Wednesday at the Commons Classes

Wednesday evenings, September until June. Put a little soul refreshment in the middle of your week! Wednesday at the Commons is Trinity's midweek learning community, offering classes that open us to new ways of thinking, push us to go deeper in our relationships and commitments, and offer us new insights into each other and God. Service of the Holy Eucharist is at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel, dinner is at 6:00 p.m. (suggested donation of $10), followed by a wide range of class options from 7:00–8:30 p.m. There is no charge for Wednesday classes. Childcare is available from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


For the dinner, you must sign up in advance (by noon on Tuesday of that week), so that we may know how many to have food for. In person, dinner sign-up sheets are located at Trinity's Information Wall outside Kempton Hall. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-478-1223 to sign-up for dinner.
For classes, we encourage sign ups so that we may know numbers to expect, but you are most welcome even if you were unable to sign up. 

How do I sign up for classes?

Links for online registration are found below.


Fall 2017 Classes
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LoveInfinitely etsyPracticing Compassionate Listening

Wednesdays, September 13-27, 7:00 p.m. Facilitated by Barb Millikan and Ann Schneider.
In a world filled with all kinds of stimuli and distractions, compassionate listening is a way to find peace and connection amid the stimulus and distractions in our daily lives. This class is designed for people who attended the Compassionate Listening workshop (August 18-20 at Trinity) as well as anyone who wants to practice compassionate listening in a supportive, caring environment. There are five core practices of compassionate listening: compassion for self and others, suspending judgment, maintaining balance in the heat of conflict, listening with the heart and speaking from the heart. Click HERE to register.

preparednessAd1Disaster Preparedness

Wednesdays, September 13-27, 7:00 p.m. Variety of speakers. 
This three-week class will feature different disaster preparedness topics each week. September 13-Preparedness Kits, Does Someone In Your Home Have Special Needs?, What Important Papers and Accounts Should You Have Copies? Taught by Barbara Bracken, Anne Bethell, and Sher Shepps. September 20-Home Safety, Food Safety, What Skills Do You Bring To Trinity? Emergency Preparedness In Portland and the Metro Area. Taught by Barbara Bracken. September 27-First Aid Presentation, Basic First Aid and Triage. Taught by a Red Cross representative. Click HERE to register.

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Wednesdays, September 13-October 25, 7:00 p.m. Taught by Jan Kasameyer, Leslie Carveth, and Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith.
What does a “caring congregation” look, feel and act like? How might Trinitarians practice mutual caregiving in safe and healthy ways that naturally reflect our faith and life together? These are some of the questions we’ll explore as we introduce practices such as active listening, self-care, boundaries, ethics and spirituality of congregational caregiving. This is a skill-building course that will translate into better relationships with family and friends, and does not necessarily assume that participants who complete the entire course will serve in lay caregiving ministries at Trinity. However, it is the foundational module for more advanced courses that follow, designed for those who are discerning specific lay pastoral caregiving roles. Click HERE to register.

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Wednesdays, September 13-27, 7:00 p.m. Taught by Canon Bruce Neswick.
Let’s have a good, old fashioned hymn sing! Come, join Bruce Neswick in an exploration of Christian hymnody, surveying Hymnal 1982, as well other hymnal resources. All you need to do is bring your voice and your interest. Our (optional) textbook will be William J. Reynolds and Milburn Price: A Survey of Christian Hymnody. Click HERE to register.

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Wednesdays, September 13-October 25, 7:00 p.m. Facilitated by Portland Metro Episcopal Campus Ministries (PMECM) and led by Jill Osburn, PMECM Peer Minister.
The Alchemist, a 1988 novel by Paulo Coelho, will be the featured book. An allegorical novel, the book follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to Egypt who has a recurring dream of finding treasure there. Click HERE to register.

Grief ImageGrief Group

Wednesdays, September 13-October 25, 7:00 p.m. Facilitated by Tricia Johnson, LMSW.
A seven-week group for those who are grieving. Join with others to receive support and share your story about your loved one. Learn coping tools and resources and process your grief as you continue your journey and healing. Click HERE to register.