A Message of Thanks

A Message of Thanks

Trinity Kindred,
This morning, at the close of Trinity’s weekly staff meeting, I told my colleagues how grateful I am for their dedication, their cordiality, and their hard work during this pivotal year in the life of the cathedral. Now I want to say the same to you. Because of your welcome and your support, I can serve the cathedral fully focused on preparing for your next era under a new dean–but without being made to feel “temporary.”
 
There is so much for which we can be thankful together. The cathedral and its people, of course, and its strong commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. And we should be grateful for the support promised for 2018 through the generous pledges of Trinity’s members.  
 
But there’s also our city, Cleveland, and its surroundings. I’m sure you will join me in special gratitude for our good neighbor, Cleveland State University, and for the partnership between the cathedral and the university that continues to develop.
 
And there’s the Cuyahoga Valley, which offers us a varied and welcoming landscape just on our doorstep. And our lakefront, which offers an ever-changing panorama, opportunities for recreation, and–a great blessing–a reliable source of fresh water.
 
We should be thankful for music. We begin with the musicians who enrich the life of our cathedral, but we should include also those who share their world-class talents through our symphony orchestras, choruses, and bands. The Cleveland Orchestra thrills us with its excellence, of course, but there are also superb ensembles in Akron and Youngstown and Canton, for instance. Did you know that the assistant conductor of the Canton Symphony sings in Trinity’s choir?
As many of you know, I am grateful for the many wonderful craft brewers in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Cheers!
 
I will soon be especially grateful for the folks who drive the plows when the lake effect snow hits, those who restore the power when the wind topples trees, and those who are determined to make the deliveries when roads are slick.
Finally, I give hearty thanks also for heirloom apples, for public transportation, for our NPR stations, for independent booksellers, and for the beauty of snow.
 
And for you.
Paul Gaston
Paul L. Gaston
Acting Dean