Beloved friends,

During the last 4 weeks of October this year we are leaning into a time to reflect of what it means to be a part of Trinity; a progressive, inclusive, creative community of faith. One of the responses of that time of reflection will be to respond to the call to make a financial pledge for 2023. 

Each week we will hear from our Co-chairs, Trinity members Jeffrey Albright and Kim Buehler as well as take in Impact stories from the membership articulating why Trinity is a place they have chosen to invest in through time and commitment and financial support.

Additionally, in this space we will share different perspectives on this year’s theme, “More than Enough” offered by voices from around the country in our denomination through the work of the Episcopal Network for Stewardship (

May this time be rich and generative as together we say yes to the invitation to give generously in response to all the blessings we receive.

May you never forget that you are loved,


About Humility

By Linda Buskirk

Active in stewardship ministry for her faith community in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and works with congregations through Core Capital Campaigns.

“All who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 18:9-14

 The Pharisee in today’s Gospel parable stands up in the temple to pray. He reminds God that he is not like other people who fall short of God’s expectations. He recounts to God his best behaviors – fasting and tithing.

When I envision this scene, I can’t help but imagine the Pharisee’s voice sounding like songwriter Mac Davis singing his hit, “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble, When you’re perfect in every way; I can’t wait to look in the mirror, Cause I get better looking each day…”

Why is Jesus concerned about our level of humility even when our faithful actions are good? Certainly we should strive to be good, to give generously, and to avoid sin. Yet it is the sinful person in this story who Jesus sets as our example.

In the parable, the first person is giving a speech to God. The second person  is opening up his heart, admitting hisweakness, and asking for God’s merciful acceptance. He is humble enough to acknowledge that God is in control.

Such humility is a path toward a deeper, trusting relationship with God. Trusting God requires admitting that we need God. It means accepting that we are not so self-reliant that we can figure out all the answers, successfully battle every demon, and control our own destiny. Those are false narratives anyway. Humility keeps us honest.

Jesus’ time on earth exemplifies one of the most beautiful realities of our faith: Our Creator craves a close relationship with each of us. We don’t have to be perfect in every way. We just need to love and trust that what God provides will be more than enough.

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