Every single person around here worked hard to keep this place going. Untold scores of volunteers worked to assist the hungry and needy week after week. We should not have any regrets. I’ve watched people, myself included, work long hours, responding to calls, praying, eating, and laughing together. We proved God’s love in our faithfulness, and this is what ultimately matters to us as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Starting today, I, along with members of the Diocesan staff, are working to make sure everyone who calls Trinity home will be able to do so in new places. We desire that members and ministry partners sheltered and operated here find other locales. They still can represent Christ and his Church; bear witness to him, and use their various gifts to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation. The religious and non-religious entities associated with Trinity all have at their core, a deep desire for reconciliation of broken lives at the intersection of wealth and poverty, race, and social identity. This Gospel work is needed in Detroit. We want to make provisions for the work to continue.
In the coming days, our partners will be contacted by me, Jo Ann Hardy, Canon Administrator, and Jim Gettel, Canon for Congregational Life, to discuss operations and the disposition of Trinity Church property.
I anticipate many will have questions and concerns. Many will be grieving the loss of the church. You are not alone in this. I am experiencing similar emotions. Let us mourn this loss together. My door is open for any conversations you may wish to have. May your hands and your feet find new places where your heart can sing of God’s love through your actions and faithfulness.
There is a print on display in Trinity’s vestibule, just outside of St. James’ Chapel. It is an excerpt from an address to the 1923 Anglo-Catholic Congress given by Frank Weston, Bishop of Zanzibar. It beautifully renders all I can convey in words of blessing and exhortation to you all. In part, it reads: “Now go out into the highway and hedges, and look for Jesus in the ragged and naked, in the oppressed and sweated, in those who are struggling to make good. Look for Jesus in them; and when you find Him, gird yourselves with His towel of fellowship, and wash His feet in the person of his brethren.”