Mardi Gras Cabaret & Silent Auction

Check out Dean Nathan LeRud (in video above) entertaining guests at last year's Mardi Gras Cabaret event. Be sure not to miss it this year!

Friday, February 24, 7:00 p.m., Kempton Hall. Elegant New Orleans-style heavy hors d' oeuvres, wine, jazz & cabaret favorites, and silent auction, all to benefit the cathedral choir tour to France & England in summer 2017. Fundraiser for the 2017 Trinity Choir Tour. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Friends of the Arts Salon

Saturday, February 25, 5:00 p.m., Kempton Hall. A reading by Marjorie Power from her new poetry collection Seven Parts Woman and gallery talk by Sidnee Snell on her current exhibit Safe Haven. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

TRINITY'S 2017 CANON THEOLOGIAN SERIES-Doing Christianity In The 21st Century

Three highly respected Christian thinkers will offer engaging and valuable perspectives on living ever more deeply into Christian faith and practice in a rapidly changing and challenging world. Below you will find the events offered during this important series. Please plan to attend as many as you are able.

R1039 15 280adical Hospitality: Working Safely and Effectively with People on the Margins

Saturday, February 25, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Trinity. The event is free. Please register by clicking HERE. As the first lecture in Trinity’s 2017 Canon Theologian series, please join us for a morning of wisdom and practical approaches for working with our neighbors on the margins. Sara Miles, picture left, author of Take this Bread and City of God and founder and director of The St. Gregory’s Food Pantry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, will tell of her experiences creating dynamic programs and relationships in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco. Sallie Bowman, Chaplain at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, and her team will share their program of forming effective relationships with those on the margins. We will end with the very practical “De-escalation in the Moment” workshop provided by the Portland Police Department Neighborhood Policing. This event is sponsored by Trinity's Spiritual Formation and Outreach Commissions.
Sunday, February 26, Sara will preach at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services at Trinity.

Canon Theologian Lecture Featuring Belden LaneBelden Lane 250

As the second offering in Trinity's 2017 Canon Theologian series, please join us for the following events with Belden Lane.

Saturday, March 4: "Reading God's Green Scripture-Lectio Divina and the Natural World" retreat with Belden Lane, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Loyola Jesuit Center, $25 per person (limit 40 people). Click HERE to register. The Loyola Jesuit Center is located at 3220 SE 43rd Avenue, Portland. Parking is located on your right side, upon entry to the property. Overflow parking is located on the street along SE 43rd Avenue.
Sunday, March 5: Belden will preach at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services at Trinity.
Monday, March 6: Overcoming Our Fear of the Dark-Ignatius of Loyola and the Cave as Teacher" with Belden Lane, 7:00 p.m., Kempton Hall. Free and open to the public.

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Belden Lane is a Protestant member of a Roman Catholic faculty at St. Louis University, where he teaches in the areas of American religion and spirituality, inter-relating various faith traditions. He lives with his wife Patricia, a spiritual director and retired school teacher. Belden’s interests include wilderness backpacking, storytelling, the history of Desert Spirituality, exposing students to urban poverty, the poetry of Rumi and the writings of Ed Abbey. For six years he served in the pastorate, from a village parish in western New York State to the historic First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia.

marcus 2NEWS RobinMeyers Photo 1 revisedLecture Weekend in Honor of Marcus Borg

Friday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Cathedral.
Saturday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, Cathedral.
$75 per person. Click HERE to register.

Celebrate a new collection of Marcus' writings including previously unpublished sermons and blogs. The Marcus J. Borg Foundation with co-sponsor Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will present a lecture weekend in honor of the late Marcus Borg. The speaker will be The Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers, a colleague and friend of Marcus. Robin continues a conversation Marcus so deeply engaged: what is the heart of Christianity and what does it mean to be Christian in a post-Christian world that challenges us "beyond belief." Whether you are Christian or not, practice another tradition or "none," this event will be an occasion for reflection, hope and renewal as we seek to make the world a better more compassionate place. Robin will help us resist failure of nerve. Marcus, even now, will continue to speak to our doubts and loves and insist that amidst uncertainties and ambiguity we live days of awe and wonder. Marcus' new book, "Days of Awe and Wonder", will not be available to the general public until March 14, but will be available during the lecture weekend at Trinity Episcopal Bookstore at a 10% discount. Robin Meyers' books will also be available.
Sunday, March 12, The Rev. Marianne Borg will preach at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 services at Trinity.

