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Historic Beauty & ‘Fresh Voices’

130-year Tiffany windows backdrop for Science Mike

The Queen City on the Lake has many architectural masterpieces; Tiffany stained glass windows on Delaware Avenue are a hidden treasure and must see for Western New Yorkers and tourist.  Trinity Episcopal Church may be one of Buffalo’s oldest and most active faith communities, but many who have visited the 1886 National Historic Site know it mostly for its stunning stained-glass windows.

Trinity’s windows, which are known for their extraordinary depth of color, were designed in the late 1800s by master glass artists Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge.

Trinity windows (L-R) The Lord Is My Shepherd, Saint Cecilia, The Sealing of the Twelve Tribes

But Trinity is now aiming to become known for more than just its opalescent windows. With its “Fresh Voices” speaker series, the church is reaching out to help solve one of modern religion’s most challenging questions: How to explore faith and belief in an age where a growing number of people no longer identify as religious.

(Indeed, research conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2018 and 2019 shows that the number of people who identify as not religious has risen to 26 percent – up from 17 percent in 2009.)

“Churches and religious leaders have fulfilled a need in society for authoritative answers to timeless questions about finding meaning and encouragement in life,” says Trinity’s pastor, the Rev. Matt Lincoln. “Society is no longer assuming that religious leaders have that authority. More and more, people want to hear from leaders they have seen living their lives with authenticity.

“… (‘Fresh Voices’ presents) folks with an opportunity to listen to some widely respected speakers talk about the spiritual dimension of their lives, shedding light on the deeper aspects of the inspiring work they do and on the sources of inspiration that help them do that work.”

On Saturday, Jan. 11, Trinity will host the latest “Fresh Voices” speaker: “Science Mike” McHargue, best-selling author of “Finding God in the Waves.” McHargue, who has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post and on National Public Radio, will reflect on how to discover spiritual significance through a scientific lens.

Joining McHargue for the discussion, which will include a talk on the neurology of peacemaking, is Dr. Nicholas J. Silvestri, a clinical associate professor in the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Department of Neurology.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity, 371 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. Admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance via EventBrite.com or at www.TrinityBuffalo.org.

Melvin Bankhead contributed to this article | Pictures courtesy of Trinity Episcopal Church

 

Written by Mark Lazzara

Mark Lazzara

I have a passion for helping my fellow Western New Yorkers and advance the great things that are going on in this region. Buffalo Rising is a great booster and it’s a blast writing and contributing to BR about positive happenings in our neck of the woods. I appreciate the help I’ve received over the years from organizations and people who share my passion and supported me in efforts that put thousands of people to work and resulted in a community give back of more than $115M to Buffalo’s neediest during my days at the helm of AmeriCorps.

I’m especially grateful for the opportunities that enabled me to help cities devastated by Hurricane Katrina and rebuild more than 700 family homes that were destroyed. Back at home, I was able to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience as a coordinator for ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition where we were able to repair, beautify and upgrade homes for an entire neighborhood on Buffalo’s Westside. Other projects close to my heart include a collaboration with Sail Buffalo to build the Cazenovia Boating Center at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, and my annual Christmas season time is spent at Buffalo’s treasure, the Broadway Market, playing Santa Clause.

In my other life, I am a workforce development, business, marketing, public relations and fundraising professional. Earned a M.S. Human Service Management from Buffalo State, and enjoy my family life that includes four amazing grandchildren!

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