The Dean’s Corner: Holiness, Witness and Transformation

The Dean’s Corner: Holiness, Witness and Transformation

The Very Rev. BJ OwensWhat does it mean to be the people of Trinity Cathedral? What are the threads that run through our whole history, the gifts that brought people through the doors of the cathedral 100 years ago, 50 years ago, 10 years ago and even last Sunday? What are the deep-down charisms that will carry us through times of uncertainty and helps us to cast a wider vision of God’s profound love in the years to come?

What are the stories that tie our ministries together, what threads weave through the many parts of our life, from Sunday worship to the urban farm, from SoulCollage® to advocacy in the community, from youth mission trips to ministries of inclusion and reconciliation?

A thought surfaced for me, after many months of listening, during a service of Evensong. I looked at the congregation gathered and wondered, what brings people here, week in and week out? And what sends people out the door to be God’s hands in the world?

As I listed to the homily and the music, as I took in the beauty of the space and the faces of the people who were there, I thought of how Trinity Cathedral is a place of Holiness, Witness and Transformation, how we’re blessed by a balance of tradition and creativity and how we are energized by keeping an eye towards the larger story of God’s work in the world.

Over the next few months we’ll hold three “Holy Conversation” sessions on Wednesday nights after Evensong to ask, “What do holiness, witness and transformation mean to you?” (Feb. 19, Mar. 18 and April 15). I also explored this in my January Dean’s Forum, and I hope you’ll listen to it if you’d like to learn more.

How do you experience Trinity as a place of holiness, how can our witness proclaim God’s love and justice in a broken world, and how can we experience the transformation that comes from an encounter with the living God? I hope you’ll share your thoughts on this with me, so that together we can listen for the movement of the Spirit in our lives and in the life of the Cathedral.

The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens