winter 2013 vol. 60 | no. 3
TrinityNews THE MAGAZINE OF TRINITY WALL STREET
A Year of Common Prayer
TrinityNews VOL. 60 | NO. 3
THE MAGAZINE OF TRINITY WALL STREET
Letter from the Rector
For the Record
30 Anglican Communion Stories
7 Grantmaking Milestones 2013: The Year in Grants
12 Lessons from Sandy Jim Melchiorre 13
Swift to Stravinsky
Which Christianity? A Conversation About War
Trinity by the Numbers
The Pie Club
18 A Collect for 2013 Mark Bozzuti-Jones
What Have You Learned?
Pew and Partner Notes
The Best of Instagram
33 Letter from Lower Manhattan
What Are You Looking Forward To?
On the Cover Before the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, or All Souls’ Day, parishioners and visitors left handwritten prayers, letters, and the names of departed loved ones on the Altar of Remembrance in Trinity Church.
All photos by Leah Reddy unless otherwise noted.
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LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
Points of Connection All that we do with Trinity’s time, talent, and treasure has value because it builds up the Kingdom of God. What we do speaks to the Church and world about the Anglican flavor of Christianity, our ethos, our mission, and our ministry. We have thousands of points of contact that help people understand who we are, what we do, and what we value. It is through that network of activities and relationships that we enable connections: people with people, people with content, and people with God. What we value most as an outcome is that someone will come into a closer relationship with God and other people. Some will enter through ministries that are quite explicit while others will first experience a more implicit love of God and love of neighbor. The Catechism (Book of Common Prayer, page 855) describes our mission: “The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” The new year will bring many changes to the Trinity community and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I want to take a moment to reflect on the ministry we advanced in 2013, and the several key decisions we made as a community. • The call of the XVIII rector is underway in advance of my retirement in February 2015. • The Congregational Council, committees, and ministry groups worked together collaboratively and creatively, leading and participating in hundreds of small group meetings and arts projects, from ballroom dancing to prayer retreats. • Forty-five new families joined our Trinity community in 2013, which increased enrollment in Sunday school by almost 100 percent. • After a long and careful analysis, we decided to replace 68/74 Trinity Place, which houses Trinity’s offices, parish hall, and preschool, with a new building. • The Trinity Preschool will continue to operate in a new space at 100 Church Street, a decision which has been widely embraced with much joy. • This year’s Trinity Institute was particularly strong on diversity, weaving the thoughts of the august theologians for which the conference is known with youthful voices. • Summer arts programming served 55 children, surpassing our expectations. • Trinity’s rich musical tradition and reputation for excellence continued unabated in 2013. • We continued to work closely with our partners in Africa, this year conducting two pan-African workshops on financial sustainability and stewardship. • We devoted time and attention to helping New York City public schools by sponsoring events to bring together educators, communities, and funders. • Seventy-five members of the Trinity congregation and staff completed four mission and service trips. • In the spring of 2013, members of the congregation and staff traveled to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage, following the footsteps of Jesus. • Trinity Real Estate’s commercial portfolio is at full capacity, with a strong tenant base. • We made significant progress addressing critical structural issues in Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel. 2014 will be a year of change that will present challenges but great opportunity for growth. The year will bring us a new rector, and I know the Trinity community will open its arms in welcome. I cherish my remaining time working with this most amazing Christian community. Faithfully,
The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper email@example.com
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Nelson Mandela Remembered at Trinity
Superposition St. Paul’s in the Anglican Theological Review
In December, Trinity joined the rest of the world in a period of mourning and remembrance after the passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and a modern-day prophet. A picture of Mandela was placed by the votive candles in Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, where visitors and congregants offered their prayers and thanksgivings for his life. Several priests from the Trinity community posted their own reflections on the Trinity website, including the current rector, the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper and the Rev. Daniel P. Matthews, Rector Emeritus. Each remembered Mandela’s considerable legacy and hoped that the world would follow in his footsteps, working for peace and reconciliation.
In a tribute to Mandela, at the performances of Handel’s Messiah and before the 11:15am Eucharist on December 8, the choir sang “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (“God Bless Africa”), the Methodist Church hymn that galvanized African liberation movements and is now part of the South African national anthem. “How wonderful, in a way, that for a change one of the prophets who changed the world got to live a long life and to share wisdom with us through that time,” said Dr. Cooper before the Sunday performance. “My hope and prayer would be that all prophets who work for love, justice, peace, and reconciliation will be as successful, and the world will respond in the same way.”
In 2013, Trinity sponsored three events as part of its effort to bring together educators, communities, and funders to improve public schools. On October 6, 124 philanthropists from various foundations met in the Trinity Parish Hall for the Education Funders Research Initiative launch event and panel discussion. The Education Funders Research Initiative is a project of Philanthropy New York and its Education Working Group. The purpose of the initiative is to model collaboration and provide research-based information to the public, the New York City Department of Education, and foundations that fund public education initiatives, explained Ronna Brown, President of Philanthropy New York. The panel discussion was moderated by Beth Fertig, Senior Reporter for WNYC, who covers education, and began by focusing on the conclusions of two research papers. The papers were funded with grants from Trinity and 15 other organizations, part of the Education Funders Research Initiative. Among other things, the papers pointed to the importance of early education in determining college and career readiness and covered some of the continuing disparities among New York schools and persistent racial and ethnic segregation. “The number one determinant of success is family income,” said Scott Evenbeck, President, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, CUNY, and a member of the Trinity Vestry. Judith Johnson, Interim Superintendent of Schools in Mount Vernon, N.Y. , Dr. John B. King, Jr. Commissioner of Education and President of
New Media at Trinity In addition to the millions of people who pass through its doors every year, millions connect to Trinity electronically at trinitywallstreet.org. Recently Trinity upgraded its hardware and software and developed new media to make it easier for people to worship, learn, and more deeply engaged with the Trinity community. Each year, more than 300,000 webcasts are viewed on the parish website. Trinity’s television department, which handles the webcasts, recently moved to a new production control room housed inside Trinity Church. With new cameras, staff will be able to webcast services, concerts, and other events in high definition. A new podcast of Compline, launched in October 2013, gives community members another way to access Trinity’s liturgy and music. Compline is an evening service of music and prayers held on Sundays in St. Paul’s Chapel, with music improvised by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. The podcast has been downloaded more than 1,700 times since October 7.
Funding Education, Promoting Community Engagement
A panel discussion at the Ford Foundation.
the University of the State of New York, and Shael Polakow-Suransky, Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, also participated in the discussion, which was just part of an ongoing dialogue. A second panel was held at the Ford Foundation on November 21 to discuss a third research paper produced by the initiative. Trinity also sponsored a Parent and Community Engagement Conference on October 16. The conference was attended by members of parent and community groups and nonprofit organizations. The day-long event included workshops about models and methods for community and parent engagement. Participants were invited to give their own input into what model for community engagement the mayor of New York should adopt. The conference was organized by the Fund for Public Advocacy and sponsored by Trinity, parent-led nonprofit organizations, the Office of the Public Advocate, and the New School. “Parent leaders explained what they see as most important to parent and community engagement with the city,” said Ariella Louie, Program Coordinator for All Our Children. “After the conference a working group went over some of the recommendations.” These grants and conferences grow out of Trinity’s longstanding dedication to public schools in New York City. “When Trinity was chartered, it was committed to education,” said the Rev. Benjamin Musoke-Lubega. “Education is part of the DNA of Trinity Wall Street.”
Another app, called “This Week at Trinity”, was released in 2013. The app is updated weekly with videos of the latest services, concerts, and other featured videos. The apps and the Compline podcast are free of charge and available in the iTunes store. Most people access Trinity’s content through trinitywallstreet.org, and Trinity has recently The Rev. Dr. James Cooper, Rector, with members of the Department of Media launched a redesigned Production and Operations at the blessing of the new production control room. website, a new, more vibrant site with more flexibility. The site will continue to be updated in Trinity has also developed two apps for the 2014 as Trinity enhances its ability to strengthen iPhone and iPad, giving people yet another way the Church and build community, in person to connect to the parish. The first is a virtual tour and virtually. of Trinity, which includes photos and historical “I am grateful that Trinity is able to information about Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, enabling users to learn about Trinity’s rich communicate our ministries with technical and spiritual excellence,” said the Rev. Dr. history both in person and virtually. James Cooper, Rector of Trinity.
