Poet and author Chester Johnson knew his mom’s dad as a loving grandfather. Johnson now knows that grandfather, Lonnie Birch, joined in a massacre that killed more than one hundred African Americans in 1919 near and around the town of Elaine in southeast Arkansas. The violence began after Black sharecroppers, having returned from military service in World War I, formed a union to negotiateRead more
As we make our way through this election year, I’d like to remind us that 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the constitution givingRead more
Trinity Church Wall Street convened heads of church and their spouses from South and Southeast Asia for the first time in November, including representatives from the Philippines, South Korea, Jerusalem and the Middle East, North India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Barbados, and members of Trinity’s staff and Vestry. As an opportunity for learning together and building connections with one another, the Bible studies and workshops provided time for self-reflection and growth,Read more
New York City took an important step today to close the intolerable, inhumane, and ineffective Rikers Island jail complex. The City Council voted to close Rikers by 2026 and build modern, more humane, and smaller borough-based facilities in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
This change will reduce the number of jails from 11 to four. It will help reduce the number of jail beds in NYC from 13,000 to 3795.Read more
Pauli Murray, Thurgood Marshall, and Florence Li Tim-Oi were named permanent saints of the church at the 79th General Convention last week.Read more
Trinity parishioners and friends joined the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018. Teens and chaperones traveled to Washington, DC, while another contingent joined other Episcopalians in the diocese for the New York march.
Why are teens marching? From Scarlet: "We live in a world where it’s full with violence and this is the time to come together as one, especially us teenagers. We should be at school thinking about what we’re going to have for lunch or if we’re going to pass theRead more
Deborah Danner was one of us, a beloved member of the Trinity Church Wall Street community. Her death was a tragedy that could and should have been avoided.
As those among society’s most vulnerable, mentally ill people deserve to be treated with compassion and understanding. And those who engage with the mentally ill in highly charged situations require adequate training andRead more