The Dean’s Corner: We are Still the Church Together

The Dean’s Corner
We are still the church together

The Very Rev. BJ OwensSo much has changed in the past week, but what matters most has not: We are still the church, God is profoundly present and we are a beacon of God’s love in our community and our diocese. As we practice social distancing, as we gather digitally for worship, as we hold one another in our prayers, we know that God is the shepherd who guides us through times that are anxious and uncertain.

On Sunday at 10 a.m., our first livestreamed service of Holy Eucharist reached scores of people in our community and beyond. Many watched it live, and many more watched at least a portion of it after the fact. This will continue to be an important way that we gather in community on a weekly basis, and we will continue to offer it. To make sure that it is accessible to all it will continue to be available on the front page of our website as well as through Facebook Live.

To honor the public health warnings regarding public gatherings, Trinity has cancelled in-person meetings, be they community, ministry or staff gatherings. We are now meeting electronically via conference and video call, and all staff who can are working from home (including me). Though there is a learning curve, we are figuring out how to remain connected and effective in serving the congregation at this time. Though we are not meeting in the building itself, the cathedral remains active in work and ministry.

We are also working to find the best way to offer program and pastoral ministry at this time. Led by the Rev. Adrienne Koch, our Adult Formation Committee has met and is considering ways of offering classes and resources remotely, and the pastoral care team (Adrienne, Ginger Bitikofer, Allie Heeter and I) will meet later this week to consider ways to offer pastoral care in a moment when folks are feeling scared and isolated.

As the weeks unfold, remember: be diligent in prayer. Join us in worship (and call us to get help if you are having trouble connecting). And stay in touch with us, by whatever channel works best. So much is changing, yet what matters is unchanged: God is with us, and by walking through times of uncertainty together we share God’s love with the world.

Blessings,

The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens