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Growing a Rule of Life

2016_LentIn this series, we will focus on God as the Chief Gardener of our soul, and we will seek out ways to grow into the fullness God desires for us. Just as stakes and lattices support the growth of young plants, so too can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being. This series uses a tool from monastic spirituality called a ‘Rule of Life’ to help us cultivate our relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation. This is an exciting opportunity to dig deep and dream big about ways to live into a more abundant life with Christ.

This series is designed for use by both individuals and small groups. In small groups, facilitators will guide the growing process as participants discuss and learn together. For individuals, daily videos and reflections will lead them through a similar process. Ultimately each participant will create a unique Rule of Life to guide and sustain their Christian life beyond the class.

The series is organized into six phases. Each phase will help us develop some aspect of our own ‘Rule of Life.’ In these phases, we will look deeply at our relationships with God, with Self, with Others, and with Creation.


Wednesdays @ Trinity evening classes: Growing A Rule of Life

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Exploring Rule of Life and Rhythm of Nature
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Exploring Your Relationship to God
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Exploring Your Relationship with Self
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Exploring Your Relationship with Others
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Exploring Your Relationship with Creation

For Individuals

  • Subscribe to the video series at www.SSJE.org/growrule
  • You will receive a daily email with a mobile-ready video and a question.
  • Watch the video each day, and take time to reflect on the question it poses. You may want to use a journal to record your thoughts.
  • Share your thoughts, using #growrule on your preferred social media site.

Inquirer’s Retreat

Saturday, Feb. 20
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Inquirer’s Retreat is an opportunity to learn about the Episcopal Church and Trinity Cathedral. This class is for those who are new to the church and want to learn more about the Episcopal Church. It will also prepare those who seek to be received or confirmed in the Episcopal Church. The retreat is free but we do ask that you register in advance.

Labyrinth Walk: Feb. 3, 2016

Photo: The labyrinth at Trinity Cathedral

Photo: The labyrinth at Trinity Cathedral

As we prepare for the season of Lent, join us for a facilitated labyrinth walk on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Led by Sue Mueller and Karen Peterson. Both trained facilitators and members of St. Barnabas in Bay Village, Sue and Karen will offer instruction and then allow guests to walk and experience the labyrinth. Free. If you wish, join us before the walk for Choral Evensong at 6 p.m. followed by community supper ($5 donation) at 7 p.m.

Lenten Retreat: Finding God in All — Spiritual Practices for the Hungry Heart

The Rev. Janet Vincent

Lenten Retreat: Finding God in All — Spiritual Practices for the Hungry Heart
March 5, 2016, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost is $50.00 — Pay by cash or check at the door
Registration is required: Register Now
Breakfast muffins and coffee/tea and lunch are provided.
Scholarships are available.
Questions or comments contact the Rev. Canon Kay Rackley 

The Rev Janet VincentThis retreat day will offer participants ways to use their imaginations in developing a “rule of life” by exploring spiritual practices that can open us more fully to God and each other.

The broader purpose of this day is to see our spiritual practices not as isolated, pious endeavors but as paths leading to a deeper connection to God, ourselves, our neighbors and creation. We will be invited to recognize how very much God yearns to transform the world through us; how every exercise can draw us deeper into lives of meaning and purpose. We’ll also explore what it means to rest in Christ, and there find our true identity.

Bring journals, sketchpads, bibles, poems, cameras, rosaries, crosses, icons, dreams — whatever you’d like to have with you. Wear comfortable clothes for stretching and warm socks for walking the labyrinth, if that is what you’d like to do.

If you are participating in the Growing a Rule of Life program, this day will complement what you’ve been exploring. But the day can also stand apart from the program. All you need is a hungry heart.

Shrove Tuesday


Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Registration deadline: Feb. 7

Register to attend


On Feb. 9 join us for Shrove Tuesday. We’ll celebrate with a New Orleans-style jambalaya dinner,  Mardi Gras beads, mask-making and a new band, the Zydeco Kings. A vegetarian entree will be available; kids can choose macaroni & cheese. Children, Youth & Young Adult Minister Chris Decatur will have activities for children and youth.

Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday) marks the end of the season of Epiphany and is sometimes called Fat Tuesday. The penitential season of Lent begins the following day, so ShroveTuesday is typically celebrated with fun and rich foods. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.; please register online, or sign up in the promenade if you plan to attend. Family members and friends are welcome. Donations will be accepted (suggested donations: $9/adult, $4/age 12 and younger). Volunteers are needed to help set up/decorate, clean up and serve food— please contact Barbara Crouse, 216-225-6217 if you are able to help.


Daughters of the King Book Study: The Book of Forgiving

TheBookofForgivingCoverSunday, Jan. 17 & Sunday, Feb. 21 
12:30 p.m.

The Daughters of the King (DOK) invite all Trinity friends to join them in an in-depth study of The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World” by Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu and his daughter, Rev. Mpho A. Tutu. Feel free to bring lunch. Any questions about DOK, please contact co-chair Debbie Hunter.



