Trinity students have engaged in some very powerful expressions of witness to justice this semester. With so much negativity and conflict these days around issues of religion, politics and public life, the examples of Trinity students and faculty living faith through service are refreshing. Their witness through continuous acts of service, charity and advocacy for justice reveal the true power of faith when focused on the simple yet profoundly transformative ideal of service to others.
Starting with this blog and on future blogs, I want to lift up these marvelous examples of the ways in which Trinity students exemplify the ideals of Trinity through participation in service to others, and speaking to justice through their advocacy and action. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to send me their stories, photos and videos for sharing here.
Alternative Spring Break in Selma, Alabama:
Over spring break this year, with the leadership of Campus Minister Sr. Mary Ellen Dow and the support of Dr. Minerva San Juan, Dean Michele Bowie, Dean Elizabeth Child and Residence Director Najmah Ahmed, eight students had the very powerful opportunity to travel to Selma, Alabama, tracing the civil rights pathways first trod by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and other historic leaders for justice. The powerful lessons of this experience are clearly evident in the words of the students — watch them on this video:
We are so grateful to Mr. Dave Fulford of Blackbelt and Central Alabama Housing for his support during this trip.
By the way, the soundtrack is the Trinity Gospel Choir — their spring concert is a 7 pm this Friday night in O’Connor Auditorium, come on out to enjoy their powerful music! Many thanks to Mr. Samuel Cromwell of St. Augustine Parish for directing the Trinity Choir so well!
Prayer Service for Trayvon Martin:
On April 5, with the leadership of Red Class President Tykera Marrow and Student Government President Samira Mustafa, and with the support of Campus Minister Sr. Mary Ellen Dow, Trinity students, faculty and staff gathered for a prayer service for Trayvon Martin. This service occurred prior to the arrest of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who is now accused of second degree murder in the case. Through prayer, reflection and a silent march around the front circle, the participants gave witness to their concern for justice.
Many other examples of work for justice and peace exist in the Trinity community. The desire to serve, to make effective change in our world, is something our students, faculty and staff share each day in pragmatic and profound ways. Last year, for example, more than 630 students, faculty and staff devoted more than 50,000 volunteer hours to various forms of service in the District of Columbia. Every act of service, every moment of raising our voices to speak for justice, contributes to strengthening Trinity’s mission to the world.
Many thanks to our students, to Sr. Mary Ellen Dow and to all of the faculty and staff who contribute so much to Trinity’s mission!