Reaching Out to New York’s Homeless
“He was on the sidewalk outside my work, and I would talk to him, and sometimes I would bring him a snack,” says Carla Richards about a man she helped place in a homeless shelter. She connected him with Trinity employee Bryan Parsons and the Bowery Residents Committee (BRC), a Trinity partner that reaches out to homeless men and women in the city. Richards has helped place three people in shelters since she began her outreach training with Parsons and the BRC. “If you’re able to help one person, that’s what matters,” she said. Other community members like Al Di Rafaele participate as well, going out on Thursday evenings to speak with homeless men and women in Lower Manhattan, connecting with them and making sure they know where they can get a meal and shelter. Sometimes parishioners accompany them to a hospital or connect them with a social worker. “It gets natural to have these conversations,” said Parsons. “If you are respectful, kind, genuine, people will pick up on that.” Parsons himself has helped place many people in shelters since he began to work at Trinity in 2011. The outreach trainings are only one part of the work of Trinity’s Faith In Action department to help those in need in Lower Manhattan. Trinity has given several grants to the BRC and offers Brown Bag Lunches to people in need every Tuesday and Thursday after its noonday service. Vincent, who was formerly homeless, receives the key to his new apartment four months after the outreach team met him on the street.
A Diverse Trinity Institute Conference Trinity Institute’s 43rd National Theological Conference, “The Good News Now: Evolving with the Gospel of Jesus,” took place in November 2013 and connected people from congregations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Panama. “We had the most diverse group of presenters we’ve ever had,” said Bob Scott, Director of Trinity Institute. Speakers came with a variety of experience and expertise and from varied backgrounds. “It worked really well in terms of engagement.” The speakers included David Sloan Wilson, who studies evolution and religion; theologian Stanley Hauerwas; the Rev. Otis Gaddis III, Chaplain at the University of Maryland; Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, a professor of theology at Fordham University; Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung, a professor at Union Seminary; Kimberleigh Jordan, Director of Worship at the Riverside Church in New York; Almeda Wright, professor at Yale Divinity School; and Derek Flood, author and noted blogger. In a series of talks and lively question-and-answer sessions, speakers challenged attendees to consider how they understand Jesus, the Cross, and abundant life in the present day. Participants also discussed these questions in small groups. Trinity partnered with the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts to provide artistic interpretation of the cross for the participants to reflect on. In addition to in-person attendees, many people watched the conference streamed live on the web at partner sites around the world. 4
Dr. David Sloan Wilson delivering the keynote speech at Trinity Institute’s 43rd National Theological Conference.
The videos and other materials are now available on trinitywallstreet.org for individuals and groups to watch and use as materials for study and reflection. A companion issue of Trinity News, featuring articles and interviews with the presenters, is also available online.
Ramsey Faragallah, Kerry Warren, and A.Z. Kelsey in the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, running at the Public Theater at Astor Place.
Shakespeare at Charlotte’s Place For the second year in a row, the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit kicked off its tour of community centers and prisons at Charlotte’s Place, Trinity’s neighborhood center. This year it was a hilarious production of Much Ado about Nothing, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Eight actors played 15 parts, dressed in a mix of military and Miami chic. Rather than letters, they read messages from their iPhones in a surprisingly fitting use of technology. The play was easy to follow without being condescending. From Charlotte’s Place the Unit went on to
play for prisoners and residents of homeless shelters all around the city. The performances are free, funded by donations from individuals and foundations, such as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, to bring Shakespeare to those who would or could not otherwise see Shakespeare performed. This is the third year of the program, though the Public Theater has a long history of taking Shakespeare out of the theater. Shakespeare in the Park grew out of a similar mobile unit, started by Joe Papp.
“We’ve been welcomed with open arms, open hearts, and lots of enthusiasm,” Stephanie Ybarra, Artistic Associate for the Public Theater, said in an email. “The people we’re performing for range from those who see theater all the time, to those who have never seen a play before. One of my favorite quotes last week was from a senior citizen in Jamaica, Queens who said, You know that saying: ‘If Mohammed will not go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed’ — Shakespeare is our mountain!”
Handel’s Messiah The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performed Handel’s Messiah to sold-out audiences at Trinity and Lincoln Center in December. Before the performances, the choir performed “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (“God Bless Africa”), the Methodist Church hymn that galvanized African liberation movements and is now part of the South African national anthem, in a tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died on December 5. “Among national anthems,” wrote The New York Times, “the South African one is unusual in reflecting the great choral tradition of its people, where communal singing is part of the social fabric. At Trinity, Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ too, becomes an act of communal affirmation.”
Looking Twice at Superposition All the art in the recent Trinity Museum exhibition, “Superposition,” required a second look. The large taxidermic dog sitting in the center of the room (a piece by Mike Calway-Fagen) had visitors doing double takes, and it required a moment to realize that the potted plant (a piece by Magnus Tierfelder) in the center of the room was actually an unpotted plant, the plant itself being attached to the ceiling. “We thought that that idea of superposition, the idea that things exist in all of their possible conditions until they’re observed, was a really a poetic way to observe the way artists and scientists look at the world,” explained Darren Jones, a co-organizer of the exhibit and part of the Phenomena Project, which has been responsible for several exhibits at Trinity. The Rev. John Moody, Ryan Campbell, Chair of Congregational Visual Arts, and Madina Stepanchenko, another member of the
Phenomena Project, also helped organize the exhibit and wrote articles for the exhibition catalog. “What’s great about all these is you can imagine that they’re just snapshots of a particular reality,” said Julian Wachner, Director of Music and the Arts for Trinity, at the opening reception. Jong Oh’s piece, made of glass and string was one big optical illusion. “It’s about perception,” he said. He was a little worried that someone might bump into it, but no one did. Another piece, by Travis Leroy Southworth, was made up of photos of people with everything but the blemishes removed, a reversal of the practice of a typical fashion magazine. The entire exhibition called on the visitor to look twice, to stop for a moment and remember that few things are what they seem at first glance, even the sign above the exit of Trinity, which looked like an exit sign — but on second look you’d notice it said “exist.”
St. Paul’s Chapel in the Anglican Theological Review
Visitors and parishioners greet each other at the Eucharist in St. Paul’s Chapel.
The summer 2013 issue of the Anglican Theological Review featured an article written by three members of the Trinity community. Entitled “Saint Paul’s in New York City: A Case Study,” it outlines a typical worship service at St. Paul’s Chapel, which faces the challenge of including visitors, tourists, and pilgrims from around the world. The Anglican Theological Review is a prestigious, quarterly journal that includes scholarly work and theological reflection. The article was written by volunteer priest Clay Morris, Trinity employee Marilyn Haskel, and parishioner Jacob Slichter. Morris was invited to write an article by the Review and recruited Haskel and Slichter to help. He has been leading worship at St. Paul’s Chapel since the service began in its current form more than seven years ago. “We’ve consciously avoided gimmicks,” said Morris. When they created the liturgy, they asked themselves, “How we can make a truly Anglican Eucharistic experience accessible to visitors?” The article explains how every aspect of the service, from the liturgy to the layout of the chairs and the “paperless” music, creates a welcoming and inclusive community each Sunday morning. “While everyone in the room recognizes that they are involved in something they have not experienced before,” explains the article, “they find themselves worshipping as members of a temporary community.” The article can be read on the Trinity website at trinitywallstreet.org/news/atr.
Can you tell me a bit about your work? We’re a group of architectural conservators, conservation scientists, architects, and historians, who design conservation programs for historic buildings and monuments. We do that through historic research, documentation, surveys, laboratory and onsite testing, understanding what a building or a monument looked like originally, how it changed over time, what’s causing the decay and [then] developing physically and aesthetically compatible repairs that allow it to look the way it should, but also be able to stand up to exposure to the environment.
