Archbishops From Six Continents

by: 
James Melchiorre

Trinity Church Wall Street Rector, the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, began a meeting of archbishops from six continents with a word of thanks to those from Africa.

“One of the things I love about Trinity is that Trinity learns from others,” Dr. Lupfer said.

“You challenged us to start thinking about mission real estate development, activating land to grow resources.”

The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Rector of Trinity Church Wall Street, speaking in Lusaka, Zambia November 1, discusses Trinity's strategic initiatives in the areas of leadership and mission real estate.

About 40 persons are meeting this week in Lusaka, Zambia, most of them archbishops from every continent except Antarctica, in what is titled a capacity building workshop. Capacity building is generally described as leveraging land and other real estate to generate funds to support the mission of the Church.

“Trinity promotes mission through marketplace,” Dr. Lupfer said. “For the past seven years we’ve worked on that in Africa.”

Trinity began convening and sponsoring capacity building workshops in 2012. This week’s gathering is the first dedicated exclusively to archbishops, called primates in the Anglican and Episcopal traditions. Primates gathered in Lusaka represent nine African nations, as well as Korea, the Philippines, Panamá, Jamaica, Brazil, Scotland, and New Zealand.

Although the focus of this meeting is Mission Real Estate Development, Dr. Lupfer noted that another of Trinity’s strategic initiatives is Leadership Development.

“We need new leaders for this new world,” Dr. Lupfer said.

One of Trinity's Strategic Clergy, the Rev. Winnie Varghese, spoke later about another of Trinity’s strategic initiatives, Neighborhood, with its focus on Racial Justice, Housing and Homelessness, and Trinity Commons, the new community center that will open in 2020.

“The Gospel meets us with the most vulnerable in our neighborhood,” Varghese said.

The Rev. Winnie Varghese explained to the primates Trinity's strategic initiatives involving neighborhood.

Referring to Trinity’s participation in the recent efforts to reform the laws involving cash bail in the state of New York and to close Rikers Island Jail in New York City, Varghese told the primates that Trinity, again, learned from others who were also involved in those movements.

“We got to stand up as a powerful institution. We found that we have power, and we can use it on behalf of those who Jesus would have stood with.”