Dean’s Forum

Join Dean Tracey Lind Sunday mornings at 10:10 a.m. as she interviews leaders, teachers, thinkers and artists. Forum podcasts are available online. (To subscribe to Trinity Forum podcasts copy and paste the following into iTunes or other Podcast manager:

8 Habits of Love

Sunday, September 18
The Reverend Ed. Bacon
Guest preaching 8, 9, and 11:15 a.m.
Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

Oprah “Soul Teacher” Reverend Ed Bacon comes to Trinity to discuss the subject of his book, 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life, spiritual guide to living life through love and connection, not fear and isolation.

Rev. Ed Bacon is the rector emeritus of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California — a 4,000 member multi-ethnic urban Episcopal parish, with a reputation for energetic worship, a radically inclusive spirit, and a progressive peace and justice agenda.

The Work of Marion Sterling School

Sunday, September 25
Adrianna Chestnut, M.Ed.

Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

Marion-Sterling is a neighboring pre-K-8 school. For many years, Trinity members have volunteered time and resources to help make a difference in the lives of Marion-Sterling students and their families. Amid recent news about the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s report card, Marion-Sterling was lifted out as a success story for achieving more growth in a year than projected by the state. Come learn about the school’s inspiring work and how Trinity can get involved!

Adrianna Chestnut, M.Ed. is Principal of Marion-Sterling School.

God is Always Hiring

Sunday, October 9
Ms. Regina Brett, author and speaker
Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

Regina Brett comes to Trinity to offers her special brand of uplifting, yet practical advice to help readers find fulfillment in their work—and to deal with the unexpected challenges that occur throughout our lives.

This forum will focus on how we relate to our work, or lack of work, and the seeking of something deeper and more meaningful in our career and life. Referencing her new book, God Is Always Hiring, the forum will explore how to transform one’s career into a meaningful vocation.  

Regina Brett is the New York Times bestselling author of God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours, which has been published in more than 24 languages. She also wrote Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible PossibleHer newest book, God Is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work, was released in 2015. Regina wrote it to help people find their mission in life.

Her inspirational columns appear regularly in Ohio’s largest newspaper, The Plain Dealer, where she was a finalist in 2008 and 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. She also writes for the Cleveland Jewish News and is syndicated by the Jewish News Service. You can find out more about her at

Church Beyond the Walls: Building a Community-Based Witness & Episcopal Presence

Sunday, October 16
The Reverend Audra Abt
Guest preaching 8, 9, & 11:15 a.m.
Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

How can we live out our call to be faithful witnesses to the work of God among our neighbors? Come and learn about discovering the church in surprising places — including in living rooms and family kitchens as Rev. Audra Abt shares about her work as a Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Intercultural Community Development in the greater Greensboro, NC Episcopal convocation.

Rev. Audra Abt is Rector at St. Andrew’s Church, Greensboro, NC. Trinity Cathedral was a place where Audra found support in her discernment of a call to ordained priesthood in the Episcopal Church, and we are delighted to have her visit in this Bicentennial year.

On Being the Church

Sunday, October 23
The Reverend Canon Michael Rusk
Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

This Dean’s Forum is pleased to welcome The Reverend Canon Michael Rusk from St. Peter’s Church of Oadby Parish. His wide-ranging conversation with Dean Tracey Lind will include Christian-Muslim relations, the theology of play, the Church of England, the Troubles of Northern Ireland, and cathedral ministry in Great Britain.

The Rev. Canon Michael Rusk is Team Rector of Oadby in the Diocese of Leicester in the East Midlands of England. Oadby is a large multi-ethnic suburban parish in an area of fast demographic change. A native of Belfast, Ireland, Michael is a Canon of St Martin’s Cathedral Leicester and together with the Dean is responsible for preparing the cathedral for the anticipated burial of King Richard III whose remains were unearthed after a spectacular archaeological dig close-by the Cathedral in 2013. 

