Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

OMM changes name to Trinity Woods

6/16/2021

The Board of Oklahoma Methodist Manor has unanimously voted to change the name of the retirement community to Trinity Woods. The announcement was shared in a statement on May 28. 

“Even though we have changed our name to Trinity Woods—our nature, that neighborly, Christian kindness, is not changing,” CEO Steve Dickie said in a statement. “To be anything else would be unfaithful to who we are and the people we serve.”

Dickie said the name change is the result of years of effort “to create a culture that redefines aging.” In addition to focusing on the retirement community’s culture, the Board engaged in strategic research, including gathering feedback from local leaders, community members and employees.

“Throughout the process we heard a consistent theme,” Dickie said. “People described our community as kind or neighborly… So, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to our neighborhood of Trinity Woods, a place where we serve in the spirit of Christ and invite you to belong, believe and become.”

According to the statement, the name change seeks to address the regional, religious and outdated language surrounding the retirement community’s identity. The new name acknowledges the community’s faith-based heritage while continuing the practice of using tree names for various campus locations. With the new name is a new tagline: Belong. Believe. Become.

“These traits are central to who we are as a community,” the statement said. “Belong is the immediate welcome people feel as neighbors here. Believe in new possibilities. Become by moving here to live life to the fullest.”

Though “Methodist” is no longer in the name, Dickie said the senior living community is still under the same leadership and still associated with the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

“We are changing the name to eliminate confusion,” he said. “Our community is not exclusive to Methodists. We welcome and cheerfully include all.”

 

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