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LIfe at Trinity

As we pray, sing, serve others and learn together, we discover more about who God is in our lives. We realize our lives are intertwined with one another and that God is calling us to do something for the world in which we live.

Currently, hundreds of people pass through Trinity’s doors during an average week. We are usually bustling with activities; whether it is one of our three choirs practicing, committees meeting, or a social event, there is always something going on at Trinity.

We invite you to be part of our life together. At Trinity, there are many opportunities for involving yourself, for serving others and for growing in your spiritual journey.

Trinity people take adult and youth mission trips all over the country and beyond its borders. Locally, Trinity people help many important organizations carry out their missions: preparing meals for Columbus House, building homes for Habitat for Humanity, and finding numerous other opportunities to serve God in the world.

Trinity offers many educational activities and programs for children and adults. Each winter and spring, we offer different spirituality programs. On most Sundays, we offer exciting Sunday School classes for children and engaging forum topics for adults. We have two active and vibrant groups for school-aged youth.

As the largest Episcopal church in New Haven, we are fortunate to have many active programs and opportunities to see God at work in the world.

African American Read-In

Sign Up Now for the African American Read-In!

Help us celebrate the Twenty-sixth National African American Read-In, Sunday, February 7, 2016, immediately following the 9:00 A.M. service. Here at Trinity, this will be our thirteenth year to participate. Choose any short piece of literature or an excerpt from a longer text written by an African American author. Select from any genre that is of interest to you: poetry, fiction (novels, short stories, and other narratives), non-fiction (including speeches, biography, autobiography, history, and others). Those of you who have read previously, please read again, and this year, why not invite a relative, friend, classmate, colleague, or a member of another church to join you. The Read-In is open to the community. Anthologies of African American literature will be available in the library in the undercroft, and a book will be available for children. Also, search online and in your school and town libraries. Individual readings may extend to but not exceed 5 minutes. Drama and other groups are invited to read for a maximum of 10 minutes.

Email any questions and the author and title of your reading(s) to Eleanor Q. Tignor (eqtig@aol.com).
Deadline: January 29, 2016

Background

Every year for the last nine years in the month of February, Trinity on the Green has hosted the African American Read-In.  Participants select books, poems, speeches or any writings authored by African Americans, and read the works after the 9:00 service on Sunday.

We celebrated the Twenty-fifth National African American Read-In on Sunday, February 1, 2015.  Here at Trinity, it was our eleventh year to participate in this national program, which has also become international.

Established by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English and sponsored by the Black Caucus and the entire NCTE, the only organization of English teachers ranging from kindergarten to university, the African American Read-In began as a project for schools and colleges and then spread to the community, including churches. But this initiative for the celebration of African American history and culture did not just happen.

As many older adults know, it is linked to the observance of what had been called Negro History Month. But something preceded that; in 1926, one week in February was designated Negro History Week, by a man named Carter G. Woodson. A Negro historian, who earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1912, Dr. Woodson was the son of a slave, born in Virginia, who began high school at age 20, and studied at Berea College, the University of Chicago, the Sorbonne, and then Harvard. In 1915 he founded the Association for the Study of Negro History and Life to train Negro historians and to collect, preserve, and publish documents on African American life and individuals. In support of this work and to educate all people regarding the vast contributions made by Negroes, he founded several journals.

Why did Dr. Woodson choose February? Frederick Douglass, slave turned free man and abolitionist, was thought to have been born on February 14th and the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, signer of the Emancipation Proclamation, is February 12th. While Dr. Woodson died in 1950, Negro History Week celebrations continued. By the time our country celebrated its bicentennial, the year 1976, the federal government had decided to turn Negro History Week into Black History Month, which continues to be celebrated in schools and churches, and by many community and artistic groups. We, at Trinity, are part, therefore, of an historic national observance.

As has become our tradition on the Sunday of the African American Read-In—thanks to Walden Moore, Trinity’s Director of Music—the mood is set for the Read-In with the singing of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” at the end of each of our services.  The writing of the song and its emerging place in Negro history are of special interest.  Johnson, then a recent graduate of Atlanta University, had returned to his hometown of Atlanta to become principal of Stanton School. “There, in February 1900, he wrote ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ for a school commemoration of Lincoln’s birthday. Set to music by his brother, Rosamond, the song resonated throughout black America, achieving within Johnson’s lifetime the unofficial title of the ‘Negro National Anthem'” (Gates and McKay 792). Now well known as the “Negro National Anthem” and placed in many American hymnals, it brings together the themes of liberty for African Americans, faith in God, and allegiance to country: “Shadowed beneath thy hand/May we forever stand,/True to our God,/True to our native land” (lines 30-33).  Listening to the writings of a number of African American authors, you will hear these themes and many others which have become a part of the literature.

