Skipping Church on Trinity Sunday

Today is the Feast of the Trinity. The Sunday where seminarians and new, eager clergy are invited to take to the pulpit and expound on the mysteries of the Trinity, while careful navigating heresy.

And I skipped it…

I used the day to rest and to pack so I could be ready to get on a bus to head to Washington DC for the Poor People’s Campaign Moral Action Congress.


The Poor People’s Campaign is a national community of people committed to reclaiming the moral narrative of our country. It is a community of very different people all coming together to make a better country–a better world.

Community is at the heart of the Trinity. While we may fumble with fancy words to explain the Trinity–it always comes back to relationship and community.

I think that’s why we have such trouble when we try to come up with more expansive language for the persons of the Trinity, often leaning on functions or qualities of the aspects of the Godhead. We stumble and fumble when we try to explain how the whole thing works because we try to break the community down to its component parts.

In the end, the Trinity is the holy mystery of community built on love and mercy and justice.

And on this Trinity Sunday, while I didn’t go to church, I did get on a bus to join and experience a community being built on and empowered by God’s love and mercy and justice.

Surely there is no heresy in that.

Published by akhudlow

I am a priest in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Alabama. I am a church nerd, printmaker, storyteller, and blogger.

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