldo: That
meeting clarified for us the most urgent tasks ahead of us. Our interest in public education as a common subject had already been stirred by reflecting on the documentary Corridor of Shame, with its strong message that so many South Carolina public schools were terribly underfunded. Even though we knew we couldn’t solve the funding problems, we felt we could play an important role in changing perceptions, attitudes, and above all, the lives of individual children.
While we knew advocacy was going to be part of it, we also knew that any advocacy that we might undertake would be immeasurably strengthened if thousands of members our congregations had personal relationships with children. We saw how important it was for our members to come to understand what these children were going through. Some of those kids and their parents lose hope, but something tangible like this makes a difference.
Dean Jones: How do the Christian convictions of you and your partner bishops feed into what you do?
Bishop Waldo: We saw how right it was for us to take on wha
is a deeply historic role of the church in providing education and literacy. We also realized how important it is to be in relationship, given our allegiance to a faith that is deeply grounded in a relationship—with God in Christ Jesus. That we are known by name, by God, is something that we believ to the core of our soul. And we act as the Body of Christ and we act as Christ for others when we come to know them by name and enter into relationship. These children desperatel need that and grow from it.
elationships “Reading Matters”
n SC Public Education
...To the Children And Volunteers
by Linda Rogers
I was a voracious reader as a child. I can still remember going to the Florence Public Library with my mother and leaving with my arms filled with books. I didn’t board a plane until college; but, books took me everywhere, and the trips were magical.
Photo by Carrie Graves.
Dean Jones: Who’s drawn to this work? Bishop Waldo: An amazing variety of people. Those with
work flexibility may tutor in the mornings—people with flexible work hour, or stay-at-home parents, or retired persons. After-school enrichment opportunities are available for those who don’t have that flexibility. As parents have begun to get involved, the work has caught the attention of teenagers and young adults; they see their church caring in a concrete way not just for the poor among us but also the for the young among us. More than a few of our congregations enlist not just adults, but also young people.
Dean Jones: You and your fellow Bishops have visionary goals for the participation around the state.
Bishop Waldo: LARCUM represents about half a million
South Carolinians, and when you add in parishioners of the denominations with whom we are developing a relationship, the AME (African Methodist Episcopal) and AME Zion Churches, the number is closer to 800 thousand. Somewhat audaciously, we envision the possibility of as many as 10 percent of our people being involved, which would mean up to 80,000 kids that would be in relationships that are constructive and life giving who may not have that kind of relationship in their life right now. That is abold vision but one we feel deeply moved by God to pursue.
When Susan Heath asked me to volunteer with Reading Matters, I jumped in with both feet. My willingness was based on my own love of reading and because I have an older brother who suffered a brain injury in his 30’s. He still has terrific difficulty reading, but he has a very faithful tutor. She’s helped him for years, and the gift of her time and friendship means the world to our entire family. While I agreed, in part, out of a sense of obligation, I quickly discovered the rewards flow both ways. I’m more of an encourager than a tutor, and my students offer me as much encouragement as I offer them. My standing engagement at Pine Grove Elementary is a very bright spot on my weekly calendar. A few weeks ago, I shared a book that had been a childhood favorite. My students struggled with many of the words. The next week they breezed through those hard words while reading another book. When I praised them, one attributed her improvement to the fact that she had thought about the book all weekend and could “see the words inside of her head.” I can’t think of a more apt way to illustrate the power of reading. It helps us see things “inside of our heads” and changes the way we see the world. Reading Matters.
Steps to Discernment By Joel Mikell, President, RSI Stewardship Joel and RSI stewardship have been assisting Trinity Cathedral with the current Trinity Forward Campaign. Photo by Gerry Melendez.
The two most commonly asked questions in every capital campaign are “How much should I give?” and “How do I arrive at that amount?” A pastor in Detroit, genuinely wanting to make a significant and sacrificial commitment to his church’s campaign asked me, “Joel, how do I know if my commitment is the right amount?” A wealthy Wall Street executive in Greenwich, Connecticut, asked me if RSI Stewardship had a formula for helping a person determine their commitment. Using formulas happened in the world he lived in, and he sincerely wanted to do the right thing and give the right amount. Obviously, I could not and would not give them a specific amount – that had to be between them and God. But what I did suggest to them was to work through a discernment process with 8 steps – a process that my wife and I went through recently in a capital campaign in our own church as we determined our commitment to our church’s capital campaign. Here are the 8 steps: 1. Pray. Ask God to show you what he wants you to give. Bring him into the decision-making conversation. Without exception, I found that when prayer is a part of the process, there is joy in the response! 2. Meditate on scripture. Let scripture inspire and affirm your decision. I’ve never heard the audible voice of God, but I often hear him clearly in his Word. Three passages to consider are 2 Samuel 24:24; Proverbs 3: 5-6 and Philippians 4:6-7. 3. Evaluate your current beliefs about giving and generosity in light of 2 Corinthians 8:7. Paul, in writing to the church at Corinth, challenges the readers that as they are excelling in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in earnestness and in love, 18 to be sure and excel in the grace of giving.
