Trinity Forum Reflections

Mon, Nov 14 2011
The past several years have seen an intensifying of a long-running conflict between the claims of science and faith. Debates over our origins, the reliability of the Bible and the scientific record, and the proper realms of authority of faith and science have generated more heat than light, with some finding their faith severely strained by perceived pressure to choose between scientific evidence and religious teachings.
Mon, Oct 31 2011
What causes a person to change? It is a question pondered by parents, pastors, politicians, educators, therapists, physicians -- and of course, Oprah. From twelve-step programs, public awareness campaigns, and management techniques, to the promise of “statecraft as soulcraft” virtually every occupational sector offers ways of encouraging and equipping people to identify, address, and eliminate their demons and diseases. There are few concerns as pressing or as practical as the formation -- or reformation -- of character, and few tasks as difficult.
Thu, Sep 29 2011
What a celebration! Last week at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Trinity Forum hosted our 20th Anniversary Founders' Gala - and what a party it was! It was a wonderful time to honor our co-founders, Os Guinness and Al McDonald, while also looking ahead to the future of the Forum.
Sat, Sep 17 2011
In an excellent piece published by Comment Magazine, John Terrill and Kenman Wong explore the ideas of Dorothy Sayers in her essay, "Why Work?", recently published by The Trinity Forum as a Reading. They present Sayers' context at the time of her writing the essay in order to understand her ideas more thoroughly. Also included are examples of companies today who "serve their work." Read their thoughts for an introduction to Sayers' thoughts or to revisit questions about work and insights into the meaning and purpose of work.
Thu, Sep 15 2011
According to polls, “we the people” are rude. A recent nationwide study on civility in America found that 95% of Americans believe the level of civility in the country is a problem, and 65% consider it a “major” problem — and most believe it is getting worse.
Wed, Aug 24 2011
The Trinity Forum is throwing a party! We hope you will join us next month as we celebrate our 20th anniversary, and a generation's worth of the work of the Trinity Forum.
Fri, Aug 12 2011
The August doldrums are upon us. Here in Washington, Congress has, after many misadventures, recessed for the month, and with their departure, traffic has thinned, the pace has slowed, workdays have shortened, and vacations are taken. The city (and perhaps the nation as well) seems to have breathed a sigh of relief.
Fri, Jul 15 2011
One of the more interesting and repeated biblical injunctions is that against inattention and amnesia. In the Old Testament alone, there are dozens of exhortations to the Israelites to “remember,” “fix it in mind,” “write on the tablet of your heart,” “bind on your fingers,” “tell your children,” and “do not forget” their experience of God, as related through the gritty stories of their exodus from slavery, wanderings in the desert, and eventual arrival at the “promised land.” Repeatedly and urgently, they are commanded to ingrain the events of their encounters with God into their mind and memory, and to transmit that memory to the next generation.
Sun, Apr 3 2011
We’re delighted you’ve joined us. In fact, we’re launching this feature for the purpose of hearing from you, our friends and readers, on the “big issues” of life -- work, vocation, faith, art, hospitality, character, meaning, and so on.
Wed, Feb 16 2011
We are now in the midst of what may be the most counter-cultural of holiday seasons: Lent. In stark contrast to the crazed consumerism that accompanies Advent, or even the candy trappings of Easter, Lent offers nothing for the world to commercialize or capitalize upon. In a fast-paced culture, it bids us to slow down; against technology that promises the evisceration of limits; it reminds us of our own frailties and constraints; in contrast to our noisy sociability; it encourages silence and solitude, and in opposition to our tendency towards self-indulgence, it urges spiritual discipline.