Ottawa, ON K2C 2B8
Trinity United Church was designed in 1962 by architect James Strutt. It is quite unique in appearance, and has been judged to be amongst the top 500 buildings in Canada in architectural significance. It is said that it was intended to represent Noah's Ark, with the pointed structure at the south end simulating the bow and the laminated redwood pillars embedded within the walls, while constituting the frame of the building, representing the spars. (The shape of the building may also have been partially dictacted by the triangular lot.)
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As you move from our church lobby to the sanctuary, you pass through the Trinity Memorial Art Gallery. The gallery is a transition from street to sanctuary that showcases spiritually sensitive art. It honours the subtle influence visual art has on enhancing our spirituality and shaping our faith. It is equipped as a warm, receptive and inspiring space used by church members and community friends to quietly sit, to reflect, to read, and even to pray.
Our Rainbow Ark speaks to our special building, James Strutt's famous ark, which has been a spiritual home and refuge for 50 years now. In the waves upholding the ark, we see the hand of god working through nature. The rainbow of hope expresses our commitment to inclusivity. The dove of peace flies as the flag for Trinity's social justice work.
The Tree of Life speaks to our spiritual journeys through life, blessed and upheld by the green of our city. Our journeys are rooted in the earth that we must help to sustain, as we reach out to live in the kin-dom of heaven on earth. The tree hangs on our Trinity cross logo, with its wide open corner, making space for open minds and opening hearts.
The light box stained glass windows are one expression of how Spirit Matters! at Trinity. They are an artful outpouring of community gratitude that will inspire us to celebrate the Holy here for many more years.