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This Week's Commentary  
The Very Rev. Troy Mendez, Dean

October 4, 2018

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
                                                                          -- Matthew 5:11-12

For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, 
"I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,  in the midst of the congregation I will praise you."
                                                                          -- Hebrews 2:11-12
In Sunday's reading from Hebrews, the writer comments on the times of trial that many early Christians faced. These words from Hebrews are meant to be an encouragement to those who are suffering. Specifically, the words demonstrate how Jesus Christ, as one who walked the Earth as the most fully-alive human being was also subject to death on the cross. Times of trial are very much part of life, but it doesn't mean that the Kingdom of God is far away from us at all.
Yesterday, Getty Images released this disturbing image of Pastor Wendy Von Courter of Massachusetts being arrested:   

What was shocking, specifically, was not that she was arrested, but rather that the police removed her clerical collar. By doing so, someone with civil authority made a moral judgment that this pastor should be stripped of her spiritual authority to serve as God's witness. If such an action happened to a Roman Catholic priest, I have no doubt that church authorities would have condemned these actions as disrespectful and blasphemous. Since when do civil authorities get to decide who can be a witness for faith?
My friends, your first response to this might be to lash out because you are hurting or angry. You might also demand that the local authorities investigate. Both would be plausible, and possibly sensible reactions. I firmly believe an investigation must occur! But the most powerful response to such an egregious act might be to engage your local church community, and commit yourselves to building up the Kingdom of God.   
Pastor Von Courter stood up for what she believed was right, and she was able to do this on behalf of her church community. One would imagine she was seeing a new reality in the Kingdom of God that was right in front of everyone, and she stepped into the public sphere to bear witness to what she was seeing. And the civil authorities not only stopped her protest, but they also stripped her of the signs of her very identity.

These are the times Jesus teaches his followers that such occurrences might happen in the life of faith. People who have power might revile you and utter all sorts of evil against you falsely on the account of your faith. We cannot and must not respond in hate!
We must respond by our commitment to building up our community with prayer and genuine love. As author Howard Snyder writes, "until the Kingdom of God can be demonstrated in our relationships of love with one another, we have nothing credible to say to an unbelieving and broken world." We must concentrate on building up one another in prayer and genuine love. We are witnesses of God's power when do this, and we promote the Kingdom of God all around us. In the words of theologian Hans Kung, "God's kingdom is creation healed."
Brothers and sisters, let there be no doubt that the Episcopal Church is staunchly on the side of the Kingdom of God, promoting the dignity and respect of every human being. Trinity Cathedral and the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona celebrate the diversity of ordained ministry with both men and women holding positions of spiritual authority, and this will continue with our new bishop as well.  

The photo I chose to feature demonstrates a divide happening in the human family. This does not have to be our reality! God wants to heal the whole world and the whole human family. God wants to heal the church, too. We are a part of this saving work of Jesus in the world, and Jesus needs you!   
How will you be an agent for God's kingdom healing creation?
In Christ's love,

Blessing of Animals THIS Friday night

We will host a Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral on First Friday, October 5, at 7:00 p.m.  All pets and animals are welcome to join us in our east parking lot at the corner of Central & Roosevelt.

With more than 35,000 dogs and cats entering the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelters each year, MCACC has plenty of animals in search of loving homes!  Are you looking for a new pet?  There will be an all-dog adoption from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Are you without your furever friend and need to talk?  We'll also have people on hand to pray with you as you prepare your heart for a new companion.
SPECIAL FORUM: Preparing for Convention - Candidate Forum\Walkabout Discussion

On Sunday, Oct. 14,  from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, there will be a moderated discussion/follow-up to the Bishop Candidate Forums\Walkabouts.  All Trinity voting Delegates and Clergy are encouraged to attend.

If you attended a forum, watched the candidate videos, or are otherwise interested in participating, you are also welcome to join. The discussion is scheduled from 6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.
  • Opening prayer
  • Brief overview of the forums and week-long activities
  • Opportunity to state what is important to you in a Bishop, including clergy perspective
  • Opportunity to share your observations, impressions
  • Overview of what to expect at Convention/Voting process
  • Final Comments
  • Closing prayer
Please join us for this important discussion!  To prepare your remarks, please watch the Candidate Forum/Walkabout videos on the Bishop Search Page at .
POSTPONED - Book Discussion

POSTPONED due to limited availability of book - "What is Christianity" by Rowan Williams - With clarity and insight, the former Archbishop of Canterbury takes the reader to the heart of what Christianity means for those who practice it and the hope it offers to the world at large. A book for all who wonder what the Christian faith is all about, and what difference it really makes.

Join the dean and all your friends as we unpack this first short book in a new series published by Church Publishing. You can order this book here:

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Second Event for Second Half of Life Spirituality

Second Event for Second Half of Life Spirituality October 13

Whether you attended the initial Second Half of Life session or not...all 50 to 95+ are invited to join together as a group on Saturday morning, October 13th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Auditorium.

Each session stands alone and you can easily fit right in to the discussion! Those gathered will continue to share stories and in this session discuss-"What do you still have on that list of things you would like to experience or accomplish?" "How does God see you-and how do you see yourself?"

