2018 Lenten Speaker Series: Good News for a Sober Season

Join us this season of Lent for Trinity's 2018 Lenten Speaker Series "Good News for a Sober Season."  Each Wednesday during Lent, there will be a special guest to preach at the noonday prayer service in the Cathedral at 12:30 pm and to speak at Parish suppers at 6:30 pm in Satterlee Hall.

Wednesday Lenten Preaching Series

  • 12:30 pm: Noonday Prayer Service in the Cathedral (Lunch available in Satterlee Hall at noon and after the service for $7) Click here to register for lunch each week.
  • 6:30 pm: Presentation in Satterlee Hall (Supper begins at 5:45 pm. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children.) Click here to register for supper each week.

February 21: Bishop George Sumner

bishop-sumner.jpgThe Rt. Rev'd Canon George Sumner is bishop for the Diocese of Dallas, where he oversees more than 31,000 Episcopalians, 200 clergy, and 100 congregations. 

Prior to his election, Sumner served as principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada. He was the dean of a growing seminary and was the chief administrator responsible for strategic planning; encouraging young, future priests; building relations with bishops; and overseeing clergy's continuing education. 

Ordained as an Episcopal priest in western Massachusetts in 1981, Sumner served as a youth minister, missionary teacher in east Africa, curate in an inner-city parish, vicar on a native American reservation in New Mexico and Arizona, and rector in a small town. Sumner has a Ph.D. in theology from Yale, and has written a book about priestly calling and a commentary on Daniel. He also has a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a B.A. from Harvard College.

Click here to listen to his sermon from noonday prayer on February 21.

February 28: The Rev’d Dr. Daniel “Dan” Matthews

Dan-Matthews.jpgThe Rev'd Dr. Daniel Paul Matthews, rector emeritus of historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, was born in Chicago and grew up in Western North Carolina, where he graduated from high school in the small mill town of Canton.  He spent the first 20 years of his ministry as a priest in parishes in Tennessee.

Since 1972, the hallmark of Dr. Matthews' work has been concentrated in larger, inner city parishes.  At St. John's in Knoxville, TN, the parish’s work focused on the needs of the city both within and without the church. In 1980 he was called to St. Luke’s in downtown Atlanta, with its homeless ministry, and in 1987 he received a call to 300-year old Trinity Church, Wall Street, where he served for 17 years.

On September 11, 2001, Dr. Matthews saw the second plane fly into the south tower of the World Trade Center from his Parish’s offices, and he was forced to evacuate lower Manhattan with his staff and the children of the Parish pre-school. Trinity’s historic chapel, St. Paul’s – across the street from the World Trade Center – served as a 24-hour refuge and relief center to the emergency workers for eight months. 

In retirement, Dan serves at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.  Mrs. Matthews is an innkeeper during the summer season at The Swag Mountain Top Inn, a hiking resort, on the boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Waynesville, NC.

Click here to listen to his sermon from noonday prayer on Wednesday, February 28.

March 7: The Rev’d Paul Roberts Abernathy

Paul-abernathy.jpgThe Rev’d Paul Abernathy is the priest-in-charge at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Laurens, SC. He has held various positions in the Church including, as a four-time General Convention deputy and an adjunct faculty member of the College of Preachers of the Washington National Cathedral Foundation.

Click here to listen to his sermon from noonday prayer on Wednesday, March 7.

March 14: Mary Foster Parmer

mary-parmer.jpgMary Parmer is a congregational development consultant/coach, speaker, and retreat leader living in Sewanee, Tennessee. She serves as the Director of Invite-Welcome-Connect, a transformational ministry of evangelism and hospitality. Mary Parmer’s personal call to work with congregations in newcomer ministry is borne out of her spiritual gift of exhortation (encouragement), her love of people, and her passion for welcoming the newcomer and empowering the laity. Mary’s passion is helping congregational leadership understand the importance of personal invitation, welcoming folks, hearing their story, recognizing their gifts, and then connecting them to ministry. Mary believes that the ministry of the laity is best carried out when individuals discern their own spiritual giftedness and then are empowered and equipped to live into their baptismal covenant by offering their individual gifts and talents to God.

We will also host an Invite-Welcome-Connect workshop that following Saturday on March 17.

Click here to listen to Mary Parmer's sermon from noonday prayer on Wednesday, March 14.


March 21: The Rev'd Cathie Caimano

The Rev. Catherine (Cathie) Caimano has served congregations in New York City; Durham, NC; cathie-caimano.jpgand Wichita, KS; and on the staff of the Diocese of North Carolina as a Canon to then Bp. Michael B. Curry. Since January 2016, she has been a Free Range Priest, exploring how the church’s ministry takes new forms as the institution faces continued decline. She works with congregations and clergy across denominations, and with people beyond the walls of the church, focusing on making ministry sustainable for all. This includes work with Backstory Preaching, an online preaching mentoring program, and United Faith Leaders, a website for clergy offering ministry where people can find them. It includes a lot of digital and online ministry, and helping congregations and clergy understand this as our new mission field. Mostly the focus is on bringing Good News to the world in new, creative, and exciting ways, and supporting lay and clergy leaders as they develop this ministry. 
Click here to listen to Cathie Caimano's sermon from Noonday Prayer on March 21.


March 28: Bishop Waldo *Noonday prayer only

Bishop-Waldo.jpgAndrew Waldo was elected the eighth bishop of Upper South Carolina in December 2009. He was raised in Montgomery, AL, the second of six children in an Episcopal clergy family, and received degrees from Whittier College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee. Ordained in the Diocese of New Hampshire, he has served as rector of Trinity Church, Excelsior, MN, and of St. Mark’s, LaGrange, GA, and as curate of Grace Church, Manchester, NH.