Nuevo Flamenco Guitarist, Jesse Cook, Stops At Trinity Cathedral February 26


JesseCookCathedral Concerts Travels Around The World For A Night With An Extraordinary Guitarist

CLEVELAND (December 18, 2015) – Cathedral Concerts, recognized by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “one of the most unusual (and diverse) endeavors to hit the city in some time,” is presenting Canadian Nuevo flamenco guitarist, Jesse Cook, at the gorgeous Trinity Cathedral on Friday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m. [Read more…]

Sacred Space Discusses The Artist’s Rule

At its December meeting, the Sacred Space group began discussing The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom by Christine Valters Paintner. The group will continue to meet and discuss the book on the following dates: Tuesday, Jan. 5 (chapters 3-6), Tuesday, Feb. 2 (chapters 7-10) and Tuesday, March 1 (chapters 11 & 12). All meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. and all are welcome to join the discussion of this inspiring book at any meeting. For questions on Sacred Space, contact Charlotte Nichols or the Rev. Kay Rackley.


Thomas Merton: Alive at Fourth and Walnut

4thWalnutMertonWednesday, Dec. 9  7:30 p.m.

Written and performed by Jim Nagle
This one-person, one-act play portrays the life and spiritual journey of Thomas Merton—his youth, conversion, monastic/hermit life and untimely death. We see the struggles, joys and challenges he embraced in becoming the deeply human monk, prophet, poet and spiritual writer God called him to be. [Read more…]

Messiah Sing: Dec. 16, 2015

MessiahCrowdWednesday, Dec. 16
12:10 p.m.
Freewill offering

Director of Music and Worship Todd Wilson conducts the Trinity Chamber Orchestra, soloists and audience in the massed choir! Trinity’s Messiah Sing includes all the beloved choruses and solos of Part I (the Christmas portion) of Messiah, and concludes with the Hallelujah chorus. Experience the thrill of singing this great music as part of a massed chorus with orchestra! [Read more…]

Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival 2015

BoarsHeadMiddleStandingSaturday, Dec. 26
3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.


The Boar’s Head Festival is a volunteer-run, 55 year-old Elizabethan Christmas experience. It has been a Cleveland tradition at Trinity Cathedral since 1960, celebrating the birth of Christ, and his Light entering the world. Extend your Christmas with us! Info line: 216-771-3630, ext. 392.

Cast/Crew Help Needed: Extra volunteers are needed for Elizabethans – ages 14 and up; makeup help on Dec. 26 – 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Yule Pages – ages 4-7. Call the info line above or email boarsheadfestival@hotmail.com.

“Violins of Hope” Outing on Dec. 13

Trinity’s Women’s Group will visit the “Violins of Hope” exhibit at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood on Sunday, Dec. 13. Other Trinity members and friends are invited to join the group outing, after the 11:15 service. Attendees will have lunch at Trinity, about 12:30 p.m. (bring a brownbag lunch or pick up some food from Cafe Ah-Roma or Subway), and then depart for the museum; car-pooling will be available. Find out more about the Maltz Museum. Questions? Contact Debbie Hunter, or Ginger Bitikofer, 216-774-0407.

Christmas 2015 Schedule

We invite you to spend Christmas at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. Everyone is welcome to celebrate with us on Christmas Eve beginning with the 5 pm Family Eucharist and Pageant. At 10:30 that night, we’ll have a prelude–Carols for choir, organ and trumpet to our 11 pm  Choral Eucharist. And on Christmas morning, join us for Eucharist with Carols at 10. No matter whether you are coming to church for the first time or have been an Episcopalian all your life, we hope that you might spend Christmas with us.

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Advent 2015 Intergenerational Event

AdventWreathmakingOn Sunday, Nov. 29 all ages will come together for intergenerational activities, 10:10-11 a.m. Children and youth will report to their classrooms as usual and will join the activities with their teachers. Attendees can make Advent wreaths with fresh greens and candles; we will have all the supplies needed for this (donations to help defray costs are appreciated). People who have wreath forms at home from previous years are encouraged to bring these back to use for this year’s wreaths. There will also be refreshments and some take-home materials for the Advent season.

80’s Songstress and Chart Topper Belinda Carlisle Is Coming To Cleveland

Cathedral Concerts Welcomes The Go-Go’s Former Lead Singer April 5 at 8PM

BelindaCarlisleCLEVELAND (November 3, 2015) – Cathedral Concerts, recognized by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “one of the most unusual (and diverse) endeavors to hit the city in some time,” is presenting Belinda Carlisle – former lead singer of The Go-Go’s for an intimate performance at the gorgeous Trinity Cathedral on Tuesday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m.

Ms. Carlisle has had a wildly successful career dating back to The Go-Go’s debut album release in 1981. Beauty and the Beat, featuring the hits “We Got The Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed,” is considered one of the cornerstone albums of the “new wave” era.  The album broke The Go-Go’s wide and far and was responsible for paving the way for a host of other new American acts in the genre.  The album went to #1 in the USA and marked the first time an all-female band who wrote their own music and played their own instruments achieved a No. 1 album. [Read more…]