Trinity Church in Menlo Park: An Episcopal Community
with a Seeking Soul, a Heart for Justice, and an Open Spirit.
We are a community of seeking souls, rooted in our shared tradition and open to wherever the Spirit may be leading us. We come together with different questions and varying needs, to explore, to serve and to celebrate together. Some of us grew up in church, and some of us have never been involved in church before we came to Trinity. At Trinity, our invitation is to join us in community and spiritual practice. Out of that belonging and practicing will come a sense of faith and commitment. Some of us deeply embrace traditional Christian teaching, and some of us have serious questions about some of that teaching. Yet, because belonging and practicing come first, we walk together, with a common commitment to “strive for justice and peace” and to “respect the dignity of every human being.” And, to engage together and individually in the on-going work of the soul. We invite you to walk with us.
A Seeking Soul
When we talk about “a seeking soul,” we are recognizing that we are all in some sense seekers. When it comes to the soul, the sacred center of who we are as human beings, we seek three things that Karen Armstrong, the well-known author on religion, has described as lying at the heart of the spiritual life: meaning, peace and joy.
Human beings are designed to be seekers after meaning, and we feel most fulfilled when we can say that our lives are meaningful. We at Trinity seek to support you and invite you to support us as we seek to find meaningful lives through seeking a relationship with God, with one another in community and with the world. It is a journey that will lead us to a greater sense of peace and joy in our lives, and will leave us transformed.
A Heart for Justice
To say that we have a “heart for justice” is to say that we are concerned, as a community, about the injustices of the world that betray the dream of God for all humanity. The Baptismal Covenant of The Episcopal Church says that as baptized Christians, we make a solemn promise to “work for justice and peace in the world, and respect the dignity of every human being.”
At Trinity, we are discerning what it means to keep this baptismal promise. Given the diversity of our community, what does working for justice and peace mean to us? Our understanding of how we might advocate for a more just world individually and as a community is evolving, and we invite you to join us as we seek to demonstrate God’s compassion and concern for the poor and oppressed in our life together.
An Open Spirit
To have “an open spirit” means that we invite all sorts and conditions of women, men and children to be a part of our community, and we welcome all manner of different ideas and points of view. Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome here. Your questions are welcome, your doubts are welcome. We aren’t any different from you: we are on a journey to understand our relationship to God, to ourselves, to one another and to the world. We don’t have it all figured out. At Trinity, belonging, praying and worshiping together come first. Through being in community and dedicating ourselves to spiritual practice, we will come to a deeper understanding of who God is for us in this time and place. Jesus invited all people to gather at the table with him, and especially those who knew they didn’t have all the answers. So, whoever you are, you are welcome here.
All are welcome at Trinity!
We strive to create a space that welcomes all who worship with us. We invite all people to be a part of our community: children and families, single adults, couples, and people of all backgrounds and racial and ethnic groups. Trinity is an Oasis congregation in the Diocese of California, which means we are intentionally welcoming of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. Wherever you come from and whoever you are, you are welcome here.