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									Application for a Part-time Intern
                             Yale University Divinity School
                             Office of Supervised Ministries
                 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511
                   (203) 432-6135

Site Information
Name of Church/Agency/School:         Trinity Church

Denominational affiliation (if any): Episcopal

Mailing address:                       120 Sigourney St.

City:   Hartford                      State: CT        Zip Code: 06105

Telephone: (860) 527-8113             Fax: (860) 527-2863

Supervisor's name and title:          Donald L. Hamer, Rector

Supervisor’s e-mail address:

Site Description
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Trinity Parish was founded in 1859 by twelve families living in the then-suburban
Asylum Hill neighborhood of Hartford. At that time, the common practice of churches
was to raise funds for their operation by the rental of pews. Trinity was a pioneer in
Hartford in making the decision in 1869 to be a “free church.” The reason was expressed
by Colonel Jacob S. Greene, one of the founders, who said “Here no one is to be higher
in right or privilege than another, this common and equal need which each one has of
divine help.”
        This commitment to egalitarian worship has continued to the present day, making
Trinity a body of diverse individuals from richly varied backgrounds, each contributing
in his or her own way to the life of the parish. Trinity’s mission statement begins:

        Trinity seeks to be a diverse, energetic, committed, Christian community. We
come together frequently from throughout Greater Hartford to worship in the Anglican
tradition, to learn, to grow, to celebrate and to share the Spirit. Thus renewed, we go to
do God’s work wherever we find ourselves in God’s world.
         A congregation of some 450 members, Trinity presents an eclectic, dynamic
fabric of God’s people from various racial, socio-economic, educational and cultural
backgrounds. With an average Sunday attendance of 200+, Trinity celebrates the Holy
Eucharist Sundays at 8 a.m. (with sermon and hymns) and 10 a.m. (with sermon and
choirs). The Holy Eucharist is also celebrated on Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m.,
followed by breakfast and Bible study, and Wednesdays at 12 noon. Choral Evensong is
offered on the first Sunday of each month.
         Other aspects of parish life include the following:
         • Music and Arts. Includes an adult SATB choir of 22 volunteer members and
several paid section leaders; a 23-member RSCM chorister program for children ages 6
and up; an expanded adult choir, the Trinity Singers, which offers music at evensongs
and special liturgies. Trinity is also home to the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra,
which presents several concerts annually; and Alta Renaissance Trio. Trinity also has an
active banner ministry, which is evident in all seasons in the church, along with an active
prayer shawl ministry. In the performing arts, the Trinity (K)naves is the resident
performing arts troupe, presenting two performances per year.
         • Outreach Opportunities include the Light and Peace program, a dinner,
worship, crafts and story-telling program for young children from the Asylum Hill
neighborhood; financial and hands-on support of Loaves and Fishes, the Asylum Hill
area lunch and outreach program to the homeless; pastoral support of the George Beach
apartments, an apartment complex owned and operated by Trinity and two other
Episcopal churches for low-income individuals; support of the lead-safe house for
families displaced from their homes due to the presence of lead paint; support of
Mbugani Parish in Tanzania through scholarships awarded to young people to allow
them to remain in public high school and recent visits by the Rector and his wife; an
evolving program in conjunction with the Literacy Council to address the problem of
illiteracy in the area, including a five-day per week tutorial programs during school hours
at the West Middle Elementary School; a five-day per week Senior Center program
sponsored by the Salvation Army and housed at Trinity; and Trinity Advocates, a social
justice ministry which provides opportunities for the parish to engage with contemporary
issues of social, economic and political justice.

        • Christian Formation opportunities for all ages include a church school which
utilizes the “Godly Play” approach to teaching through narrative, thus drawing in the
many gifts of a broad range of parishioners to our church school; Light and Peace, which
provides an after-school dinner and spiritual enrichment experience for children between
ages 5 and 11; a Journey to Adulthood program for junior high school students (Rite-13)
and High School Students (J2A and Young Adults in the Church). Trinity actively
encourages young people to take a leadership role in worship and the affairs of the
church, with a number of junior and senior high school students who serve not only as
acolytes of the church but also as Eucharistic Ministers and readers. Adult Christian
formation opportunities include a Sunday Symposium series which is offered each
Sunday after both services; and an occasional mid-week evening education program.
Wednesday morning Bible Study, a Friday evening book club, a Lenten study series, and
spiritual “quiet days” and retreats of longer duration round out the opportunities for adult
Christian formation.
        • Staffing. Trinity staff consists of one full-time clergy,one three-quarter time
clergy, a full-time Director of Music Ministries, a 15-hour per week Director of
Children’s and Youth Ministries, two part-time clerical and financial staff, and one full-
time sexton.
Supervisor Information

Educational background

      A.B., Georgetown University College of Arts & Sciences, Washington, D.C.
      (Government/Urban Affairs), 1968.
      J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. 1977
      Diocese of Connecticut, Ministry Education and Exploration Program 1995-1997
      M. Div., Yale University Divinity School 2000
      Diploma in Anglican Studies, Berkeley Divinity School 2000
      Completing second semester of D.Min. program in practical theology at Hartford

Professional/Vocational experience

         Following law school, served a judicial clerkship in Washington, D.C. Following
that, served as the Director, Division of Law, Georgetown University Child Development
Center, an interdisciplinary training facility for allied health professionals working with
individuals with developmental disabilities. Following that, entered the private practice of
law in Washington, D.C. and Glastonbury, CT until 1997. Elected to the Glastonbury
Board of Education 1987-1990, elected Judge of Probate for Glastonbury 1990-2004,
serving as President of the CT Probate Assembly from 2003-2004.
         Supervised ministry at St. Mark’s Chapel, Storrs, CT 1999-2000; Curate at St.
Mary’s Episcopal Church, Manchester 2000-20001, Associate Rector 2001-2003; Rector,
Trinity Episcopal Church 2004-present.

Supervision Experience

        Have supervised staff since 1977 in managerial roles and then as principal in a
law firm and later as Judge of Probate, including experience supervising law student
interns. Since June 2004, I have supervised a post-graduate seminarian intern and three
YDS seminarian interns preparing for ordination in the Episcopal Church. In addition, I
have been on the YDS faculty as a Lecturer in Supervised Ministries from September
Internship Description
         The philosophy at Trinity is that an internship has to be fulfilling for all of the
parties involved. For the right candidate, opportunities will be made available in any or
all of the areas of ministry outlined in the parish description, on a scale and in a manner
that will assure challenge and growth for the intern and a faithful ministry for the parish
within the time constraints of the internship. The intern will be assured opportunities to
preach at the Sunday services a minimum of two times per semester.

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