"And Heaven and Nature Sing": Reclaiming Christmas from Toxic
Rev. Lise Hildebrandt will explore the local, global, environmental and
social effects of toxic-products-driven Christmas consumption from a
Christian perspective. With time to prepare in advance of the season,
she will bring resources and encourage conversation about how we can
create celebrations that can bring joy, not harm, to our communities
and the planet. The Rev. Hildebrandt holds a Master’s degree in
Public Health from Boston University and a Master of Divinity degree
from Yale Divinity School. She is an Episcopal priest (Diocese of
Western MA) and the Healthy Churches Consultant for the Massachusetts
Council of Churches. She will preach at the 8 and 10am services as well.
“How do I love my child just as she is?”
Prewitt Ph.D. will help parents and caregivers learn how to best
work with their children by learning about their temperaments.
Defining dimensions of our children’s temperaments like mood,
persistence, distractibility, and intensity can help us be the kind of
parents and care givers our children need. There will
be practical tools and handouts. April is in private
practice in Lexington, on staff with Boston IVF, and an adjunct
professor at Boston College.
“Perspectives of a Southern Baptist at Trinity”
Rev. Ken White is a second year student in the M.Div program at Harvard
Divinity School and is Trinity’s seminarian this year. An
ordained Southern Baptist minister, Ken has had rich life experience
including serving in the Navy, pastoring churches, and teaching
elementary school. He has degrees from the University of Texas and
Loyola University in Baltimore.
“How can I make a difference in the lives of children?”
Rev Liz Steinhauser. Will talk about the B-Safe and After School
Programs at St. Stephen’s, our partner church in the South End of
Boston. From small beginnings, the B-Safe program kept nearly 600 kids
off the streets this past summer and the after school program serves
hundreds of children. Liz is the director of youth programs at St.
Stephen’s and will be our preacher as well at the 8 and 10am
delegates to Diocesan Convention as well as our clergy will be on hand
to preview and discuss the issues to be addressed at Convention. These
include the reorganization of the Diocesan offices, the diocesan
budget, elections to diocesan committees, and resolutions.
The Book of Nature: Ecotheological Ethics
The Rev. Dr. Maureen Dallison Kemeza
from science and the evidence of environmental degradation combine to
challenge profoundly traditional theological worldviews. In light of
what we know now about the evolution of life and the human impact on
nature, how do we answer the perennial questions of
faith-seeking-understanding: who are we and how ought we to live? The
Rev. Dr. Maureen Dallison Kemeza has served four parishes in the
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, taught theological ethics at
Andover Newton Theological School and the Episcopal Divinity School in
Cambridge, and led clergy retreats in several dioceses.
350.org: The Global Climate Change Movement
Mr. Jeremy Osborne
called 'global' warming for a reason; and in the past half year a
project called 350.org has begun coordinating local activities around
the next United Nations treaty on climate change. How do we connect
local actions to these international decisions? Hear stories from
around the world and see what others are doing. Jeremy is a
recent graduate of Middlebury College and co-coordinator of the
international climate change project 350.org. He also co-authored Fight
Global Warming Now with Bill McKibben and other environmentalists.
Caring for Loved Ones at the End of Life
The Rev. Judy Krumme
things are sure in life: we are born, and we will die! We
live in a society where death is rarely talked about, especially as one
moves along the spectrum of life. Good palliative care at the end of
life offers comfort and compassion in a loving way to those who are
transitioning out of this life. It enables one to live fully and to die
well, as one chooses. Learn about the characteristics of a good
palliative care program, and the positive impact it can have on the
dying and their loved ones. In addition, we will discuss a
compassionate new approach to caring for our loved ones called
“Slow Medicine”, recommended by Geriatrician Dennis
McCullough in his new book, My Mother, Your Mother. Judy is an
Episcopal priest and spiritual director who has served parishes,
chaplaincies, and palliative care ministries in New York and
God in the Wings: Our Hope in Uncertain Times
The Rev. Christine Visminas
about the future? Too frazzled even to think about what’s
happening in the world today? God can help us feel calm and safe in
these unsettling times. Come explore artists’ images of Advent
which open us to new ways of finding God’s presence in a
bewildering world. Chris is an Episcopal priest with a ministry of
adult education in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
and beyond. For decades she has been interested in the ways in which
the visual arts can help educate and form us as Christians. Her designs
for bulletin covers and stationery are carried by Morehouse Publishing.
