Trinity Episcopal Church
Trinity Episcopal Church is a lively, inter-generational, and joyful congregation in Charlottesville, Virginia. Its history is unique.
Now over 100 years old, Trinity was established as an African-American mission church. It played a leading role in civil rights and social justice in a city scarred by the ‘massive resistance’ to school integration in the late 1950’s, and by the “urban renewal” that virtually destroyed the local middle-class African-American business and housing community (including the original site of Trinity) in the early 1960’s. In the 1960’s, Trinity membership intentionally determined to embrace reconciliation by reaching out to our White partners in civil rights work to create a multicultural church. Most recently, Trinity's Bread & Roses Ministry and Whitefeather Project have sought to address local manifestations of structural and institutional racism.
Our vision is our mission statement: Trinity Episcopal Church is an intentional, multicultural Christian community of reconciliation, transformation and love. We welcome visitors for our Sunday service and fellowship beginning at 10:30am. From September to May we also host a community breakfast beginning at 8:30am Sundays in our parish hall. If you would like more information about Trinity, please send us an email or call (434)293-3157.
Please read below to learn more about Trinity’s discernment process for establishing our Bread & Roses ministry:
The Seeds of Bread & Roses
By Helen Plaisance
Two years ago, several small groups of Trinity parishioners read Generous Justice, by Timothy Keller. It’s a small book with a huge question to its readers: ” What can you do to go beyond talking the talk, to actually walk the walk with your brothers and sisters?” Mr. Keller suggests that it’s not the annual event, or the one-time assistance that we need to embrace. Rather, it’s a culture of support and assistance that we need to adopt and employ to really effect change.
Trinity has many assets– a large physical plant in the heart of the city, a good-sized yard, committed parishioners. It’s small in numbers, however, so as the parish considered how they might respond to Generous Justice in ministry, the question morphed into “What needs exist in our community, and are there others with whom we can partner to really make a difference?”