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 more information, email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-478-1208. 

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.

 



All Saints Term

(Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15 & 29-no class on November 22)


Life In Community: To Know And Be Known

Wednesdays, November 1-29, 7:00 p.m. Led by Abbot Elaine Harris and members of the Cornerstone Community
Hospitality is a cornerstone of Trinity’s culture. We long to belong…to know and be known. Made in God’s image, God longs to know us and be known to us. This four week class will contemplate the aspects of community, exploring the practice of the Cornerstone Community and The Rule of St Benedict. Class subjects are: Finding Your Place-November 2; The Place of Prayer-November 9; How We Do What We Do In This Place-November 16; and A Place Where You Belong-November 29. Instruction, reflection and conversation will be based on source material including Scripture, The Rule of St Benedict, St Augustin, Thomas Merton, William Stafford and modern contemplative and prophetic voices. All are welcome, including those interested in small group formation, community building, Benedictine practice, the Cornerstone Community or the opportunity to know and be known, if only for an evening. Click HERE to register.

Back To Basics With The Bible

Wednesdays, November 1-29, 7:00 p.m. Led by Jennifer Bird
Consider this class a mini-introduction to the Bible, as a whole. From Genesis to Revelation, we will cover a timeline of important events and people. We will also discuss the main ideas and issues related to understanding the content of the two testaments, what is in there and how it all works together. Click HERE to register.

Discovering Your Mission

Wednesdays, November 1-29, 7:00 p.m. Led by Canon Joseph Dubay
Through reflective exercises and group discussion each participant will seek to discover his or her life mission "the one line already written inside you" that gives focus and freedom to your life. We will as well explore goals that both derive from and clarify this mission. Joseph Dubay is Canon of the Cathedral and a former psychotherapist with 20 years of clinical experience. Click HERE to register.

Catechesis of Care 102

Wednesdays, November 1-29, 7:00 p.m. Taught by Jan Kasameyer, Leslie Carveth, and Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith.
A continuation of the Catechesis of Care 101 class, delving into specific skills identified in the previous course. Click HERE to register.

Pop Up Discussion Group

Wednesdays, November 1-29, 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Portland Metro Episcopal Campus Ministries (PMECM) and led by Jill Osburn, PMECM Peer Minister.
Join us for a weekly discussion centered around the metaphor of Life as a Journey. Each week we engage a different type of media (Film, books/short stories, podcasts, TED Talks, poetry, etc.) curated intentionally by the group facilitator for group discussion focused on the internal and external journey of life that leads us towards Divine discovery. No preparation necessary, just show up with a willingness to give and receive in group discussion. It is a low key, fun, dynamic time with the intention of encouraging critical thinking and following the fullness of life. Click HERE to register.



Advent Term

(Wednesdays, December 6 & 13)


Back To Basics With The Bible Continues

Wednesdays, November 1-December 13, 7:00 p.m. Led by Jennifer Bird
Consider this class a mini-introduction to the Bible, as a whole. From Genesis to Revelation, we will cover a timeline of important events and people. We will also discuss the main ideas and issues related to understanding the content of the two testaments, what is in there and how it all works together. Click HERE to register.

Pop Up Discussion Group Continues

Wednesdays, November 1-December 13, 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Portland Metro Episcopal Campus Ministries (PMECM) and led by Jill Osburn, PMECM Peer Minister.
Join us for a weekly discussion centered around the metaphor of Life as a Journey. Each week we engage a different type of media (Film, books/short stories, podcasts, TED Talks, poetry, etc.) curated intentionally by the group facilitator for group discussion focused on the internal and external journey of life that leads us towards Divine discovery. No preparation necessary, just show up with a willingness to give and receive in group discussion. It is a low key, fun, dynamic time with the intention of encouraging critical thinking and following the fullness of life. Click HERE to register.

Elements Of Soul: Understanding Our Worship

Wednesdays, December 6 & 13, 7:00 p.m. Led by the Rev. Dr. Matthew Lawrence
Why do we worship the way we do? What are all those churchy words trying to communicate? What historical and theological trends have shaped our worship? This class will take a look at the history and culture of our current worship practices, unpacking the meaning behind the words and reflecting on how our worship moves us, or failts to move us, closer to God. We will learn to identify the various Catholic and Reformation influences in our Eucharistic Prayer, and how emerging theological trends are shaping new prayers and resources. Click HERE to register.

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