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?

Prayer at the Commons
Sun, Jun 14
YouTube & Facebook
Jun 14, 11:30 AM – Sep 06, 12:15 PM
YouTube & Facebook
A short liturgy of scripture and prayer with a family-friendly activity, every Sunday on the Trinity YouTube channel!
10:00 am Eucharist Livestream
Sun, Jul 05
Trinity Facebook Page & YouTube Channel
Jul 05, 10:00 AM – Sep 06, 11:30 AM
Trinity Facebook Page & YouTube Channel
Liturgy with music, prayers, readings, sermon, and Holy Communion, streamed live to the Trinity Facebook page & Youtube channel.
Family Story Time
Tue, Jul 21
Zoom
Jul 21, 7:00 PM – Aug 26, 8:00 PM
Zoom
Celebrate diversity with a story time featuring picture books written, illustrated, or honoring people of color.
Dean's Bible Study: Reading Other Peoples' Mail | Romans
Sun, Aug 02
Zoom
Aug 02, 9:00 AM – Sep 12, 9:50 AM
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.
Newcomers Conversations on Zoom
Sun, Aug 02
Zoom
Aug 02, 11:30 AM – Sep 27, 12:15 PM
Zoom
Join us on Zoom following the 10:00 am Eucharist Livestream for Newcomer Conversations featuring a rotating selection of guests from Trinity's staff & congregation!
Zoom Coffee Hour
Sun, Aug 02
Zoom
Aug 02, 11:30 AM – Sep 06, 12:30 PM
Zoom
Join Trinitarian hosts and all your Trinity friends for a hosted Coffee Hour in Zoom!
Cathedral Pilgrimage Visits
Tue, Aug 04
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Aug 04, 9:00 AM – Sep 05, 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.
Antiracist Film Series: 13th
Wed, Aug 05
Zoom
Aug 05, 7:00 PM – Aug 12, 8:30 PM
Zoom
This August, Trinity will host conversations on two important films dealing with racism in the United States, Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm.
Newcomers: Arts in Pandemic
Sun, Aug 09
Zoom
Aug 09, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Zoom
Join us on Zoom following the 10:00 am Eucharist Livestream for Newcomer Conversations featuring a rotating selection of guests from Trinity's staff & congregation!
SPARKS Camp: Service in the City
Mon, Aug 10
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Aug 10, 9:00 AM – Aug 14, 12:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
*NEW DATES & TIMES* Calling all rising 6th-9th graders! This summer, discover what "sparks" you as we explore different ways we can serve the world through different service opportunities throughout the city - even during this time of social distancing!
Newcomers: Trinity's Stained Glass
Sun, Aug 16
Zoom
Aug 16, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Zoom
Join us on Zoom following the 10:00 am Eucharist Livestream for Newcomer Conversations featuring a rotating selection of guests from Trinity's staff & congregation!
Virtual Labyrinth Walk
Mon, Aug 17
Zoom
Aug 17, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Zoom
In these unsettled times, it is feels important to settle and find one’s center and quiet place. The labyrinth, even when walked with your finger, is a way to quiet the mind and find deep peace. Directions, music and mediation will be provided.
Antiracist Film Series: Teach Us All
Wed, Aug 19
Zoom
Aug 19, 7:00 PM – Aug 26, 8:30 PM
Zoom
This August, Trinity will host conversations on two important films dealing with racism in the United States, Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm.
Newcomers: Trinity's Icons
Sun, Aug 23
Zoom
Aug 23, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Zoom
Join us on Zoom following the 10:00 am Eucharist Livestream for Newcomer Conversations featuring a rotating selection of guests from Trinity's staff & congregation!
Book Club: The Dutch House (August)
Sun, Aug 30
Zoom
Aug 30, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Zoom
Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past.

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Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

147 NW 19th Avenue (at NW Everett)

Portland, OR 97209

503-222-9811

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