August 17, 2017




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This has been a challenging week. I was horrified to see video of young white men marching through the streets of Charlottesville on Friday night shouting Nazi and white supremacist slogans and carrying torches, followed my more protesters on Saturday, some with shields, bats, and assault rifles, shouting anti-semitic and anti-black and Nazi slogans.  If that wasn't shocking enough, President Trump's assertion that people on both-sides bear blame is being used by neo-Nazi leaders to bolster their cause.

While on sabbatical I visited Dachau and saw what the results of what white supremacy hatred looks like. It is important that we stand up to such messages. Racism is evil. White supremacy is evil. We, as people of faith and proponents of Christ's love, need to take a firm and bold stance against white supremacy. 

At the same time, we need to realize that there are forces of good at work in the world, that, I believe will ultimately win. In Charlottesville people of faith and goodwill were present loving others through this difficult time. Jim Richardson, a former Canon at Trinity Cathedral who was recently serving as Rector of St. Paul's Memorial Church in Charlottesville, wrote a lovely article for the diocesan enewsletter. In it he quotes Daniel Hine, the congregation's music director:  "What you aren't seeing on the news media: the hundreds - no, thousands of people who were there, on the ground, bringing medical care, sunscreen, water bottles, washing off chemical attacks, giving hugs, singing songs of peace, truly showing forth God's love in this hurting world!" 

"What else didn't you see? You didn't see how respectfully people were parking, keeping our narrow downtown roads (all colonial, I believe) cleared so ambulances could rush where they needed to go - all day long. You didn't see how perfect strangers would form small groups so that everyone could get back to their cars or bus stops safely." 
"While I pray that my town will never again have to suffer through another such outpouring of pure hatred (and this was the 2nd this summer!!), I am beyond proud of how the Lord used us and moved through us to show the kind of GOOD people that live in this town!" 
I suspect we will be seeing more white-supremacist rallies in the near future. We aren't powerless and we don't need to be idle. Here are some things I will be doing in the coming months:

Show up and speak out: It is important that people stand against racism and hatred. We cannot let these evil messages stand unopposed. 

Educate myself: I have learned a great deal in the last few years about the presents of racism in our culture, about my own biases and my own privilege as a white man. I need to learn more, and specifically as our national conversation focuses on the presence of Civil War monuments, I want to learn about slavery, the Civil War and the ways statues of Confederate War heroes are seen by minorities. I have found this video from the history department of West Point helpful. 

Pray: In prayer we join with Christians who have been opening their souls to God's transforming love. I believe that Prayer can help us remain loving as we strive for Justice. Prayer also joins us in a deep solidarity with others and with God as God slowly bends the human heart towards justice. 

Gather at Trinity: It is important that we come together and strengthen each other. Please do not underestimate the importance of your showing up at the Cathedral. We need each other. I need you.

While it has been a challenging week, my faith, and my companionship with you gives me hope for the future. God's will be done. 

The Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, Dean
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento

In this edition....
Small Groups...
Box Tops for Education...
Cathedral Bookshop...
The Reading Corner...
Lunch Bunch & Writing Group...
This Sunday...
Call for Art...
Community Action...
Hunger Awareness...
Nancy Harvey Memorial...
Trinity Hiking Group...
Floyd School News...
Whole 30 w/Rev. Megan...
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Ushers Needed
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  • Fourth Sunday at 9am 
  • Fifth Sunday at 9am

If you can help the Trinity Ushering Ministry please contact Kevin Donohue at 916-440-7735 orl or Randie Strike at 916-203-7586 or


Thank you for your help.

Box Tops
for Education
Can Help
Please don't throw away your cereal boxes without tearing off the "Box Tops for Education" coupon and bringing it to Trinity Cathedral for Gladys Hustler. You'll be helping a child. Thank you!
Cathedral Bookshop  
  Bookshop Hours
Tue, Wed, Thu:
11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Phone: 916-442-9194 

The Reading Corner...

There's always something new in our library, which you can check out on the SECOND and FOURTH Sundays of the month.     ~~Phyllis Ehlert
At the risk of no one every reading this book, it was added to our cathedral library: The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures, edited by D.A. Carson. With its five-pound weight, it might be considered a blunt instrument. It has thirty-five essays on very disparate topics so a person can just read one that is of interest-such as facets of current discussion, Reformation and Protestant orthodoxy, accommodation historically considered, theological reflections on the canon, the idea of inerrancy, Jesus' views on the Old Testament. Dig in.


