Reverend Jude Harmon takes the helm of Trinity Church in Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard October 13, 2022

Last month, Reverend Jude Harmon became the 19th rector of Trinity Church in Menlo Park after 10 years on the staff of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, where he served as founding pastor of The SF Vine, the answer to Thanks to the conservative evangelical movement.

InMenlo visited him to talk about his vision for this new ministry.

Jude noted that the parish profile written as a guide for the rector’s search committee — think of it as a kind of job description — was looking for candidates who would lead a progressive Christian church.

“We not only want to be known as progressive, but to be a progressive church,” he said. “Part of how we do that is to signal to the wider community what our values ​​are.

“At the time of Jesus, politics and religion were deeply linked. Our faith is not neutral. In matters of public policy, our faith is the public faith. What this means is that sometimes faith communities have to come out in support of issues that speak directly to our values.

Putting this thought into action, the Sacristy of the Trinity [the church’s governing body] voted against Measure V in the November vote. Trinity joins 50 other faith communities representing a variety of religious traditions who have signed a letter of opposition to the measure.

“I really believe that the church should serve as a conversation starter – a sort of public square,” Jude said. “Our worship should be designed to experience in our hearts the connection to God through social and economic justice priorities and concerns.”

“Our identity will be centered on our neighbors who are in the world,” he said. “As a community, we want to create a community.”

On a recent Sunday, this community extended to family pets who were blessed as part of the celebration of the feast of St. Francis.

Trinity has Sunday services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., which can be streamed live or attended in person. The church is located at 330 Ravenswood Avenue, corner Laurel.

The first two photos of Robb Most; bottom photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2022

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