Red SocksMarcus J. Borg Foundation Celebratory Dinner

Saturday, March 11, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Heathman Hotel. Cost is $150 per person ($75 per ticket is a tax deductible contribution to the Foundation). Limited seating is available for this event. Click HERE to purchase tickets. Marcus always wore red socks. Please feel free to wear something red to this celebratory occasion. Join us for an evening of discovery and reflection. Marianne Borg and Kim Stafford will frame the evening. Kim, author of dozens of books of poetry and prose, professor at Lewis and Clark College and director of the Northwest Writing Institute, is with us to help us see again and recognize anew that ours are days of awe and wonder. The Foundation's gift to you for attending the dinner includes: a copy of Marcus' new book, Days of Awe and Wonder: How to be a Christian in the 21st Century; a copy of Kim Stafford's book, The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Treasures of the Writer's Craft; a journal to encourage observing and listening; and a pen to start right away. We hope you will join us!

Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, February 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Kempton Hall. Join us for a traditional pancake feast as we get ready for the fasting of Lent. This is an event for the whole parish. We will burn palms from last year to make ashes for Ash Wednesday, so if you have your palm cross from last Palm Sunday, be sure to bring it! We will make Alleluias to carry into the Cathedral for a short liturgy at about 6:40 p.m. The choristers will sing and we will hide our Alleluias away before lighting candles to light our way into the growing season of Lent. All are invited.

An Afternoon With Portland Opera

Saturday, March 4, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., MacKenzie House (2023 NW Hoyt Street, Portland). William Temple House is hosting members of the Portland Opera as they perform a program of music previewing their upcoming 2017 season and opera favorites. Artemis Foods will cater the event and wine from Stoller Vineyards will be served. Tours of the historic mansion will also be conducted. William Temple House is an emergency social service agency, affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon. Proceeds will benefit William Temple House. Tickets are $45 each. To RSVP, email Wayne Cornelius at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Brie Richards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To buy your tickets online, visit

Trinity Lent Reads

Sundays, March 5-April 2, 9:00 a.m., multiple locations. Make spiritual formation part of your Lenten practice this year. Choose one of the following books to read over the next forty days of Lent, and join with other parishioners to discuss and reflect during the 9:00 a.m. hour each Sunday morning. Copies of all the books are available for purchase in the Trinity Bookstore.

To Love As God LovesTo Love As God Loves: Conversations With The Early Church
Led by Dean Nathan LeRud. Dr. Roberta Bondi was raised with a "very problematic relationship to Christianity and what I knew as its judgmental and vengeful God." Her graduate study of the early church led her to the desert fathers and mothers who founded Christian monasticism and mysticism who taught her a new way to understand and relate to a God of love and mercy: "these folks," she writes in her trademark non-nonsense style, "saved my life from despair and self-hatred. It sounds overly dramatic, but take my word for it, it really isn't." Her 1978 classic, "To Love As God Loves: Conversations with the Early Church" seeks to make these ancient writers accessible to contemporary people of faith. Join Dean Nathan LeRud for an introduction to the lives and writings of the desert fathers and mothers of early Christianity as we explore what they might have to say to us in the 21st century. Click HERE to register.

The Art of CommunityThe Art Of Community: Seven Principles For Belonging
Led by Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith. Charles H. Vogl draws on ancient principles and modern case studies to illustrate seven principles common to robust and sustainable communities. The book study will be our opportunity to reflect on how Trinity Cathedral - a community of communities- can create spaces for people to be connected, defeat loneliness, and lead lives of shared meaning-making. If you are a convener of community or someone looking for deeper community, this book study is for you. Click HERE to register.

A Reason For HopeA Reason For Hope: A Spiritual Journey
Led by the Rev. Marlene Mutchler. Dr. Jane Goodall's book is a revolutionary study of chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe preserve forever altered the very definition of humanity. A Reason For Hope, her poignant and insightful memoir, explores her extraordinary life and personal spiritual odyssey, with observations as profound as the knowledge she has brought back from the forest. Click HERE to register.

12 Steps To A Compassionate Life12 Steps To A Compassionate Life
Led by Canon Raggs Ragan. The fruits of Karen Armstrong's project with her Macarthur Grant, invites us to tranform our lives into the lives of loving service we are called to. This is a Lenten opportunity to explore her incites and invitations in community. Click HERE to register.

 Sauce-On Dinner

Saturday, March 11, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00p.m., Kempton Hall. Tickets will be available for purchase in Kempton Hall beginning February 19 or can be purchased online by clicking HERE. Tickets are $15 per person or $45 for a family of four or more. This all-ages pasta dinner includes Italian wine and free childcare, plus a fabulous silent auction. Auction items this year include a popular Ladies Night with Champagne and food by Jennifer Wiant; Blazers tickets; wine from Oregon's top-rated winery Domaine Serene; and the chance to have Happy Hour at a downtown restaurant with our Dean and Senior Warden! Money raised supports Trinity's Youth Ministry programs. For additional information, please email Martha Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sustaining the Courage to Serve: A Courage and Renewal Retreat Series

Spring Retreat: April 20-22, 2017
Summer Retreat: July 20-22, 2017
All retreats are held at the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center in Eagle Creek, Oregon. Facilitators include Caryl Creswell, Jeff Creswell, and Karen Noordhoff. To register or for additional information, visit