Tuesday Morning Group (TMG)
Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am in the
Conference Room
We have finished our reading of Proverbs and are now tackling Ecclesiates through August 29th Tuesday September 5th will be a day off and on September 12th we will begin our study of Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.  The Cathedral Bookshop has the book and you are encouraged to read it to enhance our discussions. 
If you have any questions contact Susan Hotchkiss.
Traveling Bible Study and 
 Spirituality Group
Trinity young adults (20s-30s) meet twice a month on Sunday afternoons for lunch, fellowship, and bible study around town.
The group also has community service opportunities and other social gatherings. If you would like to join the email list, email Rev. Megan at
Lunch Bunch...
Thursdays at Noon in the Conference Room
  Bring a lunch, bring a friend, and join in!
 If you have any questions, contact the Rev. Pamela Anderson at
Writing Group... taking the rest of the summer off. 
We will resume meeting on September 14.
For information, contact June Gillam at
or Bruce Roy at
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  Centering Prayer
Tuesday's, 6-7pm,
Thursday's, Noon-1:00pm
Cathedral East Transept
Centering Prayer is a method of meditation that helps quiet the mind and participate in God's presence.
News from...

After a very busy summer of youth events, Vacation Bible School, and camp, we are looking forward to the beginning of our program year at Trinity Cathedral!

*  Blessing of the Backpacks:  On Sunday, August 27th, we will welcome a new school year with a Blessing of the Backpacks!  All children, youth, college students, and teachers are invited to bring their backpacks, school bags, briefcases, or lunch boxes for a special blessing during our 9 and 11:15 services.

*  Our next First Sunday Family Service will be Sunday, September 3rd, at 9:00 a.m. upstairs in the Assembly Area.  Our simple brunch as well as arts and crafts will return after this service as we begin a new school year!

Sunday School will begin on September 10th for children and youth from preschool through high school.  All classes meet upstairs either in the Assembly Area or in the classrooms off this area.

Supplies needed:  We would love donations of washable markers and glue sticks!  While school supplies are on sale; we would love it if you would pick up a box of markers or glue sticks for our programs!  Thank you!

The Rev. Kathy Hopner
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento

Voices of Faith
Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Assembly Area

August 17: TREE (Trinity Respecting Earth & Environment) TREE Logo  invites you to c ome listen to the stirring words of Al Gore in his TED talk, entitled "The Case for Optimism on Climate Change," which was given on 10th Anniversary of his An Inconvenient Truth. The film is 25 minutes leaving time for discussion and post card writing after the talk.

TREE Logo August 24 : Two 15 minute videos showing two of the winners of 2017's Goldman Environmental Prize. One candidate from each of the planet's six continental regions is chosen each year to receive the honors and prize money for grass roots activism on behalf of his/her community. They are recognized for their courage and commitment.
Mark! Lopez
Come and learn about the work of Mark! Lopez in Los Angeles, who worked for lead testing and cleanup of East Los Angeles homes contaminated by a battery smelter that had polluted the community for over three decades.  
Rodrigo Tot
Also featured is the story of Rodrigo Tot from Guatemala, who fought for land titles for the Q'eqchi people and kept a nickel mine from expanding into the community.
August 31: Water engineer Ethan Casaday will talk and show slides about his work in Guatemala on water projects.
There will be time for a Q and A and maybe handouts on the project, with information about how people can support it.  He's also helped build a school there in addition to helping develop a water system.

Follow this link for the full schedule through August 31.
Thursdays at 7:00pm
in the Conference Room
Journey with Jesus continues through the summer on Thursday evenings 7:00 PM in the Conference Room. Journey with Jesus is a small group Bible Study that focuses on the Sunday Gospel passage. ALL ARE WELCOME!

This Sunday - August 20

Music for this Sunday

9:00 am - The Summer Celebration Choir sings "Life-giving Bread, Saving Cup" by James J. Chepponis. 

11:15 am - The Summer Cathedral Choir sings "This Day at Thy Creating Word" by Henry G. Ley.
Canon David Link plays music by Frank Bridge.
Newcomers' Group
Meets at 10:15 in Room F.
A group will discuss Worship and Stewardship.

Contact is Randie Strike: ;  916-446-2513
Sunday Morning
Summer Meditation Experience

Continuing through the end of August, 10:30-11:00 am in the Conference Room

Whether you have never meditated before, or whether you meditate all the time, these gathering are for you! Rev. Megan will guide the group in a different practice each session. There will be time for discussion and questions after each practice. If you have questions please contact Rev. Megan:

Next Week and Beyond... 

