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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

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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, so we’re trying to cram everything into three months (or if you have school-age kids, two months). In some ways, summer has become the new “December”.

But I think the motivation for much of this…what each of us is craving during this time…is connection: to friends and family, to the great outdoors, to the need we each have to be playful and creative, and to rest and the simple pleasures in life. Perhaps the answer to summer is not found in slowing down per se, but in connecting with what brings us life. There is abundant life in summer, and it’s a reminder that this is what God is offering us. We can connect to God’s abundance in much of what the season has to offer, and fortunately this abundance isn’t only available for three months!

I hope you will keep connecting with Trinity during the summer in meaningful ways too. There are plenty of opportunities to serve, learn, and worship. If you haven’t already, come check out the 8:15 worship service; I have found the simpler music and worship style that we are offering this summer is good for my soul as it nudges me to slow down and breathe. But wherever you are, breathe and soak in the abundance of God!

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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

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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 for kindness:

I have to share a story with you! My two oldest: Adam (8) and Amelia (5-1/2), started a Kindness Club with our neighbor kids. They’re focused on doing random acts of kindness. At their first meeting they painted rocks with pictures and sayings like “Be Brave,” “You’re beautiful,” and my favorite, “You Rock!” (Get it?

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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

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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 Christ’s likeness. Sunday afternoon, June 30, we adopted this statement with a 99% approval rating by eligible voters. While this rating is impressive, I am most touched by the engagement levels over the months. We hosted no less than six open forums on Our Way Forward to address concerns about the direction of the global United Methodist’s nearly half dozen formal listening sessions on inclusivity were held; and the nearly 200 in attendance at the All Church Conference last Sunday represents half the number of people who attend Sunday services this time of year. Wow! Your participation shows that not only do you care about Trinity, you care about people beyond our walls.

As you read and reflect on this Statement of Inclusion, may we all continue to grow into an impassioned community to share Jesus’ love with others. This week (Tuesday, July 1 to be exact), is my 1st anniversary as your senior pastor, and I am content beyond words that God called me and God has called you to be at Trinity.

I love you!

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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

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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 achieve their goals while providing outstanding service to their colleagues. Sheila lives in Denver and is the primary caretaker for her grandmother. Sheila has two daughters that live in the metro-area and is a proud Nana of her 7 grandchildren and a Mom to her yellow lab, Mia Grace.

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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

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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. At the 2019 General Conference, the Traditional plan was approved, and the Judicial Council upheld most of it at their April meeting. While there seemed to be more talk of splitting with the rest of the Methodist Church, there were also several efforts approved to determine a path forward for the Mountain Sky Conference.

I was a little surprised in myself in that I was strongly resistant to the idea of splitting. I come from at least four generations of Methodists and talk of splitting goes against my DNA. The Methodist Church has been the one constant in my life. However, I support a fully inclusive church where everyone has the rights, benefits, and responsibilities of membership. So, there is a tension there which I admit has not been reconciled. Maybe I will get to a point where I can support splitting. Right now, it is not there.

For now, I see the situation as being very messy for awhile until we understand what the next course of action is needed. Many decisions need to be hammered out before any split can be contemplated. In the meantime, I need to realize that all of us present believe in the Wesleyan Traditions and Ideals that everyone is welcomed in our Church. I also realize that the decision is not up to me or any one person. As the hymn says “Yes, we are the Church Together.” We all have a say in what happens to our Church, but we may have to have a little bit of grace along the journey. A lot of people are very passionate and angry about the situation, and we must acknowledge their fears and pain.

So, for those who are wondering if the Church will split, my answer is that I do not know. For now, we are still a part of the global United Methodist Church. However, I want to assure the people of Trinity, that we are still living by our Church’s vision that all are welcome. Despite what is being said in other parts of the Methodist church, Trinity United Methodist, the Mountain Sky Conference, and the Western Jurisdiction are committed to a fully inclusive Church. How we get there is the question.

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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

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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 this crucial conversation with humility for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14) - without reservation.

I was recently reminded that the power to love the people right in front of us is an honor and that God’s plan for our lives has interesting intersections! This past weekend I had a moment to appreciate God’s long game when I performed Sarah and Will’s wedding. I first met the bride 16 years ago when she was in the 5th grade. Sarah journeyed through Sunday School, sang solos in the annual Christmas Cantatas, was confirmed and joined my former church. She moved to Texas for college and graduate school and now teaches in a diverse Dallas public school. I was honored when she invited me to perform her wedding 584 days prior to the Big Day(a long engagement, huh?) because she considered me one of the most influential persons in her life. Talk about a humbling status!