No Forum: One service at 9am, followed by presentation by Tayor and
How did we get into this economic mess? And how can we clean it
up? Professor Catherine L. Mann
you been wondering how we've arrived at this point? Wondering what the
consequences might be? How do we ease the negative effects? What
lessons can be learned? Come hear Trinity parishioner Cathy Mann offer
her thoughts and expertise, with time for questions and answers.
Featured on NPR and in other media sources, Cathy is Professor of
International Economics and Finance at Brandeis University. Prior to
Brandeis, she served in Washington D.C. as the Assistant Director of
the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, which is the policy
making arm of the Federal Reserve Bank. She currently advises the
presidents of both the Federal Reserve Banks in Boston and New York.
February 1 (was originally scheduled for January 18)
Christian Parenting in a Consumer Culture
As the opening talk in our new Adult Forum series on Faith and
are pleased to welcome Mary Doyle Roche, Ph.D (Boston College),
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and the Edward Bennett
Williams Fellow at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. In
the wake of the holiday season, Mary will discuss the impact of
consumer culture on children and explore several parenting and
household strategies for bearing witness to gospel values of compassion
and justice. Mary has presented papers on ethical issues involving
children at the American Academy of Children, the Society of Christian
Ethics, and the Catholic Theological Society of America. She and her
husband Dennis live in Westborough with their 2 elementary school aged
children and attend St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Wonderful professional childcare begins in our nursery at 9am
Teens at Trinity: What are they up to?
Our Youth Group program, Journey to Adulthood, is growing! Come
meet our two groups of middle school and high school students (Rite-
13ers and Pilgrims) and their current Mentors. Hear descriptions of
what both mentors and kids get out of this program. And listen to
what they have been up to on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and
in the community at large. We will also describe the upcoming Rite-13
Liturgy scheduled for May 31, and the Holy Pilgrimage coming in
summer 2010. These groups are planning for both of these events.
How will I make it through these ‘Tween years?
Theological Paradigms for Parenting: From Young Children to Tweens and
The second in our continuing Adult Forum Series on Faith and Parenting.
parent of a ‘tween herself, Holly Taylor Coolman, Ph.D (Duke
University), Lecturer in the Theology Department at Boston College,
invites us to consider how our understandings of God can inform and
energize our own parenting, especially in the transition from younger
children to ‘tweens and teens. She and her husband Boyd live in
the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston with their three home-schooled
children (Anna, 11, Benjamin, 8, and James, 5) and attend Most Precious
Blood Catholic Church. You can read Holly's most recently published
reflection on parenting at
Cutting Global Poverty in Half --The Millennium Development
An Adult Forum Series for Lent.
a deep domestic economic crisis and pervasive domestic social needs,
why should Christians in general and we at Trinity in particular care
about global mission; and what can one person do in terms of global
outreach anyway? Our Sunday Adult Forum in Lent will explore
these issues with an extremely high caliber set of speakers.
Professional child care will be available from 9am.
February 22: Bishop Arthur Walmsley, co-founder of
Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation,
a movement dedicated to empowering individuals, parishes and dioceses
to "carry on Christ's work of justice and reconciliation in the
world.” Throughout his ministry, Walmsley has been an advocate
for social justice. Walmsley is the retired Bishop of Connecticut, and
maintains an active schedule of preaching, teaching and retreat leading.
Click HERE to read
Bishop Walmsley's remarks.
March 1: Robert W. Radtke, President of Episcopal
Relief and Development
Radtke’s leadership, ERD began a domestic emergency preparedness
and response program and is expanding its work in the areas of hunger
and disease prevention to more than 40 countries worldwide. In
addition, ERD has launched a major malaria prevention partnership,
NetsforLifeSM scheduled to reach over 1 million people in 16
countries in Africa before the end of 2008. As a Rhodes Scholar, Radtke
earned a doctorate in Modern History from Oxford.
March 8: Prof. John Hammock, Associate Professor of
Public Policy at Tufts University,
was the Executive Director of Oxfam America (1984-1995). He recently
co-authored Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid. ,
is a board member of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation, and is a
member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the South End.
March 15: Richard Parker, Lecturer and Senior Fellow at
the Shorenstein Center, Harvard University
trained as an economist, has worked for the United Nations Development
Program (UNDP), and is cofounder of Mother Jones magazine. His books
include: The Myth of the Middle Class;Mixed Signals: The Future of
Global Television News; and the intellectual biography, John Kenneth
Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics. He has written for
numerous academic journals as well as the New York Times, Washington
Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Nation, Harper's, Le Monde,
Atlantic Monthly, and International Economy, among others.
