Catechesis is a systematic instruction and formation of adults for baptism, membership and confirmation. It is also an opportunity, for all Christians, to deepen their faith, informing their outlook on life, values and identity. The instruction takes place in the context of the prayers and life of the community at Trinity, and is based on the scriptures, creeds and prayers of the church.

Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, March 1

This Lent, Trinity is utilizing the Church’s Teachings for a Changing World series to guide adult formation and catechesis. Each class will be led by the Cathedral’s pastoral staff, highlighting the work of visionary Episcopal thinkers and leaders. The content is grounded and thoughtful enough for church leaders and concise and accessible enough for newcomers. The course includes interactive discussion that digs deep. Our journey through the Christian faith begins with an instructed labyrinth walk with The Very Rev. BJ Owens and Cynthia Ries.

The Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner

A Word to Live by

Sunday, March 8

Bestselling author, scholar, and Episcopal priest, the Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner, introduces the story behind the scriptures through poetry and invites readers to engage the word of God with curiosity and confidence. Rich with content and grounded in Episcopal tradition, Winner’s trademark teaching offers a combination of humor, authenticity and plentiful insight.

The Episcopal Way: Christian Spirituality

Sunday, March 15

Explore seismic shifts in American life and the opportunities and challenges each presents to the church today with the Rev. Adrienne Koch. With a winning combination of passion, creativity and wisdom, this class calls for a return to Episcopal basics and insists that faithfully engaging a changing world might be the most truly Anglican practice of all.

Lenten Retreat: Enneagram
Quiet Day

Saturday, March 21
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In Episcopal tradition, a quiet day is for special devotion, meditation, and instruction. The Rev. Adrienne Koch, trained in the enneagram, invites you to greater awareness of your false-self and greater welcome of your own soul. The day will be marked with three communal liturgies, use of labyrinth and multiple rooms for instructed free time, a 10 min. enneagram typing session/spiritual direction is available for the first 20 paid and registered. Cost: $30. Register at tinyurl.com/QuietDay2020.

The Episcopal Story: Birth and Rebirth

Sunday, March 22

Dean Owens traces the history of Christianity, with a special focus on the rise of the Anglican Communion and the birth and continual rebirth of The Episcopal Church. Explore how we got here and where we might be going.

Go Speak: Theology of God and Humanity

Sunday, March 29

This class unites tradition and contemporary thinking to introduce the essentials of Episcopal theology. What’s the story of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, creation and humanity? Find out how Episcopalians have explored those questions for centuries and discover answers—and new questions—of your own through a conversational style that help each of us give voice to the quiet, ordinary places we meet and feel God. Facilitator: Allie Heeter.

Go Speak: Theology of the church

Sunday, April 5

This class unites tradition and contemporary thinking to introduce the essentials of Episcopal theology. What’s the story of baptism, church, Eucharist, mission, and life after death? Find out how Episcopalians have explored those questions for centuries and discover answers—and new questions—of your own through a conversational style that help each of us give voice to the quiet, ordinary places we meet and feel God. Facilitator: Dean Owens.

Formed by Love

Sunday, April 19

Dean Owens helps us move past the idea that we either accept cultural change as a whole or reject it whole, suggesting that Christians need to make discriminating judgments about where to affirm change and where to resist it. This class takes a look at Episcopal ethics and the significance of love and justice through a life of prayer.

Church Meets The World: Power & Oppression

Sunday, April 26

Explore, with the Rev. Adrienne Koch, the “what,” “how,” and “why” of Episcopal engagement with contemporary social issues. Like the master of the household in Jesus’ parable (Matthew 13:52) who “brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old,” this class helps us to discover theological resources from generations past and how they help to guide our action around thorny issues like racial justice, gender and sexuality, economic disparity, definitions of “family,” the environment, and much more.

New Member Liturgy at Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 3

During Trinity’s annual meeting at 11:15 a.m., we will celebrate those in catechesis who are taking steps toward a deeper commitment to the life of the Cathedral. Trinity’s annual meeting is a time for the community to gather for reflection on the endeavors of the church in the last year. For details on the scope of the reports, please visit https://trinitycleveland.org/about-trinity/governance/annual-meeting.

Gathered for God: Church Liturgy

Sunday, May 10

What’s really going on when Episcopalians gather for worship? Allie Heeter will examine the works of musician Dent Davidson and Bishop Jeff Lee to bring decades of partnership to this lively conversation about the rituals that make faith real—gathering, bathing, welcoming, storytelling, feasting, and sending God’s people. More than a treatise on the Book of Common Prayer, this class opens fresh ways of seeing what the prayer book makes possible.

Go Speak: Following The Way of Jesus

Sunday, May 17

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians to join the Jesus Movement and make the world whole. Through Go Speak style, this class encourages table conversations around the writings of Rob Wright on adaptive leadership, Broderick Greer on racial justice, Anthony Guillen on multicultural ministries, Megan Castellan on evangelism, Nora Gallagher on loving the earth, and Kellan Day on ministry with young people. Facilitators: Ginger Bitikofer and the Rev. Adrienne Koch.