Trinity Institute 2018

Values in Action Conference

Wade in the Water: A Racial Justice Ministry at Grace Episcopal Church will be a host site for this year’s Trinity Institute Values in Action Conference featuring Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

We all want to create a better world—and that requires action and connection. Discerning shared values is crucial to forming powerful partnerships and moving forward with courageous intention.  Explore how we can set a collaborative course forward at this year’s conference.   Come for the speeches, panels, reflection groups, and networking events. Leave with new skills, ideas, inspiration, and a greater capacity to take action rooted in core values and powerful partnerships.

For more information or to register for Trinity Institute at
Grace Episcopal Church, email Sunny Simmons at

WHERE:  Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Road, Silver Spring, MD  20910.

WHEN:    Friday, February 2 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
and          Saturday, February 3 from 9:00am to 5:15pm

COST:     Registration is free (donations gratefully accepted).
Snacks will be provided on Friday evening as well as breakfast & lunch on Saturday.


Friday, February 2 – Trinity Church and Live Stream

7:00 pm –  Opening Worship
Preacher: The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church

8:00-9:00 pm – Keynote
Speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, founder of “DefineAmerican”
* Q&A

Saturday, February 3 – St. Paul’s Chapel and Live Stream

9:00-10:30 am Welcome & Warmup (song & prayer)
Speaker: Michelle Alexander
A public conversation with the author of The New Jim Crow about the values that fuel her
work and how values help create movements for change
* Q&A
* Stories

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45-11:45 am Valuing the Story
Speaker: Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet, author, and leader of the Corrymeela Community will
explore stories where values emerge, bump into each other, conflict, and create
opportunities for deep dialogue about important values in contemporary life. We will
look at values in action, and values in tension.

11:45-12:15 pm Reflection Groups

12:15-1:15 pm Lunch

1:15-2:15 pm Values and Voices: Speaking Out in Public Spheres
Deirdre Good, Andrea Weiss, and Adnan A. Zulfiqar describe a national non-partisan
campaign, American Values Religious Voices, that brought together scholars from a
diverse range of religious traditions to articulate core American values after the
national election.

2:15-2:45 pm Reflection Groups

2:45-3:00 pm Break

3:00-4:00 pm Playing Politics vs Incubating Justice: Witnessing to the Queer Power of God
Elizabeth Edman, priest and political strategist, sees our job as people of faith as being to
show the world that the power of God is a real thing – to make it plainly, graphically,
authentically visible in the world. For our commitment to justice to have any impact —
for our values to translate into action — we must do something harder: we must cultivate
this commitment as virtue. We must live it.

4:00-4:30 pm Reflection Groups

4:30-5:00 pm Wrap up with Mark Bozzuti-Jones & Winnie Varghese
Priests, authors, and Trinity Church Wall Street’s directors of Core Values and Justice &
Reconciliation lead us in reflecting on how we put values into action.
* Closing Remarks

5:15 pm Reception – Make connections, continue the conversation.

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Grace Episcopal Church
Grace Church Road, located off of Georgia Ave. in downtown Silver Spring, near the intersection of Georgia Ave. and 16th Street.

The church office will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. After hours you may leave a message on the answering machine, which will direct you to individual voice mail boxes for members of the church staff.

Telephone: Parish Office: 301.585.3515; Parish Fax: 301.585.4309

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1607 Grace Church Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 585-3515