Transition Projects, founded over 50 years ago by a Roman Catholic priest with strong support from area churches, is a leader in transitioning people from homelessness and living on the streets into housing in Portland. TPI operates and manages ten unique locations and facilitates hundreds of apartment placements each year.
Trinity has a long history of partnership with TPI, with volunteer teams cooking and serving meals at three Transition Projects shelters once a month.
Trinitarian Mary Beth Kurilo, who volunteers monthly, offers her testimony in the player. Learn more about how to get involved with TPI by clicking here.
Witness: Mary Beth Kurilo
Trinity Parish was organized in 1851, and after moving through several locations in Portland, the current building was constructed in 1906. Trinity became the Cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon in 1993.
The pandemic was a time of dramatic change and adjustment in the life of Trinity, with worship services and spiritual formation programs moving online. We continued to offer in-person lunches to the hungry, as well as in-person pilgrimages to the Cathedral during the months when in-person worship was impossible.
Longtime Trinitarian Carolyn Aichele reflects on what it meant to be a church community in the pandemic days of isolation in the player.
Witness: Carolyn Aichele
Witness: Toni DeVito
William Temple House
In 1965, a group of Episcopalians opened a counseling center on NW Marshall Street with a telephone, a card table, and an orange crate for a chair. They named the place after William Temple, the late Archbishop of Canterbury known for his commitment to social justice. Before long, William Temple House grew into a trusted community resource, offering counseling, food, clothing, and more to thousands of individuals and families in Portland and beyond.
More than 50 years later, William Temple House continues as a place of healing and hope through services supporting the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. Since the beginning days of the coronavirus pandemic, the agency has seen a significant increase in demand for its services.
Trinitarian Toni DeVito, a regular volunteer at William Temple House, reflects on its work in the player.
Witness: Luisa Sunderland
Forest Park: Lower Macleay Trail
The Lower Macleay Trail provides urban residents with an easily accessible experience of Forest Park, a Portland treasure and one of the largest urban forests in the United States, covering some 5,200 acres.
Macleay Park was one of Portland’s earliest city parks. Businessman Donald Macleay donated approximately 105 acres of land in 1897, shortly before his death. The plants, stream, and wildlife in the park have faced numerous threats over the years, from bird hunters and vandalism to soil erosion, pollution, invasive species, and off-leash dogs. Picnickers, bird lovers, and hikers continue to work with the city to protect this beloved city park.
Walking along the creekside trail is a reminder of the fragile beauty of creation and of the threat to this gift posed by climate change. Trinitarian Luisa Sunderland reflects on the spirituality of nature in the player.
Encountering Our Sacred Places
This Holy Week, Trinity invites you on a pilgrimage to seven extraordinary places in Portland – sites within walking distance of the Cathedral where God’s presence has been witnessed despite political agitation and violence, pandemic and social isolation, desperate poverty and grief. In the midst of all that trouble, Trinitarians have been finding renewal, inspiration, and healing.
Moving from site to site by foot, by bike, or by car, pilgrims will be guided through a prayerful experience with these places of transformation: the Federal Building, Burnside Bridge, Transitions Project, Legacy/Good Samaritan Hospital, Trinity Cathedral, William Temple House, and Forest Park.
Listening on your phone as you visit each of these sites – or from the comfort of your living room – hear Trinity members reflect on their own profound experiences of awakening, prayer and healing. Grounding meditative music, commissioned from Portland composer Damien Geter, will help you connect more deeply to each place.
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
The Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse is a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon. It is named in honor of former U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield. It is used by the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
In July of 2020, federal agents were deployed by the Trump administration to stamp out the Portland protests and defend U.S. property, like the federal courthouse. The agents fired tear gas and projectiles at protesters resulting in escalating violence which in turn accelerated the protests. Learn more about these summer protests here.
Trinity singer Daniel Pickens-Jones was there - click the play button in the player to listen.
Witness: Daniel Pickens-Jones
Witness: Arwen Myers
The Burnside Bridge is a 1926-built bascule bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, United States, carrying Burnside Street. It is the second bridge at the same site to carry that name. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 2012.
The bridge was the scene of dramatic protests during the summer of 2020. On June 1, hundreds of protesters made one of the most memorable statements of our time as they protested George Floyd’s killing. Click here to learn more about that iconic protest. Trinity staff member Arwen Myers was there, and offers her testimony in the player.
Note: The pilgrimage route features a view of the bridge from the Japanese American Historical Plaza. The theme and design of the plaza tells the story of the hardships suffered by Japanese immigrants and the indignities imposed by the incarceration of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
Legacy Good Samaritan
With the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center became an essential provider of care for those Portlanders most seriously affected by the virus.
Founded as Good Samaritan Hospital by the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon in October of 1875, the hospital is now part of the Legacy Health System. The Episcopal presence continues in the work of a dedicated team of hospital chaplains.
Trinitarian Nancy Locke is a member of the Legacy Good Samaritan Board of Directors; she reflects on the role of the hospital in the player.
Witness: Nancy Locke