Values in Action: 47th National Trinity Institute Theological Conference


Trinity Wall Street
Broadway at Wall Street New York
United States
Friday, February 02, 2018 to Saturday, February 03, 2018

Featuring the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Michelle Alexander, Pádraig Ó Tuama, the Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman and others

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jose Antonio Vargas to give the keynote address

Deep-rooted partnerships, grounded in core beliefs, are essential to the success of nearly every social justice initiative. At this year’s Trinity Institute theological conference, Values in Action, participants will learn how the impact of our actions – individually and organizationally-- can be amplified through values-based partnerships.  

The conference will be held in New York City for individual attendees and streamed across the globe at partner sites—churches, cathedrals, seminaries, and advocacy organizations—which host the conference for their members and guests.

The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, rector of Trinity Church Wall Street, said, “We make the greatest impact when we are working toward one purpose following one vision. That vision springs from shared values. Learning to discern our common values requires dedication and intention, but brings great rewards for our congregations, neighborhoods, and the world.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jose Antonio Vargas will give the keynote address.  Vargas, who has chronicled his life in this country as an undocumented immigrant, is the founder and CEO of Define American, the nation’s leading non-profit media advocacy organization that uses storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity in a changing America.

Other speakers include leading activists, theologians, and authors whose life and work show the power of values in action, including the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness; poet, theologian, and mediator Pádraig Ó Tuama; and the Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman, author of Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity.

The conference will open on Friday evening, February 2, at Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street, New York City) and continue on Saturday, February 3, at St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway and Fulton Street); registration is open now for on-site participants and video-linked partner sites. Partner sites are located throughout the United States and abroad and offer all aspects of the conference, either streamed live or via on-demand video at a later time. Participants attending the conference in real time onsite or via partner site can submit questions for speakers during the live Q&A. Onsite reflection groups are coordinated using materials prepared and provided by Trinity Institute.

To learn more about the conference, register to attend in New York City, or become a partner site, visit

Trinity Institute

Trinity Institute is an annual conference in its 47th year that equips clergy and laypersons for imaginative and catalytic leadership. Trinity Institute conferences present emerging and inclusive theological and social perspectives and engage participants in inquiry, dialogue, and reflection. Participants from all faith perspectives are welcomed. The conference is sponsored by Trinity Church Wall Street, an Episcopal parish in New York City.  Recent conferences include Creating Common Good: A Practical Conference on Economic Equality; Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice; and Water Justice.

Trinity Church Wall Street

Trinity Church Wall Street is a growing and inclusive Episcopal parish that seeks to serve and heal the world by building neighborhoods that live Gospel truths, generations of faithful leaders, and sustainable communities. The parish is guided by its core values: faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice, and stewardship. Members come from the five boroughs of New York City and surrounding areas to form a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse congregation. More than 20 worship services are offered every week at its historic sanctuaries, Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, the cornerstones of the parish’s community life, worship, and mission, and online at The parish welcomes approximately 3 million visitors per year.

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