Glenn Boornazian with Trinity’s former archivist, Gwynedd Cannan, who retired in 2013.
GLENN BOORNAZIAN Glenn Boornazian is an architectural conservator and president of Integrated Conservation Resources. He has worked with Trinity conserving its historic buildings and monuments for more than 25 years. INTERVIEW BY JEREMY SIERRA
You worked on the Montgomery Monument at St. Paul’s Chapel. The Montgomery Monument is something I always had my eye on. The history behind it is staggering. [Richard Montgomery] was the first commander killed during the Revolutionary War. The Continental Congress, before we had a country, designated that the first monument this country would design and build [would be] for Montgomery. They contacted Benjamin Franklin, who was in France, and he worked with people at Versailles. They chose this artist by the name of Jean Jacques Caffieri, who was at that time, the top artist and sculptor in France, and he designed and had this monument built. The vestry hired Pierre L’Enfant to design the setting in which the monument would go. In the upper most part is an orb and an eagle and historians believe that is the precursor to the seal of the United States. Trinity’s filled with those stories. They’re everywhere. What’s amazing to me is probably almost every one of the tomb markers that we see—either still crisp and clean and you can still read it or completely gone—must have a wonderful story behind it. I could go on and on like that. Your most recent project at Trinity is the Alexander Hamilton Monument. Alexander Hamilton died in 1804 and this monument was built and in place by 1806. We did a lot of research and looked in the archives and we don’t know who designed it, we don’t know who built it, nothing really. So historic photographs, knowing what it looked like originally, helped us a great deal. At some point it had been all sandstone that had been coated in cement. You don’t do this to historic material. It actually accelerated the decay. In our world trying to use original material is a lot better than removing it and replacing it with something, if possible. So we wanted to get it to look like it might have looked like today if no one had messed with it. I think we have really restored and brought back the original sandstone steps, and we have conserved the marble. There won’t be any drastic changes that one would see, except it will look a lot cleaner and a lot crisper, but the accelerated decay has been halted and therefore the life of the monument will be increased. It’s not done, it’s never done. It has to be maintained, and so keeping these records as to what was designed and what the methods and materials are for their installation is extremely important. Your work seems like a mix of history, chemistry, and craftsmanship. That’s exactly what it is. It’s a little bit of chemistry, some engineering, mostly lab work, being able to understand how to break these things down and identify whether they’re the original material, [whether] they’re treatments that have been applied over time, are they damaging, if they are how do you remove them without damaging the historic fabric, and in the end how do you walk away and have a piece look like you understood what it would look like if it hadn’t been manipulated and it was left out there to be its age. If this is 210 years old, you don’t want it to look new. I think the conservation approach that has been accepted [at Trinity] is that you don’t want it to look brand new, you want it to have the authenticity of its age and of its character, yet you want to walk away from it and feel like you stabilized it for the next generation.
A CONSECRATED LIGHTING Before August 16, 1858, it took a minimum of 10 to 12 days for news from Europe to reach New York by ship. Information traveled only as far and as fast as a steam engine could go. On August 16, a message from Queen Victoria in London reached President James Buchanan in Washington in just 16 hours, thanks to a 2,500-mile cable laid across the floor of the North Atlantic from Nova Scotia to Northern Ireland. Soon after news of the successful transmission broke, crowds descended on Trinity Church, expecting a celebratory service. The Rev. Dr. Frederick Ogilby, Assistant Minister, was going through the “customary morning service” alone. If Ogilby was caught off guard by the impromptu gathering, it didn’t show in his sermon. “If man can subdue the lightening and send his messages through the earth, and through the sea, on its swift wings—there is only One who can restrain the fury of this destructive element—‘who maketh his minister a flaming fire.’… Each new triumph of human science and skill should be a new impulse in the heart of man warning him to glorify God.” Ogilby, and Trinity, were eager to keep God in the center of the new, connected world. A celebratory Te Deum service would kick off the festivities September 1st, which had been declared a day of national commemoration. The Rev. Morgan Dix, Assistant Minister and future rector, received word of the successful transmission while vacationing on the south shore of Long Island. The “strangers” and “natives” of the town celebrated together at “government stations for shipwrecks” on the beach, firing mortars into the sea (which Dix loved) and setting off rockets in the sand. Dix soon headed back to the city, stopping off at Trinity to see the decorations. “The workmen were very busy and every body full of activity. The city is preparing to do its utmost for the tremendous fetes and celebrations tomorrow.” On September 1, the entire city was in transatlantic telegraph frenzy. Hotels were packed. Candy stores were selling cable-shaped confections. Early in the morning, the gates of Trinity stayed closed, holding the massive crowds at bay. British and American flags topped the spire, with the flags of other nations below. Bell ringers played “God Save the Queen”, “Yankee Doodle”, and “Hail Columbia”. At 9:45am, city authorities, including Mayor Tiemann, processed down Broadway, joining the clergy at the church door. Between two and three thousand people rushed into the church for the service.
The church interior was awash in blossoms. The centerpiece was a giant, 48-foot-high temporary screen at the edge of the chancel. The screen was covered in evergreen branches and festooned with flowers of every shade, spelling out “Glory Be to God on High and on Earth, Peace, Good Will Towards Men.” The structure was topped by a white cross of roses, phloxes, and lilies, resting on a bed of scarlet lilies. The bronze eagle lectern was in the center of the screen, and in the eagle’s mouth was a “ring of the genuine Atlantic cable, bound with gold, manufactured by Tiffany & Co.” The Rt. Rev. George Washington Doane, Bishop of New Jersey, preached, comparing the telegraph wire to the angels announcing the birth of Christ to the shepherds: “Glory be to God on high; and on earth, peace; good will towards men. This was the message of the Angeli to the shepherds on the plains of Bethlehem. …This was the message of the Angli, by the Atlantic telegraph, to their Western sons. And this shall be the Anglo-American message to the ends of the whole earth.” Then it got interesting. Bishop Doane pulled a piece of Samuel Morse’s first telegraph cable (manufactured in New Jersey) from his robes, and began to make predictions about the future. “Space is, at it were, annihilated. Time, more than annihilated…As I stand here I feel that I can lay my hand upon the tomb of Chaucer. …Nay, our children can unite with England’s children when they say ‘Our Father.’” At the commencement of the sermon, Dr. Ogilby came forward and read a newly arrived telegram addressed to Mayer Teimann from the mayor of Savannah, Georgia, a fitting benediction for a service celebrating “consecrated lighting.” The city’s revels continued. At noon, crowds thronged the Battery to greet the men who had created, financed, and laid the cable. They processed up Broadway to the Crystal Palace at 42nd Street for speeches. Then the dignitaries were treated to a Fireman’s Torchlight Procession— in which the entire route was lit by lanterns strung from trees, candles, and torches—on their way to City Hall. The day was capped by a brilliant fireworks display in City Hall Park. The celebration proved premature: just three weeks later, the cable was defunct. It would be rebuilt permanently in 1866. But Trinity had glimpsed the future. What would Ogilby say if he watched a webcast from Trinity Church today? Perhaps the same thing he said back in 1858: “To pray that these wonderful cords which are now spreading over the land, and through the sea, from shore to shore may be bonds of union, cords of love, messengers of peace among the nations of the earth, bearing further and faster the glad tiding of the Gospel.”
Every year, Trinity’s Faith In Action department gives more than $3 million in grants to organizations around the world. Here are some highlights from 2013.
1 The construction of the Faith Centre was completed in the
Province of the Anglican Church in Burundi, the first major sustainability project funded by a Trinity grant. The centre includes a cybercafé, restaurant, and conference facility, which will generate income to support the ministry of the church in Burundi.
2 The Community Learning School Initiative now supports 16
public schools in New York City and has partnered with various service providers, including SUNY’s School of Optometry, which will provide eye care to 2,700 children per year, and NYU Dentistry, which will service 10,000 students per year.
3 With support from the Fund for Public Advocacy and Trinity Grants,
the Door GED® staff helped 16 students living in the Lee, a housing initiative of Common Ground in Lower Manhattan, earn their General Equivalency Degrees (GED), and brought 130 parent and community leaders to the table with major players in New York City education, such as the City Council and United Federation of Teachers, to ensure that their experiences were part of recommendations for the future of public education in the city.