Linda Williams, Co-director of the Second Half of Life Spirituality ministry for the Diocese, will lead the exploration of this next step on our spiritual journey. Sign up and direct any questions about this session to Linda at (480) 688-5600 or email her at
Thank you, Trinity!


All of our seven sponsored children at Steven Tito Academy will receive at least 20 letters each for a total of 140 letters that were written last Sunday.  The MDG Global Projects committee thanks you for your generosity of time and talent as you beautifully crafted the letters with decorations and drawings.
November 4 Road Closures

On All Saints' Sunday, November 4, access to the Cathedral from the East on Roosevelt will be closed due to the PHX 10K - use 7th AVENUE to get to church.  Please plan on taking a few extra minutes to get to church.  
El Dia de los Muertos

El Día de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration that coincides with All Saints and All Soul's days when gatherings of family and friends pray for and remember those who have died. Holiday traditions include building private altars to honor the deceased. The altars incorporate sugar skulls, marigolds and a favorite token of the departed.

We invite you to celebrate and remember your loved ones by placing their picture upon the commemorative altar located in the columbarium area of our sanctuary starting on the week of October 28.

On Friday, November 2 at 6pm, all are invited to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos in conjunction with our First Friday Art Opening for November.

If you would like to help out with the altar preparation, please contact Rev. David Chavez,
Readings of Names

In celebration of All Saints' Day, and as we prepare for All Souls' Day and Dia de los Muertos, we will read the names of loved ones or friends who died since All Saints' Day 2017.

A sign-up sheet is available at the front desk, or by contacting Gary Gorman at (602) 254-7126.

All names to be remembered on Sunday, November 4 at the 10:00 a.m. bilingual Eucharist.
Celebrating and Welcoming our New Bishop FORUM

Celebrating and Welcoming our New Bishop - forum on Sunday, October 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the Auditorium

Who was elected bishop?
Who will be the new leader of our diocese?

Join your cathedral clergy to discuss the outcomes of our diocesan convention. Learn how our cathedral might properly welcome our new diocesan bishop. Ask questions about what's next for Trinity and for the diocese. Such moments are important for community gatherings. We are invited to reflect on such a momentous occasion together. All are welcome!
Guest Preacher on All Saints' Sunday, November 4

On All Saints' Sunday, November 4, 2018 - The Rev. Mark Andrew Jefferson will be our Guest Preacher.  He currently serves ats Visiting Professor of Homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.  He also serves as Associate Director of the Deep Calls to Deep preaching program, an initiative supported by a Lily grant to cultivate embodied preaching.
Stewardship packets have been mailed

Please let Gary in the Cathedral Office know if you did not receive a packet at or (602) 254-7126 ext. 310. Thank you!
Thanksgiving Breakfast for the Homeless

Thanksgiving Breakfast for the Homeless (and Christmas, too)

We are planning again this year to welcome our homeless neighbors to Trinity for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning.

A sign-up sheet is on the Front Desk in the Olney Room. Volunteers should expect to arrive at 7:00 a.m., unless otherwise instructed.

As in previous years, we also ask that members of the congregation provide loaves of specialty breads, i.e. banana nut, zucchini, pumpkin, etc. which have always been popular with our homeless guests.

For more information, please contact Cathedral member Dave Howell at or at (602) 378-1894.
Foundations- Children, Youth and Family Ministries

On Sundays we have Christian education and formation for ALL ages. All children and youth are encouraged to attend our offerings from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. There will be opportunities for fellowship and service throughout the year for all ages. Calendars of events will be provided and daily information will be posted on the Children, Youth, and Family Ministries white board in Olney Gallery.

Wonder- The Nursery at Trinity opens on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and is available until 1:00 p.m. (closing by 12:00 p.m. if no children have joined us) in our nursery facility adjacent to our Godly Play model classroom in the southeast corner of our Cathedral campus. Wonder is available for infants to the 4th birthday and offers loving care to children, in order that their parents (and adult caregivers) may attend worship, education and Christian formation, and my participate more fully in the life of the Cathedral. Each of our paid staff is certified in Safeguarding God's Children, as required by our Diocese and Cathedral communities. Summer hours continue through this Sunday (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).

Godly Play- I Wonder occurs  from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in our Godly Play model classroom (the Atwood wing) in the southeast corner of our Cathedral campus. Godly Play is available for all children age three (3) through the 6th grade. While Wonder is available through the 4th birthday, and Trinitas is available to youth beginning in the 6th grade, families with children and youth are encouraged to self-select attendance in Godly Play instead, as they may deem helpful, developmentally. Godly Play helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. We welcome four (4) new storytellers this year, to include Jana Sundin, the Canon for Children's Ministries for the Diocese of Arizona. Godly Play is provided in English for children from our English and Spanish-speaking services. Each storyteller and door helper is certified in Safeguarding God's Children, as required by our Diocese and Cathedral communities.

