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An annual theological conference
-- Simulcast from Trinity Church, Wall Street

Trinity Institute 2017

Trinity Institute

March 22–24, 2017

Water is a gift. Water is life. As water crises increase, access to safe and clean drinking water decreases.

From Flint to Standing Rock, many of today’s most pressing social issues revolve around water. Faith communities worldwide can help.

Be part of Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice, a global conference held in New York City and webcast all over the world. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues. This year we’ll hear from Jeffrey Sachs, Christiana Peppard, Winston Halapua, Thabo Makgoba, Katharine Hayhoe, Maude Barlow, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others.

The conference is sponsored by Trinity Church, Wall Street, and will be webcast live from New York.** Read about the speakers and preliminary programs from Trinity Institute, here.

Why Water Justice?

Access to clean water is an essential human right, yet such access is increasingly compromised by droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding. These effects of climate change are most tangibly felt by the very people the Gospel urges us to look to—the marginalized and the vulnerable.

This conference, infused with spiritual principles and common prayer along with science and solutions, allows us to deeply examine what connects us, and empowers us to take unified, faith-based action on the front lines of the water justice movement.

Why attend Trinity Institute 2017?

Now is the time to address pressing issues of water justice, and you have the power to make a difference. At Trinity Institute 2017 you will:

  • Develop a deeper appreciation for water as a sacred gift, nurturer, and sustainer of life
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between water issues and climate change
  • Learn what individuals, organizations, and societies can do to mitigate and adapt to water issues of access, pollution, drought, flooding, and rising tides
  • Discover how the global Christian community is uniquely equipped to effect change
  • Get connected with opportunities to join existing projects and ministries
  • Receive guidance and support to create (or re-energize) effective water justice ministries in local contexts
  • Access robust educational resources, networks, and relationships to maintain ongoing impact


Trinity Institute conference this year is a central part of the JustWater Global Partnership. Learn more and find further resources on the JustWater website.

** Due to conflicting events at St. James Episcopal Church, the keynote address of Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday evening, March 22, will be viewed on delayed broadcast during the Thursday breaks (and otherwise as determined by guests/interest). The Thursday and Friday program will be simulcast live from New York as described on the Trinity Institute site. **

To register for the simulcast and guided dialogues at St. James Episcopal Church, please send us an email, here, and fill in the blanks asking which dates you (and any guests) plan to attend. There is no fee to attend the simulcast at St. James, but registration is requested so proper arrangements can be made.


  •     7:00 pm    Keynote Address - Senator Barbara Boxer

Thursday, March 23

  •     7:45 am    Registration Opens, Continental Breakfast
  •     8:00 am    Gathering in Song and Prayer 
  •     8:30 am    Session 1: “Water: Commons or Commodity?”
  •     10:00 am    Break
  •     10:30 am    Reflection Group Meeting
  •     11:45 pm    Lunch
  •     1:00 pm    Gathering in Song and Prayer
  •     1:30 pm    Session 2: The Global and the Local Speakers address issues in those cities
  •     3:00 pm    Break
  •     3:15 pm    Reflection Group Meeting

Friday, March 24

  •     7:45 am    Continental Breakfast
  •     8:00 am    Gathering in Song and Prayer
  •     8:30 am    Session 3: “What Churches Are Doing to Make a Difference”
  •     10:00 am    Break
  •     10:30 am    Reflection Group Meeting
  •     11:45 pm    Lunch
  •     1:00 pm    Session 4: “Being Agents of Change”
  •     2:00 pm    Break
  •     2:15 pm    Session 5: “What Can We Do Together?”


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