After years of planning and hoping and dreaming, a big, colorful mural entitled “Journey to a New Beginning” is nearing completion on the exterior wall of Trinity facing the parking lot. By early July, all four panels will be mounted. To launch this addition to our community landscape, and in gratitude for the combined labor of many, many people, not one but TWO great celebrations are planned.
Our neighborhood’s annual Atwoodfest will take place on July 28th and 29th, so Trinity has planned events for each day. On Saturday, July 28th at 10:30 a.m. we will publicly dedicate the mural. The artist, Jenie Gao, will speak about how she incorporated interviews with members of Trinity to come up with the design, and reflect on some of the symbols embedded in it. Dane Arts Mural Arts, the organization that took the plans and made them a real piece of art will explain their process and how many different groups and individuals contributed to the effort. I will talk a little bit about how this mural project came to be in the first place, and how funding was made possible from the grant I received for my sabbatical.
Meanwhile, we will honor Trinity’s history, legacies, and ministries, past and present with the help of our companion organizations. All groups that use our building are invited to set up booths where they can talk about the work they do and recruit members and volunteers. There will also be a recording booth where people can share their own stories of a “Journey to a New Beginning.” We intend to preserve these recordings and make them available for others to hear by scanning a QR code we’ll embed into the mural on the wall and paste into brochures.
On Sunday, July 29th, immediately following worship (so, again around 10:30 a.m., depending on how longwinded the pastor is that morning), the congregation will have an opportunity to bless the mural and dedicate it to God. Our special guest for this event will be the new Bishop Elect of the South Central Synod of Wisconsin, Rev. Viviane Thomas-Brietfeld. Worship will be one of our global services, and the band has agreed to stay on after the service is over and play while people mingle and examine the wall or record their stories. Food carts from the City of Madison will be parked in the area so you can get a bit to eat before heading to Atwoodfest.
Please join us for one or both of these festive celebrations!