Some translations indicate that Paul was saying that we should be growing in the area of giving and generosity. Let this be a season where you ask God if this is an area of your life where he wants to grow you beyond where you currently are. List your blessings. Take some time to write out the blessings that God has given to you. As you list them, say a quiet prayer of thanksgiving for all of God’s gifts in your life. Re-surrender those blessings. After listing your blessings, ask God “Can you use any of these blessings you’ve entrusted to me and my family to help my church take these next important steps?” Consider ways to sacrifice. Are there things you were going to purchase that you might delay? Are there areas of your spending that for a short time you could do without? Simply put, sacrifice is giving up something of value and importance for something of greater value and importance. In this case, it’s God’s vision for Trinity. Pray again. You cannot underestimate the importance of prayer in this journey. For the Christian, giving is not just a matter of money but it is a matter of the heart. Prayer connects our hearts to our money. Respond in faith. Trust God – God will never ask you to do something that he has not equipped you to be able to do. Someone once said “God never guides to where he will not provide.” I believe that with all of my heart!
The happiest people I’ve met in my 16 years of helping churches “connect resources to vision” are generous people! There is a direct correlation between joy and giving! I pray that this will be a season where you find great joy and peace as you discern your commitment to Trinity Forward!
“For I know the plans I have for you.” says the Lord “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
have heard those words so many times as I traveled down the road to some greatly anticipated location…”Are we there yet Momma, when are we going to get there Mom?” Whether it was 2.5 hours to Pawley’s Island or 8 hours to Cape Hatteras…the back seat voices which started out with eager anticipation deteriorated to aggravation…” MOM! How much longer?” These days there is another destination before me that I eagerly began years ago as a young mother and I am now the one saying, ”When are we going to get there?”, “How much longer!” From the moment a young mother finds herself to be expecting she begins to make plans and dreams for her unborn child…these desires have no boundaries. Whether born into wealth or poverty the dreams for offspring to have a better life and to become responsible citizens are universal. And that is the road I am traveling. The destination is my children’s successful journey into adulthood. With two high school seniors at home I have faith that God has great plans for them. But, it is
Are We There Yet?
by Jean Knowlton, Trinity Learning Center Director
oh so hard to guide them down the path that you believe has been prepared for them. One is
is right there in front of them and ultimately they are the ones that have to walk it. And I must
stopping along the way to smell the roses and the other one is detouring on every cross road that pops up. One thing I have had to come to understand in my beautifully blended family is there are no shortages on dreams and aspirations and there are many different definitions of success. The road to success is custom made for each individual. The challenge is in the road they must walk. It
watch them go with the hope that Jesus is their guide and inspiration and the knowledge that our Father in heaven has great plans for all of his children. So no one can say that anyone is less successful than the other if the Father is their guide and direction.
Photos by Anne Bauknight.
Listening... By Emma Shealy The first thing they tell you to do when you are learning to sing is to make sure that you do not make a sound when you breathe. This is quite unnatural for an eight year old girl who spends her life sighing in despair over a poor test grade or inhaling sharply when her best friend jumps out and scares her. The sound our breath makes expresses our mood and makes us individuals. It gives us life and sounds slightly different in each person. But when we sing we give up this individuality. We all become one. We breathe together and suddenly there is only one person singing. The second thing they tell you to do is to watch. Watch the conductor. This is something that a little eight year old girl has
become accustomed to. Watch the teacher. Watch for cars. But watching a seemingly sane man suddenly thrash about while you sing is a bit outside the scope of normal. Yet still we are told to watch. I have watched since I was only able to see a hand waving in the air above a music stand. And now I see the man whose hands I had watched dance in the air, but this time I can see over the music stand.
whole piece comes together something truly magical happens. I often come to Evensong on Sunday afternoons just to listen. I listen to the words and to the music that is spoken and sung. I watch the singers and the speakers. I breathe in. I watch. I listen.
The last thing we are told to do is listen. Listen to ourselves. But while we are listening, we never really hear all the sounds blending together. A single line of music is wonderful by itself but when the Choiristers singing at Grace Church Cathedral
s Travel to Charleston By Jared Johnson
The choristers of Trinity Cathedral traveled to Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston to sing for the Eucharist on February 21. The boys, girls and young men of the choir, about 50 children in total, received a very warm welcome from the people and clergy of Grace. They led the service well and sang music by Fauré, Bernstein, and Hurford. A particular highlight was the children chanting the Psalm in four-part harmony. On Saturday, after a full rehearsal at Grace, we had time to visit the South Carolina Aquarium, and to explore the Market on a beautiful afternoon. The kids had a great time. After dinner we walked past Mother Emanuel AME, where we stopped to pray and to sing. A particular inspiration there was the sign at the front of the church: “We thank you for your many acts of kindness.” The choristers received high praise for their singing, and also for their polite and good-natured behavior. The church staff, parishioners, strangers in the hotel lobby, wait staff at dinner, even our bus driver (his name is really “Butterball”), all complimented the kids. They are outstanding representatives of Trinity, and of the value of sacred music.
Choiristers ourside of Mother Emanuel AME Church.
