The Episcopal Church strives to live by the message of Christ; in this message there are no outcasts, and all are welcome. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debate about what God is calling us to do and be as followers of Christ.
We are a city parish, and our location defines our opportunities as well as our call to engage and serve the world around us.
How do we experience our urban context beyond city parking challenges? We experience the urban community through the variety of people who come to our doors not only on Sunday but during the week. Some represent the urban poor who need assistance in a crisis. On any given day, the parish office receives calls for rental assistance, the greatest challenge for the working poor in this high-rent city.
Some people are interested in the history of our state and make a pilgrimage to our beautiful historic churches. Others recognize that we have long been stakeholders in the community and wish to discuss community issues and problems with us. Still more people attend one of the 15 recovery meetings in the TRIAD building at Trinity, morning, noon and evening.
Trinity’s central location and accessibility to public transportation are important for the teenagers of Delaware Futures, the mentoring and college preparatory program for low-income high-potential students that meets in our building. In addition, our proximity to I-95 leads newcomers and befuddled travelers to our doors on a regular basis; again, all are welcome, whether they are looking for directions in life or just through the maze of streets in Wilmington.
There are many such interactions every day in our urban settings. Each one presents an opportunity to offer Christian hospitality and to witness to the Biblical message of compassion, justice, and redemption. Sometimes it comes easily, sometimes it is very hard. In all these occasions, we are called “to know Christ and make Christ known” as we interact with the rest of God’s creation.
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