Call for Art: Trinity Episcopal Church National Juried Exhibition Presented in Conjunction with Beatnik Studios

It is the mission of the Trinity Cathedral Christian Art Festival to encourage artists to create visual art providing a unique prospective on the Christian view and experience in contemporary life. The art is intended to allow personal expression and promote dialog.

PRIZES: Total Cash Awards - $5,200: First place - $2,500; Second place - $1,200; Three Honorable Mentions - $500/each

EXHIBITION DATES:    Oct. 3 - Oct. 26, 2017

ENTRY DEADLINE (online submission only):  Monday, August 21, 2017 11:59 pm MST
Theme: Light Out of Darkness

Submit at


Follow this link for much more information on eligibility, restrictions, entry fees and much more...

Sacramento ACT Community Action
Wednesday, August 23

All Trinity Cathedral members and friends are invited to join us at St. Mark's United Methodist Church at 2391 St. Marks Way from 7 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd for a Community Action meeting sponsored by Sacramento Area Congregations Together (Sacramento ACT). The focus will be: "Homelessness:  Where do we go from here?"

Follow this link to

For more information or to RSVP, contact Shireen Miles at or (916) 203-5595.  Click here for a printable flyer.
~~Submitted by Shireen Miles


Hunger Awareness in America Exhibit

Friday, August 25 through Wednesday, August 30

at Congregation B'nai Israel

3600 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento 95818


Join us and embark on a 45 minute experience that will challenge your beliefs about who in America struggles with hunger and why. 


Reserve your free tickets by following this link.


For a printable poster with more information follow this link.

Nancy Harvey
Memorial Service
Saturday, August 26 at 1:00pm

Trinity was saddened to learn of the death of Nancy Harvey, mother of Eileen Harvey-Qualset. May her soul and the souls of all the departed rest in peace.
Hiking Trinity Hiking Group
Our next hike is on Saturday, August 26th and will be a local hike, returning by early afternoon. If you're planning on going please contact Amy Dierlam no later than Wednesday, August 23rd at 916-601-1699.
Floyd School News
Floyd School logo
Please come to Welcome the Students Back to School 
August 31 at 8:00am

We will make a tunnel like the sports teams with pompoms, pennants and music to welcome them back.

Come show them how important learning is to us.
The school is located behind Channel 10 at Fifth and Broadway at 401 McClatchy Way, Sacramento, 95818

See you there!,

Canon Nancy Tennyson
A Deep Dive into the Spiritual Practice of Nutrition, Nourishment, and Food Justice with Rev. Megan
An Invitation to a
Community Whole30 Program:
September 11th - October 10th
Some of my core spiritual practices are tied to concrete daily wellness practices. I am specifically passionate about how nutrition can be both physical and spiritual nourishment. In a world where it is all too convenient to grab a delicious packaged treat full of mystery ingredients from a producer we will never meet, I believe our bodies and souls long to get back to the root of things. Our bodies yearn to get back to whole nourishing foods, and our hearts call us back to the roots of community and connection with the people who produce the food.
While I have always been passionate about nutrition, a huge turning point in my physical and spiritual relationship with food and nutrition came when I did my first round of the Whole30 Program. For more extensive details you can visit: Basically the Whole30 program is a 30 day challenge focused on eating whole nutritious foods, while cutting out a lot of the foods that may not be making us feel our best. In short, you focus on eating a ton of vegetables, some fruit, a good amount of healthy fats, and some ethically sourced meat and eggs. The foods that are out for a month include sugar (and sweetener of any kind), grains, legumes, dairy, soy, and alcohol. I know, I know, how daunting! I thought the same thing! But I am so happy with the results of this program. It gave me a greater mindfulness about cooking, local shopping, and what a huge difference eating optimally made for my physical energy and spiritual clarity.
I am excited to invite a community of people to do this together because it is not only fun, its also supportive. I have learned so much about how to meal prep, where to shop, recipes, cooking tips, and discerning a healthy relationship with food. A core hope for this group is that I can share my knowledge through classes, shopping field trips etc... I also plan to have daily and weekly support in community through the internet, phone calls, and in person meetings. Once we get the group together, we can all decide on what might work best in in our schedules. I already have 2 awesome people signed on. Are you next? If you are interested in joining this challenge group, or have lots of questions before you commit, please reach out to me:
Also, I highly recommend checking out the Whole30 books.
The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom :
This book provides a basic outline of the program and a great cook book
This book goes in depth about the nutrition, physical, and emotional science behind the program

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