Trinity Commons Programs

As a spiritual extension of the church, Trinity Commons offers resources and high-quality programs for our community—residents and visitors of all ages and backgrounds. While in-person activities are suspended as we seek to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, we are offering a number of online classes and events, including movie nights, fitness classes, book talks, art workshops, academic support for youth, cooking classes, and more.

Please check back often for upcoming 2021 offerings and, for more information, contact Terrell L. Moody at

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Trinity Commons Speaker Series and Book Talks

Trinity hosts leaders who share stories and educate us on the pressing social issues of our time. The enlightening roster of upcoming speakers includes Chef Millie Peartree on January 21 at 6-7pm EST and Dancer and Choreographer Judith Jamison on February 18 at 6-7pm EST.

Millie Peartree ArtTrinity Commons Speaker Series with Millie Peartree

Thursday, January 21, 6-7pm EST, Zoom, Register

Full Heart Full Bellies is Chef Millie Peartree’s latest venture and response to the pandemic, which has resulted in the closure of 50% of the food pantries and soup kitchens in the Bronx (Food Bank for NYC). By feeding children disproportionately affected by these canceled and limited programs, Peartree is following her passion to share food to comfort others and bring happiness to tough situations, while also doing the work of social justice and food justice and changing things for the better in her community.

Peartree will be joined by moderator Liz Neumark, who is the founder & CEO of Great Performances, one of the country’s leading catering companies and a Trinity partner that supported our Compassion Meals programs in 2020. Neumark works on food-related social justice initiatives such as food rescue, anti-hunger, and healthy food access and, together with Peartree, will share advice on how you too can make a difference as a food justice activist. Join these two powerhouses of good for a robust conversation on food justice in our neighborhood and beyond, now and in the future, on Thursday, January 21, from 6-7pm EST.

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About Millie Peartree, Founder, Full Hearts Full Bellies
Millie Peartree is a world-renowned chef and tastemaker who has spent the last decade perfecting her craft. It wasn’t until she entered her first baking contest that she realized her baking (and now culinary) talent would evolve into a successful and innovative culinary enterprise. Millie’s Cupcakes was her flagship business. Today, she is a respected A-list celebrity personal chef, former restaurateur, and cupcake baker extraordinaire. Peartree’s newest adventure is to help children in need, as her motto is "I don’t have the most and I don’t have the least." She believes we must lift up and help one another because we never know when we may need help. Learn more in her op-ed.

About Liz Neumark, Founder & CEO, Great Performances
Liz Neumark founded Great Performances as a waitress-staffing agency for women in the arts, which has since transformed into one of the country’s foremost catering companies. Under her guidance, Great Performances continues to set the pace on business development, innovation, equality and thought leadership in the hospitality industry. Neumark also established Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, NY, and founded The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues in children’s health. She sits on the boards of GrowNYC,, The Fund for Public Housing, The Sylvia Center, and is Board Chair for Hudson Square Business Improvement District. Learn more.

Trinity Commons Speaker Series with Judith Jamison

Thursday, February 18, 6-7pm EST, Zoom, Register

Choreographer, dancer, and living legend Judith Jamison has dedicated her life to telling stories and history through dance in New York City and all over the world. As artistic director emerita and principal dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for decades, Jamison worked closely with Alvin Ailey and speaks of his “courage in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement to communicate truly who we are, part of the panoply of American culture… Here we are in the 21st century, still fighting for civil rights.” This Black History Month hear from Jamison about the importance of representation in the arts, honoring and preserving the past through dance, and the courage dance offers us in this challenging time. Join us on Thursday, February 18, at 6pm EST.

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About Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and quickly became an international star. Ailey created some of his most enduring roles for her, most notably the tour-de-force solo Cry. During the 1970s and 80s, she appeared as a guest artist with ballet companies all over the world, starred in the hit Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies, and formed her own company, The Jamison Project. She returned to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1989 when Ailey asked her to succeed him as Artistic Director. In the 21 years that followed, she brought the Company to unprecedented heights – including two historic engagements in South Africa and a 50-city global tour to celebrate the Company’s 50th anniversary. Jamison is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them a primetime Emmy Award, an American Choreography Award, the Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, a “Bessie” Award, the Phoenix Award, and the Handel Medallion. She was also listed in “TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People.” As a highly regarded choreographer, Ms. Jamison has created many celebrated works, including Divining (1984), Forgotten Time (1989), Hymn (1993), HERE . . .NOW. (commissioned for the 2002 Cultural Olympiad), Love Stories (2004), and Among Us (2009). Jamison’s autobiography, Dancing Spirit, was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and published in 1993. She continues to dedicate herself to asserting the prominence of the arts in our culture, and she remains committed to promoting the significance of the Ailey legacy – using dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present and fearlessly reaching into the future.

Trinity Commons Knowledge Bites

Trinity Commons Knowledge Bites offer accessible and engaging conversations and learning opportunities through one-hour webinars for all ages on a range of topics, such as immigration, education, mindfulness, and well-being. You can join us in upcoming sessions by checking here often. And, you can share your interests with us for future sessions or ask questions about the offerings by emailing Damali Lewis at

General information

  • Events are free. Registration is open and rolling.
  • Participation is at your own risk, and waivers may be required for participation. Depending on the workshop or class, these waivers may be available during registration or they may be emailed to you after you register.
  • Events are not faith-based, although you are invited to check out our worship and parish life events as well.
  • Trinity-hosted classes are accessed via the Webex platform. Please follow this link to download Webex Meetings to your computer. For help downloading the application, click here.