An invitation to deepen your relationship with God
What is a Commitment to Discipleship?
Through participation in and practice of the Christian life of faith, through critical reflection on one's faith and life in the light of the Christian life of faith, and through instruction to acquire knowledge and skill important to the Christian life, the following aims will be addressed:
How do I know if this is for me?
This class may be of interest if you:
I am not an Episcopalian, have not made a commitment to become one - or even Christian - but I am a "seeker." May I still attend?
In Jesus' words to the disciples of John, "Come and See." John 1:39
What will I experience?
Join us as you deepen your relationship with God. These sessions will offer a learning community based on the six values of The Way of Life: creative work, holy leisure, stewardship, diverse community, humility, and peace. You will experience interactive large and small group discussions, meditation, journaling, reflection, worship, and body prayer in a safe and welcoming environment.
What is the time commitment?
Class I: Sunday, April 7, 10am · Way of Life
Class II: Sunday, April 14, 10am · Humility
Retreat Day at Trinity: Saturday, April 20, 10am-3pm · Creative Work
Class III: Sunday, April 21, 10am · Diverse Community
Class IV: Sunday, April 28, 10am · Stewardship
Weekend Retreat at Stony Point Center · Stony Point, NY
Friday, May 3–Sunday, May 5 · Holy Leisure
Class V: Sunday, May 12, 10am · Peace
Retreat Day at Trinity: Saturday, May 18, 10am · Walking the Way
Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows
Sunday, May 19, 11:15am · Day of Pentecost
Where will classes be held?
All Classes and the Retreat Days will take place in the second floor Seminar Room at 74 Trinity Place.
The Weekend Retreat will take place at the Stony Point Center in Stony Point, New York. Transportation is available from Port Authority.
Weekend Retreat at Stony Point: Shared room for the weekend is $200 per person, or $280 for a single room, including meals. Easy transportation by Rockland Coaches from Port Authority is available at an additional cost. A deposit of $50 must be received at time of registration.
Scholarships are available. There is no charge for all other classes and retreat days.
How do I register?
Contact the Faith Formation & Education Office at ChristianFormation@trinitywallstreet.org or call 1.800.457.0224
The Rev. Emily Bloemker, Priest for Welcome, is deeply committed to creating authentic Christian community—a desire that was shaped by her early formation in a liberal Roman Catholic tradition, and continued through her ministry as an adult in the Episcopal Church. This is Emily’s first participation in the Commitment to Discipleship Team.
The Rev. Canon James G. Callaway, D.D., is a longtime member of the Trinity clergy. Jamie is a spiritual director and retreat leader whose practice has been shaped by Benedictine, Ignatian, and eastern traditions. This is the fifteenth Commitment to Discipleship team he has been part of at Trinity. He is General Secretary of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion a network of 131 institutions on five continents.
Leah Kozak, is a photographer and technology consultant. Her practice has been shaped by her roots in Evangelical Christianity. At Trinity she serves with the Bowery Residents’ Committee Volunteer Outreach program, Commitment to Discipleship, Lay Eucharist Ministry, and LOH Prayer. She is also an active participant in The Gospel, Times, Journal and You discussion group.
Tapua D. Tunduwani, PMP, is a parishioner whose practice has been shaped by Ignatian and customary African traditions. He has led and participated in various Trinity programs and spiritual retreats including Council, Online Ministry, Prison Ministry and four years with Commitment to Discipleship. He is an electrical engineer and owns a shared office space and technology services business.
Westina Matthews Shatteen, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, General Theological Seminary, is an author public speaker, retreat leader, and spiritual director whose practice reflects contemplative living through “holy listening.” This is the fifth Commitment to Discipleship team she has been part of at Trinity.
“The Commitment to Discipleship was pivotal in helping me reorient and refocus my relationship with God and Christ, and moved the relationship to a deeper, more authentic companionship.” —Gigi, Class of 2009
“My understanding and experience of God has changed during my life. Commitment to Discipleship helped me identify turning points, but better yet, made deep spiritual introspection and appreciation of all moments in life’s journey paramount in my everyday being.” —Cynthia, Class of 2009
"In addition to being a potent spiritual experience, Commitment to Discipleship is the best way to become a part of the Trinity Wall Street family. If you've been visiting for a while and would like to get better connected with our community, this program is for you." —Scott, Class of 2011
“For many years, I have meant to be baptized and so I saw the Commitment to Discipleship as the perfect opportunity to finally take this major step as an adult. Tapua, Westina, and Jamie were incredibly welcoming and insightful leaders, and my fellow classmates made the experience all the more memorable. I highly recommend the Commitment to Discipleship course as a way to become more thoroughly integrated into Trinity Wall Street and our larger faith.” —Elizabeth, Class of 2011