A Statement from the Trinity Vestry

As a religious institution, Trinity Cathedral, a member of the Episcopal Church in the United States, has much to repent of. We acknowledge that white privilege, an attitude of racial superiority, and the denial of true equal access to education, health care, housing, and jobs to nonwhite individuals, have perpetuated our sin and impaired individuals of color from full participation in the rights and life they deserve. We also acknowledge that the Cathedral stands on land previously under the stewardship of the Multnomah and Clackamas peoples.

 

Through the actions and negligences of our forebears, we have directly and indirectly benefited from participating in structural racism, and we have reinforced it on many levels. We have seen but failed to speak out or act in the face of redlining, mass incarceration, and repeated instances of police brutality at the local and national levels. We have failed to examine the implicit biases expressed in our music, liturgy, and ministry programming. Among our own congregation’s early leaders and prominent members were those whose public advocacy and participation in government helped set in place laws, policies, and practices that shaped Oregon’s troubled and troubling racial history. They argued in favor of slavery, supported exclusion laws, held membership in the Ku Klux Klan, and in various ways promoted discrimination. We have inherited this legacy.

 

We cannot forget our history, but we can work to ensure that our future is shaped by our values. We strive to follow Jesus of Nazareth, who began his teaching with these simple words, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Of all these sins — “things known and unknown, things done and left undone” — we repent.

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Uncommon Warmth. Intellectual Curiosity.
Holy Compassion. Deep Beauty.

We are a progressive, urban Episcopal congregation in downtown Portland that aspires to radical hospitality: this altar is open to everyone, and the cathedral doors swing wide to embrace peoples of many faiths and no faith. We have carefully designed our services to comfort you where you hurt and challenge you where you may have grown complacent. In all that we do, we seek to equip one another in living out our faith, wherever we may be in our journey.

 

Everyone is welcome - no exceptions.

What's happening at Trinity?

Pilgrimage Visits
Tue, Sep 08
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Sep 08, 2020, 9:00 AM – Dec 31, 2020, 4:00 PM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
Join us at the cathedral for sessions of socially-distanced individual prayer, meditation, and Holy Communion. Open to everyone, regardless of faith tradition, belief, or lack therof.
10:00 am Eucharist Livestream
Sun, Sep 13
Trinity Facebook Page & YouTube Channel
Sep 13, 2020, 10:00 AM – May 30, 2021, 11:15 AM
Trinity Facebook Page & YouTube Channel
Liturgy with music, prayers, readings, sermon, and Holy Communion, streamed live to the Trinity Facebook page & YouTube channel.
Dean's Bible Study: Reading Other Peoples' Mail | Romans
Sun, Sep 13
Zoom
Sep 13, 11:30 AM – Sep 27, 12:30 PM
Zoom
Our ever-popular Dean’s Bible Study series, Reading Other Peoples' Mail, returns! This summer, we take on the Paul's Letter to the Romans.
Holy Cross Term | Wednesday at the Virtual Commons
Wed, Sep 16
Zoom
Sep 16, 7:00 PM – Oct 14, 8:30 PM
Zoom
Classes: Gospel of Musical Theatre - Race & Redemption, The Kingdom of God vs. the Empires of the World, Herbert Howells & the Anglican Musical Revival, and Early Music Tools of the Trade
Trinity Connects: Community Conversations on Zoom
Sun, Sep 20
Zoom
Sep 20, 2020, 11:30 AM – May 30, 2021, 12:15 PM
Zoom
Join us every Sunday at 11:30 am for Trinity Connects, which brings newcomers and longtime Trinitarians alike together to learn and listen each week in community. Open to everyone!
5:00 pm Evensong Livestream
Sun, Sep 20
Trinity Facebook Page & YouTube Channel
Sep 20, 2020, 5:00 PM – Jun 06, 2021, 5:45 PM
Trinity Facebook Page & YouTube Channel
Liturgical feast of scripture & music led by the Cathedral clergy and Trinity musicians, streamed live to the Trinity Facebook page & YouTube channel.
Trinity Music's Diversity Initiatives
Sun, Sep 27
Zoom
Sep 27, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM PDT
Zoom
Music Administrator Christine Johnson will lead in a discussion of various initiatives under the broad banners of diversity and inclusion.
Book Club: The Night Watchman
Sun, Sep 27
Zoom
Sep 27, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Zoom
Based on the extraordinary life of Louise Erdrich’s grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity.
What is Evensong?
Sun, Sep 27
Zoom
Sep 27, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM PDT
Zoom
Join friends from Trinity Music as we learn about just what that particularly Anglican service we call Choral Evensong is. Be sure to check out this beautiful & contemplative service for yourself - Trinity's livestreamed weekly Evensong starts back up this month!
Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop
Sat, Oct 17
Register Here
Oct 17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Register Here
Centering Prayer is a form of meditation rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition, and popularized in recent decades by Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk. The purpose of Centering Prayer is to foster deeper intimacy with God through silence and stillness.
St. Francis Term: Wednesday @ the Commons
Wed, Oct 21
Zoom
Oct 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Zoom
Wednesday at the Commons is Trinity's midweek learning community, which offers 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.
Concert: Friends of Music Season Opener
Fri, Sep 25
Livestream
Sep 25, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM PDT
Livestream
Trinity Music presents a short concert to preview their upcoming season. Featuring works by Handel, Hindemith, Florence Price, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, performed by some of the talented musicians of Trinity!
Virtual Labyrinth Walk
Mon, Sep 21
Zoom
Sep 21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Zoom
Join the Trinity Labyrinth Guild for a virtual labyrinth walk, every third Monday during social distancing measures!

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Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

147 NW 19th Avenue (at NW Everett)

Portland, OR 97209

503-222-9811

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