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Trinity Church in Menlo Park held its Hearts for Justice half-day conference, titled Toward Understanding: a Jewish Christian, Muslim Conversation, featuring a panel composed of the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, Trinity’s rector; Rabbi Sarah Weissman, associate rabbi at Beth AM; and Sheikha Maryam Amir, an instructor at Hikmah Institute.

Reports Matthew: “We had about 200 people attend, most from the larger community, though there were a lot of Trinity people, as well. The audience forwarded a lot of questions – too many to get to them all. The energy was good and people seemed very engaged.

“People were very complementary of the event. One person described is as ‘powerful, informative, and incredibly interesting.’ There seemed to be a lot of interest in next steps, how we continue moving forward to break down barriers and misconceptions and work together.”

The immediate next steps are speakers following the Trinity 10:00 am service the next two Sunday, which the community is welcome to attend.

Sunday, Nov. 12, at 11:30 am: “Jihad and Pluralism in Islam” by Sumbul Ali-Karamali, JD, LLM (Islamic Law.) Sumbul is author of “The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing” (Bronze Medal Winner of the 2009 Independent Publisher’s Awards) and “Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam”

Sunday, Nov. 19, at 11:30 am: “Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes” by Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director Islamic Networks Group

Photo by Robb Most (c) 2017

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Festival of Music takes place on May 21 at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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On Sunday, May 21, at 10:00 am, Trinity Church in Menlo Park is hosting a Festival of Music, which is free and open to the public. “We offer the Festival of Music to celebrate our many musicians and singers at Trinity, and the wide variety of sacred music that is offered, from classical, traditional choral pieces […]

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Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori talks about the intersection of science and faith

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Katharine Jefferts Schori has worn two very different hats in her professional life, one as oceanographer and the other as cleric. She brought those experiences to the fore at Trinity Church in Menlo Park last Sunday, first giving an Advent reflection, and then discussing science and faith at a community forum after the service. Her curiosity about the […]

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Animals are blessed at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

Pets were invited to come with their people this morning at Trinity Church in Menlo Park.  The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated near the feast of St. Francis of Assisi  on October 4. Most of the pets in attendance were dogs, who were, all in all, well-behaved with just an occasional bark ringing […]

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Prophetic preacher and justice seeker, The Rev. Ed Bacon preaches at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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It’s easy to go “all celebrity” when writing about the Rev. Ed Bacon, who recently retired from All Saints Church, Pasadena, one of the largest Episcopal churches in the country. After all, Ed counts Oprah Winfrey as a friend and colleague, appearing on Oprah’s Soul Series and Super Soul Sunday as well as contributing to […]

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Called early to ordained ministry, The Rev. Elizabeth Riley joins staff at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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Elizabeth Riley, a newly-ordained priest in the Episcopal church and associate rector at Trinity Church in Menlo Park doesn’t fit  stereotypes. While she grew up in Alaska and continues to love nature, she’s petite and pretty rather than athletic and rugged.  And at 26, she looks more like a teenager than working adult, although she […]

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Trinity Church to hold prayer vigil for Syria on Saturday, Sept. 7

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Trinity Church in Menlo Park is holding a prayer vigil for Syria on Saturday, Sept 7 at 7:00 pm. “The service will be a time of prayer and vigil for peace around the conflict in Syria,” emails associate rector, The Rev. Elizabeth Riley. “Scripture and prayers from different faith traditions will be read with the […]

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Youth from Trinity Church in Menlo Park go on mission trip to Spartanburg to improve family shelter

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Seventeen youth and adults from Trinity Church in Menlo Park spent five days on a mission trip to Spartanburg, South Carolina, where they facilitated home improvement projects for The Haven, a family shelter. Led by youth minister Cait Black, they worked from June 17 to June 21 building a play structure and painting murals on the […]

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Volunteers from Trinity Church in Menlo Park participate in Rebuilding Together Peninsula

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Anyone who walked by the tan and brown house on Windermere Street in the Belle Haven community of Menlo Park on Saturday, April 27 could see that something special was happening there. A team of over 50 volunteers from Trinity Church had descended upon the residence as part of National Rebuilding Day, a nationwide project […]

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Haitian boys choir performs free concert on Oct. 5 in Menlo Park

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A Music for Haiti concert featuring Les Petits Chanteurs, the boys’ choir of Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, will be held Friday, October 5, at 7:00 pm at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. The Music School, which was destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake, is an important educational ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti.  The Episcopal […]

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Nat Lewis is a man of many hats and talents – teacher, sculptor, musician

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The question “what/who are you?” surfaced early in our conversation with Nat Lewis. We’d heard he was a bluegrass musician who happens to also teach at Menlo School. And then there’s his work as a sculptor. After modestly deflecting that he doesn’t feel “like I do anything supremely well,” he admitted to be first and […]

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