Jesus said, “I am the vine and you are the branches.” What a great image for our Annual Meeting Sunday. There are many ways for the modern listener to interpret this phrase: Jesus is the vine, and his followers are the branches; the Church of Christ is the vine, the various denominations of Christianity are the branches; The Episcopal Church is the vine, and dioceses are the branches; the Diocese of Ohio is the vine, and its congregations are the branches; or Trinity Cathedral is the vine, and our members, friends, staff, and users are the branches. I prefer the universalist approach: God is the true vine, and we are all the many branches. [Read more…]
From the Dean
Messages from Dean Tracey Lind
A Sermon Preached by The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Dean of Trinity Cathedral
Third Sunday of Lent 2015 – March 8, 2015
In this morning’s gospel reading, Jesus has arrived in Jerusalem – just before the Passover. I imagine it was like the day before Christmas in a suburban mall. The streets were bustling with activity; women were picking up last minute items for the Seder meal; children were running around excitedly poking their heads in and out of shops; and men were gathered in small groups talking about religion and politics. The Temple, located in the center of it all, was equally crazed. This house of prayer was more like a sprawling religious market, roughly the size of two football fields. There were thousands of pilgrims, hundreds of merchants, and yes, the moneychangers. [Read more…]
It certainly has been a long, cold, snowy winter; and that has taken its toll on all of us, including Trinity Cathedral. We’ve had to cancel and delay events and reschedule meetings. We’ve also had smaller congregations for worship, which is no surprise, since many of our big snowfalls and storms hit on Saturday night and Sunday morning. So, we just wanted to say hello! [Read more…]
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…]
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.
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.
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.
On 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.
One young gallery visitor wrote in the comments book:
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.
A Note from Dean Lind
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…]
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…]
Last 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…]
Last 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…]
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…]
Download 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 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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]