The program is coordinated at Trinity by Eleanor Q. Tignor, who each year invites Trinity members and friends to choose a text to read aloud.

 

Sacred Fabric Art

Often overlooked are fabric artworks that support the church services and missions.

 

Trinity’s four beautiful banners are proudly carried in services, and decorate the church. They celebrate the church school, the beginning of the building of the first Trinity wooden church in 1752, and the Choirs of Men and Girls and Men and Boys.

The needlework on the eighteen  kneelers in front of the communion rail (see slideshow above) mirrors the stained glass elements above. It also mirrors the Trinity three-times-two motif found on the side altar and on the nonagon window above. Knitting, like windows, and architectural proportion in sacred spaces, is all about numbers.

The Yarn Works Ministry makes shawls for those in need, transition, or grief; these warm and beautiful shawls are blessed at a yearly service before being delivered to the recipients. The group also creates many items for the Holiday Bazaar. They also serve who sit and knit.

Art - Prayer shawl image from web

Historic Stenciling Project

This unique Historic Stenciling Project has now been completed at Trinity Episcopal Church, New Haven, one of three churches on the New Haven Green, all of which are included in the National Historic Landmark District. This project was supported by grants from The Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and  the National Trust for Historic Preservation, both matched by Trinity Church.

For more, see the Trinity Historic Stenciling Project (with embedded videos) and/or Trinity Historic Stenciling Project, Part Two — or click on the images below, one at a time.

The first presentation focuses on the stenciling work done primarily by parishioners and other New Haveners over the summer of 2014 under the grant from the State of Connecticut Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Art - Peg Chambers Stenciling powerpoint

The second presentation focuses on the stenciling work done by students from a regional magnet school in New Haven during the fall of 2014 under the grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).
 

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 This third presentation focuses on the interpretation of the meaning inherent in the visual elements of the uncovered stencil.

Art - Peg Chambers Stenciling powerpoint for May 2105 presentation

Trinity’s Stenciling Project receives Episcopal coverage nationally
in the latest issue of The Historiographer, a publication of the National Episcopal
Historians and Archivists (NEHA).  Peg Chambers, who made the Stenciling Project happen, wrote the article.  Click here to see this article by Peg Chambers. For more information on NEHA, see https://trinitynewhaven.org/national-episcopal-historians-archivists/

Committees

Being in a church is about building relationships. Trinity’s many organizations help to make our church a truly vibrant community.

Trinity’s lively and active parish community is led by volunteers who engage with each other through numerous committees, ministries and interest groups. Here are key contacts to guide your search for activities of interest to you.

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See and Hear Trinity!

Trinity has a strong media presence on social media, including over two dozen videos on YouTube, hundreds of photos on Facebook, and various videos and music recordings over the years on associated web sites.  For more original content  videos, photos, and documentaries, see:

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Interview with Rector Luk de Volder

Luk explains the reasons why he and his family moved to New Haven.

Google see inside – on three levels

Visit Trinity on the Green’s interior using the interactive technology of Google Map’s “See inside” on the bright November 2013 opening day of Trinity’s famous Holiday Bazaar.  Three levels of the historic 1814-1816 building may be visited: the Undercroft (the B button), the Nave (1 button), and the Galleries (2 buttons).  The amazing interactive “See inside” was photographed and created by Tony Bacewicz, an experienced professional photographer with video production, writing and reporting skills based in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

STHT - Open door to Trinity Chuch

Nave Panorama

Click on the image below for a panoramic view of Trinity  (it may require a plugin for some browsers). Seth Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE.  He is “a media artist and writer involved in documenting and interpreting art, design and culture through print and online presentations. His research interests and practice primarily focuses on the interpretation and representation of visual culture and heritage using panoramic imaging and interactive media design.”  His  Sacred Spaces of New England online project features religious and secular places that elicit contemplation, reflection and inspiration.

STHR - Paranama by Seth Thompson Feb 28 2013

The Unseen Becoming Seen: What Sweeter Music

Perhaps the most beautiful time at Trinity is dawn. These jewel-like images, taken by Trinity photographer Joe Dzeda as the dawn rises in the Gothic Church, are set to Trinity’s famous Choir of Men and Boys singing John Rutter’s What Sweeter Music in a video composed by Neil Olsen.

In My Father’s House: What Wondrous Love Is This

Trinity’s Columbarium, a repository for the ashes of the dead, is unusual in many ways – it is beautiful, it is used for healing services, and it is in the nave instead of hidden away. The video is accompanied by the music of Trinity’s Choir of Men and Girls, directed by Walden Moore, singing a capella Christiansen’s What Wondrous Love is This, in a video composed by Neil Olsen, to photographs by Peg Chambers and Neil Olsen.

