From the Dean

Messages from Dean Tracey Lind

A Thank You from the Dean

Dear Trinity friends,

Please accept this note of thanks for all the love, charity and patience you gave to Emily and me over the past couple of months. Your support while my mother was dying means more to me than words can express. [Read more…]

From the Dean – Team Trinity and Gay Games 9

Team Trinity earned a medal for hospitality last week as we welcomed visitors from all over the world who attended and participated in the Gay Games 9. It began on Saturday, when our fabulous Flower Guild decorated the Cathedral with flags and rainbow streamers. Throughout the week, people commented on our open doors with the banners: “GOD LOVES YOU, NO EXCEPTIONS” and the rainbow flag welcoming those passing by. 

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Mayor Frank Jackson and The Rt. Rev. Martín De Jesús Barahona

On Saturday evening, I had the privilege of accompanying to the opening ceremony The Rt. Rev. Martin de Jesus Barahona, Bishop of the Episcopal Anglican Church in El Salvador. After enjoying refreshments and speeches at the VIP party, and meeting lots of local officials, the Bishop accompanied the Salvadoran delegation into the Quicken Loans Arena. 

Sitting in some of the best seats in the house with Trinity intern Chris and Building Steward Colleen, we watched this amazing procession of LGBT athletes from all over the world walk proudly onto the stage. Overwhelmed with emotions, I couldn’t stop crying, but neither could Connie Schultz. It was an incredible evening of music, dance, cheerleading, speeches and rainbow colors.  And it was lots of fun to see so many Trinity members, especially singing in the chorus.GG9OpeningRainbowTL

On Sunday, we extended a special welcome to the Salvadoran and Columbian teams whom we help to sponsor. Bishop Barahona preached a powerful sermon about inclusion, love, acceptance and justice and then offered his blessing. That afternoon, the Lind-Ingalls clan hosted the bishop and members of the Salvadoran and Columbian teams, along with their host families for an old-fashioned American cookout and swimming party on the shores of Lake Erie. 

On Monday, the games were in full force with Trinity members holding their own in badminton and running, winning medals in swimming and tennis, practicing for the big concert, volunteering at the registration tables, assisting with the sailing. And yes, the Columbians were leading the pack in volleyball. 

On Monday night, Trinity hosted the interfaith worship service. Our LGBT Team ushered  guests into the nave. Bishop Baharona, Bishop Arthur Williams and I greeted the congregation. We heard powerful preaching from national LGBT faith leaders, and the Mt. Zion UCC choir raised the roof with their music. Yes, there were protesters – two of them – and the media ignored them. And speaking of media, our own Ed Metz had wonderful words to say to the Channel 19 reporter. 

GG9GalleryTalkTLOn Tuesday, Bishop Arthur and Lynette Williams joined Bishop Baharona for a fun-filled day of volleyball in Cleveland and softball in Akron. Tuesday night, the cathedral welcomed PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) for a potluck and panel discussion in the Gallery with the Latin American athletes.

Speaking of the Gallery:  In partnership with the Campus District, Inc., Music and Art at Trinity hosted a photo exhibit entitled, “Love Makes a Family.”LoveMakesAFamilyPoster 

One young gallery visitor wrote in the comments book:  

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On Wednesday, Emily and I attended the Pink Flamingos: an event billed as synchronized swimming, but ended up as a spoof on life in the big city. It was great fun to see Mayor Jackson laughing with the crowd. 

On Friday, the Cathedral again shined in glory as we hosted the Womyn’s Dance. Transforming the nave into a dance hall, we welcomed some 350+ women for a fun-filled event on a warm summer night. I can’t tell you how many women said that they couldn’t believe they were really welcome to be themselves in a church, much less a cathedral. Thanks to our fabulous team of building stewards, the cathedral was put back in order so that we could worship on Sunday.   

GG9 was a great achievement of hospitality and inclusion for Greater Cleveland and Akron. The sidewalks, restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and public venues were vibrantly full of people having a good time and being healthy. Again, thanks to all who served on Team Trinity for demonstrating in word and action our commitment to radical hospitality. 

 

Clergy Staff Transition

A Note from Dean Lind

Photo: The Rev. Sahra Hardin

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It is with mixed feelings that I announce a transition in our clergy staff. On July 31, the Rev. Sahra Harding will complete her three-year curacy at Trinity Cathedral. For those of you who might not know, a curate is a time-limited job for a newly ordained priest. Sahra came to us in the summer of 2011 and has served as our associate for children, youth, families and young adults. [Read more…]

A Letter from Dean Lind

Dear Trinity Members and Friends,

The time has come. Ever since the Rev. Will Mebane came to us as a transitional deacon in the late fall of 2009, I’ve known that one day I would have to write this letter. That is the case with newly ordained clergy – they usually move on to serve other congregations. [Read more…]

