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An interview with Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry.

Message from the Bishop regarding the Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

The decision of the Supreme Court to reverse the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the Obergefell case makes legal the marriage of same-sex couples in the State of Ohio and across the country. As we move into this new reality, I offer the following guidelines to clergy and congregational leadership: [Read more…]

In Memory: Edward (Ted) Brown

Trinity member Edward (Ted) Brown died June 23, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Sara (Sally), daughter Jocelyn Brown Hall (husband Richard), daughter Rosalind Stewart (husband Ian), and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 4 p.m., at Trinity Cathedral. Contributions may be made in Ted’s memory to the Cleveland Institute of Music, 11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106.

May Ted’s soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon them.

Little Free Libraries: Books for Neighborhood Children

Little Free Library at M-SIt’s summertime and school’s out. Educators encourage kids to read during the summer, but not all of the young people in our neighborhood have books at home.

Do you have some children’s or youth books that you no longer need? Perhaps your local library branch has a book sale, with good quality children’s books available at a low price. Or you might pick up some at a garage sale this summer. [Read more…]

Knitting Pearls: Stitching together community

This article appeared in the fall 2014 issue of ChurchLife! The magazine of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio

By April Miller, Communications Manager Trinity Cathedral

Click here for current Knitting Pearls opportunities and events.

MittenTreeKnittingPearlsBeyond the work of knitting infant blankets for baptisms, scarves and mittens for elementary school children and the many other projects that the Trinity Cathedral Knitting Pearls undertake each year, the group of knitters, crocheters, needlepointers and coffee and tea drinkers weave together a strong community.

“It was the first thing I joined and it’s absolutely been a lifeline for me,” says Beth Billings, Friday morning group leader. “There are days when I think I don’t want to do a lot of things, but I would never give up on Knitting Pearls. We rely on each other and are in community with each other.” [Read more…]

Middle School Pilgrimage 2015

MSPilgrimage2015SortingHat“Harry Potter” and “The Hunger Games” were brought to life at Trinity Cathedral the last weekend in May. Forty youth and 18 adult leaders from across the diocese came to downtown Cleveland for the two-night pilgrimage.

Upon entrance, youth were greeted by talking portraits and then led to Trinity’s Cathedral Hall where candle sticks “drifted” above their heads transforming a space that is commonly used for community meals and meetings to be the Great Hall portrayed in the film “Harry Potter”.
[Read more…]

Planting for Tomorrow – Growing in Faith Today Campaign


This past week, Trinity members should have received a mailing asking you to prayerfully consider a gift to the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio’s Planting for Tomorrow – Growing in Faith Today Campaign.

Cedar Hills has served the diocese well over the years, but it can no longer be modified to reflect the usage and programs going forward. Challenges include deferred maintenance in excess of $500,000, topography not providing space for adequate playing fields, and lack of potable water onsite. [Read more…]

Growing Hope

This article appeared in the summer 2014 issue of ChurchLife! The magazine of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio

By April Miller, Communications Manager Trinity Cathedral

Click here for current opportunities and events at the Urban Farm.

TrinityUrbanFarmSince 2006, volunteers working at the Trinity Cathedral Urban Farm have harvested more than 18,000 pounds of food to feed Cleveland’s hungry and homeless.

Once a sight of devastation, the corner of E. 35th and Cedar Avenue in Cleveland now brims with life. Cucumbers, green beans, cabbage, onions, peaches, apples, herbs, tulips and irises have replaced the bricks of a torn-down apartment building, car parts, rocks and garbage that once filled the inner-city lot. [Read more…]

Hunger Ministries Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

HungerMinistryDinnerIngallsThose who have donated their time and efforts to Trinity Cathedral’s hunger ministries were recognized and celebrated May 14. Volunteers from A Place at the Table, Food for Families and the Urban Farm were treated to a meal prepared by Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Central Kitchen. [Read more…]

Summer Schedule 2015

Summer Sundays
June 7 – Sept. 6


TCSummer2015PostcardTrinity Cathedral switches to its Summer Sundays schedule beginning June 7; continues through Sept. 6.

Holy Eucharist
8 and 10 a.m.

Bible Study
9 a.m.

Tai Chi
9 a.m.
(Tai chi will not be held the following dates: June 21, July 19, Aug. 2 & 16 and Sept. 6)

Hang out with Chris
During the 10 a.m. summer service, children ages 2-10 are invited to join Christopher Decatur, Trinity’s Children, Youth & Young Adult Minister, for crafts, games and summer fun.

Child care available 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (infant to age 4)

Cathedral Tours
June 14  11:30 a.m.
Aug. 2  11:30 a.m.

