Friday, March 20, 2020
It has been a sobering and unsettling week. We hope each of you reading this is staying healthy and staying connected, if through creative and virtual means.
The Trinity Forum transitioned to telework last week, and have been praying each day at our video staff meeting for your health and safety, and that of our larger community, country, and world. We don’t know what lies ahead, but it looks likely that mitigation measures, travel restrictions, and economic dislocation will increase, as will public frustration, confusion, and suffering. At such a time, the presence of character, rightly-ordered priorities and good judgement in leaders; the ability to discern what is true and wise and act accordingly; and the cultivated resolve to live out of a rooted faithfulness to the Author of truth – all of which Trinity Forum exists to cultivate and encourage – is more important than ever. Indeed, it is literally a matter of life or death.
As we seek to navigate these uncertain times, I wanted to let you know a bit about what to expect from the Trinity Forum in the near future. In accordance with CDC guidelines, we will be postponing all planned events originally scheduled in March and April to a later date. We will continue to publish our quarterly Trinity Forum Readings (with our upcoming spring Reading, featuring excerpts from Out of my Life and Thought, the autobiography of physician, humanitarian, philosopher, and missionary Albert Schweitzer, introduced by global health expert Jono Quick, coming soon) as well as our daily “What We’re Reading” list of curated reading recommendations sent to all Trinity Forum Society members. Our office remains (virtually) open, and we look forward to your calls, emails, Reading orders, and the like.
In addition, we will be experimenting with new ways of promoting and platforming the best of Christian thought leadership, to encourage connection over and discussion of what matters most.
We are adapting our Evening Conversations to the online world. We anticipate that these conversations will be more informal (in fact, we’ll likely record them from my living room) and allow for greater input and thought from those participating. But while the format may change, the purpose of cultivating, curating, and disseminating the best of Christian thought will continue to guide our programs.
And each week, we will send out recommended resources for perspective and encouragement, in hopes of catalyzing new ways of creatively caring for each other, and living and leading wisely and well. Our hope is that in this time of fear and uncertainty, the Trinity Forum can serve as an encouragement and catalyst for new ways of connecting with each other and growing to better know, trust, and love the Author of health, healing, and life itself.
We are grateful to you, our friends and members, who make this work possible. We welcome hearing from you, and your prayer requests. Stay well – and stay in touch!
The Trinity Forum
Recommended Reading and Resources
As we navigate these uncertain times together, we recommend the discussion and Reading below as both an encouragement and catalyst for reflection.
- Suffering and Flourishing: Perseverance and Faith in the Midst of Pain | An Evening Conversation with Rev. Michael Walrond and Dr. Ray Barfield, 2016.
- The Long Loneliness | A Trinity Forum Reading by Dorothy Day.