In the months surrounding Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice, Trinity Institute hosted several Dialogues on topics related to the main conference, such as ocean protection and water supply contamination.


Trinity Institute Dialogue #1

Our Sacred Oceans
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Sponsored by GreenFaith and Trinity Church Wall Street
Hosted by American University in Washington, DC


Earth’s oceans are in danger, and communities of faith must respond. During this free, half-day event you will learn about the environmental issues facing oceans, religious teachings related to ocean protection and care, and advocacy opportunities.

Theologian Dr. Jame Schaefer, of Marquette University, and Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry, will both speak, and they’ll be joined by other representatives from the State Department and from a variety of religious faiths.

Our Sacred Ocean takes place a day before high-ranking government officials join US Secretary of State John Kerry for the annual Our Ocean conference, which takes place this year in Washington.


Understanding Our Sacred Oceans


The five oceans---Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern---cover almost 71 percent of planet Earth. Professor Jame Schaefer of Marquette University recently led a Trinity Institute Dialogue in which she spoke of seven ways of understanding the importance of those oceans, and how those understandings can motivate us to greater environmental activism.


Our Sacred Oceans: A Hindu Perspective


Trinity Church Wall Street and GreenFaith co-sponsored “Our Sacred Oceans” in September as the first in a series of dialogues leading up to “Water Justice” the March TI2017 theological conference of Trinity Institute. Among the speakers at “Our Sacred Oceans” was Bopal Patel of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies in the UK.


Trinity Institute Dialogue #2

Not Just Flint: Water Crises and Inequality in the United States
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm EST
Live in Trinity Church, New York and Webcast (live)

A year after the news about toxic water in Flint, Michigan broke nationally, it’s clear that for millions of Americans – particularly in poor and marginalized communities, both urban and rural – safe water and sanitation are increasingly unaffordable. This one-day event will bring together keynote speakers, panelists, and original video to show what is happening now in Flint and surfacing in other communities and to spark dialogue about how faith communities can make a difference.

Keynote: LaToya Ruby Frazier, TED Fellow and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow
Panelists: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin – Founder of Brooklyn Academy for Science and the Environment
Catherine Coleman Flowers – Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise, Lowndes County, Alabama
Amanda Ford – Equal Justice Coalition for Water, California
Caleen Sisk – Spiritual Leader and Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, McCloud River watershed


Trinity Institute Dialogue #3

Just Water Family Day for Children, Youth & Families
Saturday, March 25, 10am-4pm
Live in St. Paul’s Chapel, New York

Trinity Institute is hosting Just Water Family Day, an activity-filled exploration of water and climate change issues for kids of all ages. This day-long event includes science shows from Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, music, and storytelling, and features a presentation by Salva Dut, a “Lost Boy of Sudan” who founded Water for South Sudan, Inc. and is featured in Linda Sue Park’s award-winning book A Long Walk to Water.

Guests from New York City’s renowned Symphony Space Global Arts program will bring us water stories and music from around the world. Throughout the day, we’ll also be learning about water justice through hands-on activities, film clips, and presentations. We will provide resources that parishes can use locally at any time to make the theme of water justice accessible and engaging to young people.

Artist Bios


Salva Dut, Speaker, is Founder and Senior Advisor for Water for South Sudan, Inc (WFSS), which provides access to fresh water and hygiene education in remote villages of his native South Sudan, one of the world’s poorest countries. Since 2005 WFSS has drilled more than 280 wells, producing clean water for over a quarter million people every day. In 1985, Salva, then just 11 years old, was one of the 17,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan” who fled that country’s southern region during Sudan’s two-decade civil war. Among the lucky survivors, Salva escaped to the relative safety of Ethiopia and later to Kenya, and finally the United States. He and a small group of friends founded Water for South Sudan, Inc. (WFSS) in 2003 to raise funds and drill water wells. Salva became an American citizen and studied International Business at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, NY, while working as president and drilling manager of WFSS. In 2010, award-winning author Linda Sue Park published A Long Walk to Water, which tells Salva’s story.

Kevin Nathaniel Hylton, Spirit Men graduated Yale University in 1982 as Scholar of the House for fine arts. He has since devoted himself to music. He performs on several traditional African instruments and builds them, as well. He is founding member of four music groups, Spirit Ensemble, Heritage O P, Africa Forestdance, and Kaleidhaphonic, all of which currently perform in New York City and internationally. Kevin is also a composer of African-inspired contemporary music and an accomplished percussionist and well-known specialist on the mbira and the shekere.

Victor Y. See Yuen, Spirit Men is an accomplished international percussionist as well as a songwriter, record producer, arranger, and poet. He has recorded over three hundred CDs and performed with gifted artists such as Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter, Kathleen Battle, Wynton Marsalis, and more, on some of the greatest stages in the world. He has written and produced music and lyrics for vocalists Renee Manning and Sheila Galilei and co-produced several CDs. He co-founded Heritage Organic Percussion and plays a variety of percussion and melodic instruments including congas, bongos, mbira, and the Vietnamese dant'rung.

Tammy Hall, Storyteller, is known throughout Brooklyn for her extensive knowledge of world folklore. In addition to teaching folk arts five days a week at the Dr. Betty Shabazz School (PS 298) in Brooklyn, Hall currently performs in numerous venues in the New York area. Utilizing call-and-response, percussive instruments, costumes and other props, and sometimes just simply her voice, Hall is known to mesmerize her audiences. She has been teaching for Symphony Space’s Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage program since 1989.