"Signs in the Window"
"We love you."  It's a hand-written message in big colored letters, fashioned with a crayon, I think.  I can barely make out the shadow of a hand holding it up against the window high above my head.
I am standing with a group of people outside the South Bay Detention Center.  We have gathered to protest the arrest and detention of families and leaders in the immigration movement.  We are singing and chanting, led by several passionate young people with bull horns.  "No human being is illegal."  "Set them free."
As the sound of our voices begin to penetrate through the brick walls, we begin to see some signs of movement in the barred windows above our heads.  And then some hastily prepared notes that connect us below with those above.  We can't see their faces, but we can read their messages.
I was there with several other clergy who wanted to offer support to those being detained, and to the protesters staging a sit-in, willing to be arrested when ordered to leave the premises.  Most of us clergy had determined that this particular action was arising too quickly for us to understand all the ramifications and to have conversations within our congregations that would add weight to the act of being arrested. 
Along with others, we at Trinity are learning more about this movement and discerning what role we can play to stand in solidarity with those who are living in fear of deportation.  While the rhetoric is that only "criminals" are being pursued, that is not the reality.  People are being targeted as they come to keep appointments at immigration offices, pursuing the legal steps required to attain green cards and work permits.  The fear is extending into all parts of daily lives:  people are afraid to keep doctor's appointments or to file their tax returns, worried that any evidence of their existence in this country could result in being targeted for deportation.
Learning these stories and reading the signs make the issues much more immediate.  These are not theoretical problems.  And for us as people of faith, it raises burning questions, "Where is God in the midst of this suffering?  Where is the Easter message of new life being proclaimed?"
This particular issue has a lot of human drama around it.  And so do many other issues and challenges that each of us faces in our personal and communal lives.  How do we work through our understanding of the complexities of these issues, with a clear sense of trust in God's mercy and justice?  In the case of communal issues in particular, how do we as a parish work together to discern a way forward, recognizing that there can be honest disagreement about strategies and appropriate next steps?
Together, we will be craning our necks to look upwards, to look beyond the bars in the windows and to see the signs that assure us that we are on the right track.
I am grateful to be on this journey with you.

The Rev. Rainey Dankel
Associate Rector for Community Outreach & Ministry Development
Weekly Services and Readings
Holy Eucharist 
7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 6 p.m.

Sacred Silence
7:15 p.m.

Choral Compline
8 p.m.


Choral Evensong
5:45 p.m.

Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
12:10 p.m.
Special ServicesFunerals
With the permission of their families, we list here the schedule of upcoming funerals for Trinity parishioners and friends:

John Kane Visiting Hours,  Fri., May 5, 5:30-7:00 pm, Ferris Library

John Kane Funeral, Sat., May 6, 11 a.m., Church

Nancy Purbeck Funeral, Sat., May 13, 11 a.m., Church

Coming Up at TrinityOudinot
Trinity's Oudinot Windows: Restoration, Creation & French Heritage

Sun., May 7
2 p.m.

Hear the stories behind the windows on the upper south wall, made by the stained glass studio of Eugène Oudinot, from Dr. Virginia Raguin, Professor of Art History at the College of the Holy Cross. More...
The Word Is Very Near You: Encountering the Risen Christ (With the Rt. Rev. Frank Griswold) 

Sun., May 14
10:15 a.m.

We are pleased to welcome The Rt. Rev. Frank Griswold, former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (1998-2006). Since his term as Presiding Bishop, he has continued a ministry of teaching, preaching, writing, lecturing and leading retreats, nationally and internationally.

The Spirit "speaks" for the risen Christ in many ways using enticement and surprise, as well as stealth and the seemingly mundane. How do the patterns and practices of word and sacrament help us claim and live more fully the scripture of our own lives in a frantic and fractured world? Bishop Griswold will lead us... More...

Call Me Kuchu  Film & Presentation with Activist John Wambere

Film: Weds., May 17
6:15-9 p.m.

Discussion: Sun., May 21
1-2:30 p.m.
Ferris Library

The film chronicles LGBTQ activists in Uganda led by David Kato and Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo as they advocate for equality and safety of the LGBTQ community. John Wambere, one of the activists in the film, will present briefly at the film and facilitate the discussion. More...
Trinity Choirs in Concert: Bach's Mass in B minor

Fri., May 19
7:30 p.m.

The choirs and orchestra of Trinity Church, under the direction of Richard Webster, perform the Mass in B minor, one of J.S. Bach's most significant and masterful works; called a "cathedral in sound" by NPR. 

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Forum: Bach's Mass In B minor

Sun., May 7
10:15 a.m.

Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett, Director of Choral Activities, ad interim at Boston University and the Director of Music at Marsh Chapel, will offer an informal talk on the B Minor Mass, in preparation for the Trinity Choirs' May 19 rendition of this most extraordinary work.  More...  

For more information or to purchase tickets for the May 19 concert, click here.
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Rector Search Seeks Committee Members

Applications due Mon., May 22

Do you have great communications skills? Work well in committee settings? Have good judgment about people? If so, please submit an application to serve on the Parish Profile or the Search Committee. The parish of Trinity Church will put tremendous faith in our Parish Profile Committee to create an accurate profile that attracts qualified candidates, and a Search Committee that selects the very best candidate to lead us into the coming years. 

Click HERE for detailed information and a PDF application.
Gratitude Book for Sam

Sundays through June 4
During morning coffee hours & after the 6 p.m. service

All are invited to share a favorite memory, photo, or message of gratitude, all of which will be compiled into a Memory Book that will be presented to Sam upon his retirement on Trinity Sunday, June 11. To contribute to the book, stop by the table in the Commons, mail to Pat Hurley, or share via Google at bit.ly/PhotosForSam.
Recent Sermons
Missed last Sunday? Or want to experience the sermon or forum again? We invite you to watch or listen:

Last Sunday's Morning Sermon:
"The People's Resurrection Story"
by the Rev. Rita T. Powell, Associate Rector for Liturgy

Last Sunday's Evening Sermon:
by guest preacher Dr. Charles M. Stang, Professor of Early Christian Thought at Harvard Divinity School
Take Action
The Walk for Hunger is Sunday, May 7!

Members of the Trinity Walk for Hunger team are raising awareness about hunger in our midst and funds for Project Bread, the only state-wide anti-hunger organization.

Walk, donate and/or volunteer. See or contact Chris DeVany .
Mother's Day Walk for Peace
Sun., May 14
8 a.m.
Townsfield Park, 1520 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA

Join Team Trinity as we walk in 21st annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace to support the peacemaking programs of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. V isit our table at coffee hour or go online to  register under Team Trinity. More...
Pine Street Inn Feeding Team
Tues., May 16
4:30 p.m.
444 Harrison Ave., Boston

Join the Pine Street Inn Feeding Team for dinner service at both the Women's Inn and the Men's Inn, which meets the third Tuesday of each month. More...