The Dean’s Corner: Greeting the Diocese
At last week’s diocesan convention in Sandusky, I gave a short address to update the clergy and delegates on the ministry of the cathedral. As this was my first convention here in Ohio, I introduced myself and then gave a quick snapshot of what Trinity has been up to over the past year. (My remarks and the slide show can be found here).
I had much to share, from Undesign the Redline to the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, from ordinations to the diaconate to clergy renewal of vows, from the Boar’s Head Festival to welcoming preachers from across the diocese at Wednesday weekly evensong.
Trinity has a special place in the Diocese of Ohio, of course: we are a cathedral for all people, and my desire is for folks from any of the 80+ Episcopal Churches in northern Ohio not only to see Trinity as an expression of this diocese, but an expression of their own parish church as well. I’d like for the people of Grace, Sandusky and Trinity, Toledo and St. John’s, Youngstown and all churches in between to think of the cathedral’s work as a part of their own parish ministry.
And so, my convention address was not only about laying out the welcome mat but also inviting them to see the Cathedral as part of who they are; it was about sharing with everyone Trinity’s commitment to be in mutual ministry with them and to celebrating their ministries as well. It’s my job as dean to fly that flag, but it was a larger team effort. I was heartened to see so many folks from Trinity there as delegates and volunteers who showed support and enthusiasm for the ministry of the whole body.
In the search process, Trinity expressed a desire to strengthen our relationship with the people and churches of the Diocese of Ohio. This desire calls us to a spirit of shared ministry with all the churches of the diocese. This is more than simply inviting them to be an active part of what we are already doing. It means seeing ourselves as extension of their ministry, and celebrating all the ways that God is at work in northern Ohio.