4 Vestry and lay leaders from the Dioceses of North Carolina and Costa Rica came together for conversations, workshops, and a conference to
explore radical welcome, leadership training and development, and mutual ministry. The meetings took place in Costa Rica and North Carolina, engaging more than 120 people, encouraging the formation of relationships, and equipping leadership from both communities.
5 Abundant Table, an Episcopal Service Corps site, has achieved financial sustainability with four interns who work on a farm, with the elderly, and in community gardens in Ventura County, California. Trinity has been involved with Abundant Table for four years and has helped them transition to a new farm and partner with the University of California.
6 Rural & Migrant Ministry opened a store called Basement Bags in Sullivan County, New York, where high school students sell a line of canvas bags, which they dye and cover with socially responsible silkscreened messages. Running the store helps them practice financial, leadership, and communication skills and serves as an inspiration to the local community.
7 The Zambia Anglican Council broke ground for
a new apartment complex that will generate income to support the ministry of the church. Trinity funded a feasibility study and joined with other funders to support the 12-unit apartment complex that will be marketed to young, professional families.
For a complete lists of grants given in 2013, see page 10.
2013: The Year in Grants In 2013 Trinity gave $3,230,657 in grants to fulfill its mission: “To love God and neighbor for a world of good.” Grant-giving focuses on four areas: advocating for children,
ADVOCATING FOR CHILDREN ($896,333)
COMMUNITIES EMERGING FROM CONFLICT ($590,324)
Alliance for Quality Education
All Souls Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
To support the implementation of A+ NYC recommendations by advocating for quality full-day prekindergarten and extended learning time within public schools.
communities emerging out of conflict;
To develop the “P.S. I Love You” strategy to change the conversation about New York City public schools from focusing on the negative to recognizing the positive, thereby encouraging private support of public schools as a worthy endeavor.
creating a vital presence in Lower
Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc.
especially improving public schools in New York City; supporting
Manhattan; and strengthening the Anglican Communion, particularly
To develop a pilot music-enrichment program in collaboration with Trinity Wall Street music educators for Lower Manhattan public school students.
promoting financial sustainability for
Community Learning Schools (UFT initiative)
the church in Africa. This year Trinity
To expand the community school model in New York City, which makes schools hubs for holistic community services.
also piloted a Wildcard Award program. Four awards were given to new, innovative organizations, nominated by people throughout the Episcopal Church.
Donors’ Education Collaborative To collaborate with educational grantmakers who give grants to organizations working toward systemic improvement of New York City public schools.
Episcopal Charities To provide technical assistance and collaborative support for pilot parishes involved in the All Our Children initiative, which partners schools and communities of faith.
PENCIL, Inc. To launch and support a Downtown Initiative that will engage local private-sector leaders in the work of transforming public schools in Lower Manhattan.
Trinity Boston (Copley Square) To support and convene a national network within the Episcopal Church of church-school partnerships from across the country.
Trinity Boston (Copley Square) To continue to develop the national All Our Children strategy and build capacity to support deepening partnerships between communities of faith and local public schools.
To fund a program manager for the Community Center to manage the Scholar Success, music enrichment, and annual summer camp programs.
Episcopal Church of Sudan To offer technical support and IT training to all dioceses in the province and additional support for nine dioceses that are currently offline, in the form of small income-generation grants and one year of Internet access.
Episcopal Church of Sudan To support continuing peace negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan.
Province of Congo To support Internet access, technical support, IT training, and development of small, technology-based income generation projects for the dioceses.
Province of Congo To support a consultant to provide expert technical support and troubleshooting for the nine dioceses and the Anglican University of the province.
Province of Congo To replace damaged equipment and build technical capacity of IT officers in nine dioceses.
STRENGTHEN THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION ($1,404,000)
Bowery Residents’ Committee
Diocese of Antananarivo, Madagascar
To sponsor two outreach teams who search for and engage with chronically homeless people in hope of getting them to work with organizations that can provide shelter.
To launch a microfinance project and granary storage facility to encourage economic empowerment in the rural areas of the diocese.
Trinity Grants Program
To build a two-story extension to the present Peace Guest House, which is one of the major income-generating projects of the diocese.
To engage professional services that provide due diligence and underwriting expertise for program-related investments.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND DEVELOPMENT ($75,000)
Diocese of Tanga, Tanzania To conduct a feasibility study for use of diocesan-owned land, adjacent to a health institute.
Diocese of Zanzibar, Tanzania To fund a feasibility study for development of diocesan beachfront property outside Stone Town.
Episcopal Service Corps
Gombe Savings & Credit Coop.
To help the Episcopal Service Corps, a service program for young adults, host its annual consultation.
Episcopal Service Corps, MD To support continued development of a young-adult service program in partnership with the Diocese of Maryland.
The Road (Emmaus House) To support further development of a youngadult service program in partnership with Emmaus House in the Diocese of Atlanta.
Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, OH To support the continued development of Trinity Cathedral’s young-adult service program.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY ($25,000) Rural & Migrant Ministry, Poughkeepsie, NY To support organizational capacity by hiring a part-time development officer. Courtesty of Rural & Migrant Ministry
Diocese of Cyangugu, Rwanda
To further the development of the young-adult internship program, New Seeds, in Louisville.
Christ Church Cathedral, Louisville, KY
Courtesty of the Anglican Church in Burundi
CREATE A VITAL PRESENCE IN LOWER MANHATTAN ($160,000)
To empower and build the earning capacity of economically disadvantaged women by providing them with training in business and management skills and access to low-interest credit.
Province of Tanzania To support the construction of light commercialuse buildings on one of the province’s plots in Dodoma.
The Anglican Church of Canada To support African bishops’ participation in the Bishops’ Dialogue meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa, in May 2013, organized by the Anglican Church of Canada.
Trinity Grants Program To develop four, in-depth, financial-sustainability curriculum modules that focus on practical implementation strategies using Church-based examples and accessible language.
Trinity Grants Program To host a consultation for leaders from across the United States who are experienced in working in the field of domestic financially sustainable programming.
Trinity Transformational Fellows Program (Zambia) To support sabbaticals for three Global Trinity Transformational Fellows, experienced leaders helping to uphold the financial sustainability of the church in Zambia.
Trinity Transformation Fellows Program (Zimbabwe) To support sabbaticals for three Global Trinity Transformational Fellows, experienced leaders helping to uphold the financial sustainability of the church in Zimbabwe.
WILDCARD AWARDS ($100,000) Creative Arts Workshop for Kids To support a sustainability plan to generate income by developing new business partnerships that can offer contracts to provide large-scale public art.
Healing Community Network To cover ongoing expenses and possibly open new networks in Brooklyn and the Bronx for prison reentry programs.
Magdalene St. Louis To support start-up costs to lease or buy property for a community of women recovering from abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking, addiction, and homelessness.
Movable Feast (Diocese of Western North Carolina) To cover start-up costs, including purchasing a vehicle and food supplies, for a roaming feast/ communion service operated out of a bus with kitchen facilities and chapel space.
Trinity Grants Program To support a Financial Sustainability & Stewardship workshop on Business & Property Management in Kumasi, Ghana.
Lessons Learned from Sandy BY JIM MELCHIORRE
We All Need Help
Woody Allen was right—80 percent of life is showing up. In the first days of a disaster, don’t debate whether or not you can be helpful. Just show up. Whether it’s sweeping out flooded homes, delivering bottled water, or cutting out saturated drywall, the early work is usually not brain surgery, and the odds are you can do it. By the way, this advice is not always valid later. Removing drywall may be a no-brainer. The opposite is true when installing it.
Trinity Wall Street had previously scheduled a November 2012 reunion of its Mission and Service partners from Burundi, Panama, and Louisiana, not knowing their visit would coincide with the superstorm. We in the United States often like to think we are the strong people who come to the aid of folks in other places. So watching an African archbishop, a Central American bishop, and a priest from the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans distributing clothing, mucking out flooded homes, and cutting out soaked drywall struck me as a profound, albeit gentle, rebuke to our customary hubris.