Learn about the architecture, art and history of Trinity Cathedral on these docent-led tours. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Summer Choir Sundays
June 21 & Aug. 23

Join Trinity’s pick-up choir. Singers of all ages and abilities are welcome for these summer Sundays! Meet in the choir room at 9:15 a.m. to rehearse briefly for the 10 a.m. service.

Thursday Healing & Eucharist Service 
12:10 p.m.
This quiet, intimate weekday service continues throughout the summer.


Summer Building Hours
June 6 – Sept. 6

Sunday: 7:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Monday: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Food for Families Update

Submitted by Trinity member and Food for Families volunteer Abby Weaver

FoodforFamiliesAbbyWeaverphotoFood for Families continues to be a wonderful success as Marion-Sterling’s school year begins to wind down.

Trinity Cathedral has been working with the Cleveland Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry to provide food for the students, families and community residents who either attend Marion-Sterling School or live in the neighborhood. The Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry delivers food to Marion-Sterling on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, and volunteers from Trinity Cathedral, St. Hubert’s Church in Kirtland, Fairmount Temple in Cleveland Heights, St. Theodosius in Tremont and Immaculate Conception in Cleveland gather in Marion-Sterling’s gymnasium to work together to distribute food to families.  [Read more…]

Safeguarding God’s Children: May 17

All individuals interested in serving children or youth ministries or would like to learn about how to protect God’s children are welcome to attend “Safeguarding God’s Children” on May 17 at 1 p.m. Please RSVP to Ginger Bitikofer or Christopher Decatur if you plan to attend.

Photo Gallery: Annual Meeting May 2015

On May 3, 2015, Trinity Cathedral held its 198th Annual Meeting. The Rev. Kay Rackley was installed as Canon and many members were honored for their service to the Cathedral. Prior to the meeting, the Youth Group held a pancake fundraiser. All proceeds will be used for the summer mission trip to Buffalo, N.Y.



Trinity Cathedral Report of the Nominating Committee

Download a PDF version of this document.

The Nominating Committee is pleased to present to the Congregation slates for election to the Vestry and Cathedral Council as well as delegates to Diocesan Convention and congregationally elected members of the Nominating Committee. In keeping with Trinity’s bylaws, the Nominating Committee conducted an open and widely publicized solicitation of candidates; the result was a pool of talented and qualified candidates, and the Committee is grateful to all whose names were submitted for consideration. We believe that the nominees before you represent an exceptional group of leaders who will govern with wisdom and faithfulness. We commend them to you for election at the Congregational Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10:10 am.

Gretchen Anderson, Vicki Balzer, Ginger Bitikofer, Lawrence Edem, Maura O’Shea and Amy Ryder Wentz

Nominees for Vestry for Re-Election

Jeff Baddeley, term ending 2018

J BaddeleyJeff Baddeley is a partner at Buckley King. Jeff is married to Laura Rocker, a child psychiatrist. There is no truth to the rumor that she considers her marriage to be a pro bono extension of her practice. Jeff’s stepdaughter Rosa lives and works in New York City. He has served on the Vestry since 2009 and has served on Finance, Investment and Property Committees.


Wendy Wilson-Walker, term ending 2018

WilliamsWendy is a native New Yorker, relocating to Akron by AT&T in 1979, where she became an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron. Several years ago, she became a member of Trinity Cathedral and has served on Cathedral Council, is a member of Trinity’s Greater Cleveland Congregations team, served as an usher and has participated with Knitting Pearls. Wendy also serves as President of The Union of Black Episcopalians-North East Ohio.

She was employed with AT&T as Area Manager-Network Operations managing technical call centers in Lakewood, Ohio; San Ramon, California; and Indianapolis. Wendy recently retired after 40+ years of service and lives in Brecksville, Ohio.

Nominess for Vestry, Election


Bryan Sickbert, term ending 2018

Sickbert07After several years of residence in Colorado Bryan and Mary Sickbert moved back to Cleveland and rejoined Trinity in 2013. Bryan previously served as a member of the Vestry and Trinity treasurer. He retired this January after 23 years of service as President/CEO of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ. Bryan has an extensive background in nonprofit governance and management consulting. He holds masters degrees in both theology and business. Currently Bryan enjoys being a part of the Trinity choir and pitching in with various volunteer opportunities. 

Anthony Wesley, term ending 2018

TonyWesleyBorn in Chicago some 58 years ago, Tony is the thankful husband of Al and the perpetually perplexed father of Cate. In former lives, he was a Franciscan friar, a partner in an accounting firm, and a CFO and COO of a number of companies on the East Coast. Happily retired, he does spend some time developing residential properties on the east side and advising a tech start-up in Seattle. Currently, Tony volunteers extensively in the Trinity Development Office. Previously he was the treasurer of the Hathaway Brown Parents Association, DANCECleveland, and East Side Interfaith Ministries. Al, Cate and Tony moved back to Cleveland in 2010. Tony and Cate have been members of Trinity since 2012. Trinity, its clergy and its members have captured both of their hearts.

