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Trinity Institute 2016


Trinity Institute: Listen for a Change
Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice

“Listen for a Change” is the 45th annual Trinity Institute conference, sponsored by Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish in New York City. The Diocese of Southern Virginia is proud to make recordings of this year's conference available in Southern Virginia.

This year’s conference focuses on racial justice. TI2016 is for anyone who is interested in a theological perspective on racial justice and a fuller understanding of present realities and ways to transform them. Anyone interested is invited to attend. TI is perfect for anyone dedicated to or interested in striving for racial justice.

What does TI2016 consist of?

Sessions will include talks by well-known and influential speakers, and conversations with an exceptional group of panelists. After each sessions, participants break into small groups to continue the conversation.

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How you can participate  in the conversation

There are six locations offering the Trinity Institute program. Some locations will offer it over several weeks or days, or all in one day. You choose the location or offering that works best for you. There is no charge for the program. We only ask you to register so we know how many people to plan for.


Where you can participate in the conversation

St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church - 11300 W. Huguenot Rd. Midlothian, 804-272-8588
Three session program: May 10, 24, & June 7
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St. George’s Episcopal Church - 15446 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, 757-877-0088
April 7 through May 12, afternoon and evening options

St. James’ Episcopal Church - 23119 Back Street, Accomac, 757-787-4892
April 23

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church - 228 Halifax St., Petersburg, 804-733-6228
This event is being re-scheduled. New dates will be posted soon.

Old Donation Episcopal Church - 4449 N. Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach, 757-497-0563
May 13-14

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church - 1009 Princess Anne Rd., Norfolk, 757-622-5530
Grace Episcopal Church - 1400 E. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, 757-625-2868
April 24, at St. Andrew's.


Speakers for this year's conference include:

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  • Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times since 2001 and current blogger at On the Ground.  Kristof has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and the genocide in Darfur, along with many humanitarian awards such as the Anne Frank Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
  • Michael Curry, bishop of North Carolina since 2000, and in June 2015, was elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the first African-American to do so.
  • Emilie Townes, PhD, distinguished scholar and leader in theological education, and Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is also the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair and Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society.
  • Michele Norris, a journalist and former host of NPR’s flagship afternoon broadcast, “All Things Considered.” Her memoir, The Grace of Silence (2010), explores her own racial legacy as well as the racial conversations in America following Barack Obama’s election as president.
  • Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Duke University. He has been recognized for his outstanding scholarship in the area of racial issues, especially those affecting African-Americans or similarly disadvantaged racial/ethnic populations.
  • Victor Rios, PhD, author, speaker, and Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at UC-Santa Barbara. His book Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press, 2011) analyzes how juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban youth.
  • Kelly Brown Douglas, MDiv, PhD, Professor and Director of the Religion Department at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a leading voice in womanist theology and has served as an Episcopal priest for over 20 years.
  • Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University.
  • Janine Tinsley-Roe, MMHC, is a member of the Shinnecock and Unkechaug Tribes of Long Island, New York. She is the founder of the Shinnecock-Sewanaka Society Inc., and has also served as the Episcopal Church's National Missioner for Native American Ministries for the U.S. and abroad.
  • T. James Kodera, Professor of Religion at Wellesley College since 1976. He has served has Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hudson, Massachusetts, since 2000. In 1985, he became the first Asian-American ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts since its inception in 1784.




Last Published: May 16, 2016 11:39 AM