Dean’s Report 2019

Trinity Cathedral
Dean’s Report 2019
Report by the Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens, Dean

Dean’s Report to the Annual Meeting of Trinity Cathedral – May 5, 2019

We wish to grow as a congregation – in number and vitality, with a richer sense of relationships that bind us together as the body of Christ

  • Not all cathedrals have congregations/some are just congregations and not much else
  • Very clearly from search: we hunger to be a more interconnected congregation
  • strengthen those practices that make Trinity a spiritual home and a place of fellowship

We wish to get on a firmer and more sustainable financial path, drawing more upon the generosity of a growing congregation and less upon a finite endowment

  • You’d be surprised what we can do just by talking about this a little more
  • But also to recognize that giving to the church strengthens our spiritual connection to one another more than drawing from the endowment to pay for it

We wish to strengthen our connections to the Diocese of Ohio and to the wider church

  • I found that at St. Andrew’s, Greensboro and at St. Paul’s Cary, some of our greatest assets for congregational health, for stability, for teaching, for personal transformation came from our identity as an Episcopal Church; but we had to teach it regularly.
  • Dwight Zscheile:  the Episcopal Church was made for this moment, in a world that that  hungers for mystery, for arts, for reason, for spirituality, for beauty
  • The point is not to become better Episcopalians but to become more committed Christians, followers of Jesus,

We desire a more intentional focus upon children and youth ministry, so that families throughout the Cleveland area can participate in the richness of cathedral life

  • If we want to thrive, not just today but 10 and 20 years down the road, focus here
  • If we want other ministries to thrive, including adult ministries & outreach, focus here
  • If you want families to (from all over) to be a part of the Cathedral, focus here

We wish to offer a compelling public witness to that speaks across cultural and political divides

  • On one hand we’re past the era when one church was at the center of the culture
  • Yet Cathedrals still have some of that voice, and Trinity has a particular voice in Cleveland. How do we use it speak a word of authentic faith in the public square? To be a visible sign of the presence of God in our city, to celebrate human dignity and the love of God?