Trinitas - Youth at Trinity occurs  from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in our youth room (adjacent to the Olney Gallery) in the northeast corner of our Cathedral campus. Trinitas is available for all youth grades 6th-12th. Trinitas offers youth opportunities to engage the "Teen Text" curriculum on Christian education Sundays and engage, inter-generationally, in service and fellowship Sundays as well. The lectionary-based Teen Text curriculum guides students into the text of scripture, and through a series of open-ended, text-related questions, as they begin to see the Bible as a vital, dynamic, relevant resource-one that can inform them throughout their lives. Teen Text helps youth to connect the text on the page with events in their daily lives. Youth are also encouraged to invite classmates and friends to join them for fellowship and fun throughout the year. Trinitas is provided in English for youth from our English and Spanish-speaking services. Each Trinitas mentor is certified in Safeguarding God's Children, as required by our Diocese and Cathedral communities.
Transition Committee

Please stop by the table in the Olney Gallery during coffee hour to chat with one or more of the Transition Team members about the Bishop Search/Transition process.

Materials are available for all 3 of the candidates, plus a discernment guide that includes information and prayers for use prior to the election in October.

You can also get lists of all of the Transition Team members and Voting Delegates for the Cathedral.  See you on Sunday!

Visit the Diocesan Bishop Search website HERE.
Hospitality Ministry at Trinity

If you love connecting with fellow Trinity Members, welcoming our guests, and having great snacks for coffee hour - WE NEED YOU!

Join Trinity's TEAM HOSPITALITY! Ready to jump on board? Questions? Contact Laura Bardaweel or Danielle Lowe at

October Art Show

Through Photography and Fiber Art,
Daniel Friedman and Lydia Miszuk
explore our environment in the exhibit
"Desert Life".

Daniel Friedman's still life images reveal the unexpected beauty in the shapes, contours, and textures of the objects he finds while hiking or doing yard work. He states, "It's the object's shape that makes me want to see it against a plain background". The minute details and tonal qualities of Friedman's prints make a stark and simple statement about his subject matter. Friedman is a current member of the Five15 Arts collective. He has been a photojournalist (magazine), writer, and sculptor. He received a BA in English and Art from Oberlin College.

Lydia Miszuk is a papermaker/sculptor using natural fibers from the Sonoran Desert. This exhibit investigates animals, plants, and in one case a mythical creature. Miszuk's inspiration comes from the creative synergy in the natural offerings of the desert. She shares, "The gathering and usage of materials that live through my art is a great personal satisfaction". Miszuk was a member of the MARS Artspace in the 90s and has shown her work at ASU and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. She has a BFA in Fibers from ASU.

First Friday reception, October 5 from 6pm - 9pm
On Exhibit through October 28
Hance Park Conservancy

Did you know that Trinity is a member of the Hance Park Conservancy?

Support HPC while having a great time and attend the third annual Noche en Blanco fundraiser on October 27. This is a fun event for all ages with long tables draped in white, live music and dancing, while picnicking  under the stars! You can bring your own picnic or order one from one of three well known valley chefs.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to Hope to see you there!
This Week at Trinity
Friday, October 4
6:00pm - First Friday art opening - Olney Room art gallery
6:00pm - Animal Blessings - Labyrinth

Sunday, October 7
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Said) - Cathedral
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - 12:30pm - Nursery available
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
11:15am - Godly Play
11:15am - Trinitas
11:15am - "Fellowship Sunday" gathering - Atwood Hall
Monday, October 8
The Cathedral Offices will be closed. In event of a pastoral emergency (death, hospitalization or personal crisis) please dial (602) 254-7126. When automated attendant answers press 4 to page a member of the Cathedral staff.
Wednesday, October 10
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Said) - Cathedral
6:00pm - St. Nicholas Choir rehearsal - Auditorium
6:30pm - Cathedral Choir rehearsal - Cathedral
8:00pm - N.A. Meeting - Atwood Hall
Saturday, October 13
9:00am - Trinity Quilters - Atwood Hall
10:00am - 2nd Half of Life - Auditorium
Sunday, October 14
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Said) - Cathedral
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - 12:30pm - Nursery available
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
11:15am - Godly Play
11:15am - Trinitas
11:15am - Book Discussion - Auditorium
Prayers of the People

Commended to our prayers: Wesley, Carolyn & Jim, Meredith, fhe Zeidler family, Jackie & family, Kyle, Fay & Ron, Mary & John, Dolly & Bill, Ellyn & family, Pat, and Jaclyn.
Birthdays: Cindy Troxler (10/7), Virginia Stolarz-Bauer (10/9), Aidan Rowland, Emma Rowland (10/12), and John Roanhorse (10/13).
Anniversaries: Christine Thompson & John Bosler (10/8), Christine & Tony Moore (10/9), Robb Barr & Paul Valenzuela (10/10), Victoria & Joshua Willingham (10/11), and Stephanie & Lorenzo Equival (10/13).
Departed this Life: Judith Bauchmoyer.
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: All of Our Episcopal Schools.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Church.
Community Prayers: All who serve the nation, especially those in the armed forces. All those affected by natural disasters and civil unrest.