Trinity Secret Spaces

Come take a walk through the oldest Gothic Revival church in North America, up the bell tower,  and onto the roof for a view of New Haven, Connecticut, that you will never see elsewhere, all set to the sound of the magnificent Aeolean-Skinner organ with photographs by Joe Dzeda.

The Choir of Men and Boys of Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven

Johannes Eccard (1553-1611), “Presentation of Christ in the Temple,” sung by the Trinity Choir of Men and Boys, directed by Walden Moore, Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven, Connecticut, February 2, 2014

Home Board on the Harbor – the Seniors of Trinity

This video is of a 2012 seniors excursion on the Quinnipiack Schooner “There and Back Again.” The Trinity Church Home Board grew out of the Trinity Church Home Association, incorporated by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1862; “created for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in the city of New Haven, refuge for the poor and friendless members of Trinity Parish, and such others as the board of managers may think entitled to its benefits.”  The music is by Trinity’s Spirit Singers, in a video composed by Neil Olsen with photographs by Ruth Risberg.

The Experience: All the Way to Chapel on the Green

Volunteers from Saint Peter’s, Cheshire, CT , came to New Haven to worship and share a meal with the homeless. Ana Arellano arranged the photos by Mallory Naylor and John Andrews perfectly to capture the experience.

History Ministry

Trinity Ministry

Trinity’s own Historical Society

The Trinity History Ministry was formed on December 5, 2011. Comprised of members of Trinity Church and interested people in the wider community of New Haven, Connecticut, it celebrates the role the church has played in the history of the parish, the City of New Haven, the state of Connecticut, and America.

You may contact the group at  history@trinitynewhaven.org.

Mission Statement

Trinity’s History Ministry seeks to honor and celebrate the history of the community, building, documents, art & artifacts of Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven, CT. 

History - Croswell 1938 GravestoneAt a meeting of the society on April 2, 2012, it was decided to change the name to History Ministry @ Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green New Haven. The clean clear Celtic cross style logo for the society is taken from the design on the top of the September 1938 Monument marking the grave of Rev. Dr. Harry Croswell and his family in the Croswell plot at Grove Street Cemetery. It also has five crosses combined on one image, perhaps recalling in a different form  the Jerusalem cross intended to represent the five wounds of Christ. It may be less a modern take on a Celtic cross than an image of Croswell’s name: a cross plus a well. To above left is the tombstone of the Rev. Dr. Harry Croswell. Below right is an image taken from the bottom of the granite stone: it depicts the original impressive monument destroyed in the Hurricane of 1938. The parish replaced the stone with a simpler but hardier stone memorial. However, the committee to replace the stone or the carver got his birth date wrong: he was born in 1778, not 1779 as carved on the tombstone.

History - Close up Harry Croswell Tombestone image

In some sense, our Trinity New Haven Historical Society, like the 1938 committee parish members who funded a replacement of the beloved monument in granite, intend to preserve the past so that it will not be lost in a whirlwind, nor shall our counsel be dark without knowledge for the future.

Mission Statement

Trinity’s Historical Society seeks to honor and celebrate the history of the community, building, and documents of Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven, CT.

Activities

Under the working name “Project Croswell”, a set of activities under the leadership of Rector Dr. Luk de Volder were launched in 2011 to highlight one of Trinity Church on the Greens great differentiating strengths: its History.

In addition to providing a web site with ever increasing content about the people, places, and times of the parish, it has three active committees.  Committee I will honor Trinity’s history, including celebrating its 200th anniversaries in 2014 (laying of the cornerstone) and 2016 (consecration of the church). Committee II will honor Trinity’s building as a historic landmark in the city of New Haven. Committee III will archive Trinity’s past through its documents.

Links and Resources

Trinity has historically had a close relationship with several organizations dedicated to the preservation of knowledge.

Other sites that hold resources for historical research include:

 Founding Trinity Historical Society Members in 2011

  • Nancy Ahlstrom
  • Al Atherton
  • Sheila Bonenberger
  • Peg Chambers
  • Ray Chappell
  • Carol Davidson
  • Rev. Dr. Luk De Volder
  • Duo Dickinson
  • Joe Dzeda
  • Aldy Edwards
  • Anna Foster
  • Helena Estes
  • Landa Freeman
  • Carl Geffken
  • Jeri Geffken
  • Carolyn Gould
  • Murray Harrison
  • Barbara Lamb
  • Richard J. Mammana, Jr
  • Doris Manseau
  • Neil Olsen
  • Robert Orr
  • Judith Schiff
  • Gaddis Smith
  • Patricia Thurston
  • Sally Vasey
  • Rich Walser