From the Dean: Hide-and-Go-Seek – The Shrove Tuesday Sacrament

HideAndSeekShroveTuesdayLast night Trinity Cathedral hosted our annual Shrove Tuesday party. This year we chose a Mardi Gras theme (most appropriate for 7 degree winter weather). Instead of pancakes, we had gumbo, jambalaya (meat and vegetarian), and cornbread, jelly donuts and king cakes. We had masks and beads, and we ate and danced to the music of eight-o’clocker Bob Gref’s band, The Dixielanders. Because of the extremely cold weather, we couldn’t use the Cathedral Hall, so we gathered in the cathedral itself.  Colorful round tables were set, the band used the altar platform as a stage, and the dinner buffet was in the east transept. But we had one challenge: where would we play our annual game of hide-and-go-seek? [Read more…]

From the Dean: “Be present, O merciful God”

EventideCandleImageLast week, I attended the annual conference of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Churches. It was a good meeting that provided an opportunity to see old friends and colleagues, learn from our peer congregations, and share the opportunities and challenges of congregational ministry in today’s increasing secular and religiously unaffiliated world. At this year’s conference, we also celebrated the election of Trinity Vestry member and Chancellor David Posteraro’s as President of the CEEP Board.  [Read more…]

Greetings From the Dominican Republic

CPGTLFeb2014A Note from the Dean:

I am in the Dominican Republic attending a Church Pension Fund Board meeting with the Bishops of Province 9. These bishops lead the Episcopal Dioceses in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Columbia. [Read more…]

Who Will Come to Bethlehem: Tales from Stable and City

WhoWillComeBethlehemCoverDownload a pdf of Who Will Come to Bethlehem: Tales from Stable and City by the Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Dean of Trinity Cathedral. Dean Lind dedicates the book to the children and their grown-ups of Trinity Cathedral.

Sermon: All Saints’ Sunday 2013

Sermon preached by the Very Rev. Tracey Lind on All Saints’ Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

At a dinner party this past week I was asked to describe the congregation of Trinity Cathedral. I said that Trinity Cathedral is home to almost 1,000 members who are looking for God in an inclusive, welcoming and diverse community of faith. We are people of different races, incomes, educational backgrounds, professions, and sexual orientations. [Read more…]

Dean Lind’s Remarks at Medicaid Expansion Press Conference

The Very Rev. Tracey Lind joined Governor Kasich Friday, Oct. 17, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic as he held a press conference to push for Medicaid expansion. Dean Lind’s remarks are below:

Good Morning, I am The Rev. Tracey Lind, Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and Co-Chair of Greater Cleveland Congregations. GCC represents more than 20,000 people, from 40 congregations and 13 schools in Northeast Ohio. GCC co-founded NEOMEC – the Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition. [Read more…]

From the Dean: Women of Faith Voices Against Violence

Dear friends:

I have been a part of an incredibly diverse and spiritually powerful group of women of faith meeting this summer to organize a response to the violence against women in Cleveland. This Sunday, Sept. 22 is our public witness – a multi-faith worship service at Old Stone Church and ceremonial walk around Public Square. [Read more…]

Medicaid Expansion Rally – Purpose

Remarks made by the Very Rev. Tracey Lind at the GCC Medicaid Expansion Assembly on Jan. 24, 2013

Good evening, and Welcome GCC! I am Tracey Lind, the Dean and Senior Pastor of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and I am honored to serve as one of the co-chairs of Greater Cleveland Congregations.

Tonight we are here together, over 1,000 members of our region’s faith, civic, and health care communities, to embody physically the widespread support for Medicaid Expansion in Northeast Ohio – and to move into action to make sure it becomes a reality for Ohioans.

Let me give you a quick recap of what has brought us to this moment: In 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, which sought to provide       access to life-saving health insurance coverage for over 30 million Americans. [Read more…]

Bible Challenge Invitation

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am delighted that so many of you have accepted the invitation to join me for the Trinity Bible Challenge, a one-year pilgrimage through Holy Scripture. We begin Monday, Oct. 8. If you have not signed up, or you want to recruit a companion for your pilgrimage, it’s not too late. You may register online. The Bible Challenge is open to all: friends, neighbors, coworkers – whether or not they attend Trinity. Even if they aren’t in the Cleveland area, they can subscribe online and participate remotely. [Read more…]

Farewell to Adam Spencer

Dear Friends:

I write this letter with mixed emotion. Four years ago Adam Spencer joined the Cathedral as intern. He had only recently graduated from B-W with a religious studies degree. Adam had been a member and it was a pleasure to welcome him into the staff. And while I knew then that someday he would move on from Trinity, I – and the entire staff and Trinity community – will miss him dearly.

It is my honor to announce that Adam has been accepted into the University of Chicago where he will pursue a master’s degree in religious studies. His last day with us at Trinity will be Sunday, Sept. 16. [Read more…]

Lind: ‘We need to slow down, because we are moving too fast’

By Mary Lee Talbot
Reposted from The Chautauquan Daily

Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.
Ba da, Ba da, Ba da, Ba da … Feelin’ groovy.

The Very Rev. Tracey Lind led the congregation in singing the first verse from Simon and Garfunkel’s “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” at the beginning of the Friday morning Devotional Hour. [Read more…]