Spiritual Formation at Trinity

  Spiritual Formation at Trinity  
Trinity's Spiritual Formation Program

Spaces of Exploration, Practice, and Belonging for All People

 
Belong                                                                        
 
+ Practice
 
+ Explore
 
+ Question
 
+ Trust
 
 
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.
                                                      -- James 3:17

                                     

                                                                                                                                                      
Trinity's Spiritual Formation Program for adults  seeks to create "spaces" to which all are welcome with an open spirit.   Some of these spaces are aimed at providing people the opportunity for specifically Christian formation within the context of The Episcopal Church.  Some of these spaces are more open, in the sense of inviting an exploration of the spiritual life even in the absence of a specifically Christian or Episcopal commitment.  All of our classes and conversations are informed by the Nine Aspirations of Spiritual Formation, which you will find at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions, please
be in touch with the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett
 

Spiritual Formation "Spaces"

The Sunday Sessions
These are short sessions of three or four consecutive Sundays offered three or four times a year, and are dedicated to formation within the Christian tradition as received by The Episcopal Church and lived out by the Trinity community.  Each session of three or four Sundays runs from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm, beginning immediately after our 10:00 am service.   We start with lunch together, and then move into our classes.  There are generally two offerings for adults to choose from, and an offering for children and youth.  Child care is provided for the youngest children.  These sessions are scheduled during the program year, which runs from September through May.  
The 2017-2018 schedule for Sunday Sessions will be found here. Some of our Sunday Sessions are recorded, and you can access the archive here.

The Rector's Classes
Rev. Matthew offers classes during the program year (September through May) on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm, with the session repeated on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 am to 11:45 am.   A theme is generally adopted for each year, and there are breaks in the course of the year to accommodate holidays.   Information on the 2016-2017 class schedule can be found here.  You will also find recordings from last year's classes.


 


Nine Aspirations of a Spiritual Life 


These nine aspirations have been borrowed, in a modified form, from the Community of the Mystic Heart, an interspiritual group of contemplative practitioners.   They suggest what we aspire to as we move along a path of inner spiritual development.
 
1.   To actualize and live according to my full moral and ethical capacity 
 
2.   To live in solidarity with the cosmos and all living beings
 
3.   To live in non-violence
 
4.   To live in humility and to remember those who assisted me on my spiritual path
 
5.   To embrace a daily spiritual practice
 
6.   To cultivate mature self-knowledge
 
7.   To live a life of simplicity
 
8.   To live a life of service and compassionate action
 
9.   To work for justice, peace, and healing of the world, including the environment
 
It is important to see these aspirations as suggestions meant to shape our path rather than as requirements imposed from outside.  We encourage you to reflect on these aspirations and consider how they might apply to your life and situation.  It is to be expected that people will interpret them and live them out somewhat differently.

 



Class Recordings

Below you will find recordings of talks from some of our classes.  The library currently contains talks from our 2011-2012 and  2012-2013 seasons.  Please note that the James Alision series has not been recorded due to the format of those classes.

Click HERE for recordings of the 2015-2016 Series, "Descent of the Heart"


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Sermon on the Mount Session 2
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
 
12/12/2012 

Sermon on the Mount Session 1
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
 
11/28/2012 

Generous Christianity, Session 6
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
The Kingdom of God is Within 
11/14/2012 

Generous Christianity, Session 5
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
Christianity & Other Religions 
11/7/2012 

Generous Christianity, Session 4
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
Science and Religion 
10/24/2012 

Generous Christianity, Session 3
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
What to Do About the Creeds? 
10/10/2012 

Generous Christianity, Session 2
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
Priority of the Gospels 
10/3/2012 

Generous Christianity, Session 1
 
The Experience of Christ 
9/19/2012 

Hidden Power of Gospels, Pt 5
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
 
2/15/2012 

Hidden Power of Gospels, Pt 4
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
 
2/8/2012 

Hidden Power of Gospels, Pt 3
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
 
2/1/2012 

Notes on Mark's Gospel
 
 
2/1/2012 

Notes on Matthew's Gospel
 
 
1/18/2012 

Hidden Power of Gospels, Pt 2
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
 
1/18/2012 

Hidden Power of Gospels Pt 1
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
 
1/12/2012 

Speaking Christian Class, Part 5
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
 
11/16/2011 

Speaking Christian Class, Part 4
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
 
11/9/2011 

Speaking Christian Class, Part 1
Matthew Dutton-Gillett 
 
10/19/2011