The Dean’s Corner: Just One More Thing

The Dean’s Corner: Just One More Thing

The Very Rev. BJ OwensSometime ago I read that a new rector or dean is a little like a detective, always asking questions and listening carefully to get a sense of the deeper story of the place. The author suggested that we’re actually a little like “Columbo” in the early days of our ministry, always asking about “just one more thing” to get a sense of what’s going on.

I’ve learned a lot in the year since arriving at Trinity. I’ve learned about Trinity’s presence in the local community, I’ve gotten to know many of the people at the heart of this place, and I’ve learned what it’s like to worship, week in and week out, in a cathedral space that seems to have something beautiful and new to reveal every time I enter it.

And I’ve asked a lot of questions!   So if you’ve heard me ask about “just one more thing” you might know now what I was up to. Over this past year I’ve been listening carefully, hoping to hear something of the heartbeat of the community and congregation, to get a sense of how God might be calling us to begin the next chapter in our story.

This Sunday I’ll be sharing some of these thoughts at the Dean’s Forum. It’s titled “A Year with Dean Owens” but it will also be a chance to discern some of the contours of a vision for the next season in our life together. I hope you can join me in Cathedral Hall at 10:10 a.m. this Sunday, January 12 for a lively conversation.

As I write this, I am also watching the news on Iran closely and praying for a peaceful resolution to the crisis there. I’ve written some thoughts on that on my blog, if you wish to read a bit more.

May god grant us peace today, and hope and joy in the days to come.

The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens