October 5, 2017




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This has been a challenging week. Like many people, I was impacted by the horrible shooting in Las Vegas. That incident was horrific. And it happened on the heels of devastating hurricanes. This all happened in the context of political dysfunction and the crumbling of our foundations of civility. I wasn't very productive on Monday or Tuesday - I was just overwhelmed with it all.
On Tuesday night I had the blessing to participate in an interfaith service hosted by the Mosaic Law Congregation. It was a lovely and simple event where a diverse group of 8 religious leaders offered scripture and prayers. It was balm to my troubled soul.  While I was still heartbroken, I left with a sense of hope, strength and resolve.

In times like this, dwelling too long on the darkness can be debilitating. It was helpful to be in a group that was honest about the darkness and pain, but focused on light and life. I am realizing, once again, that focusing on small acts such as loving the people I encounter and showing up in solidarity with others, can go along way in changing my perspective. 

Trinity Art Show
I spent some time today at the Trinity Art Show. The theme for the show is "Light out of Darkness" and encountering the artwork was another helpful exercise. Beatnik Studio, the host of the show, will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30am to 7:00pm.  Tomorrow ( Friday) night there will be an opening reception from 6:00 to 9:00. On Wednesday evening, October 11, at 7:00pm there will be a panel discussion. I hope you are able to see the show.

Another point of light was the animal blessing on Sunday morning at 9:00. The assembly area was packed with children, adults and lots of pets and stuffed animals. You can see my pictures from the service here.

Tonight I will lead our fourth weekly discussion of Jim Wallis's book on racism. This has been very well attended and our discussion has been lively and challenging. Many people have asked me if I could lead the same discussion on Sunday mornings and I'm happy to say I will begin such a series this Sunday, at 10:15 in the Assembly Area. It will be a six week series discussing Jim Wallis' book America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America. The books will be available in the bookshop on Sunday. This Sunday we will simply have an opening conversation. We will have our first book discussion next week, after people have had a chance to read the first few chapters. 

Construction Update: The excavation to access the sewer pipe in the Great Hall is completed. We are now cutting chunks out of the floor in order to put electrical outlets in the floor. The next phase is to do the sewer pipe excavation under the wall and in the courtyard. That should be done next week. The following week we should have the new pipe installed.  We are on track to have the Great Hall usable by Thanksgiving. 
The Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, Dean
Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
In this edition....
Cathedral Bookshop...
The Reading Corner...
Choral Evensong...
TNAC Classes...
Trinity Cathedral Art Show...
Sacramento Baroque Soloists...
Plant for the Planet...
Ada Mew Memorial Service...
This Sunday...
Children, Youth & Family News...
Trinity Cathedral Art Show...
Reducing Political Polarization...
Conversations on Race...
Pat Hill Memorial Service...
Thomas Merton Documentary...
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Cathedral Bookshop  
  Bookshop Hours
Tue, Wed, Thu:
11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 8:30am - 1:00pm
Phone: 916-442-9194 

The Reading Corner...

In the...
Trinity Cathedral Library

There's always something new in our library, which you can check out on the SECOND and FOURTH Sundays of the month.     ~~Phyllis Ehlert
And here is the perennial St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate by Karen Armstrong. She is a former nun, scholar, and college professor. She sketches Paul's life and why he was so important in the early history of Christianity. (225.9 P)
Wise Women: Over 2,000 years of Spiritual Writing by Women is edited by Susan Cahill. It is a massive tome, actually 394 pages but is it heavy! Such a large volume is best consumed by bits; entries are only a couple pages long. So one can browse at leisure and read about such disparate persons as Dorothy Sayers, mystery writer, and Dorothy Day, labor activist or Mother Teresa and Kathleen Norris, contemporary religious writer. (200.92 W)


Tuesday Morning Group (TMG)
Meets every Tuesday at 10:00am in the
Conference Room
We have 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.
Lunch Bunch...
Thursdays at Noon in the Conference Room
  We are currently reading
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance.
  Bring a lunch, bring a friend, and join in!
 If you have any questions, contact the Rev. Pamela Anderson at pamela@trinitycathedral.org
Writing Group...
Meets on Thursdays from 
3:00-4:30pm in the
Conference Room