I tell you Sarah’s story because her first faith experience was at Trinity before I met her in 2003. She was baptized here and attended our church with her family before they settled in the North Metro area. You, Trinity, had open doors for her to start a faith journey at 1820 Broadway! You, Trinity, simply loved a person right in front you 26 years ago and it was a storybook twist to sign her marriage license as the current pastor of the church where Sarah’s faith in earnest was launched.

To me inclusion means that we have an outreach opportunity to reach even more people beyond our walls with our mission clarity, aspirational aim, and deliberate policies, practices, and yes, acts of kindness. The Sarah's of this world will cross our threshold and we will influence people with Jesus’ story of love without exceptions. May we all love the people right in front of us to God’s glory and Jesus’ satisfaction as we journey forward-braver.

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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

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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 pews, and providing new carpeting that offers longevity of service.

Since we had a sample of the original 1888 carpeting, the trustees decided to recreate the original design while incorporating colors already in the sanctuary. The original 1888 carpet was wool and manufactured by Axminster Carpets; the company is still in business and is creating our new carpeting using the original design. The patterned carpet will be limited to the main level of the sanctuary. In the stairways and the balcony you will see a complementary solid color. Stairwell carpeting will be a durable nylon which will withstand heavy use. Stiles Chapel will also receive new carpeting.

Wood plank flooring will be used under the pews to replace the parquet. This is a more historic look and will provide great durability. Wood plank flooring will also be used on the dais at the front of the sanctuary and in the choir loft. Using low pile carpeting and additional hardwoods will improve the acoustics of the room for worship and musical performances.

Product will begin arriving in mid to late June and you will see materials stored in part of the Fellowship Hall and back of the sanctuary. Once work begins in the balcony, access to that level will be closed. On the main level, areas will be partitioned off as pews are lifted, flooring replaced, and carpeting laid. Work begins Monday, July 15 and is expected to be completed in about ten weeks—roughly the end of September.

Come to worship and experience this exciting transition as we work to respect our traditions and create a wonderful space for the future.


Check out the new design and stay up to date on the project here!

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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

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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 Are Welcome” is a sufficient invitation for some to feel invited to worship and find meaningful participation in our faith community. This is a tough topic to dialog about because some people believe we are practicing effective welcoming practices. Others have recognized that some communities experience hostility from the church in general and that our congregation is rather homogenous. It is a braver step to look around our circles of connection to see who is not there. It takes courage to speak about these tensions aloud.

Let me take this opportunity to say thank you. I appreciate your willingness to listen to God and one another to imagine a statement of inclusion that is expansive and names who we can share God’s table with at Trinity. I believe the scripture lead-in for this article is our shared aspiration.

Thank you Trinity, for being braver!

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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.

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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 excited to be on the Denver Dive the youth responded with, “we want to give back to the world and it is so much fun.” The youth are discovering they receive at the same time they are giving. Serving in our community is not a one way experience. When we take time to get to know people in situations different than ours we expand our way of seeing the world and we bring our community closer to our hearts.

This week the middle schoolers are also packing beans and rice for Metro Caring, handing out snacks and waters they purchased to those who spend their days in Civic Park, decorating bags at Project Angel Heart so meals can be delivered with love, sorting and packing food at the Food Bank of the Rockies, and serving the noon meal to our guests here at Trinity.

What does every person deserve? The middle school youth would tell you the following; respect, compassion, kindness, equal rights, and most of all love. These are wise youth and we need to listen and follow their lead.

Let us serve our communities, our neighbors, and our world with love. And let us begin today.

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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

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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. It observes the moment that Jesus left his disciples and turned his mission over to them, leaving them as the “body of Christ.” Jesus said “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), therefore we are to be the light of the world. We are to bring light to the darkness. While working toward solutions for the big problems in our nation and communities is certainly a way to bring light into the darkness, we can also bring light into those situations that don’t make the headlines: the friend whose child died, the coworker who was diagnosed with cancer, the neighbor who is alone and lonely. There are plenty of opportunities to bring this light to people within Trinity’s congregation as well. This is why congregational care is important in every church; being the hands and feet of Christ means taking care of one another together.

I invite you to reflect on the ways you are already showing care to people in your world, both within Trinity and beyond. Do you have questions about how to do this? Do you wish you could connect with others who strive to bring light into dark situations? Perhaps you have not been able to show up for someone else, but wish you could. What stops you? If you would like to talk about your answers to any of these questions, or have even more questions yourself, I would love to grab a cup of coffee and talk with you!

Thank you for being the Church!

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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

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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 disorienting, even painful. This is true for individual change that we each experience, and even more so for collective change, because not everyone welcomes the same changes…and certainly not at the same pace.