2016 Vernon Fund Grants Announced The Trinity Vestry has announced the Vernon Funds Grants for 2016. These grants have for the past three years been used to allow Trinity to undertake projects and ministries that are not included in the regular operating budget. The funds are to be used to give rise to and support new, enhanced and/or expanded programming and initiatives. Applications are accepted in the fall each year and are evaluated by special committees. In 2009, Trinity member Tom Vernon left his estate to Trinity Cathedral. The proceeds of the estate were transferred to the Trinity Foundation to manage the funds. The Vestry and the Trinity Foundation recognized the transformational nature of this generous bequest and prayerfully considered how these funds could best be used. Funds were allocated to three areas: Christian Formation, Mission/Outreach, and Facilities. Up to four percent of the fund balance of each of the three individual funds would be available annually. The Trinity Vestry and Foundation are pleased to announce the following grants for 2016:
Christian Formation 1. Vernon Scholars •
Five scholars. Grants will be awarded to up to five scholars in different program areas. One scholar has been specifically requested by Trinity Green to incorporate the Theology of Creation developed by the Episcopal Church with active environmentally sustainable efforts within the parish.
2. Community of Hope •
A training program of lay pastoral care ministry to help clergy meet the pastoral care needs of the congregation. After training, these individuals will be commissioned as lay chaplains.
3. Morne Michel, Haiti Community Garden •
4. Keepin’ It Real Ministry •
Allows Trinity to continue to have nationally known and locally beloved speakers. Funds will help cover speakers’ fees and travel expenses.
Mission/Outreach 1. Prosperity Project •
Support the afterschool faith- based and educational program for youth from Gonzales Gardens housed in the Friendship Baptist Church.
2. Camp Gravatt Camper Tuition 22
Financial aid scholarships for 16 children whose families cannot afford the full rate of summer camp.
Keepin’ It Real Ministries provides services at Trinity after Sunday breakfast for our homeless guests. These funds will support tuition for professional training in business for one staff member and provide Bibles, socks and shirts to homeless residents.
5. Epworth Childrens’ Home •
3. Lenten Speakers Series •
Establish a school/community garden to supplement school meals and train students/community in nutrition and environmentally responsible farming.
The Epworth Health Center equipped many years ago requires substantial equipment upgrades that this grant will support. Epworth serves many children who come from abusive, neglectful, and dysfunctional homes where their access to health care has been inadequate.
Facilities 1. Renovation of Education Building Bathrooms •
This is a two-year award allowed under the guidelines approved by the Foundation and Vestry. The bathrooms near the Bookstore will be upgraded to accommodate adults and will have ADAcompliant accessibility.
2. Key Fob System in Trinity Center •
Key fob system will allow greater, secure use of the Trinity Center.
Summer at Camille by The Rev’d Canon Patsy Malanuk
As I write this, Trinity’s JumpStart group at Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution has just begun its second 40-week program. Forty-seven incarcerated women, six of them tapped as group leaders, are on a journey of faith, exploring God’s purpose for their lives and strengthening positive character traits. Walking with them are 12 women from our Trinity JumpStart team: June Bell, Susan Craig, Dianna Deaderick, Elizabeth Dorn, Anne Foster, Beebe James, Rowena Lyles, Sybil McCook, Robin O’Neil, Keren Riegel, and Clara Weston.
Life is hard at Camille. Our Trinity group was stunned one Wednesday when a young pregnant JumpStart woman in labor was taken off to a hospital in full shackles. Many of the stories they share are fraught with pain. When the front door of your dwelling place is topped with razor wire, when there are armed guards, and bars and locks to prevent freedom of movement, and you go to sleep in a cubicle not knowing what might come in the night, yes, life is difficult. Here’s the grace. Some committed crimes as teens or young adults and have literally grown up at Camille, having served twenty years or more. For those, especially the inner group of leaders, although they long to leave, this place is their home, and these women are their family. The spiritual maturity and beauty seen at Camille is deeply moving to our Trinity team. We watch them tell the truth about the mistakes they have made in life, confront each other with love and honesty. Having lost everything, they are filled with gratitude for God’s work in their lives.
The requirements for residents to be part of JumpStart are that they be within two years of eligibility for parole or “max-out” and that they commit to participate fully in the forty week course. For those who graduate from JumpStart and are released from the SC Department of Correction, JumpStart will provide housing, a job and mentoring. The recidivism rate for graduates is extremely low, and there is a high level of motivation to join JumpStart because everyone wants to get out of prison, and with JumpStart skills and support, there is a pretty good possibility It is a beautiful thing to witness the stronger ones they won’t be back. reach out to those who are most in need and suffering and to see light come into the eyes of Here are the realities. Parole is not easily granted another who has never before imagined herself in South Carolina. Camille Griffin Graham is the worthy. It is a profound model for faith at work. I maximum security prison for women in our state, ask your prayers for our Trinity team and for our and some of the women who are in our group may friends at Camille Griffin Graham, and invite any never be released. Their crimes are murder, drugs, of you interested in being part of this ministry to kidnapping, theft, etc. A large number of these contact me. women were victims of abuse. They range from teenagers to 60s or older.
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