Anyone can write and everyone is welcome. Come check us out.
For information, contact June Gillam at gorillagirlink@gmail.com
or Bruce Roy at barinsac@comcast.net
Journey with Jesus
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm,
Room J
Join us in a reflective Bible Study of next week's Gospel passage.  Contact Jerry Pare' at jpare@trinitycathedral.org or 916-930-8032.
The Trinity Icon
  Centering Prayer
Tuesday's, 6-7pm,
Thursday's, 12:10pm-1:00pm
Cathedral East Transept
Centering Prayer is a method of meditation that helps quiet the mind and participate in God's presence.
Praying Hands
Prayer and Healing 
We meet the 1st Saturday of the month in the Conference Room at 10:00am
We will refer to Agnes Sanford's 
The Healing Light available online and The Order of St Luke the Physician's study guide
The Healing Miracles of Jesus  
available at orderofstluke.org
Contact is Elba White at elbawhite@yahoo.com
Trivia at Track 7 
When: 1st & 3rd Sundays at 5pm
Where:  826 Professor Ln #100, Sacramento 95834
Hosted by:  Pamela & Marc Anderson

Bring the family and friends to this kid and dog family event.  Picnic tables abound so bring a sack dinner or snacks or pick up a bite to eat with the local food truck.  If you plan to come, please RSVP with Pastor Pamela at pamela@trinitycathedral.org
There's a lot of people who attend trivia nights so it can be easy to get lost in the crowd!
Check your mail for the Stewardship letters coming soon
The Cathedral Choir at Wells Cathedral, England

Choral Evensong

Thursday, October 5 at 6:00 pm


Please join us for our first service of Choral Evensong for the season, sung by the Cathedral Choir. Included will be the magnificent setting of the evening canticles by Herbert Howells, written for the choir of St John's College, Cambridge, England. 

Choral Evensong, sung to the Book of Common Prayer of 1662, has been sung daily in English Cathedrals for hundreds of years. The Trinity Cathedral Choir continues that tradition on a monthly basis, as scheduled. A service of lessons, music, and prayers, evensong is lovely way to end a hectic and noise-filled day. Please join us!
TNACThursday Night At the Cathedral
Compline at 6:00pm
Fellowship: Bring Your Own Dinner at 6:15pm
TNAC classes at 7:00pm

How to Live as a Christian in This Crazy World
September 14 to October 19 - Assembly Area
Facilitated by TVR Brian Baker
With the breakdown of civility, chaos in our political systems and an increase of explicit racism, we are entering a frightening time of crisis. Dean Baker will lead a six-week conversation that will explore how our faith can both guide and sustain us as we strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.
12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
September 14 to November 16 - Bookshop
Facilitated by Susan Hotchkiss

In 2010, Karen Armstrong, a renowned scholar of the world's religions, wrote Twelve Steps to A Compassionate Life . The Washington Post stated: "Armstrong lays out a pluralistic and, ultimately, secular way to spread compassion that's easy to believe in." From learning about compassion to loving your enemies, this book is extremely timely for living in the world today. Attendees are encouraged to purchase the book, available in the Cathedral Bookshop.
Journey with Jesus -- Your Journey of Faith
Ongoing, drop-ins are welcome! - Room J
Facilitated by Kelly Mieske and Jerry Paré
Join us in a reflective Bible Study of next week's Gospel passage. Contact Jerry Pare' at jpare@trinitycathedral.org or 916-930-8032.
Light Out of Darkness:
Trinity Cathedral Juried Art Show
October 3-26 at Beatnik Studios at 723 S Street
A reception will be held Friday, October 6 from 6-9 p.m.

Gallery hours are:
11:30am - 7:00pm,  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Trinity Cathedral Choral Scholars with Sacramento Baroque Soloists


Cathedral Choral Scholars Bernadette Mondok and Derek Keller join the Sacramento Baroque Soloists (SBS) for a unique concert experience "Bach's Coffehouse."

Return to the era of Bach and Telemann's coffee house, when musicians and patrons stopped by to jam and enjoy this new favorite beverage. Bernadette Mondok, soprano, Derek Keller, tenor, and Omari Tau, bass vocalists join Sacramento Baroque Soloists to present a program including Bach's Coffee Cantata, Cantata "Widerstehe doch der Sünde," and Telemann's Chamber Concerto in D major TWV 43:D4.

This concert will be presented four times, including Friday, October 6th at 7:30 pm, at St Paul's Episcopal Church, 1430 J Street in downtown Sacramento.

Ticket information available at the SBS website:  https://sacramentobaroque.org/concerts
Plant for the Planet Academy
Saturday, October 7, 9:00am-2:00pm
at Washington Elementary School, 520 18th St.
This free climate change and recovery academy has youth reaching youth about climate change, its impact, and what they can do. The workshop is open to 4th through 12th graders and their parents. Snacks and lunch provided for participants. For more information see Ann Rothschild or another TREE member. Click here to register. Follow this link for a printable flyer with more information.
Memorial Service
The Cathedral was saddened to learn of the death of Ada Mew. Her memorial service will be October 7th at 11am. May she rest in peace.

