2016 Annual Report
“This Amazing Congregation”
In her profoundly moving letter of November 30, 2016, the Very Rev. Tracey Lind spoke of
the “imagination, courage, and faith” of “this amazing congregation.” She could have been
describing her own leadership. Through 17 years, she offered creative, principled, and devout
guidance to this cathedral, our metropolitan area, and our Church.
That leadership appears throughout Dean Lind’s ministry at Trinity but has been especially conspicuous during our anniversary year. A few points deserve special mention:
- Increased financial support and other forms of giving by the congregation testify to an engaged and devoted parish family.
- The From Generation to Generation capital campaign has provided an opportunity for long-term investment by the parish family and the community.
- Bicentennial activities—e.g., a commemorative insert in Cleveland Magazine, an exhibition (“Crossroads of the City and Heartbeat of its People”), a speakers series in cooperation with CSU, a pulpit series featuring Trinity “alumni,” bicentennial services on November 6 and 9—celebrated the past and expressed a vigorous commitment to the cathedral’s third century.
A leadership transition can be challenging for any organization. But because leadership in the church combines operational roles (pastoral guidance, fiscal management, civic engagement, etc.) with spiritual obligations (prayer, study, sacraments, etc.), our transitions can prove especially challenging. Fortunately, the Vestry regards these challenges as opportunities and has appointed a search committee intent on parish self-awareness, on creative and systematic discernment, and on timely recruitment. You will be hearing of this process regularly.
It is my great pleasure to work during this period with Bishop Hollingsworth, with your Vestry, with my staff colleagues, and with you to make our time together one of continued growth and development. To this end, I have framed a “three-season” approach focused on four closely related themes:
The Cathedral in the City | The City at the Cathedral
The Cathedral in the Diocese | The Diocese at the Cathedral
You will hear more as we announce programming for the summer and fall. Now, I ask your prayers for a fruitful interim period. Please pray as well for your Vestry, your Council, for the search committee, and for me. And for the world.
The Rev. Paul L. Gaston, Acting Dean