Listen Whether it was Lower Manhattan, Staten Island, or Red Hook, Brooklyn, folks wanted to tell us, in detail and often repeatedly, about their personal experience on Monday evening, October 29, 2012, when the sea roared ashore. Psychologists who know far more than I say that retelling the story is essential to recovery. So taking time out to listen is important. The work can always wait; the person in front of you needs your time and attention right now.
Receive Thanks Last August, nine months after Sandy, I returned to Staten Island for a thank-you cookout, organized by some of the folks with whom we worked in the early days of the recovery. By then it was high summer, a lot of our volunteers were out of town, and all of us who were not so personally and directly affected had moved on. Yet, I’m glad I attended because people want, and need, to say thanks. We had become a part of their stories, and that’s an honor. 12
Look for Signs One chilly Saturday in Staten Island, while we took a break from work for a slice of pizza, a woman whose home was flooded told us a story. A lot of neighborhood cats used to congregate behind her house, and she feared they had perished in the deluge. When she and her husband finally reached their home several days later, with destruction, and even death, all around them, she walked on to her backyard deck and noticed more than half-adozen cats stretched out on the railing, lounging in the sunshine. The story provides one more lesson: look for the signs of resurrection, because they will always be there. Jim Melchiorre is a staff member of Trinity Wall Street who helped organize and lead several teams of parish volunteers in the months following Superstorm Sandy.
From Swift to Stravinsky
MUSICAL MOMENTS THAT INSPIRED JULIAN WACHNER DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS AS TOLD TO TRINITY NEWS
All of Stravinsky’s late works
Britten’s War Requiem
The song Taylor Swift sang at the GRAMMY show that I thought was pretty nifty
Janet Yieh, Trinity’s Organ Scholar, tearing through Bairstow and Britten
Every cantata by J. S. Bach that I was
blessed to conduct in 2013
The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
You can hear the music that these six musical moments helped inspire, including performances from the Stravinsky and Britten festivals, Handel’s Messiah, and much more, at trinitywallstreet.org.
Julian Wachner is Director of Music and the Arts for Trinity Wall Street. The Choir of Trinity Wall Street was nominated for a GRAMMY® in 2013.
Which Christianity? A Conversation about War
During a question-and-answer session at Trinity Institute’s 43rd National Theological Conference in November 2013, five of the participants were asked how they speak to people in the military, which began a discussion about the military, Christianity, war, and peace.
STANLEY HAUERWAS: Crucial to what people go through in war is not
just the possible sacrifice of their life or their friend’s life, it’s the sacrifice of their normal unwillingness to kill. We were not created to be killers, and it takes great training to know how to kill. To do it and come back and be normal: I think that’s a great cruelty. DEREK FLOOD: The result of that is this rampant PTSD and people coming
back and not knowing how to be normal. We have this high suicide rate. It’s terrible. The problem is we’re mad about war, and the soldiers are a convenient symbol. But they’re the victims—the poor boy who went to the military because he had nowhere else go, and now he’s the victim. We need to find a way to support him. How about we make sure they get their benefits? How about we make sure they get the support they need? We can criticize the system without blaming the individual who’s in the middle of that system. CHUNG HYUN KYUNG: Who goes into the military in U.S.A. now? It’s not like every young man is recruited in this country. Now, in the U.S.A., [it is] mostly poor people’s children, people of color. They don’t have much choice.
After 9/11, the U.S. government said there’s a weapon of mass destruction in Iraq, but there was no weapon. There’s all this talk about the Taliban, but we all know, let us face it, it is oil. It is greed. And so many young men are killed out of unlimited [greed] of American empire. So I want to make it very clear that if we are really faithful to our faith tradition, we have to move toward the abolition of our military, rather than justifying military action. DAVID SLOAN WILSON: My question is, does Christianity predispose people to peace or to war? And if Christianity predisposes people toward peace, why is it that people do go to war? HAUERWAS: I think Christians became such enthusiastic killers because we were such enthusiastic diers. Obviously, part and parcel of that was becoming agents of social orders that we felt were more significant than the Gospel itself. Now one of the problems has been the confusion of the Christian “we” with the French “we”, with the American “we.” I think that indicates the loss of the understanding of the Church as an alternative politics to the world.
Speakers from left to right: Stanley Hauerwas, Chung Hyun Kyung, Derek Flood, Elizabeth Johnson, and David Sloan Wilson
I have a modest ambition, and that’s to help American Christians discover that we’ve got a problem with war. I think that war is a liturgical alternative to Christianity. It’s where we send the youth of the present age to go die and kill in order that we can show that we deserve what the youth of the past had done by being killed and killing. Think about the celebration of the Gettysburg Address. If you read the Gettysburg Address, it means that we need to honor those that died at Gettysburg by killing others in the future so that their memory can be preserved. That’s liturgical language. And it’s so deep in us it’s very hard to even recognize that it’s working on us. ELIZABETH JOHNSON: I would just add there are very few religions of any size in the history of the human race that haven’t also gone to war. So the religious violence that has been wreaked by people of all faiths—it’s not just a Christian problem. I don’t see that Christianity has disposed the majority of religions to peace more than other religions have. There’s always been this strain of peace—taking a certain interpretation of the Gospel and running with it in a radical way, but that has not been the norm. So I don’t see Christianity predisposing us one way or another. I think it’s very tied up with nationalism and with nationalist rhetoric. Paul Tillich asked, what’s our ultimate concern? That can be the nation, and if that’s our God we commit idolatry.
CHUNG: When you talk about Christianity, it’s not one Christianity. There
are many different kinds of Christianity. Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire very early in our history. So Christianity became the official ideology for colonialism, slavery, capitalism. Christian ideology—one interpretation [of it]—got into a dangerous relation to the power and principality of the world and became very much a power-hungry, war-mongering Christianity. But Jesus made it very clear, you have to choose between God and mammon. And the good thing about Good Friday is this basic, cruel truth telling. Not making beautiful [the fact that] this young prophet was tortured and killed. The only way we can be healed is if we see this trauma, this reality, as it really is. We have to go deeply through, not avoiding, not going around, but walking right through this test. That’s the only way we can have healing. This true, cruel, tragic Friday is truth telling, a radical retelling, radical resistance of saying “no” to the power and principality of the world. Materials from Trinity Institute’s 43rd National Theological Conference, including videos of the speeches and question-and-answer sessions, and reflection materials are available at trinitywallstreet.org/institute.
numbers TRINIT Y BY THE
1,200 members 1,500,000 visitors to Trinity Church 250,000 webcast streams 5 funerals 1,600,000 views of the Trinity website 12,500 Brown Bag Lunches served 85 participants in the financial sustainability workshops in Africa 11,000 visitors to Charlotteâ€™s Place 17 weddings 15,000 people working in buildings owned by Trinity Real Estate 44 baptisms 700 classrooms provided with school supplies by Totes for Teachers 1,600,000 visitors to St. Paulâ€™s Chapel *Numbers are estimates for 2013
Pear Ginger Pie with Oat Crumble Trinity’s Pie Club meets every month to bake pies to share with the each other and those in need in the community. This recipe was a favorite in 2013.
Filling: 2 ½ pounds pears (Bosc or Bartlett), peeled, cored, and sliced ¼ inch thick 1 apple, peeled and grated ½ cup packed brown sugar 3 tablespoons arrowroot starch 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1½ teaspoons ground ginger ½ teaspoon salt
Crumble: 2 cups all-purpose flour ²⁄³ cup light brown sugar OR raw sugar ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup oats
Procedure: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Have ready one prebaked pie shell. 3. Dust bottom of pie shell with all-purpose flour/sugar mix. 4. M ake crumble: combine flour, sugar, and salt. Use a pastry blender and/or your fingers to cut butter into flour mix until large crumbs form and the mixture holds together when you squeeze it with your hands. Toss in oats. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. 5. M ake filling: combine sugar, starch, flour, ginger, and salt in a small bowl. In larger bowl, combine sliced pears and grated apple. Add sugar mix to fruit and toss together. 6. Assemble pie: layer fruit mixture into prebaked pie shell. Top with crumble. 7. B ake 45 minutes to an hour or until crumble is deep golden brown and fruit juices are bubbling. 8. Cool completely before slicing and serving.
