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Stay up to date with the happenings of Trinity! Here you'll find weekly reflections from our pastors and staff, as well as stories about life at Trinity from congregation contributors.


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Abundance

by: Gillian Ford

07/18/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

I have had a few conversations recently where people have lamented how busy summer is, and how hard it is to believe that it’s already mid-July. I am glad to hear that it’s not just me who feels this way! It’s gotten me thinking about expectations. Many of us expect summer to be slower, and packed with fun and relaxation. So when our schedules become hectic because we’re preparing for the fun, then having the fun, then recovering from the fun, we realize there’s nothing slow about summer. And here in Colorado at least, summer is short,… read more

Follow Our Children's Lead

by: Gillian Ford

07/11/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Ken Brown

One of the aspirational expressions in our newly adopted Statement of Inclusion is:

As we strive for deeper understanding of the sacred worth of each person and the holy nature of Christian community, we endeavor to turn our words into deliberate policies, practices, and natural acts of kindness.

Huh, natural acts of kindness? “What in the world is that?” someone asked me. Now I have and answer thanks to Adam and Amelia, two amazing Trinity children. This story (sent to me by their mom, Jessica) sheds light on the opportunity we have as a church to be a vessel… read more

New Staff: Sheila Alishouse

by: Gillian Ford

07/02/2019

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We are pleased to welcome Sheila Alishouse to Trinity's staff as the Director of Business Administration. Sheila is a passionate Jesus freak that has worked within the United Methodist framework for years through various committee work, small groups and started an anti-trafficking organization dedicated to ending trafficking of people one soul at a time. She comes to Trinity United Methodist excited to serve the church, its congregation and its staff while bringing insights and ideas from her career in HR, business operations, strategy design, and organizational development. She also brings more than 20 years of experience in leading teams to… read more

Gratitude Beyond Inclusion

by: Gillian Ford

07/02/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Ken Brown

I Thessalonians 1:2-3 (CEB): We always thank God for all of you when we mention you constantly in our prayers. This is because we remember your work that comes from faith, your effort that comes from love, and your perseverance that comes from hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.

In a spirit of profound gratitude, thank you Trinity for your engaged heart to create a Statement of Inclusion. This historic accomplishment was a congregation-wide effort to discern who we are and who we aspire to be in… read more

Reflections from Annual Conference

by: Gillian Ford

06/24/2019

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Contributor: Susan Long

I had the honor of representing Trinity United Methodist Church at this year’s Mountain Sky Annual Conference in Billings, MT. One of my greatest pleasures at these events is to get caught up with people I don’t see very often. Another proud moment is seeing people who have ministered at Trinity blossom in their work for the Church. This year I am excited to report that Jasper Peters was elected as a delegate to the 2020 General Conference (one of two).

My most important goal for this meeting was getting an up-to-date status on “A Way Forward” effort.… read more

A Time to Love

by: Gillian Ford

06/20/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Ken Brown

As we continue to process our faith forward as the United Methodist Church, let’s not overlook the gift of loving people right in front of us. Don’t get me wrong, I know the enormity of the conversation we are having and the agony we are feeling as a denomination in turmoil. I struggle with our blatantly offensive practices of Christianity as a church and realize some of you don’t share this perspective. Sometimes I resent that my first year as your pastor has demanded my necessary attention on this topic. Nevertheless, I embraced my call to shepherd… read more

Sanctuary Flooring Project Begins

by: Gillian Ford

06/13/2019

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Contributor: David Sanger, Trustee

The 2009 Sesquicentennial Missional Campaign set aside funds to upgrade the flooring and carpeting in the sanctuary. This work was paused due to other priorities, but it is now proceeding. The sanctuary is the main feature of our historic 1888 building, and the trustees have worked hard to be sure that our design honors the historic nature of the space and works to improve it for modern-day worship.

