Trinity has hosted conferences, talks, and panels with some of the world’s foremost theologians, activists and public intellectuals. The aim is to engage participants in fruitful dialogue and reflection about how theology relates to vital issues such as racial justice, the environment, and economic inequality. Many of these talks are available for streaming, supported by discussion guides, reading lists, topical videos, and other resources. Special presentations continue to be scheduled and will be added here as available.
Keep It Reel: Film Project and Festival
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s influential film, Do the Right Thing, Trinity Church Wall Street hosted Keep It Reel: Teens Facing Race Through Film, a filmmaking project and festival for neighborhood public high school students, on June 1, 2019. Students from Leadership & Public Service High School, The Door, The James Baldwin School, and Trinity Youth created five- to seven-minute narrative films addressing the issue of race.
Scene & Unseen: Facing Race Through Film
As a precursor to the "Keep It Reel" film festival, Trinity Church Wall Street convened a full capacity audience in St. Paul’s Chapel on a Friday evening and all day Saturday in February 2019 to explore and discuss race in the United States through the lens of film. Trinity provides the videos of these talks for free use in your community as discussion starters, weekend retreats, or to structure a church formation series.
Trinity Institute is an annual theological conference which has been organized and sponsored for almost a half-century by Trinity Church Wall Street. Trinity Institute equips clergy and laypersons for imaginative and catalytic leadership. Trinity Institute conferences present emerging and inclusive theological perspectives and engage participants in inquiry, dialogue, and reflection. Participants from all faith traditions are welcomed. The conference is held in New York City, but even more people participate at Partner Sites across the globe through live streaming and on-demand viewing.
Trinity Institute 2018: Values in Action
TI2018 “Values in Action” featured leading activists, theologians, authors, and experts with guidance on how to integrate core values into strategic and effective action. With an emphasis on the balance between the spiritual and the practical, conference participants learned how to get both grounded and connected, to use the power of community to form strategic alliances to make progress toward creating a better world.
Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice
TI2017 “Water Justice” placed a sharp focus on the need for action in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding. With speakers representing five of the earth’s seven continents, the theological conference included practical guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues.
Trinity Institute 2016: Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice
TI2016 “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice” acknowledged that conversations about race are difficult, but that they’re also essential because racial justice can be, for millions, a matter of life and death. The conference focused on how historic structures of racial injustice have marginalized non-white people, and offered techniques to enhance communication, and provide better understanding, inspiration, and ideas that can be used in your community.
Trinity Institute 2015: Creating Common Good
TI2015 “Creating Common Good” explored the pervasive issue of economic inequality, visible in most parts of the world, and what churches can and should do in response. The conference also provided personal stories and links to practical tools that can be used in local communities to make a positive impact.