Dean Search Committee Parish Meeting

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Posted Oct, 5 2017

The Dean Search Committee is hosting a parish meeting in Cathedral Hall on Sunday, October 22 at 10:10 a.m. The Committee will provide an update on the progress of their work, including the outcome of the congregational meetings, the development of our parish profile and the next steps in the search process. Please join your Search Committee for this informative discussion.

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Dean Search Committee Update

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Posted Sept. 12, 2017

The Dean Search Committee thanks the more than 150 members who participated in the congregational meetings. The number of people who contributed enthusiastic and thoughtful comments continues to show what an involved and caring community Trinity is. We also received terrific responses from a survey sent to clergy and wardens throughout the diocese.

We are drafting the parish profile, which will be a webpage available on Trinity’s website. A lot of the information gathered during the congregational meetings has been incorporated in the Cathedral’s profile. We expect to have the profile completed in October, at which time we will be ready to accept dean candidate applications and resumes. We are also developing a current job description for the dean position, which will be distributed to interested applicants.

Continue to hold the Dean Search Committee in your prayers.

David Cratty
Chair of the Trinity Cathedral Dean Search Committee

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Search Committee Update

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Posted: July 5, 2017

Dear Fellow Members,

I am writing with an update from Trinity’s Dean Search Committee.  As we have outlined before, the search for a new dean has four phases: 


1. Congregational assessment, which includes

◦ Establishing ways to collect feedback and communicate with congregation

◦ Facilitating small group meetings with the congregation

◦ Compiling and reviewing congregational feedback

◦ Developing a parish profile

2. The search, which includes

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Dean Search Congregational Meetings

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The Search Committee has scheduled a series of small group meetings to be held in June and July to gather congregational input. These meetings are an integral part of the search process, as outlined by Search Committee Chair David Cratty, “As you know, the Dean Search process has four phases: congregational assessment; the search; the election/appointment of a new dean; and the welcome of the new dean.

We are just in Phase One, the congregational assessment where we are having discussions about who we are as Trinity.  In many ways, this is the most important phase and it is important that you be heard.”
To that end, we are scheduling small group congregational meetings at Trinity on the following dates:
Sunday, June 11, 9 a.m. — RSVP
Tuesday, June 13, 6 p.m. — RSVP
Sunday, July 9, 9 a.m. — RSVP
Tuesday, July 25, 6 p.m. — RSVP

Please RSVP for the meeting of your choice
so that we can organize small groups to allow
good exchange.
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Trinity Cathedral Announces The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston As Acting Dean

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Trinity Cathedral is pleased to announce that The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston, III is Trinity Cathedral’s new acting dean effective March 1, 2017.

“We are so pleased to have Dr. Gaston as Trinity’s acting dean,” said Amy Wentz, Senior Warden for Trinity Cathedral. “Throughout his 27-year ministry, he has served in an interim capacity with notable success. This, plus his exceptional pastoral skills and administrative experience, will assure a successful transition while Trinity Cathedral searches for its new permanent dean.”

The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston, III comes to Trinity Cathedral from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, where he was priest associate. Previously, he had served several churches in the Diocese of Ohio including St. Mark’s, Canton; Christ Church, Hudson; St. John’s, Cuyahoga Falls; and St. John’s, Youngstown.

Dr. Gaston has been ordained for 27 years, serving in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio as a “bi-vocational,” balancing ministry in the Church with work in higher education. A former provost at Kent State University, he is currently the university’s Trustees’ Professor, teaching English literature and higher education administration. He will retire from this position in May.

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A letter from The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Gaston, Trinity Cathedral’s Acting Dean

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is a coincidence — but a fortunate one — that our ministry together begins on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a season in which we emphasize self-examination, a focus on what matters most, and the anticipation of Easter. We seek a change of direction so that we may hear with joy, as though for the first time, the glorious news of the open tomb.

The message of Lent is therefore a positive one. As I will mention in my homily on Wednesday, the name of the season itself points (at least in our hemisphere) to the ever-longer (lengthening) days of what an Easter hymn refers to as “the queen of seasons.” That awareness in no way minimizes the importance of our traditional emphasis on reflection and repentance, but

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