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


 

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..


The Art of Making Palm Crosses

Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Kempton Hall, Free. Come join the Altar Guild as we prepare for Palm Sunday. Here is your opportunity to learn more about the Altar Guild as members teach you the art of making Palm Crosses. Everyone, including children with a parent, is encouraged to attend. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Spring Classes, 2017

Click HERE to download the Spring 2017 Class Brochure


 

Easter 1 Term: April 19, 26 & May 3, 10 (unless noted otherwise)

Catechesis (Continues) 

Wednesdays, January 4-June 7, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Led by Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith and other Trinity clergy and laity. An ancient practice of spiritual exploration and formation in community. Catechesis is preparation for the rites of Baptism, Confirmation, Reception (from other Christian traditions) and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows. You are welcome if you are seeking any of these rites, or none. At Trinity, this twenty-week  immersion in Scripture, history, worship and Christian practices is also a chance to learn more about this community of faith, meet all of the clergy and congregational leaders, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Benedictine Practice

This class will meets April 26-May 10. For times like these, a community of deep listening, spiritual assurance and compassionate support is essential. Bishop Michael Hanley, Abbot Elaine Harris and members of the Cornerstone Community will reflect on The Rule of St. Benedict as a guide to a life of prayer, understanding and work. Gospel living, if you will. Not dusty, monastic platitudes, rather how to be in times like these. Presentation, conversation, reflection and prayer. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


White Privilege/White Resentment

This class meets April 19-June 7. Led by Keith Walters and Canon Raggs Ragan. Many commentators argue that White Americans enjoy and profit from particular privileges that come their way simply because of the color of their skin. At the same time, some of the these same commentators, among others, contend that a major force in the recent elections was the politics of White resentment. What might these two claims mean? ARe they contradictory in any way? Are the terms "privilege" and "resentment" the best way to thinking about whatever may be going on in terms of the experiences of White Americans? In this series of eight classes, we'll struggle with these and related issues as we examine the meanings of whiteness at this point in our country's history, drawing from several books on this topic. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Paul and the Beginnings of Christianity

This class meets April 19-May 24. Led by Jennifer Bird. We will focus on the genuine letters of Paul in this course, with some engagement with the book of Acts, gospel content, and the Deutero-Pauline letters, as relevant. The intention is to mull over and discuss how things may have developed, starting with Paul and his efforts and ideas, which is quite different than inheriting the whole tradition, as we have. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Crash Course in Anglican Music

Taught be Bruce Neswick, Canon for Cathedral Music. Learn about the basics of Anglican church music, its history and its modern day manifestations. We will sing, play and listen to music drawn from our tradition, and we will discover anew how Anglican liturgical music is our aural iconography, a gateway to heaven. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Grief Group

This group meets April 19-May 24. A six-week group for those who are grieving. Join with others to receive support and share your story about your loved one. Learn coping tools and resources and process your grief as you continue your journey and healing. Facilitated by Jane Newman, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor. Jane has worked in hospice care and outpatient cancer care supporting patients and their families through the dying process, anticipatory grief and bereavement. www.janepnewman.com. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Resilience: How We Endure and Learn From Severe Disruptions

When we face great loss, severe illness, menacing change-even unplanned fortune-ordinary life is punctured with disruption. This class seeks to remind us that along with all creation we are endowed with adaptive resilience which can stimulate our capacity to grow and learn from radical disruption. Contributions from David Barnes, Karen Carlton, Pam Maben, Elizabeth O'Connell, Scott Smiley, and Richard Truax explore the insights and practices that support our personal and community resilience. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Spring Grab Bag: Game Night

Wednesday, April 19. Join us for a fun evening of board and card games in Kempton Hall. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Spring Grab Bag: Jumping Out Of The Airplane with Rabbi Brian

Wednesday, April 26, Chapel. Rabbi Brian describes his theology as open as John Lennon's, but that he is on a Blues Brothers-type mission from God. His outside-the-box approach to religion has both delighted and helped thousands of people live better spiritual-religious lives. Jumping Out Of The Airplane is part a dharma-talk part stand-up philosophy. Religious concepts of faith, trust, and belief are explored in a loose, enjoyable environment. It is for the spiritual-but-not religious, the religious, and those who aren't certain if they even are spiritual. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Spring Grab Bag: Godly Play-Parables 1

Wednesday, May 3, Godly Play Classroom. Explore some parables using the Godly Play method. How are parables different from other Bible stories? What do Jesus' words have to say to us today? I wonder what they could really mean? This class is designed for adults. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Spring Grab Bag: Jumping Out Of The Airplane with Rabbi Brian

Wednesday, May 10, Chapel. Rabbi Brian describes his theology as open as John Lennon's, but that he is on a Blues Brothers-type mission from God. His outside-the-box approach to religion has both delighted and helped thousands of people live better spiritual-religious lives. Jumping Out Of The Airplane is part a dharma-talk part stand-up philosophy. Religious concepts of faith, trust, and belief are explored in a loose, enjoyable environment. It is for the spiritual-but-not religious, the religious, and those who aren't certain if they even are spiritual. 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

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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