This Sunday - October 8

Children's Chapel: This Sunday we'll explore today's Old Testament reading: Moses and the 10 Commandments.
This Sunday in Sunday School:
Preschool- 2nd grade: The Godly Play class will explore the Noah's story - The Flood and the Ark
Faith Builders 3rd - 5th Abraham and Sarah
Junior and Senior High will explore symbols in today's gospel Matthew 21:33-46 - Taking a knee or Making a Stand
Episcopal Youth Fellowship - EYF
EYF meets this Sunday upstairs in the Assembly area at 12:30. We'll begin planning for our Convention Lock-In. Usually we end at 2:30, but this Sunday we have the opportunity to experience the new program - Yoga in the Cathedral - from 2:00 - 3:00. Youth who would rather not participate in this program designed for all levels of ability are welcome to leave at 2:00. If you plan to participate, please bring a towel or yoga mat.
Moms, Pops, Grandparents, and Tots: Our Wednesday program is on hiatus for another month as we wait for the construction to settle down a bit. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Kathy Hopner at kathrynhopner@gmail.com
Save the Dates:
Sunday morning, October 22nd, Pumpkin Carving at Trinity! Join us for pumpkin carving on Sunday morning during coffee hour. We'll supply small to medium pumpkins, carving equipment, and snacks - bring your large pumpkins if you'd like, and wear comfortable clothes - come and enjoy!
Sunday, October 29th: Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to church. (Teens and adults are welcome to join them, too, if they wish!)
Music for this Sunday

9:00 am - The Celebration Choir sings "Freedom Trilogy"  by Paul Halley.

11:15 am - The Cathedral Choir sings "Magnificat" by Herbert Howells.
Canon David Link plays music by Charles V. Stanford.
Holy Health and Wellness Practices
Sundays  in the Assembly Area at 10:15am
Come explore how mindfulness and gratitude practices can tie to our everyday activities. Discover food for your body and soul, and empowerment in community so that you to continue in your call to be an agent of God's love in this chaotic and hurting world. Please do not hesitate to contact Rev. Megan with questions:
Newcomers' Group
Meets at 10:15am in the Conference Room
The group will discuss Ministry Opportunities.

Contact is Randie Strike: randie.trinity@gmail.com ;  916-446-2513
Free Yoga in the Cathedral
Sundays 2-3pm

Come explore the link between the body-mind connection through the practice of yoga, meditation, and journaling. Classes will start with either light journaling and/or meditation and be directly followed by a gentle yoga flow. Please bring a mat, towel, and journal. Classes will be taught by Yoga Instructor Judi Moreno .

Click here for a flyer. Please feel free to print it and post it on community bulletin boards and share it with your friends!

Next Week and Beyond... 

Light Out of Darkness:
Trinity Cathedral Juried Art Show
October 3-26 at Beatnik Studios at 723 S Street
panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. The discussion will will focus on the purpose of the show, the rationales underlying the pieces which were selected as winners, and the motivation of the various artists in creating the pieces.

Reducing Political Polarization

The level of divisiveness and demonization in our politics and in our social fabric is unproductive and harmful to our country.  Better Angels is a bipartisan citizen group dedicated to bridging the political divide and building a new way to talk with one another.

For the last eight months, Better Angels has been facilitating conversations across the country between Red and Blue citizens for the purpose of understanding each other.  Click on the image below to see an example:

See an example
Steve Sphar is a local Better Angels leader and will be holding an informational meeting on this important work:

When:  October 9, 2017, 7 - 8pm
Where:  Sierra II Center, Room 12, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento
Contact: steve@stevesphar.com for more information
Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr.
Conversations on Race
Friday October 13 at 6:30pm
Dr. Joseph E. Marshall, Jr. is the author of Street Soldier: One Man's Struggle to Save a Generation and a pioneer in a new public health model of violence prevention and intervention that includes weekly family group meetings, academic rehabilitation, and college scholarships.
He will discuss the risk factors associated with violent behavior in our youth:
  • Why do youth harm themselves and others when they are angry, fearful or hurting?
  • How do you help youth with their anger, fear and pain?
  • How is it possible to live a violence-free life and have violence-free communities?
  • How can we make our schools safe and increase academic achievement?
  • Does the music and media influence violence?
A book signing and reception will follow.
Memorial Service
The Cathedral was saddened to learn of the death of Pat Hill who had been a very active member of the congregation for over 60 years. Her memorial service will be October 14th at 1pm. May she rest in peace.

Documentary on Thomas Merton
 Monday, November 6 at 7:00pm
at Trinity Cathedral
Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk
A free showing of a film on the lasting impact of Thomas Merton's life will be presented Monday, November 6 at 7pm. The filmmaker, Morgan C. Atkinson will be on hand to share thoughts and answer questions after the showing. Click here for a printable flyer with more information.

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