Jesus: Rebel
Jesus: Rebel

Whole Community Learning, Past Units

Inclusive Education - Faith Formation for All Ages

Jesus: Rebel with a Cause (2018-2019)

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.

Unit I—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
…And you thought your child was rebellious??!
Come hear hidden scripture about the boy Jesus—and a Gospel story in which Jesus turns family convention on its head! Bring stories about yourunconventional family (whether by DNA, experience, or choice)—how it forms you as a person and what it teaches you about compassion. 
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
Rebel Jesus’ Tips for a Peaceful Christmas
Blogs and magazines have all sorts of advice on how to survive the holidays, some of it pretty good. Join the Adult Peer Group for conversation about Christian “hacks” for thriving—not just surviving—this Christmas season.
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
Unit II—Jesus, Rebel Peacemaker
January 6
All Together in Intergenerational Discovery Center, 14 Vesey
January 13
Baptism of our Lord
Youth: Optional Women's March
Phil Jackson speaks about Gun Violence
January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
All Together in Intergenerational Discovery Center, 14 Vesey
"Songs as Protest" with Linda Russell and Rhonda Denet
January 27
The Children’s March and Dr. King’s Principles of Non-Violence

Youth: Coffee Check-in –Whatcha gonna do about it?

Adults are invited to attend the
Rector's Forum, St. Paul's Chapel
February 3

Second and third grades: The Golden Rule in Action/Around the world

Children 10 and older and Youth will meet with adults

Raising Spiritual Children in a Secular World
Sophfronia Scott & Tain Gregory
authors of This Child of Faith
February 10
Children: How to stand up to bully
High School youth meet with adults
Mediation Skills with Jenn Chinn
February 17
Presidents' Day Weekend
February 24
End of Mid-Winter Break
End of Unit II
All Together in Intergenerational Discovery Center, 14 Vesey
Whole Community Sharing Breakfast
Unit III—Still Rebel Jesus
March 3
Enjoy 6 stations exploring hands-on ways to support your Lenten turn inward—including planting bulbs! Come and prepare your heart for a deep Lenten journey—and enjoy a hearty breakfast.
March 10
Lent 1
Explore Lenten themes using a practice of praying with art imagery called Visio Divina. The two peer groups will come together to share their experiences Explore Lenten themes using a practice of praying with art imagery called Visio Divina. The two peer groups will come together to share their experiences
March 17
Lent 2
Children engage with mindfulness activities for kindness, focus, and calm. Adults will consider the places and spaces where God is encountered, including the NYC MTA. Rick Hamlin, author of Finding God on the A Train will provide the setting for this conversation.
March 24
Lent 3
Children will create and walk labyrinths with their feet and fingers Rector's Forum
March 31
Lent 4
Children will learn to move their bodies and still their hearts with Yoga. Bruce Jenneker offers conversation with the adults around liturgy as a form of spiritual rebellion.
April 7
Lent 5
End of Unit III
Whole Community Sharing Breakfast
April 14
Palm/Passion Sunday
April 21
Easter Sunday
April 28
Whole Community Sharing Breakfast
Unit IV Launch
Unit IV—Band of Rebels, Company of Saints
April 28
Easter 1
Come get your picture taken in our All Saints Photo Booth. Then share a hot breakfast and visit stations where the Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, the Rev. Frank Hakoola, Marilyn Greene, and Dr. Kathy Bozzuti-Jones will share about the saints in their lives. To cap it off, biblical storyteller Juliana Rowe will offer a monologue as Mary Magdalene.
May 5
Children will meet at 14 Vesey. Youth meet at the Parish Center. Adults attend the Rector’s Forum in St. Paul’s Chapel.
May 12
Children will meet at 14 Vesey. Youth meet at the Parish Center. Rabbi Darren Levine, Founding Rabbi of Tamid: A Downtown Synagogue will share about the impact the great activist, author, and rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel had on his own faith and leadership.
May 19
Children will meet at 14 Vesey. Youth meet at the Parish Center. The Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer is an Episcopal priest and the Executive Director of The Interfaith Center. She will speak with the adults about who has inspired her.
May 26
Memorial Day Weekend—no classes
June 2
Children will meet at 14 Vesey. Youth meet at the Parish Center. Adults attend the Rector’s Forum in St. Paul’s Chapel.
June 9
Pentecost—no classes
June 16
A Whole Community gathering at 14 Vesey where participants will share breakfast and name the saints who’ve made a difference in their lives. Together we’ll celebrate the year’s adventure of worship, learning, and community based around St. Paul’s Chapel during the rejuvenation of Trinity’s nave and the building of the Trinity Commons, and we’ll look forward to the future.

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