A Collect for 2013
by Mark Bozzuti-Jones
O God of unchangeable POWER and eternal light . . . Thank you for the 44 baptisms in 2013, and the parents and godparents who came to learn about God, the sacraments, and all the good work we are doing at Trinity. Thank you for prayer retreats at Governors Island and more than 300 small-group meetings. Thank you for 59 new members.
Look favorably on your whole Church, that WONDERFUL and sacred mystery . . . Thank you for 17 weddings and all who came to witness and bless marriages at Trinity. Thank you for a new permanent home for the Trinity Preschool. Thank you for the Gifts of Grace workshops, which helped us explore all our gifts. Thank you for Sunday school enrollment doubling this year and for our first summer program for children, Journey into Narnia.
. . . by the effectual working of your PROVIDENCE, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation . . . Thank you for our celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. on January 21. Thank you for the meditations written by congregants for Lent and Advent.
. . . and that all things are being brought to their PERFECTION by him through whom all things were made . . .
Thank you for discussions about politics, immigration, and world peace at the Gospel, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and You meetings on Sunday mornings.
Thank you for our growing youth programs.
Thank you for the successful launch of the Family Table, a spiritual outreach to Christian and interfaith families in the preschool and the neighborhood.
Thank you for stellar performances by the Movement Choir, for art openings, and museum exhibitions.
Thank you for the Charlotte’s Place mosaic and the community that it helped build.
. . . let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being RAISED UP and things which had grown old are being made new. . . Thank you for 600 visits to shut-ins and 1,550 phone calls made to parishioners in hospitals and at home. Thank you for a successful Trinity Institute Conference, the diverse speakers, and the things we learned together. Thank you for huge growth in the numbers of those attending Discovery classes on Sunday mornings. Thank you for the Stravinsky and Britten Festivals, for Handel’s Messiah and all the inspiring performances by the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.
Thank you for Celebration Sunday and Hometown Halloween.
Thank you for the hard work of lay liturgical leaders.
. . . your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the UNITY of the Holy Spirit . . . Thank you for Totes for Teachers, which provided school supplies to 700 local classrooms. Thank you for pilgrimages together and for Mission and Service Trips to Africa, Panama, and New Orleans. Thank you for the lives of five beloved human beings who were remembered at funerals in Trinity Church. Thank you for all that is to come.
. . . one God FOR EVER and ever. And let the church say, Amen! Alleluia!
A collect is a prayer that collects the prayers of the congregation. This article uses the Collect for the Church from The Book of Common Prayer. The Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones is Priest for Pastoral Care and Nurture for Trinity Wall Street.
What’s Common About Common Prayer? The opportunity to engage organized corporate prayer with a group of strangers casts a new light on the question of commonality. Sunday after Sunday we hear from people as they leave who express their eagerness to introduce what they have just experienced to their own church communities. “Can we use this music back home?” “I loved watching my daughter spooning incense on the charcoal.” The experience of worship at Saint Paul’s is an experience of commonality in the moment. Without regard to questions of membership, everyone in the room participates equally. What is common about common prayer? Belonging. Experience. Being there.
An excerpt from “Saint Paul’s Chapel in New York City: A Case Study” by Marilyn Haskel, Jacob Slichter, and Clay Morris, published in the Anglican Theological Review, Summer 2013, Volume 95, Number 3. The full article can be found at trinitywallstreet.org.
The Best of Instagram Nearly three million people visit Trinity and St. Paulâ€™s every year, and many of them come with their smartphones. Here are a few of our favorite photos from Instagram.
BACKGROUND IMAGE: Maria DuCoty @MariaDueCoeTay TOP LEFT: Nicole Gibbons, @NicholeJordanP, nicholejordan.com BOTTOM LEFT: @lmtim2 TOP RIGHT: Orisel Bejaran, @OriwithaStory MIDDLE RIGHT: Susan Brenner, @GothamVeg BOTTOM RIGHT: Tara Sgroi, @tarasgroi
Parish Perspectives 2013
FALLING INTO WORSHIP I pulled out my walking boots and set off on another journey with the same group of Trinity pilgrims who last year walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. This time we were making an urban pilgrimage in our own city to The Cloisters, a museum outpost of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Our destination was one particular installation. Motet for 40 Voices, an 11-minute piece by Thomas Tallis, was being performed there electronically, in a recurring loop. The artist, Janet Cardiff, had gathered together the Salisbury Cathedral Choir, miked each singer independently, and created 40 tracks, one for each voice. In the cloister chapel each voice was being played separately and simultaneously on 40 speakers mounted around the perimeter of the room. The best word that I can fit to people’s response to their experience is Reverence. Everyone, no matter what their creed, realized that they were in the presence of Something that deserved their obedience, their deep listening. Many listened with bowed heads. This was a discovery of an inner disposition. People were not behaving as they ought, they were behaving in the only way they authentically could in the present moment. They were worshipping. We don’t really create worship events so much as we fall into them, they overtake us, and we see through the veil. The energy in that little chapel at The Cloisters is what I want to see and experience more of in church—a bunch of shoulder-to-shoulder strangers, none of whom really fit well together, just dumping down all their internal baggage and going slack-jawed for a moment in the presence of Beauty and Truth.
Daniel Simons Priest for Liturgy, Hospitality, and Pilgrimage
TOP: The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, Rector, with David Jette, Head Verger, outside St. Paul’s Chapel. LEFT: Julian Wachner, Director of Music and the Arts, reviews scores with Professor Richard Wilson in preparation for the Stravinsky Festival.
ABOVE: Elizabeth and Grace Yang at the Family Table, a monthly event that offers families with preschool children a chance to connect with each other and deepen their spiritual lives. LEFT: Lucy in the churchyard on Celebration Sunday. PINEAPPLE: A mosaic from Charlotte’s Place designed by parishioner Al Di Rafaele.
TOP LEFT: Left to right, Maggy Charles, Program Manager for Mission and Service Trips, with Oliva George. TOP RIGHT:Left to right, Rowena Irons, Deborah Lee, Program Manager for Pastoral Care and Community, Lillian Laidlow, and Ruth Lovelock. LEFT: Members of the Trinity Youth Chorus, which offers music education and performance opportunities for girls and boys, ages 5-18
ABOVE: Veterans marched in the churchyard on Veterans Day at the Memorial service of the Veteran Corps of Artillery, New York State.
Felix and Leander plant carrots at the Family Table. MOUSE: A mosaic from Charlotteâ€™s Place designed by Ryan Campbell.
Live in Your Integrity
M ES FRO
by Ferina Moses as told to Trinity News And what I tell young people is, whatever you do, live in your integrity. You might become mayors, councilmen. Whatever it is, whether it’s government or in the private sector, live in your integrity and that will go a long way. I tell them, sometimes Jesus had to stand alone. You know, those disciples, some of them were a little shaky at times. And so I tell them that we might disagree and that’s OK. Be true to who you are. Live in your integrity. And I believe that today even with all the chaos in the world that young people are experiencing, this group of young people today will be the young people who will make change in the church and in the world. Why? Because they’re open, they’re trusting, most are living in their integrity, and they will do that work with other people from all over the world. Ferina Moses is a parishioner who has worked with youth at Trinity for more than 20 years. TOP: Sofia (left) and a friend at the Sunday School gathering time. TOP LEFT: The Rev. Matt Heyd with parishioner Ferina Moses at his going-away celebration. Fr. Heyd is now the rector at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan. TOP RIGHT: From left to right, Walter and Catharina Oerlemans, Mark Anthony Bozzuti-Jones, and Sister Promise. MIDDLE LEFT: Three candidates for suffragan bishop at the Bishop Suffragan Walkabout. Trinity webcast the “walkabout,” one of seven in the diocese that gave people an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask questions. The Rev. Allen Shin, far left, was elected bishop suffragan on December 7, 2013.
