Faith In Action

Faith in Action

(formerly known as the Mission and Outreach ministry)

“Born of mission outreach and supported by a vibrant worship life, the congregation has consistently considered outreach and service to others to be foundational.” * —Walter Edgar

Our heritage at Trinity is filled with our predecessors’ commitment to living out their Faith in Action. Many of our current outreach efforts began decades ago, and are legacies of efforts that span over the 2 centuries of this congregation.

Our history of giving back starts almost at the very inception of our church. Trinity operated Sunday schools for the poor of the city throughout much of the 1800s that provided academic work as well as Bible lessons. Towards the latter part of the century in the 1890s, Trinity operated a house in the Olympia mill village to help the underprivileged in the area, and funded a mission church in the area as well.

Trinity’s women’s group, The Daughters of the Holy Cross, were responsible for establishing the first tuberculosis sanitarium in South Carolina in 1912. The camp was eventually named “Ridgewood Camp” and became the South Carolina TB Hospital. More recently, Trinity was also one of the founding partners of the Cooperative Ministry, Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Center, and St. Lawrence Place, now known as Homeless No More and Transitions Homeless Center.
 
Your Faith in Action Committee at Trinity supports both local and international ministries.  Our partnerships provide a wide range of opportunities for financial and volunteer support.
 
There are many opportunities to serve in this Trinity tradition, and your service helps people in our community and beyond. We invite you to join us and be a part of Trinity’s long tradition of Faith in Action and respond to our Lord’s call. We hope each member of Trinity Cathedral will be inspired and called to put their Faith in Action.

To connect with Trinity’s Faith in Action Ministry, please contact Anne Miller, committee chair, at annemiller@sc.rr.com.

“Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”

*Walter Edgar, noted historian and retired University of South Carolina professor, shares the following: “In 1812, a group of Episcopalians in Columbia became the nucleus for an Episcopal Mission in the Backcountry.Over two centuries that mission has evolved into Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Born of mission outreach and supported by a vibrant worship life, the congregation has consistently considered outreach and service to others to be foundational.” Edgar also has written a history of Trinity that was published in 2013, and has presented a series of lectures for communicants on the life of the Cathedral. The quotes appearing in this post were first published in the Columbia Star on October 12, 2012.