Jesus: Rebel
Jesus: Rebel

Whole Community Learning

Inclusive Education - Faith Formation for All Ages

Jesus: Rebel with a Cause

Sundays beginning October 14, 10am | 14 Vesey St.

Jesus didn’t rebel for rebelliousness’ sake. Nor did he oppose the unjust systems of his times merely to confront them. He had another world in view—a different world, which he described and modelled and died for, so that we could understand our role in bringing it about, right here and now. Join Trinity parishioners and friends of all ages in weekly discussion on the meaning of Jesus’ parables, his method of upsetting the status quo, his countercultural stance, and the sublime vision that Christians the world over are still living and dying for today.

Jesus: Rebel with a Cause is the inaugural theme for Trinity’s new approach to the Sunday educational hour. Whole Community Learning offers participants an opportunity to explore one theme each year. Each theme is broken into smaller units that follow the liturgical seasons and allow for intergenerational and peer-group activities. Lessons mine the ancient texts for contemporary wisdom, but also model the Trinity way of studying scripture: being mindful of scholarship, context, and how it resonates today in practice, with a gentle emphasis on holding contradictions and inviting all voices.

Below you'll find the season's schedule, a photo gallery of our recent sessions, and resources about intergenerational learning you may find useful.

Registration is not required, but it is helpful. Adults may register here; children and youth may register here.

2018-2019 Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at 14 Vesey St. and toddlers and young 3’s meet in the St. Paul's Chapel Nursery.

Unit 1—Stories of Jesus as a Rebel
September 30
Peer Groups Rector's Forum, St. Paul's Chapel
October 7
Peer Groups
October 14
Whole Community Learning Year and Unit Launch
in Intergenerational Discovery Center
October 21

Peer Groups

Peer Groups

Grace Bonilla, Administrator at Human Resources Administration, which oversees children and families across city agencies such as the Department of Homeless Services, will lead a guided discussion on child poverty in New York City. Part of Children's Sabbath Weekend.

October 28

Peer Groups

Peer Groups

Bob Scott will open today’s session with Bible study about Jesus expanding our circle of concern. Alan Baker Yu will follow with a discussion about low-income housing and homelessness in NYC. 

November 4
(All Saints' Sunday and Baptisms)
Peer Groups
Youth will meet on the St. Paul's Church Street portico and go to Joe and the Juice. Toddlers and young 3’s meet in the Nursery. 
Canon David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Chief of Staff and Strategy, joins adults to discuss challenges for the global church in a changing and divided world
November 11
Peer Groups
Youth will meet with adults.
On the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, explore how the Christmas Truce of World War I mirrors Jesus’ disruption of violence and death. There will be art-making with red poppies.
November 18
No WCL—Harvest Breakfast in the large auditorium, all are invited
November 25
No WCL—Thanksgiving weekend
December 2
(Advent I)
Peer Groups
While working on creations for share in the Advent Arts Show, Youth will begin to explore the stories of the Holy Couple’s rebellious love and tenacity that brought an unlikely savior into the world.
Peer Groups
December 9
(Advent II)
Peer Groups
Youth will continue work on creative Advent projects and ponder what’s holy and “rebellious” about their families.
Peer Groups
December 16
(Advent III)
Whole Community Sharing in Intergenerational Discovery Center
Peer groups will present to one another their group experiences of Stories of Jesus, the Rebel, Unit I. Come for multi-media, multi-age storytelling around the breakfast table.
End of Unit 1
December 23
(Advent IV)
No WCL—Christmas Pageant at 9:15am Family Service followed by Reception at 14 Vesey
December 30
No WCL or Peer Groups

Photo Gallery