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.

Sign-ups:

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.

 


Spring Classes, 2017

Click HERE to download the Spring 2017 Class Brochure


 

Easter 1 Term: April 19, 26 & May 3, 10 (unless noted otherwise)

Catechesis (Continues) 

Wednesdays, January 4-June 7, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Led by Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith and other Trinity clergy and laity. An ancient practice of spiritual exploration and formation in community. Catechesis is preparation for the rites of Baptism, Confirmation, Reception (from other Christian traditions) and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows. You are welcome if you are seeking any of these rites, or none. At Trinity, this twenty-week  immersion in Scripture, history, worship and Christian practices is also a chance to learn more about this community of faith, meet all of the clergy and congregational leaders, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Benedictine Practice

This class will meets April 26-May 10. For times like these, a community of deep listening, spiritual assurance and compassionate support is essential. Bishop Michael Hanley, Abbot Elaine Harris and members of the Cornerstone Community will reflect on The Rule of St. Benedict as a guide to a life of prayer, understanding and work. Gospel living, if you will. Not dusty, monastic platitudes, rather how to be in times like these. Presentation, conversation, reflection and prayer. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


White Privilege/White Resentment

This class meets April 19-June 7. Led by Keith Walters and Canon Raggs Ragan. Many commentators argue that White Americans enjoy and profit from particular privileges that come their way simply because of the color of their skin. At the same time, some of the these same commentators, among others, contend that a major force in the recent elections was the politics of White resentment. What might these two claims mean? ARe they contradictory in any way? Are the terms "privilege" and "resentment" the best way to thinking about whatever may be going on in terms of the experiences of White Americans? In this series of eight classes, we'll struggle with these and related issues as we examine the meanings of whiteness at this point in our country's history, drawing from several books on this topic. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Paul and the Beginnings of Christianity

This class meets April 19-May 24. Led by Jennifer Bird. We will focus on the genuine letters of Paul in this course, with some engagement with the book of Acts, gospel content, and the Deutero-Pauline letters, as relevant. The intention is to mull over and discuss how things may have developed, starting with Paul and his efforts and ideas, which is quite different than inheriting the whole tradition, as we have. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Crash Course in Anglican Music

Taught be Bruce Neswick, Canon for Cathedral Music. Learn about the basics of Anglican church music, its history and its modern day manifestations. We will sing, play and listen to music drawn from our tradition, and we will discover anew how Anglican liturgical music is our aural iconography, a gateway to heaven. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Grief Group

This group meets April 19-May 24. A six-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. Facilitated by Jane Newman, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor. Jane has worked in hospice care and outpatient cancer care supporting patients and their families through the dying process, anticipatory grief and bereavement. www.janepnewman.com. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Resilience: How We Endure and Learn From Severe Disruptions

When we face great loss, severe illness, menacing change-even unplanned fortune-ordinary life is punctured with disruption. This class seeks to remind us that along with all creation we are endowed with adaptive resilience which can stimulate our capacity to grow and learn from radical disruption. Contributions from David Barnes, Karen Carlton, Pam Maben, Elizabeth O'Connell, Scott Smiley, and Richard Truax explore the insights and practices that support our personal and community resilience. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Spring Grab Bag: Jumping Out Of The Airplane with Rabbi Brian

Wednesday, April 26, Chapel. Rabbi Brian describes his theology as open as John Lennon's, but that he is on a Blues Brothers-type mission from God. His outside-the-box approach to religion has both delighted and helped thousands of people live better spiritual-religious lives. Jumping Out Of The Airplane is part a dharma-talk part stand-up philosophy. Religious concepts of faith, trust, and belief are explored in a loose, enjoyable environment. It is for the spiritual-but-not religious, the religious, and those who aren't certain if they even are spiritual. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Spring Grab Bag: Godly Play-Parables 1

Wednesday, May 3, Godly Play Classroom. Explore some parables using the Godly Play method. How are parables different from other Bible stories? What do Jesus' words have to say to us today? I wonder what they could really mean? This class is designed for adults. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Spring Grab Bag: Jumping Out Of The Airplane with Rabbi Brian

Wednesday, May 10, Chapel. Rabbi Brian describes his theology as open as John Lennon's, but that he is on a Blues Brothers-type mission from God. His outside-the-box approach to religion has both delighted and helped thousands of people live better spiritual-religious lives. Jumping Out Of The Airplane is part a dharma-talk part stand-up philosophy. Religious concepts of faith, trust, and belief are explored in a loose, enjoyable environment. It is for the spiritual-but-not religious, the religious, and those who aren't certain if they even are spiritual. Click HERE to register. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Trinity Art Classes-For All Ages

The Art Commission and Family Ministries Commission offer these classes at no charge to kids and adults as part of the Wednesday at the Commons program. Trinity artists will guide hands-on experience with a variety of media, involving the participants in a rewarding inter-generational creative process. All are welcome to the fellowship dinner at 6:00 p.m. ($10 per person-please sign up ahead of time at the Information Wall outside Kempton Hall) and then attend class from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

2017 Art Class Schedule

Drama 1-taught by Tiffany Dixon, April 19-May 3. Click HERE to register.

Drama 2-taught by Tiffany Dixon, May 17-June 7. Click HERE to register.

Kids must be 10 or older. Class size limit is 20.


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