Ringing the Bell of Hope for Boston
Today, the Rev. Dr. James Cooper, Rector of Trinity Wall Street, rang the Bell of Hope in the St. Paul’s Churchyard in remembrance of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. People were gathered in prayer at the same time in Trinity Church, Copley Square, located near the site of the bombings in Boston. The bell was rung in four sets of five rings, the traditional firefighter’s toll for fallen comrades. Afterward, those gathered prayed the prayer of St. Francis and some rang the bell to remember the victims of the bombing on April 15.
Leana Charles Awarded Full Scholarship to Wheaton
Leana Charles, daughter of Trinity employee Maggy Charles, has been awarded a full scholarship to Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Maggy, Program Manager for Mission and Service Engagement Programs, has worked at Trinity for over 25 years. Both of her children graduated from Trinity’s preschool. Leana will matriculate at Wheaton in the fall.
Finding Inspiration and Welcome at Charlotte's Place
Corrine Causby, Frank Johnson, Alyson Jamison, and Ken and Adrienne Meyers visiting Charlotte's Place from Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Last week, four members of Knollwood Baptist Church
in Winston Salem, North Carolina, visited Trinity on a reconnaissance mission of sorts. They were here to learn about Charlotte’s Place, Trinity’s community space, to see what lessons they could bring back to their own community.
As I sat with them after the art project on Saturday, they were enthusiastic even as they were in the midst of hashing out ideas.
They noted that the work inside and outside of Charlotte’s Place connects people and creates relationships within Trinity. “Common experience leads to connections, connections lead to community, community leads to peace making,” observed Ken Meyers, Associate Minister at Knollwood.
They also appreciated that people could use the space to find community or a spiritual connection, depending on their needs and personal history.
“Because it’s so open-ended, it allows the people who use the space to define it for themselves,” said Corrine Causby. She wondered aloud what programs they might be able to do in a safe, neutral space and what kind of ministries that might open up.
“We’re figuring it all out,” said Alyson Jamison, “how it would work in Winston Salem.”
Although their ministry may be “transposed into a different key,” as Frank Johnson put it, Charlotte’s Place clearly inspired them with new ideas for their outreach in North Carolina.
Caroline Shaw Awarded Pulitzer Prize
Last week, Caroline Shaw was awarded the Pulitzer Priz
e for her work, Partita for 8 Voices
. The composition was recorded by Roomful of Teeth
, which includes several current and former members of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Shaw also occasionally performs with the Choir.
The jury describes Partita for 8 Voices
as “a highly polished and inventive a cappella work uniquely embracing speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects.”
Watch a Roomful of Teeth, including several members of the Choir, perform
Partita here and hear the entire work here.
Fellows Meet in South Africa
Former Trinity Fellow Dr. Nell Gibson
visited with other Trinity Fellows in South Africa earlier this month.
She visited South Africa for the consecration of an old friend, Stephen Moreo, as the bishop of the Diocese of Johannesburg.
“I met [him] during the anti-apartheid struggle back in 1987, when he was a very young priest,” said Gibson, “and he drove me all over the Diocese of Johannesburg.”
While she was there, she met with two of the South African Fellows, Nandi Tshaka and Ann Meshe whom she got to know when they visited New York last year. They still keep in touch occasionally by email, and came to hear her preach.
“They are doing very well,” said Gibson. “Both are extremely busy in the work that they’re doing.”
Read more about the South African Fellows here.
Adrian Dannhauser Selected as Lilly Fellow
Trinity parishioner Adrian Dannhauser has been selected as the Lilly Fellow at St. James’ Church on Madison Ave. This competitive fellowship is part of the Lilly Endowment’s ecumenical Transition-Into Ministry Program, which provides training and support for new clergy. St. James’ is one of 45 churches around the country that participate in the program. The fellowship will last two to three years. During the fellowship, which begins June 1, Dannhauser will receive mentoring from senior clergy and participate in the full range of ministries of the church, including preaching, leading worship, and pastoral care.
Dannhauser was ordained into the diaconate in March. She will graduate from the Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale in May and ordained to the priesthood in September.
Trinity Collects 1,000 Pounds of School Supplies
During its first Totes for Teachers collection of the year 2013, Trinity received nearly 1,000 pounds of schools supplies, enough to fill 367 totes. Each tote contains supplies for a classroom of students.
During the March 17 Sunday Eucharist, the Trinity congregation blessed the totes. They, which will be distributed to nine schools in Lower Manhattan, and will support approximately 11,000 students.
Trinity distributes Totes for Teachers twice a year, in March and August. Those who still wish to donate can continue to do so online. Click here to donate.
City Council Approves Hudson Square Rezoning
On Wednesday, the City Council approved Trinity Real Estate
’s application to rezone Hudson Square as a mixed-use residential neighborhood. This concludes a seven-month review process and will allow both residential and commercial development of the area.
Trinity owns 15 buildings in Hudson Square. During the review process Trinity Real Estate agreed to donate funds to the City Parks Department to repair Pier 40 and create new recreational space for the neighborhood.
New Congregational Council Members Elected
Update: At their monthly meeting on March 19, the Congregational Council elected James Gomez President and Scott Townell Vice President.
On March 3, Trinity Wall Street parishioners elected new members to the Congregational Council for 2013-2014. Sandy Blaine, Beverly Ffolkes Bryant, James Gomez, Heather Lorch and Tapua Tudnuwani were elected; Mark Alvino, Michael Cornelison, and Donato Mallano were appointed by the Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee, Vicar.
The new members join continuing council members Ryan Campbell, Pearl Chin, Deborah Hope, Regina Jacobs, Janet MacMillan, Lorna Nembhard, and Scott Townell. The Congregational Council includes a total of 16 people, including the vicar.
Parish delegates to the 2013 Diocesan Convention were also elected on March 3. Representing Trinity will be Emory Edwards, Toni Foy, and Roz Hall.
Trinity Parishioner Ordained to the Diaconate
On Saturday, Trinity member Adrian Dannhauser was ordained to the transitional diaconate. She will be graduating from Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale in May and ordained to the priesthood in September. She was presented for ordination by the Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee, Vicar of Trinity, and Sharon Hardy, a parishioner who was on Dannhauser's discernment committee. Dannhauser began attending Trinity in 2004 after moving up to New York from Mississippi to practice law. She was confirmed at Trinity in 2006.