Trinity Institute: Listen for a Change

An annual theological conference

January 21-23, 2016


TI2016 has concluded, but you can still access related videos and courses. If you attended TI2016 as a Partner Site, you can log in for additional resources. Please check back for information about the TI2017 conference on climate change.

Racial justice is a matter of life or death; we can’t afford to stay silent and tacitly accept the (mostly) invisible systems that support inequalities, create suffering, and deny human dignity. Rather, we need to have an open dialogue—a process that starts with listening.

TI2016 recognizes that many of us avoid conversations about race because they’re difficult, uncomfortable, or could risk being perceived as prejudiced. The conversations in TI2016 are learning opportunities: chances to talk skillfully in theological reflection groups about charged issues with people who might have differing perspectives, with less apprehension. These life-giving conversations teach us more about the racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change.

In the words of theologian Gustavo Gutièrrez, “All injustice is a breach with God.” TI2016 brings action-oriented theologians and thought leaders together to provide better understanding, inspiration, and ideas you can use in your community to make a positive impact.


New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
Presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church
Actor, playwright, professor, and 1996 MacArthur Fellow
Radio journalist and former host of NPR’s "All Things Considered"

Featured TI Video:

Bishop Curry Sermon

The 2016 Trinity Institute conference (TI2016), "Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice," began Thursday, January 21 with a sermon from the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Preaching on chapter 8 of the Gospel according to Matthew, the story of the centurion's servant, Curry urged his listeners to join what he calls "the Jesus movement" to change the world.