Social Justice Overview
Trinity Church Wall Street has a long-held commitment to social justice, beginning with the founding of the Trinity Charity School in 1709 and including a wide variety of outreach programs over its history. Trinity continues to promote justice and reconciliation today, with ministries rooted in the local community that confront racism and inequality, fight hunger, build community, and more.
Trinity grants support innovative and transformative ministries and justice work around the country. Learn more.
Action and Advocacy
The parish of Trinity Church Wall Street is committed to protecting the vulnerable and striving for peace and justice in our country. We invite all community members, neighbors, and partners to join us as we stand with the oppressed and work for justice. Learn about upcoming actions and events.
The Question of Rikers
In 2017, the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform issued a report calling on the city to close Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex. The initial and a subsequent report described Rikers as a “penal colony” and “irredeemable.” The city has suggested a ten-year timeline for closing Rikers, but that is far too long, and even that timeline is not guaranteed. To learn more about what Trinity and other faith communities are doing to help speed the closing of Rikers, click here.
Ending Money Bail
No one should be held in jail simply because they cannot afford to pay their money bail. A system that determines freedom based on the size of a person’s bank account is a broken system. Poverty is not, and should not be, a crime. Trinity Church Wall Street is working with our partners and supporters to ensure that bail reform becomes state law this year. To learn more about our efforts to end money bail, click here.
In October 2017, Trinity hosted a teach-in for people of faith to learn about current issues related to immigration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), temporary protected status, and sanctuary. To watch the sessions and access resources, including background information and links to a variety of organizations already involved in this important work, click here.
Church Meets City
Church Meets City seeks to address the growing needs of New York City by raising awareness, connecting people to services, and developing relationships between service providers and those in need. If there are services you need, we want to help you connect with the right resources and services. If you are looking to contribute, we can point you toward volunteer opportunities. Learn more here.
Art as Advocacy
The recent installation, Stations by artist Roland Biermann, is part of a 14-location exhibit in Manhattan that draws attention not only to Jesus’ final hours of life but also to people living on the margins of our current societies who suffer, as Jesus did, because of injustice. Learn more.
Brown Bag Lunch
In some parts of Lower Manhattan, up to 20 percent of residents do not have access to sufficient affordable food. Volunteers from Trinity distribute Brown Bag lunches to more than 200 people each week. Learn more.
The Parish Center
A community space located at 56 Trinity Place, the Parish Center is open daily for computer access, free WiFi, scheduled events, and socializing. The Parish Center regularly hosts congregational meetings and events, afterschool programs in partnership with local public schools, and more. Learn more.
The Trinity congregation, via its Witness and Outreach Committee, leads a number of ministries, including the Task Force Against Racism, active for more than 30 years, a Prison Ministry that works with the incarcerated and their families, and more.
The Rev. Winnie Varghese, Director of Justice and Reconciliation
Ruth Frey, Director of Programs for Justice and Reconciliation
Tasha Tucker, Director of Justice and Reconciliation Grants
Jenn Chinn, Senior Program Manager for Justice and Reconciliation
Mandy Culbreath, Brown Bag Lunch Coordinator
Maggy Laraque, Program Manager for Mission and Service Engagement Programs
Lucas Pershing, Program Manager for Advocacy and Action