No one who is reading this is unfamiliar with the strife felt in our Church and nation right now (and I rarely speak in such absolute terms). Yet despite this, I have been witness to amazing care and grace shown to others in our community. You are all carrying something, but many of you continue to show up for others…from being a friend to someone in a difficult time of life, to giving your time and money to causes that help our neighbors. You keep me going in my ministry.

One of the biggest gifts I received from spending time in Al-Anon, the 12-step group for friends and family of alcoholics, is the guidance to do something for someone else when you are having a rough time. This is counter-intuitive, because when life is hard we want to withdraw to care for ourselves. When we turn outward and do something for someone else though, we are not only taken out of our own misery, but we also receive energy from making someone else’s day brighter. I call this the work of the Holy Spirit. So keep up the good work. Care for one another. Put goodness into the world; no matter how small that goodness may seem to you, it does make a difference!

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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

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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 seem unnecessary. The deeper truth is that given the uncertainty facing the United Methodist Church’s future, we need clarity about Trinity’s inclusive identity. This statement aspires to provide a context for understanding our identity and it invites you to affirm who we are and imagine who we are becoming as an expression of a hospitality community. And yes, “all are welcome,” can be defined in aspirational language.

In the weeks to come, please read and process the upcoming statement of inclusion as such, identify aspirations inspired by our traditions and our experience as a welcoming community.

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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

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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 Our Way Forward conversation is the most successful, ongoing congregation-wide one we’ve ever had. Each gathering brings new and existing voices to the table. Our next step is to develop a statement of inclusivity. Dr. Jim Davis will help facilitate discussions with a team.

Dr. Jim Davis is convening this exercise. Once this team produces a statement, it will be shared in a variety of forums for the congregation to provide feedback. Once dates are solidified for these listening sessions in June, we will let you know. By the end of June, I anticipate we will have a statement of inclusion to consider for consensus or a vote.

I hope this summary is helpful and please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you want more clarity. I am here, and we're in this season together!

Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor


Dr. Jim Davis Biography

Jim Davis is Professor and Dean Emeritus of the University of Denver, where he was professor of higher education and adult studies in the College of Education and dean of University College, DU’s adult education college, serving working adults with degrees, certificates, and non-credit programs, offered evening and online. Jim also served as director of faculty development and director of the School of Education. He is the author of eight academic books, including Learning to Lead, Interdisciplinary Courses and Team Teaching, Effective Training Strategies, and Seven Ways of Learning.

Jim was co-facilitator of the University of Denver's "Vision, Values, and Goals" planning process and understands how to facilitate consensus and work with groups to generate statements of mission.

He earned his A.B. degree from Oberlin College, B.D. from Yale University Divinity School, and Ph. D. from Michigan State University. He served as a Congregational minister and as academic dean at historically-black Wilberforce University before earning his doctorate and beginning his career at the University of Denver. In retirement he is writing fiction, which has proven not only harder to write but more difficult to publish.

His wife Adelaide is originally from Brazil and is retired from a career in translation and interpretation while teaching Portuguese language. Together, they have been visiting Trinity over the past several Sundays and are having an enriching and meaningful experience.

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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

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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 God’s transformative grace in our lives through Christ is a gift intended to be used building up of our faith community to share God’s love with the world. What gifts and graces has God given you? What seed of focus for service is planted within? What do we do with the concept of serving when we’ve recognized that servanthood isn’t about earning God’s love or favor but about being alive in Christ and responsive to God’s leading?

“Every time Jesus rises in our own hearts in new ways, the Resurrection happens again.” Joan Chittister

To explore these themes with others in the Trinity community, please consider participating in Alive: The Courageous Willingness to Give Back the Gift that is You! on May 25. We will gather from 8:30-9:00am for a light breakfast and learn together from 9:00-Noon. Please RSVP so we can prepare for you.

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

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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 someone experiences new life, they can’t help but share it with others!

In my message on Sunday, I will talk about tradition…how it shapes our faith, and how our experiences keep it alive. It is the first sermon in a new series entitled Interpreting Life. For those who are familiar with the Wesleyan Quadrilateral (scripture, tradition, reason, experience), some of the sermon titles will ring a bell. But do you need to know or even use the term “quadrilateral” to find meaning in these concepts along your faith journey? No! More about that answer this week.

Speaking of tradition, the second Sunday of Easter is also known as Holy Humor or Bright Sunday in many Christian faith traditions. So wherever you are this Sunday, may you experience the good gifts of joy and laughter…especially if you could really use it right now!

Easter blessings to you.

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