Wednesday at the Commons Classes

Wednesday evenings, September until June. Put a little soul refreshment in the middle of your week! Wednesday at the Commons is Trinity's midweek learning community, offering classes that open us to new ways of thinking, push us to go deeper in our relationships and commitments, and offer us new insights into each other and God. Service of the Holy Eucharist is at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel, dinner is at 6:00 p.m. (suggested donation of $10), followed by a wide range of class options from 7:00–8:30 p.m. There is no charge for Wednesday classes. Childcare is available from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sign-ups:

For the dinner, you must sign up in advance (by noon on Tuesday of that week), so that we may know how many to have food for. In person, dinner sign-up sheets are located at Trinity's Information Wall outside Kempton Hall. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-478-1223 to sign-up for dinner.
For classes, we encourage sign ups so that we may know numbers to expect, but you are most welcome even if you were unable to sign up. 

How do I sign up for classes?

Links for online registration are found below.

 


Winter Classes, 2017

Click HERE to download the Winter 2017 Class Brochure

 

Epiphany 2 Term: February 1, 8, 15 & 22 (unless noted otherwise)

Catechesis At Trinity-The Feast Awaits 

Wednesdays, January 4-May 17, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (a Saturday retreat on March 18 is part of Catechesis) Led by Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith. Join fellow Trinitarians and seekers for the richest of fare. Catechesis is an introduction to our life together at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a congregation committed to practicing uncommon warmth in our welcome, holy compassion in our service, intellectual curiosity in our teaching, and deep beauty in our worship. In Catechesis, long-timers and newcomers alike are invited to share the bread of our own faith journeys as we learn together about Christianity within the Episcopal tradition. 

An ancient practice of spiritual exploration and formation in community, Catechesis dates back to the earliest followers of Jesus. At Trinity, Catechesis is offered as a twenty-week immersion in scripture, history, worship and service designed to reflect the rhythms of our Eucharistic worship, and equip us to share God’s hospitality with each other and the world.
 
Catechesis is also a context in which to learn more about the community of faith that is Trinity Cathedral. It’s an opportunity to meet congregational leaders, ask questions, explore ministry opportunities and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Whether you are wondering, hungering, or wanting more, there’s a place for you at the table of Trinity Catechesis.

Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Lincoln

Wednesdays, February 1-22, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Led by Elliott Trommald. We can best heal and understand our nation when we openly discuss our history. Politically, spiritually, and philosophically, Abraham Lincoln defined the United States in time of political and moral crisis. He forced the country to wrestle with the meaning of the country's foundation documents, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and in the process essentially gave them the new meaning. For four weeks, we will consider what the life of Lincoln can teach in the 21st century. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Story As Spiritual Practice

Wednesdays, February 1-22, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Led by Pam Maben. This class explores story from a spiritual point of view seeking what the themes and images of the story have to show us about our lives in the present. Folktales from many cultures will be told around the following themes as a basis for our reflection and discussion: Fortune-Good or Not?; Strength, Resilience, and Courage; Wisdom and Wonder; and Facing Trials and Challenges. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Living Into Our Giftedness

Wednesdays, February 1-22, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Led by Sarah Pierce. Learn how to live into your unique gifts as we discover our strengths with the StrengthFinder assessment tool. We often focus far too much on our weaknesses, when instead we should be growing our areas of giftedness. Find out about your core strengths, as well as tangible ways you can use them at home, work, and Trinity. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Lent Term: March 8, 15, 22 & 29 & April 5 (unless noted otherwise)

Catechesis (Continues) 

Wednesdays, January 4-May 17, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (a Saturday retreat on March 18 is part of Catechesis) Led by Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith. Join fellow Trinitarians and seekers for the richest of fare. Catechesis is an introduction to our life together at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a congregation committed to practicing uncommon warmth in our welcome, holy compassion in our service, intellectual curiosity in our teaching, and deep beauty in our worship. In Catechesis, long-timers and newcomers alike are invited to share the bread of our own faith journeys as we learn together about Christianity within the Episcopal tradition. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Book Study: In The Beginning-A New Interpretation Of Genesis By Karen Armstrong (Continues)

This class will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Led by Mariane Schaum. An early review of this 1996 book begins, “Karen Armstrong never ceases to amaze me. Rather than subtitle the book ‘A New Interpretation of Genesis,’ she should have subtitled it ‘Finally, a Logical Interpretation of Genesis that Makes Sense.’" Armstrong’s explications of the stories in Genesis iluminate some of our most enduring and profound problems and bring the characters to life in interesting ways you will not find in most Bible studies. This short, but meaty book is a great read! The entire text of Genesis is included at the back of the book, which will be available in the Trinity Bookstore. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Mystics Of The Church

Led by Gwen Casey-Ford. What does it mean to be a “mystic”, and what do these elusive personalities, many of whom lived hundreds of years ago and had lives and beliefs far removed from our own, have to say to us today? During Lent, we will explore these questions through reading and discussion of short selections from some of the more well-known Christian mystics, including St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and Julian of Norwich, as well as some lesser known and more modern examples. We will first spend some time reviewing the background and context of each author, in order to better understand what experiences may have shaped their perspective and writing, and then put ourselves in their shoes, as we attempt to discover how their experiences of the presence of God can speak to us in our own lives. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


When Souls Meet

Led by Karen Carlton and Scott Smiley. Martin Buber, in his book I and Thou, writes that “all real living is meeting.” What happens when my soul encounters another? Or when our soul meets nature, or meets God? We will explore Martin Buber’s notion of “I-Thou” relations as it contrasts wiht the world of “I-It”, and how we can live more deeply with one another in those soulful moments. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Hard Work Of Forgiveness

Led by Lauren Loos and Canon Raggs Ragan. How do we understand the call to forgiveness? How do we engage in the process of forgiveness with someone who has done us wrong? How do we interact with hospitality, integrity, and love? Join us in exploring what can sometimes be a rough path. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Trinity Art Classes-For All Ages

The Art Commission and Family Ministries Commission offer these classes at no charge to kids and adults as part of the Wednesday at the Commons program. Trinity artists will guide hands-on experience with a variety of media, involving the participants in a rewarding inter-generational creative process. All are welcome to the fellowship dinner at 6:00 p.m. ($10 per person-please sign up ahead of time at the Information Wall outside Kempton Hall) and then attend class from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

2017 Art Class Schedule

Drawing Action Figures-taught by Randall Vemer, February 1-22. Click HERE to register.

Textiles-taught by Gerrie Congdon, March 8-April 5. We will be designing and hand stitching wool felt art quilts. There will be many colors of felt and perle cotton to create an art quilt. Patterns for objects will be available for you to use or you can design your own.You will learn how to do some simple embroidery stitches to enhance your creation. Click HERE to register.

Drama 1-taught by Tiffany Dixon, April 19-May 3. Click HERE to register.

Drama 2-taught by Tiffany Dixon, May 17-June 7. Click HERE to register.

Kids must be 10 or older. Class size limit is 20.


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