Some of our goals included honoring the history of the room, improving the acoustics, addressing safety issues with the current worn carpeting, repairing or replacing the wood flooring under the… read more

Being Braver

by: Gillian Ford

06/12/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Ken Brown

So welcome each other, in the same way that Christ also welcomed you, for God’s glory.Romans 15:7

As we know, it is easier to “talk the talk” than it is to take action. Fear often rears itself as a limiting emotion when words are set to action. Yet sometimes we can make intentional steps to override fear and discover newness in our relationship with God and one another.

In this spirit of acknowledgement, I want to thank you for your willingness to be braver.

Sunday, I shared that our conversation on inclusion has tackled the myth that “All… read more

Serving Our Community

by: Gillian Ford

06/06/2019

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Contributors: Cami Twilling & Middle High Youth

“Bingo!” “Would you like another bowl of ice cream?” If you were at the Olin Hotel on Wednesday afternoon this is what you would have heard, intermingled with lots of laughter, as the Trinity hosted their annual Ice Cream and Bingo Party. This week nine middle school youth and three adults are on the Denver Dive volunteering throughout the city. The youth are learning about the causes of homelessness, how they can help, and that we are all deserving of love and compassion regardless of our situation in life.

When asked why they were… read more

Being the Body of Christ

by: Gillian Ford

05/30/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

Last week, I shared about the importance of showing care to others in the midst of tumultuous times. This is a good way to get out of our own misery, and it is also a way to put goodness into a world that seems to need it more than ever. I love hearing stories on the news or on Facebook about someone helping a stranger in a time of need, don’t you? It gives me hope and inspires me to keep being a better person.

This Sunday is known in the traditional Christian year as Ascension Sunday.… read more

Putting Goodness Into the World

by: Gillian Ford

05/23/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

Change seems to be a constant word in our daily vocabulary right now. During this week’s online meeting among the Mile High Metro District’s clergy, District Superintendent Paul Kottke noted that what we as United Methodists are experiencing right now is part of an even larger experience beyond our Church. The status quo is dying away and new things are trying to be birthed. Some of the forces we see at work seem destructive, while some are bringing much needed change. But when there is change, even changes that we welcome, the transition period is stressful and… read more

Our Way Forward: Making Progress

by: Gillian Ford

05/22/2019

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Contributor: Ken Brown

Last Saturday, Jim Davis convened a team to draft a statement of inclusion for Trinity. The team has created its first draft and they intend to craft a final draft by the first week of June. The Spirit is truly at work in this process and I am pleased with our progress.

I’m compelled to set an expectation for the statement of inclusion’s impact. First and foremost, it is aspirational. The language will describe some immediate opportunities to define inclusive community. The language will not be as advocacy-based as some wish and for others, the language may… read more

Our Way Forward Recap, Introducing Dr. Jim Davis

by: Gillian Ford

05/15/2019

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We hosted a vibrant conversation at Our Way Forward on Saturday, May 11. Nearly sixty people attended and I must say it was as inclusive as I imagine Trinity in terms of race, ethnicity, theology, sexual orientation, gender, class and life experience.

Rev. Jim Gully did a thorough presentation of the outcomes from the Judicial Council meeting. Download the complete presentation PDF here. Below are his Summary Slides:


I also want you to note his conclusions about United Methodist "next step" gatherings from around the country:


At Trinity, we are making historic steps. First, the… read more

Alive

by: Gillian Ford

05/02/2019

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Contributor: Deb Meyer

I recently came across a blue heart-shaped paper with the word “Alive” from an experiential worship service. I wrote that word in the season of Lent several years ago. The blue paper held extra significance because it’s made of materials that produce a seedling when planted and watered. Being in a season of transition I posted the heart on a bulletin board rather than in the ground as a visual reminder of the promise of a new phase of life, and as a reminder to live in to my preferred future.

The word “Alive” implies activity, even vitality, and… read more

Interpreting Life

by: Gillian Ford

04/25/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

Greetings Easter People! We are people of hope; we believe that new life is possible, because Christ defeated death and the power of sin and lives on. The Resurrection is as powerful today as it was to the very first believers. This is the belief that has been passed on to generation after generation. But the power is not found merely in words and hymns and Easter rituals. It remains powerful because it is experienced again and again. People believe in the mystery of the Resurrection because it is something worth believing in. And when… read more