22: Lallie Lloyd, Chair of the Episcopal Church's Standing
Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism, and author of
Eradicating Global Poverty: A Christian Study Guide on the
Millennium Development Goals, which was written for the National
Council of Churches. She is an independent ecumenical consultant
working on issues of poverty and development, and a member of Trinity
March 29: Rev. Arrington Chambliss, Director of
Relational Evangelism of the Diocese of Massachusetts
will chair a discussion of what one person can do to help achieve the
Millennium Development Goals. (tentative) Chambliss previously served
as assistant rector at the St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in
Marblehead, Mass. Founder of No Ordinary Time, an organization
dedicated to integrating faith and practice in social activism,
Arrington is also the author of Light One Candle: Quotes for Hope and
April 26: The Rev. Dr. David Steele, US Institute of
Peace (USIP): Making Peace in a Violent World
is the senior reconciliation facilitator with USIP’s Baghdad
office, providing reconciliation programming to support Provincial
Reconstruction Teams operating out of the U.S. embassy in Iraq. Among
the highlights from his peace making experience over the last 16 years
include back channel communication between governments during the
Kosovo War; training workshops for participants in the Final Status
Talks in Kosovo; training workshops for Iraqi facilitators and for
provincial and central government officials in Iraq. He has also worked
in Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Steele holds a Ph.D. from the University of
Edinburgh and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
May 10: The Rev. Dr. Maureen
The Virtues of Good Parenting (Third in the Faith & Parenting
mother and father wants to be a good parent. But being a good parent
may be easier to aspire to than to achieve, under the pressures of
daily life with the demands of career, community involvement, and the
parent’s own needs for balance and personal happiness. It
can be helpful to take time to reflect together on the virtues of good
parenting. Virtues are qualities of character that enable us to do the
right thing for the right reason in the right way at the right time.
What are the qualities of character that enable mothers and fathers and
other primary caregivers of children to do their vitally important work
well? Philosophers have long considered the virtues needed for public
leadership, like wisdom, courage, justice, and temperance. Moral
theologians have reflected on virtues of personal holiness, like
charity, patience, persistence, and faithfulness. How might those
same virtues apply to the practices of parenting, enabling mothers and
fathers and caregivers to foster their children’s growth in true
happiness? Maureen is a wife, mother, grandmother, Episcopal priest,
moral theologian and ethicist, and has served congregations,
seminaries, and colleges in the greater Boston area.
May 17: The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Suffragan Bishop of
In addition to her regular visitation, Bishop Gayle will be helping
Trinity mark its 125th Anniversary.
May 24: The Urban Residents
Program: Jack and Peggy Roll.
the past 5 years, the Diocese has sponsored a program which places
newly ordained priests in urban parishes who can use the vitality and
creativity of a second clergy person, but who may not have the
resources to afford a second clergy person. The Diocese pays the
salary and benefits of this person for three years, after which it is
expected the Urban Resident will move on to another urban parish with
skills and knowledge unique to this ministry setting. Having placed
Urban Residents in Lowell, Salem, Lynn, Dorchester, and Lowell, this
program has been a great success, and Bishop Shaw wants to get the word
out to suburban parishes who might feel moved to help with this
ministry by connecting with an urban parish in the diocese. Jack and
Peggy Roll, of Church of the Epiphany in Winchester, are coordinating
the education effort on the Program. We hope to have an Urban Resident
to Trinity to preach in the summer or fall.
May 31: The Rev. Canon Mally Ewing Lloyd, Canon to the
Ordinary, the Diocese of Massachusetts
will be our preacher at 8 and 10 as well as our Forum presenter. Mally
was formerly Rector of Christ Church, Plymouth, where she had a rich
and effective ministry. In her current post, she helps the bishops
administer the diocese. She will be available to answer questions about
the diocese, the upcoming General Convention this summer, or whatever
else people have on their minds.
June 7: Godly Play Demo Ever wonder what’s going on in the
during the first part of the service? Ever wonder why so many
kids march in at the peace, and why some of our classrooms are bursting
at the seams? The Godly Play curriculum is one of the important
reasons why. Come see a demonstration of the wondrous
Montessori-based method of guiding children to discover the faith that
is within them through story and movement.