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Trinity Episcopal Cathedral!

Trinity is an urban congregation of 1,500 members who live in neighborhoods all over the greater Portland area. We are a people committed to worshipping God, nurturing Christian community, and proclaiming the Gospel by working for justice and peace in the world. The Cathedral is known in the broader community for superb music, broad educational programming for all ages, and outreach ministries to the city and beyond. Trinity is also home to the Trinity Bookstore. Since the pioneer days of the Oregon Trail, Trinity has been among the largest Episcopal congregations in the Pacific Northwest.

As a tangible expression of Jesus’ openness to all, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral welcomes all persons regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic circumstance, or religious background to our welcoming community and Eucharistic table. We welcome all who seek God and invite you into our efforts to be a strong moral voice in our city, the diocese, and the larger world around us.

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Trinity's Canon Theologian Marcus Borg Dies After Prolonged Illness

Trinity's beloved Canon Theologian, Dr. Marcus J. Borg, died at home in Powell Butte, Oregon on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:05 a.m. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis was the diagnosis, and he died peacefully and without pain. His wife Marianne was at his side. As she noted, "Marcus rose before the sun."Click HERE to read a sermon Marcus delivered at the Cathedral on March 11, 2012 marking his 70th birthday.

There will be a memorial service honoring Marcus' life at Trinity on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 in the afternoon. Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, will officiate. Please plan on joining us for this celebration of an incredible life well lived.


2015 LentReads at Trinity

Make spiritual formation part of your Lenten practice this year. Choose one of the following books to read over the next forty days of Lent, and join with other parishioners to discuss and reflect during the 9:00 a.m. hour each Sunday morning, February 22-March 22 (no Lentreads offered on March 8). Copies of all books will be available from the Trinity Bookstore beginning February 15; sign up for your Sunday morning reflection group below.

Meeting Jesus Again For the First Time by Marcus Borg, Sundays, February 22-March 22 (no class on March 8), 9:00 a.m., Morrison Room (discussions facilitated by Canon Nathan LeRud): Meeting Jesus Again was the book that put Marcus Borg on the map when it was first published in 1994. It is the single best-selling book by a contemporary Jesus scholar. If this book changed your life when you first read it, you’re invited to return again to a well-loved friend. If you’ve never had the opportunity to meet Jesus in this way, come discover a Jesus you never knew. We’ll walk a Lenten journey alongside Marcus and rediscover yet again who Jesus is for us in our lives today. Click HERE to register.


Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living by Michael Casey, Sundays, February 22-March 22 (no class on March 8), 9:00 a.m., St. Benedict Room (discussions facilitated by Abbot Elaine Harris): Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living offers insight and reflection on how to respond to the reality of each moment, that is how to explore the monastic way of life.  No cell, no cloister, no brown robe or shaved head.  Trinity and the community outside the red doors is where we will experience the "good life” this Lent.  Michael Casey, an Australian monk, prolific writer and retreat master, will offer a free lecture at Trinity on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral as part of Wednesday at the Commons. A book-signing will follow. Click HERE to register.

My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believerby Christian Wiman, Sundays, February 22-March 22 (no class on March 8), 9:00 a.m., Rublev Room (discussions facilitated by Rev. Jim Bethell): My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer was definitely not one of the titles on the Bookstore shelf that said, “Read me!” Neither the cover, nor the title, nor the name of the author inspired me to pick it up, but our Bookstore Manager Catherine said, “Jim, I have a feeling you will really like this book!” Catherine was correct.  The writing, both prose and poetry is excellent.  If you are looking for a book that is honest, real and fully human – born out of great suffering - then this book potentially holds treasures for you.  I intend to use Wiman’s spiritual journey as a basis for exploring my own, and I invite anyone who desires – perhaps risks – exploring their own spiritual journey during Lent to join me. Click HERE to register.

Julian's Cat by Mary E. Little, Sundays, February 22-March 22 (no class on March 8), 9:00 a.m., Stearns Library (discussions facilitated by Canon Raggs Ragan): Spend Lent with Dame Julian of Norwich, beloved medieval English mystic and anchorite. We will read this imaginative short novel and explore the ideas and relationships it offers us. This will dovetail with the Wednesday evening class in which we will read some of Dame Julian's writings, but it is not necessary to take both. Click HERE to register.





