The Trinity Forum Academy provides a unique community context for Fellows to live, study and serve together. As lives are shared in close proximity, Fellows develop meaningful and lasting relationships with one another. Many alumni agree that the community aspect of the Academy is one of the most transforming experiences of their lives.
Fellows live together in the original Cedar Point farmhouse, aptly named Windrush due to the steady winds that blow off the Bay. The community meets each evening in the dining room for dinner which is prepared by Fellows on a rotating basis. Each Fellow also assumes household duties such as keeping the public rooms clean, grocery shopping, and taking out the trash. In Windrush, a Fellow typically shares a room with two or three roommates. Each room has it's own bathroom and Fellows are provided a bed and dresser. One of the special benefits of living on the Chesapeake Bay is that Osprey Point boasts some of the most consistently beautiful sunsets. These are regularly enjoyed on the back porch of Windrush.
Part of the daily rhythm of life at the Academy is meeting together each morning to begin the day with matins, a time of devotion and worship. Matins is lead by Fellows and staff and usually consists of prayer, reflection on scripture, and singing hymns together. In the evening the community reconvenes just before dinner for a time of evensong. During evensong Fellows share about things they have learned or experienced during the day and offer praises to God.
Fellows are encouraged to attend a local church of their own choosing. The Academy has longstanding relationships with several local churches and ministry groups in the area which helps Fellows transition more quickly into a new church environment.
In addition to being partnered with a mentor for the year, Fellows are partnered with a host family in the area. Host families usually host two Fellows and provide a home away from home. Fellows often join their host family for meals or to attend local events or church services.
In the midst of the busy schedule, there is still plenty of time for Fellows to enjoy all types of recreation. Afternoon breaks and weekends regularly include frisbee golf, biking, swimming in the Osprey Point pool, tennis, billiards, ping pong and cookouts. Weekends are also great for sailing, hiking, camping and heading to the beach.
Maryland's Eastern Shore
Maryland's Eastern Shore, famous for its blue crabs (which Fellows can catch right off the pier and steam in the kitchen), is a beautiful setting for the Trinity Forum Academy. The Academy campus is located on what was once a working farm and is surrounded by a similarly pastoral setting. Nearby is the picturesque tourist destination St. Michaels, which boasts a small marina, coffee shops, the Crab Claw Restaurant, and many small shops and boutiques. Easton, Marlyand, the Talbot County seat, is a larger community famous for its annual Waterfowl Festival and arts exhibitions. In Easton, about a twenty minute drive, Fellows can find a selection of restaurants, and stores to meet all basic shopping needs.
From the Academy, Annapolis (the first city on the Western Shore) and Wilmington, DE are about an hour drive. Baltimore and Washington, DC take about an hour and a half. Philadelphia is about two hours away. New York City can be reached by car in about four hours, and in similar time on a bus running from Washington, DC.
"The Academy gave me a new and lasting appreciation for the value of relationships...I have to admit that I now find more of my life's purpose in relationships than ever before."Syman Stevens, Academy Class of 2008