LEFT: Parishioners Cynthia Moten and Tapua Tunduwani at the Mission and Service Trip Reunion, where participants of past trips gathered to share a meal and memories. RIGHT: The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, Bishop of the Diocese of New York, confirms a parishioner on Pentecost. TREE BRANCH: A mosaic from Charlotte’s Place designed by artist Jackie Chang and made by the Trinity community.
BIRDS: A mosaic from Charlotteâ€™s Place designed by artist Jackie Chang and made by the Trinity community. BELOW: The front of Trinity Church decorated with cobwebs for Hometown Halloween.
TOP: Linda Hanick with her husband Jeff Weber and Lindsay Lunnum at Hanickâ€™s retirement celebration. Hanick worked at Trinity for more than 30 years, most recently as Chief Communications Officer and Vice President of Communications and Marketing. RIGHT: A duck at the Hometown Halloween, hosted in the Trinity Churchyard.
A Look Inside Congregational Arts TOP LEFT: The Movement Choir performs The Doors, a dance designed by parishioner Marilyn Green, along with members of the Sacred Dance Guild. TOP RIGHT: Parishioners Toni Foy and Joanne Malaspina participate in the Movement Choir’s multimedia performance of Womb of Advent, based on a book of reflections by the Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones.
The mission of Trinity’s Congregational Arts committee is to ignite the creative spark that will bring us and Trinity and the wider community closer to God; to kindle imagination, inspiration and talent; and to encourage amateur and professional artists, and those who have never labeled themselves as such, to draw upon their own unique means of self-expression in the visual, literary, music, and performing arts. In 2013 . . . We wrote poetry under the guidance of Chester Johnson during two Poetry Workshops. We made slabs of clay into lovely ceramics with the help of Tay Cooper at the Ceramic Workshop. The Movement Choir danced life and death at their performances of The Doors and Womb of Advent. Jackie Chang helped us create a community and a mosaic piece by piece in Charlotte’s Place. Mark Addison taught us to foxtrot, waltz, and more in the Ballroom Dance Class. NYU Professor Deloss Brown introduced us to our inner playwright in the Playwriting Workshop. We remembered our loved ones through art with the All Souls Altar. We participated in the annual performance of Israel Horovitz's A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley to celebrate the season of Advent. Susan vonMedicus showed us how to work with gold leaf, egg tempera, and walnut ink at the Illuminated Manuscript Workshop. Eric and Herbert Law helped us explore our spirituality with art and reflection at the Artist Colony Retreat.
ABOVE: Jenn Chinn, Program Manager of Charlotte’s Place, introduces her newborn, Emmeline Rose, to Sister Tesa, Director of Hour Children, a Trinity partner organization. MIDDLE RIGHT: Jenn Chinn and parishioner Mark Addison dance at the Ballroom Dance Gala in St. Paul’s Chapel. Trinity parishioners learned to dance in a course taught by Addison.
BOTTOM LEFT: The Trinity community blesses the mosaics in Charlotte’s Place, which were made over the course of several months under the guidance of artist Jackie Chang. BOTTOM RIGHT: The Rev. Rob Voyle, Psy. D., Director of the Clergy Leadership Institute, leads a workshop on managing change with compassion, part of Trinity’s Discovery adult education series.
Another, brighter life The first time I heard Vampire Weekend’s newest album, Vampires of the City, I was on the subway on my way to work after having drunk a couple of cups of coffee, and I had one of those ecstatic experiences brought on by great music and too much caffeine: the kind of moment that reminds you that underneath the mild but nearly constant confusion of being alive is something good and sacred that forces you to be fully present and aware of yourself. I decided to get a tattoo. Every year around this time I like to read Mark Doty’s poem, “Messiah (Christmas Portions),” which touches on this kind of experience. In it he recounts going to a performance of Handel’s Messiah at a small Methodist Church. He isn’t expecting much but is surprised to see people he knows from the community singing so well they hint at something transcendent. This music demonstrates what it claims: glory shall be revealed. If art’s acceptable evidence,
mustn’t what lies behind the world be at least as beautiful as the human voice?
BY JEREMY SIERRA
The poem gets at the way some music shows us that there is something holy deep in reality. Now, I admit that my experience while listening to Vampire Weekend was partially caffeine induced, but it’s nonetheless one of the many pieces of music that make me believe that music reveals something sacred latent within us. Music has been a part of our religious rituals for millennia, of course. During the Christmas season, especially, there are frequent choral concerts, from Messiah to carol singalongs, that (seemingly effortlessly) demonstrate to me the holy in the human voice. But I also love when those moments surprise me on the subway or while walking on the sidewalk, when they arise while I’m listening to Vampire Weekend or the latest video on NPR Music. These experiences may have as much to do with my current state of mind as with the music (I did not get the tattoo after all), but they still feel like an exhortation. As Doty writes: Everything, the choir insists, might flame; inside these wrappings burns another, brighter life, quickened, now, by song: hear how it cascades, in overlapping, lapidary waves of praise? Still time. Still time to change.
Jeremy Sierra is Managing Editor for Trinity Wall Street.
What are YOU looking FORWARD to? We asked members of the Trinity community, including staff and parishioners, what they were looking forward to in 2014. Here are a few of their responses.
• Personal growth and launching my career • The Trinity pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece • Meeting the new rector My daughter getting better • A little more understanding in life and in the world and more listening • Lunch • Christmas, Easter, and the big festivals • Surprises • Being an adult, getting married, a fresh start • Telling stories • Hopefully having a baby • Change • Seeing how Trinity will make our new offices and congregational spaces into home • Better mobility and a pain-free life • Finishing my book • The opportunity to actualize the gifts God has given me •
Haiti Diary: The Road to Madras BY JIM MELCHIORRE
From left to right: Maggy Charles, Program Manager for Mission and Service Engagement Programs, Kyle Evans, a missionary in Haiti, Trinity parishioners Beverly Ffolks-Bryant and Prisca Doh, John Allman and Chance Sims from Trinity School, NYC, and the Rt. Rev. Ogé Beauvoir.
You leave the paved highway, then travel a mile over a dirt road, flanked by scrub trees, to arrive at the town of Madras, Haiti. People say only 68 families live here—and what modest living they eke out is based on fishing. Madras is one of more than a dozen small communities to which the Episcopal Church is offering support and care under the Rt. Rev. Ogé Beauvoir, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Haiti. In early December, Beauvoir, a former staff member of Trinity Wall Street, hosted an eight-person exploratory team from Trinity. The team, led by Maggy Charles, Program Director for Mission and Service Engagement Programs, is investigating ways to create a formal partnership with the church in Haiti through Faith In Action’s Mission and Service Trips, similar to Trinity’s relationships in Burundi, Panama, New Orleans, and with Hour Children, a nonprofit organization in New York City. Three departments (provinces) and a fraction of a fourth comprise the northern region served by Bishop Beauvoir, who calls the north “the greenest place of the country.” Relatively distant from the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake, the north sustained almost no physical damage. The primary northern city of Cap Haitien, with about 200,000 people, is less densely populated than the capital of Port-au-Prince. Cap, as the locals call it, is weather-beaten, to be sure, but seemingly more manageable than the capital, with architecture and a streetscape reminiscent of New Orleans, which is no surprise considering that both were French colonial cities. Bishop Beauvoir drives his visitors along highways where government-sponsored 30
billboards proclaim, in both French and English: “The North is Open for Business.” This region is hungry for private business investment, and that hunger extends to Bishop Beauvoir, who envisions the church using its land and other real estate to generate income to finance its mission without remaining dependent on financial assistance from outside Haiti. “We love our partners, we love our donors,” Beauvoir said. “But we know they’re not eternal.” Although much farmland is idle now, the north has a history as the bread basket of Haiti. In the community of Terrier Rouge, an agricultural school run by the Episcopal Church educates about 50 students who practice what they learn by growing crops on 250 acres in an adjacent field. The church also operates a vocational school and has plans to program two radio stations. With opportunities come plenty of challenges. Hurdles include a shortage of all the building blocks of sustainable community development: clean water, local agriculture, health care, educational institutions, and micro-financing for small businesses. Perhaps most critical is the problem that has plagued all of Haiti for a quarter-century or more—some 80 percent of college educated Haitians live overseas. So for Bishop Beauvoir, the lynchpin of all plans is education. “I am a man of faith,” he said. “I believe in miracles, but not if there’s a lack of education.” College Saint-Esprit, an Episcopal school in downtown Cap Haitien, includes almost 1,300 students, ages three to 17. More than 70 percent of the students come from families who are able
to pay tuition. That’s a notable exception to the rule in the 254 Episcopal schools in Haiti, which struggle financially, and which now face greater competition because of recently enacted government subsidies to Haiti’s public schools. Back in Madras at midday, men sit under shade trees repairing their nets while, a few yards away, fish lay drying in the sun on a concrete slab, and the women of the community converse while their children play. Madras currently has one school, operating inside a Baptist church from eight in the morning until noon each day. A nascent Episcopal congregation meets in the community building on Sunday. On the outskirts of the village, a new school building is under construction, financed by the Florida-based nonprofit Food For The Poor. When complete, the school will be operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti. Haiti’s north includes two world-class tourist sites: the Sans-Souci Palace and the Citadel. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines makes weekly port calls. Emerging aquaponics projects will provide fish, vegetables, and fruit for Haitian tables. It will surely take years, perhaps decades, to achieve all the benefits of a sustainable community, yet Bishop Beauvoir and his partners in the Episcopal Church are hopeful. And mindful that whatever progress and prosperity might come to the northern region of Haiti, there are 68 families in a tiny fishing village called Madras who must not be forgotten. Jim Melchiorre is Senior Video Producer for Trinity Wall Street.