Annual Sauce-On Dinner

Saturday, March 14, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Kempton Hall. Free childcare is available! Kempton Hall will be transformed into an elegant yet family-friendly Italian trattoria with all the trimmings – including Italian wine and four buonissimo pasta sauces prepared by talented chefs from our congregation. This all-ages spaghetti dinner, with its silent auction and paddle raise, provides essential funding for Trinity’s Youth Ministry programs.

Tickets are $15 per person or $45 for a family of four or more and are available for sale on Sunday mornings during coffee hour in Kempton Hall or you may purchase your tickets online by clicking HERE. (When purchasing tickets online for a family of four or more, the correct discount will automatically be applied).

The Silent Auction is shaping up to be the sauciest ever with beach get-aways, a guided fly-fishing trip, Portland Opera tickets, a Ladies Wine & Dine, a Portland restaurant date night with babysitting included, and much more!! Last year’s event was almost sold out so get your tickets early! See you there! Grazie!


Monastic Wisdom for Challenging Times with Michael Casey

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. (during Wednesday at the Commons), Kempton Hall, Free and Open to the Public. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. (suggested donation $9.00).

Father Michael Casey is a Cistercian monk of Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia. He is a well-known retreat master and lecturer on monastic spirituality. His many books include recently published Seventy Four Tools for Good Living: Reflections on The Fourth Chapter of Benedict’s Rule as well as The Road to Eter­nal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of The Rule of St Benedict, Strangers to the City and Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Interactive Christology. Casey reminds us, “The search for God is the origin and purpose of the monastic journey.”


Bach's St. John Passion

The Trinity Choir & the Portland Baroque Orchestra will join forces for Bach’s masterful Saint John Passion on Palm Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m., and Monday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets begin at $15 and are on sale now by clicking HERE or by calling 503-478-1230.




Support Trinity Food Ministries

Trinity food ministries are now linked to both the Fred Meyer Community Rewards and Amazon Smile programs. By registering with these programs, a percentage of your purchases are automatically sent to Trinity to benefit our food ministries. You still earn your rewards!


To register with Fred Meyer go to: Our non-profit number is 92537.

To register with Amazon Smile, hit the button above. Thank you for your support


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Wednesday Night Art - Multi-Generational Art Classes

These art classes, sponsored by Trinity’s Art Committee and Family Ministries Commission, are offered to parents, grandparents, guardians, aunts and uncles, joined by their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other kid friends. Trinity artists will guide hands-on experience with a variety of media:

Ceramics with Chris Baskin

Wednesdays, February 25-March 25, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Bishop Scott Room, Free
This ceramics class is taught by Chris Baskin. This class is FULL.

Silkscreening with Allan Oliver

Wednesdays, April 8-29, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Bishop Scott Room, Free
Click here to register for this class.
The class size is limited to 20 participants.
This silkscreening class is taught by Allan Oliver.

Textiles with Gerrie Congdon

Wednesdays, May 6-27, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Bishop Scott Room, Free
Click here to register for this class.
The class size is limited to 20 participants.
This textiles class is taught by Gerrie Congdon.

This promises to be a rich and rewarding inter-generational artistic experience, involving the interaction of adults and kids in the creative process. Kids must be 11 and older, but their adult partners can be any age. The class size limit is 20; we hope to have spots available for individuals without kids. No fee is required.  


Art in a New Land

Paintings by Farouk Hassan and Haifa Al-Habeeb

Exhibit: Thru March 1, Kempton Hall
Hassan and Al-Habeeb, husband and wife, were in the top rank of artists in their homeland of Iraq. They fled the war in 2010, leaving behind a lifetime of artwork and fame. Since arriving in Portland, they have been in gallery shows and Hassan has appeared on Oregon Art Beat. This exhibit allows us to appreciate the creative spirit which transcends adverse circumstances.






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Holy Eucharist - Rite I
8:00am, Trinity Chapel

Spiritual Formation

Holy Eucharist - Rite II
10:00am, Trinity Cathedral



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Kempton Hall



Second Sunday of the Month, 5:00pm, Trinity Cathedral





April 11, 2015, 6:00 p.m., Kempton Hall
God Bless the Child: An Alternative Liturgy Featuring the Music of Billie Holiday





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