Justice & Outreach Ministry
In the gospel, we are called to reach out beyond ourselves to bring the compassionate love of God to all people. Trinity seeks to be responsive to the needs of our local community and the world through a variety of ministries based at the church and elsewhere. The Justice & Outreach Council is organized into several committees and ministries, all of which welcome new participants.
Council Chair: Mary Ellen Wylie
Jubilee Justice Forum Study Materials for Your Review:
Justice Fund Mid-Year Reports From 2012 Grant Recipients
Each year, recipients of Trinity Justice Fund grants are asked to submit a one-page report by early fall to describe how they have used the Trinity grant since funding and to share other information with the parish about their continuing efforts. You are invited to read and enjoy these reports reflecting the good work being done with Justice Fund dollars.
Please read them over. There is much good work going on in our community and in our world, and it is important to know that Trinity is contributing to that through our annual Justice Fund grants.
Justice Fund Grants
Mary Ellen Wylie
Trinity commits a portion of its pledge collection to create the Justice Fund. Other sources of funding come from the monthly Celebration Offerings and designated gifts. These monies are allocated annually to organizations and projects that address the needs of the poor and marginalized locally and elsewhere in the world. These contributions fall under two categories: (1) those causes that are designed to alleviate immediate suffering and provide charity and (2) those that address the underlying causes of suffering and aim to create more just systems. A committee is formed each year to review applications and select grant recipients.
Just Faith is a conversion-based process that seeks to integrate personal spirituality and social ministry. The aim of Just Faith is to empower participants to develop a passion and thirst for justice and, after the program, to express this passion in concrete acts of parish and social ministry. The program is a once a week class that meets for 30 weeks, September to June.
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice is an interfaith organization with the mission to bring clergy and laity together to organize, advocate for, and build bridges on behalf of the poor and marginalized in our area
Children of Joy
This ministry coordinates fund-raising efforts for two orphanages in Sri Lanka that our parish sponsors.
Alternative Christmas Market
Each year at Christmas time, the children of our parish put together an alternative gift market where parishioners can support various charitable organizations such as Heifer Project, Children of Joy, Episcopal Relief Fund, and Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance.
Team Trinity AIDS Walk
Trinity parishioners form a team each year to gather funds and walk in the Annual AIDS walk.
Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance partners with religious organizations in resource-poor countries for community-based HIV prevention and care. New volunteers are always welcome.
Harding School Helpers
The purpose of this program is to help children grades 1–6 at Harding Elementary School with homework after school. Volunteers can help two or more Mondays or Tuesdays per month from 4:15–5:15.
Michael Arnold, Monthly Coordinator; Teresa Pietsch, Bi-monthly Coordinator
Transition House provides food, shelter, and services to families who have lost their houses and are trying to get back on their feet. Two teams of Trinity volunteers serve dinner to residents with the opportunity to help either on a monthly or bi-monthly schedule.
Community Kitchen/Casa Esperanza
The Community Kitchen prepares and serves hot nutritious meals to the hungry and homeless in Santa Barbara. It is located at Casa Esperanza, the homeless day center and winter shelter. A group of Trinity parishioners serves lunch there on Wednesdays throughout the year.
The Faulding Hotel is an 81-room historical hotel that houses the working poor and residents on fixed income. Trinity volunteers take part in a “mutual ministry” of learning and socializing each month with the residents.
Jean Lange Davis
This ministry promotes environmental sustainability within parishioners’ homes, at the church, and in the Santa Barbara community.
Winter Warming Center
From December through March, Trinity opens its doors on a rotating basis with other faith communities to provide a hot meal and safe place to sleep for the most vulnerable homeless in our community.