Winnie Varghese is the Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Wall Street. She has been on staff at St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery and Episcopal Campus Ministry at Columbia University. She’s studied at Union Theological Seminary in NYC and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She has lived in Dallas, Los Angeles, and now New York!
I encourage listeners to really get your hands on M.M. Thomas’ writings. Before our interview Winnie explained some of the important theological turns that Thomas makes and is very consequential. Thomas explains Jesus’ humanity in a way that is different than I have ever heard before and results in a deeper opportunity to understand compassion and suffering of Jesus and all people.
Winnie’s parents are from Kerala, South India. Winnie grew up in Dallas, Texas and, although living in New York City, describes her personality as more “west coast” by nature. We hear lots of her stories have connecting points to Kerala, India and I am very grateful for these.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. – T. S. Eliot
In the words of the Huffington Post:
The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the priest for Community Outreach at Trinity Church in New York City. She is a native Texan with family roots in the ancient Mar Thoma church of southwest India (State of Kerala). She has been active in peace and justice work as a board member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and a writer forThe Witness magazine. She is featured in the Via Media and Living the Questionsteaching series. She has served as the rector of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery and Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University and UCLA.
Union Theological Seminary in NYC
Church Meets World: Church’s Teaching for a Changing World by Winnie Varghese