Clergy Staff Transition

A Note from Dean Lind

Photo: The Rev. Sahra Hardin


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. During her tenure at Trinity, Sahra has done a fabulous job with our children and youth, instituting a Chapel Chat that will long be remembered by our children and adults alike – a real gift to sometimes child-weary parents who want to listen to the sermon and/or have a moment of peace and quiet at the 9 a.m. service. Sahra has also been the director of the Trinity Urban Service Corps, recruiting and supervising up to eight interns and intern site placements. In the fall, Sahra is going to hone her supervisory and pastoral skills as a full-time Clincial Pastoral Education resident at the Cleveland Clinic. In addition, she is going to explore the breadth of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio as a supply priest, hopefully visiting Trinity on occasion. We will miss Sahra and Aaron, but it’s time for them to fly the coop (and not the one with where their chickens reside at their new home in Old Brooklyn). Sahra will preach her final sermon on July 27 as she graduates our Urban Service Corps intern class of 2014. We will then celebrate Sahra’s ministry on Sunday, Aug. 3. 

The Rev. Kay RackleyI am pleased to announce that the Rev. Kay Rackley, our current part-time clergy associate, has agreed to serve on a full-time basis for the coming year. Kay, who is working on the completion of her Doctor of Ministry degree, will assume responsibility for all our formation programs – from cradle to grave. In this capacity, she will oversee and evaluate our educational ministry for children, youth, and adults. Kay will also direct the Trinity Urban Service Corps and more fully develop our Spiritual Formation and Labyrinth Ministry, that will be highlighted by a Labyrinth Workshop at Trinity the weekend of Nov. 14-16 with the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress. Kay will be assisted by an intern, Chris Decatur. Kay and her dog, Urak, will move from Hudson to Lakewood in July. 

ChrisDecaturChris Decatur came to Trinity Cathedral at the beginning of 2014 and was received into The Episcopal Church when Bishop Williams was here on March 30. Chris has been working part time at Trinity as one of our evening hospitality coordinators since February of this year. Chris is a senior at Cleveland State University with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Comparative Religion. This past year he served the Parish School of Religion at St. Dominic in Shaker Heights where he taught third grade. He also teaches preschool, part time, at the Shaker Heights Early Childhood Center. Chris will be a tremendous addition to the formation program here at Trinity.