Coronavirus Updates

The Cathedral building & campus are closed to the public until further notice. Learn more and explore our current online offerings below.

YouTube Series: Prayer in the Time of COVID-19
Family Zoom
10:00 am Eucharist Livestream
Virtual Coffee Hour
Virtual Newcomer Conversations
YouTube Godly Play
5:00 pm Evensong Livestream

Event Cancellations/Updates:

  • ALL ONSITE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

Online Offerings During COVID-19

Livestreamed services

Classes & Formation

  • Adult Formation - Wednesday nights, 7:00 pm & beyond

    • Led by Matthew Lawrence

    • Prayer in the Time of COVID-19: A Contemplative Approach

    • Healing Prayer as Contemplative Prayer (single session)

Fellowship

  • Virtual Coffee Hour

    • Hosted by Trinity parishioners

    • See the 10:00 am Eucharist livestream description for call-in information

  • Newcomer Conversations

    • Hosted by Trinity Welcoming Ministries

    • Featuring a rotation of Trinity parishioners & staff

    • See the 10:00 am Eucharist livestream description for call-in information

Update from Dean Nathan LeRud

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Update from Dean Nathan LeRud

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear friends,

 

As you know, the coronavirus pandemic is an ever-changing landscape, and I write to you today with more details about our life at the cathedral going forward for the foreseeable future.

 

This Sunday, we will begin live streaming our 10 am service through our Facebook page, beginning at 9:55 am. In weeks to come, we hope to expand our streaming to other platforms, but for the time being, plan to join us by visiting facebook.com/trinitycathpdx and clicking on the live video any time after it begins to join us in real time. We invite you to join in congregational responses in the comments, and we’ll be inviting your specific prayers during the Prayers of the People as well.

 

If you miss the live broadcast, you can watch after the fact on our Facebook page or on our YouTube channel, where we’ll also be uploading two interactive Godly Play stories – one for younger children, and one for older – every Sunday morning at 11:30 am for the duration of the pandemic. Families, we especially encourage you to make use of these virtual resources and continue faith formation and your connection to Trinity at home.

 

All cathedral activities (services, classes, and meetings) other than the 10:00 service are cancelled this Sunday. We may convert some of our other Sunday morning offerings into video conferences or broadcasts, as we are also planning to do for some of our Wednesday evening classes; more on that to come.

 

City, state, federal, international and Diocesan authorities have all made statements about the importance of limiting interpersonal contact especially for the sake of seniors and vulnerable people with health conditions. As an intergenerational community, we are especially concerned about Trinitarians who are most threatened by the illness.

 

With that in mind, we invite you not to come to church on Sunday! Members of the clergy and music staff will be present to lead us in virtual worship. We do not want to put people at risk, and we do not want you to be a risk to anyone. We urge you to practice “social distancing,” not so much out of fear, but because that practice serves the common good.

 

For that reason, beginning this Monday, the cathedral will be closed to the public. Your staff will continue to work, largely remotely, and we’ll be in touch next week with more ways that you can get involved and support each other in this confusing and chaotic time. The Trinity Food pantry will continue limited operations, as we are the only emergency daily food provider in NW Portland and we know that many of our food-insecure neighbors depend on us - now more than ever. More ways on how you can be a part of extending this radical hospitality in the days to come.


We'll have more information next week on specific ways we’ll be working to stay connected in the weeks to come, but in the short term, we invite you to watch the Trinity Coronavirus Response Page on our website (www.trinity-episcopal.org/coronavirus) and to join our Trinity Cathedral Community Facebook group. There, we hope you’ll feel free to ask questions, start conversations, post pictures, and more to stay connected to each other in this time of isolation.

 

We’re here for you, friends, even if we can’t be together physically. If you are or become ill or homebound, please contact a member of the clergy or call the Canon-in-Residence number, 503-478-1217. And, as always, be praying - especially for those who find themselves cut off, isolated, and alone; for those most at risk to infection, and for all those (including your staff and vestry!) who are seeking appropriate, loving, and prudent ways of responding to this pandemic.

 

We’ve got this, Trinity! It's times like these that remind us what it means to be a truly welcoming community. I have every confidence in our collective ability to make a difference during this anxious time. I'm so grateful for you.

 

Nathan

Update from Dean Nathan LeRud

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dear friends,

 

Trinity’s staff and vestry continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and out of an abundance of caution, we believe it’s important to begin implementing social distancing measures as a way of protecting those in our community who are most at risk.

 

The more we can implement sensible measures to curtail infection, the more we can continue to resist the anxious urge to overreact. This is a fine line, and asks us to think carefully about what is “mission-critical” for us as a faith community. Rest assured that Trinity will continue to seek proactive ways to accomplish our core mission: worshipping, gathering, serving, and educating as we seek to be the body of Christ in these anxious and vulnerable times.

 

Beginning this Sunday, we’ll begin to implement many social distancing measures that, I hope, will allow us to continue to gather for worship while limiting the potential of spreading infection. If you're not able to be with us in person, remember that you can always find recordings of sermons online here. 

 

The social distancing measures will include:

 

  • Ceasing sharing of the common cup during Eucharist. In accordance with Bishop Michael's directives, we will only be receiving bread at communion. The chalice will remain on the altar as a symbolic focus of our worship, but we will not be drinking from the cup. In this, we are relying on a long theological tradition maintaining that communion “in one kind” is sufficient to receive the fullness of grace that the sacrament provides.

 

  • Exchanging the Peace and passing the offering plate without touching. Last Sunday, we experimented with alternate ways to exchange the Peace that avoid handshakes and hugs. We’ll continue to advise you to exchange the Peace in these ways (jazz hands, anyone?). In addition, our ushers will not be passing the offering plate from person to person for the near future.

 

  • Practicing social distancing in the Cathedral and Chapel. We encourage worshippers to spread out, maintaining a three-to-six foot distance from one another when possible.

 

  • Continuing to practice personal precautions. For more information about how you can keep yourself and your community safe, see these helpful guidelines.

 

  • If you’re in a high-risk category (immune-compromised, underlying medical conditions, over the age of sixty, etc.), many public health officials would encourage you to seriously consider remaining in your home for the time being. If you are sick (regardless of the severity/type of your symptoms), please do not come to church. If you are or become home-bound and require assistance, please let a member of the clergy know how your faith community can be of support, via email or by calling the Canon-in-Residence number, 503-478-1217.

 

Until Sunday, scheduled events will be taking place as planned; after that, we'll start to make changes to our schedule, including cancellations and adjustments, on an as-needed basis. Please keep an eye on the Weekly Email Update and the cathedral events calendar and this page for up-to-date information on specific events.

 

The season of Lent has historically served as a season of greater intentionality, a time to re-examine long-held practices and consider giving something up. This Lent, although it’s not the fast we might have chosen, churches are being asked to “fast” from many of the practices we have long taken for granted. I wish I could promise that everything would return to normal at Easter – I suspect that will not be the case! As a staff and ministry team, we’re already developing longer-term plans in the event that we are forced to take more drastic steps.

 

For now, however, I encourage you to practice an abundance of caution along with a non-anxious and non-reactive presence of calm. We can continue to be salt and light in an anxious world by refusing to stigmatize, blame, and resort to rumor and gossip. Indeed, our faith calls us to this deeper work.

 

We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops. I ask for your continued prayers as many in our wider communities face very real threat and anxiety related to the spread of this infection.

 

Let’s walk gently with one another, and find ways to seek the common good.

 

Nathan

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