learned? WHAT HAVE YOU
Erin Weber-Johnson joined Trinity as a part-time grants program officer in 2009. While at Trinity she was heavily involved in grants made to the Episcopal Service Corps, a program for young adults that, with the support of Trinity and other organizations, has grown to include dozens of sites. In November 2013 she left Trinity to become a full-time Capital Campaign Consultant with the Episcopal Church Foundation.
WORKING AT TRINITY TAUGHT ME the importance of collaboration, celebration, transparency, and tolerance for ambiguity.Â I was hired by Trinity while finishing my MPA at NYU Wagner. In graduate school, I read numerous articles and books about what healthy, productive management looks like. Working with the Rev. Matthew Heyd, I was always surprised to see the best practices I thought were only possible in text form manifested on an ongoing basis. THE EPISCOPAL SERVICE CORPS IS changing
the Episcopal Church. Itâ€™s a radical example of how a mission-based network can do more than just sustain itself. It can thrive in spite of its members being located all over the nation. I`ve been inspired by their dedication to raising up leaders for the church and I learned a great deal about building sustainable programs. WORKING REMOTELY has taught me the importance of communication and celebration. My coworkers on the 21st floor made ongoing accommodations for me these past four years. I am grateful for their desire to not only work as a team, but include me fully in that team. FUNDRAISING IN THE CHURCH is ministry.
Often people see it as a necessary means to an end. I believe that the invitation to join others in giving to the Kingdom of God is a call to conversion. We are transformed both in the process of giving and in asking our friends to join us. I THINK THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH needs to
move beyond asking the question of how we sustain our ministries. Instead, I`m encouraged by leaders who are asking how we can thrive.
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Chelsea-Lyn Rudder Trinity parishioner Chelsea-Lyn Rudder has published her first book, Ladylike Lessons: Feminine Empowerment, Elegance, and Etiquette. The book focuses on life lessons Rudder learned from 10 years of living in Manhattan. It was edited by Trinity parishioner James Langford and designed by Scott Townell, another parishioner, and is available on Amazon.com. Hazel Carter Trinity parishioner Dr. Hazel M. Carter was promoted to associate professor and received tenure in the Educational Leadership Program of the City College of New York’s School of Education. She is also the program director. Indaba Trinity is participating in the Episcopal Diocese of New York’s program, Indaba, which brings together congregations to engage with, listen to, and learn from each other. The Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee, Vicar, along with parishioners Janet MacMillan, Kudzai Tunduwani, and Samantha Stevens, will be visiting and hosting the Indaba teams from All Souls’, Manhattan, and St. Mary’s, Mohegan Lake, New York. Joan Quilter New Beginnings, Trinity’s ministry of seniors, celebrated parishioner Joan Quilter in December. She is moving to Boston after many years as a member of Trinity. Quilter was a resident of St. Margaret’s House, Trinity’s apartment building for the elderly and disabled, for three decades. Marilyn Haskel In November, Marilyn Haskel, Program Manager for Liturgical Arts and New Initiatives, taught a course at Ming Hua Anglican Seminary in Hong Kong to help seminarians and priests explore new music and liturgies, including “paperless music” which is used at St. Paul’s Chapel. She taught the course alongside Episcopal priests Donald Schell and Rick Fabian and Lutheran layperson and musician Debbie Lou Ludolph.
Stacy Brandom Stacy Brandom, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Trinity Wall Street, was elected a director of the company for Harris & Harris Group, Inc. Harris & Harris invests in nanotechnology companies. Westina Matthews Westina Matthews, a member of the congregation, vestry member, and chair of the Faith in Action vestry committee, contributed to Forward Movement’s 2014 book of reflections, Seeking God Day by Day. The book features short meditations for every day of the year, written by 31 authors. Matthews is the author of several books on faith, and her writing has been included in two previous books of reflections for Forward Movement. Trinity Choir Member GRAMMY®s The 2014 GRAMMY nominees include several members of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Roomful of Teeth, an experimental vocal octet, was nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical. The group includes current and former members of the choir, Virginia Warnken, Eric Dudley, Dashon Burton, and Martha Cluver. New York Polyphony was also nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. The vocal quartet includes two choir members, Christopher Herbert and Steven Caldicott Wilson.
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What was more startling than the sight of police armed with assault weapons on Wall Street was how blasé all the people were who were moving about around them. It was 2004, and I was at the Broadway entrance to Trinity Church. It was my very first day as vicar, and I was getting my initial look at the new normal for post-9/11 Lower Manhattan. As 2014 begins, I find myself reflecting less on 2013 than on the past decade. So much has changed. The assault weapons are gone, and the police presence is now benign (though still strong). During these past 10 years, the neighborhood has been one gigantic construction site. The cacophony of jackhammers remains constant, with as many as 60 substantial projects underway simultaneously. The area has been transformed in unexpected ways by all this rebuilding. Even in my own office, both the morning and the setting sun shine in through the north windows enigmatically, reflecting off the nearly completed, all-glass Tower 1 and Tower 4 of the World Trade Center. The fabric on the sofa has faded, despite the window shades. As those towers and the other buildings of the World Trade Center site come online, there will be room for as many as 60,000 workers*. Many of these will not have far to commute, as an estimated 64,000 residents will live below Canal Street by 2015 (as compared to 13,675 in 1990).* This is Trinity’s new neighborhood. It is inevitable that this changing context would affect Trinity. With close to 200 children registered in Sunday school, the impact of residential growth is already apparent. With concerts sold out, standing room only for Bach at One, and millions of visitors coming through the church and St. Paul’s Chapel annually, Trinity clearly has become a community hub. The question for us in 2014 is, how do we anticipate and plan ministries for such a trajectory? What will be the needs 10 years from now? 50? 100? These are not just hypothetical questions. These are bricks-and-mortar conversations as we plan for a new parish hall, classrooms, public space, and offices. 2014 will bring a self-imposed exile with a move into temporary quarters to let the building begin. Happily, the heart of the parish, her liturgical life, will remain anchored at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel during these years of exile. To keep focused on Jesus and mission is crucial at any time, but especially in this time of major decision making and investment for the future. Unless the Lord builds the house, their labor is in vain who build it. (Psalm 127:1) Blessings,
The Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee Vicar, Trinity Wall Street email@example.com
*data provided by the research team of the Alliance for Downtown New York
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