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
A forum for the parish will be held on November 18 following the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services to discuss the Justice & Outreach Council Discernment Committee`s report on changes to the Justice Fund grant process to be implemented in 2013.
Justice Fund Grants 2012
This year’s Trinity Justice Fund Grant process begins on September 4, 2012. Applications and Criteria Information are available in the Trinity church office, 1500 State Street, Santa Barbara, or click here after September 1:
The 2012 Justice Fund Grant Process Schedule for applicants is as follows:
- Applications and Criteria Information: September 4, 2012, the process begins.
- Informational Forums (optional):
- Sunday, September 23, 2012, at 11:30 am, in the Trinity Library, and
- Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 5 pm, in the Trinity Library.
- Deadline for Submission: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, by 5 pm in the church office. The application and five copies are due on this date.
- Justice Fund Interviews (Required): Saturday, November 10, 2012, in the lower level of the Trinity Church School. You will be assigned an interview time by e-mail during the week of November 1st.
- Justice Fund Awards: The 2012 Justice Fund grants will be awarded in late January 2013.
- Justice Sunday. All 2012 Justice Fund grant recipients will be invited to participate in this celebration of justice with the parish on March 10, 2013.
Justice Fund Midyear Reports from 2011 Grant Recipients
Each year, recipients of Trinity Justice Fund grants are asked to submit a one page report by August 1 to describe how they have used the Trinity grant money so far this year and to share any other information with us that they would like. Sections of these reports are printed in the Trinity monthly newsletters, but the entire reports are available here:
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.