Nominees for Cathedral Council, Election

Amy Maurer, term ending 2018

AmyMaurerAmy Maurer has been attending Trinity with her family for three years. Originally from Carlisle, Pa., Amy settled in the Cleveland area in 1999 after graduating from college. She has a BFA from Syracuse University in Surface Pattern Design. She worked seven years in the professional design field, first designing wallcovering for IHDG and then giftware for American Greetings. Currently Amy is a stay-at-home mother to her two daughters, Anna, 8 and Lila 5. She is married to Ian Maurer and their family resides in Lakewood, Ohio. Amy has been a member of the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA for six years and served on their board for two years. Amy was baptized and confirmed in the United Church of Christ but recently re-confirmed her faith at Trinity Cathedral. Amy is part of the Parents and Caregivers Group. She looks forward to becoming more involved with Trinity and its mission and commitment to the city of Cleveland. 

Marc Norman, term ending 2018

MarcNormanMarc and his partner, Scott Woodard, currently reside in Columbia Station, Ohio where they enjoy entertaining family and friends and life in the country. He’s been employed by Seamen Corporation in Wooster, Ohio for more than 30 years and is the Sales & Operations Support Manager. Marc is the proud father to three children (Nicholas, Laura and Katy) and the loving grandpa to eight rambunctious grandsons, with a ninth grandchild arriving in May 2015. He has been actively attending Trinity Cathedral for the last 15 months and was received into the church in March 2015. In his free time he enjoys reading, exploring antique/used furniture shops and spending time with friends. He is excited for the opportunity to get more involved in the Trinity Cathedral community.

Walker Sands, term ending 2018

WalkerSandsWalker Sands hales from Washington, D.C., and has a spirit for social progress and bringing care, equality and inclusion to his work. He co-leads T23, Trinity’s 20s and 30s social group, encouraging community and service within Trinity. With experience in film marketing and social entrepreneurship, Walker is an executive administrator with Kindred Healthcare, and hopes to join his passions for social justice and spiritual rejuvenation to do great work in Cleveland and beyond. Walker is honored and excited to join Cathedral Council.

Nominees for 2015 Diocesan Convention Representatives

Diane Hexter, Delegate

Diane has been a Howard Hanna top-producing realtor since 1999 and works with her husband, Michael. She joined Trinity in 1997 and most recently has served as Eucharist Minister, Acolyte, Lector, Usher, on the Flower Guild, an EFM Mentor and Co-mentor for two groups, as well as on the Diocesan Commission on Ministry. Having attended Diocesan Convention many times, she says she enjoys the conversation, debates, and issues that effect this diocese and the entire church in downtown Cleveland.

Jane Freeman, Alternate

Jane FreemanPJane Freeman has served in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church at parish, diocesan and national levels most of her adult life. At the Diocesan level, she is currently a member of Standing Committee, and has served on Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Council, Disciplinary Panel, and Episcopal Search Committee. This June she will be a deputy at the General Convention in Salt Lake City. Jane has frequently served as a delegate to Diocesan Conventions and would appreciate the opportunity to do so again. She is the Director of Behavioral Science in the Akron General Family Medicine Residency Program, an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Northeast Ohio Medical University and has an independent psychotherapy practice. She and her husband Bruce became members of Trinity Cathedral a few years ago.

Nominees for 2016 Nominating Committee, At-Large Members

David Cratty

Cratty-000039David and his wife, Gayle, have been attending Trinity since 1999. He has served terms on Cathedral Council and the Vestry as both Junior Warden and Senior Warden. In addition, David is Trinity’s representative to the Marion-Sterling School Community Partnership, where he chaired the Strategic Planning Committee. For 37 years, he was a member of the faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, retiring as Professor Emeritus of English.


Audrey Hudak

AudreyHudakAudrey Hudak has been active at Trinity Cathedral for three years. She found Trinity and immediately joined the Cathedral choir when she was at Levin College of Urban Affairs earning her master’s in public administration. Audrey has been in choirs since the age of six and formally studied voice, flute and trombone. In her professional life, Audrey works in the field of Government Relations for the Cleveland Clinic. She is on the Volunteerism Commission of the Cleveland Clinic Young Professional organization and the Government Affairs Commission of the Cleveland Young Professional Senate. Audrey is currently co-chair of T23, Trinity Cathedral’s 20s/30s group.

Photo Gallery: 2015 Easter Sunday, Festival Choral Eucharist, 11:15 am

At the 11:15 a.m. Festival Choral Eucharist on Easter, the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., preached. Music was provided by the Trinity Cathedral Choir with brass and timpani.  [Read more…]


Summer Sundays - services at 8 and 10 a.m. Come casual and cool!