The Episcopal Church in the United States of America is part of the world wide Anglican Communion which has approximately seventy million members. We claim to be both catholic — that is, true to the historic and apostolic faith; and protestant — that is, truly reformed and insisting that God is still active and speaking the new word in our world. Our profession of faith is in baptism and our central act of worship is the Holy Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion. Since we belong to the historic and apostolic faith, we embrace the historical sacraments of the church (baptism, Eucharist, confirmation, ordination, matrimony, reconciliation and unction). Because we are a global church, we cannot be parochial or isolationist. Our unity of worship allows for variations which serve to remind us of the universal nature of the church. Thus, we celebrate our diversity and tolerance is viewed not as an excuse or a sign of weakness, but as our strength.
The Liturgy of the church is expressed as the “work of the people.” We worship in accordance with the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) which includes the revisions outlined in Enriching Our Worship (EOW). At our services we print our services out so that those who are unfamiliar with our worship style may easily follow along. Trinity Cathedral has three liturgical offerings on Sunday mornings: A simple spoken service at 8:00 AM; the Mostly Jazz Mass at 9:00 AM (which is the family friendly service); and the Choral Eucharist at 11:15 AM. Regardless of where you find yourself on the journey, all are welcome at the table during our worship services.
In Our Worship, we are united with past, present, and future generations of Christians. Our worship experience is active and participatory — its purpose is to worship God with the whole of our being and in all aspects of our lives. Not only do we express ourselves in word but also in gesture. Generally we stand to pray and praise and sit to be instructed. All other devotional gestures are optional and purely personal. Please feel free to do what feels comfortable in our service. For Episcopalians, worship is the most important thing we do, and ultimately this reality should inform all that we do in every aspect of our daily lives.
We Believe that God is Knowable — that you can know, experience and have a relationship with the Divine. We believe that all of creation is good. God created each element of creation and said, “It is good.” Jesus proclaimed that “the Kingdom of God is in your midst.” We are part of God’s realm now. Therefore we embrace all of life and believe life is to be celebrated. We also refuse to divide the world into the physical and the spiritual; the secular and the sacred; the mundane and the holy. We believe that God is in all that we do and that living a spiritual life is a 24/7 affair. Salvation is a journey — a process — and not a merit badge to be earned.
We Are Loved. We are never in a position of not being loved by God. When we gather to worship, we come together to celebrate the Love of God, not to acquire something that is absent to us. As Theresa of Avila has noted, the problem that humanity faces is NOT God’s absence in our world but rather our stubborn insistence on living our lives as though God were absent. This is what any sacramental celebration seeks to overcome — our unawareness of the Love that already permeates every aspect of human life.
We Are Idealists. We take words like peacemaker, mercy, grace, equality, reconciliation, and justice seriously. We strive to incarnate those words into our community. We believe in living into the ideals of Jesus and forgiving ourselves and others whenever we fall short.
We are content to Live With Questions. Ours is a “seeker-friendly” community where we believe God will meet us wherever we are on our spiritual journey. We do not believe that we have to have an answer for everything. We have immense respect for thoughtful holiness. We resist giving people simple answers to complex questions. We do not see ourselves in opposition to any field of inquiry, but in concert with it.
We are a people of Common Prayer. The spiritual journey is a communal activity. The people of God who gather as the church are here to strengthen and encourage one another in our spiritual lives. We do this when we come together for our common act of worship and learning. We do this when we care for one another in the good times and the bad with our ministries of presence, prayer, and kindness. We do this when we work to alleviate the suffering of those who are oppressed in mind, body, or spirit. We do this when we work for justice within our community. And we do this when we invite others to join us on our journey. When we come together as a faith community — in large or small groups — we are strengthened and encouraged by God and one another.
As the Cathedral for the Diocese of Ohio, Trinity Cathedral is a church that meets people wherever they are on their spiritual journey. We are an inclusive church that resists classifying or categorizing the people of God. We believe that the purpose of the church is not to tell people what to believe. The purpose of the church is to manifest the Love in whom they are to believe.