My life is just never boring. I get to meet such interesting people and learn about a wide variety of topics in this job! This week alone, I met with a local (female) business owner who has started a non-profit urban farm that grows mushrooms. Maybe the most impressive aspect of the year-round growing operation is that the employees are all young adults on the autism spectrum. I met with her to explore whether there may be a way to include the mushroom growers in one of the most exciting projects we’re planning at Trinity… a farmers’ market!
Look for details coming soon, but we are preparing to host a weekly market this summer, starting in July---assuming the season actually ever changes, and we do have crops and fresh produce and warmer weather…ha!
Additionally, I met with a gentleman who is involved with the local fruit-growers group, whose stories about the therapeutic powers of soil and seeds almost had me ready to slip on overalls and get my hands dirty. Almost.
I also enjoyed meeting with a colleague at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA, to discuss ways children of Trinity and children at the Y might be able to get to know each other better. I love visiting that gorgeous facility, which I got to witness being built from the ground up when I worked for City government. She also invited Pastor Erdos to participate in the recognition of National Day of Prayer on May 3--- more details will be available next week in case you’d like to join from 6 -6:30 p.m.
Some of the staff here at Trinity toured Vincent Village this week. The organization was co-founded by an interfaith group that included the late Bishop John D’Arcy and our own (late) Pastor Richard Frazier. Seeing the homes and the families who live there, the new houses under construction and the former Coca Cola Bottling Plant redeveloped for loft-style apartments is a huge win for our community, and it feels good to know Trinity had a small part in making that all happen.
Kierstin and I spent most of Thursday at a communications workshop hosted by the Center for Congregations. We came back with a ton of ideas and a few new connections to peers and resources we can call on to help us out here. Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in a day to try to organize all of the knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm around here. We really do draw a lot of energy from the notion of bringing opportunities and experiences to the congregation and to our community.
Be sure to let me know how you think Trinity can change the world through Jesus!