In recent years, Michael, along with his colleague, the Revd. Bonnie Evans-Hills, has emerged as an expert in Christian-Muslim dialogue. Their book entitled Engaging Islam from a Christian Perspective is to be published this year in the Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology Series. Michael believes that working in a community where there are significant numbers of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs offers the church a great opportunity to demonstrate and to share the radical inclusive love of Christ with everyone of whatever faith.


Reflections by the Deans of Trinity Cathedral

Sunday, October 30
The Right Reverend Bill Persellpersell_william-1
Guest preaching 11:15 a.m.
Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

This special Bicentennial Dean’s Forum features the two living deans of Trinity Cathedral, Dean Tracey Lind and the Rt. Rev. Bill Persell. Together, they will reflect on their ministry and leadership experiences, discussing how Trinity engaged the wider world during their tenures. They will also discuss the unique role cathedrals have in the 21st century, including how Trinity can work for the flourishing of Cleveland.

The Rt. Rev. William D. Persell served as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago from 1999-2008. He presently is an Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Ohio, where he previously was Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland.

As rector at St. John’s Church in Los Angeles for nine years, he was an advocate for Asian and Hispanic ministries and served as Vice President of the Black Clergy Association of Los Angeles. Bishop Persell was rector of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn, NY for nine years. Throughout his ministry, Bishop Persell has been a leader for peace and justice in church and society, and greater ecumenical and interfaith cooperation and understanding. He worked extensively with faith-based community organizations in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Cleveland.

Bishop Persell has served as a member of the Boards of Trustees of Rush University Medical Center, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, the Christian Century Foundation, and a number of social service agencies. He is past President of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago.

Bishop Persell and his wife, Nancy Pollard Persell, live in Bratenahl, Ohio. They have six grown children and nine grandchildren.

The Very Reverend Tracey Lind came to Trinity in 2000. During her current tenure as Dean, she has led the development of Trinity Commons, an award-winning, environmentally sustainable campus that is home to Trinity Cathedral and the Diocese of Ohio.

Lind began her ordained ministry as associate Rector of Christ Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where she served from 1989-2000. Prior to entering seminary, Lind worked in nonprofit management and community development. She continues that work as a board member and advisor to many nonprofit organizations including: The Episcopal Church Pension Fund, Judson Retirement Communities, The Campus District, Ten Thousand Villages of Cleveland, Green City Blue Lake Advisory Committee, Community Shares, and the ACLU. Lind also serves as a member of the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Steering Committee and is one of the co-chairs of Greater Cleveland Congregations, an interfaith community organizing effort.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dean Lind published her first book of photographs and essays, Interrupted By God, with The Pilgrim Press in 2004. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York/New Jersey-area juried shows, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and in many other individual exhibits.

She lives with her spouse, Emily Ingalls, in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland.

The Transformation of St. John’s

Timothy Holcomb
Sunday, November 13
Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

Did you know that the history of Trinity Cathedral is entwined with that of another church just a few miles away? The forum will explore the shared history of St. John’s Church in Ohio City and Trinity Parish, looking in particular how St. John’s, like Trinity, has emerged as a leading agent of change in the community over the years.

Timothy Holcomb is Project Director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ohio City. Tim received his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Cleveland State University. He joined St. John’s because he sees the creative possibilities of a neighborhood church with a social-justice history, and he loves getting his hands dirty. He lives in Ohio City.

Loving Our Neighbor in a Post-Election World

Sunday, November 20
The Reverend Canon Greg Jacobs
Guest preaching 8, 9, and 11:15 a.m.
Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

The Rev. Canon Greg Jacobs joins the Dean’s Forum to discuss how we can restore civility to contentious discussions, including the recent presidential election, Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, and other issues.

The Rev. Canon Gregory “Greg” Jacobs
 since 2008 has served as the Canon to the Ordinary & Chief of Staff in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, which covers the northern-most third of New Jersey. In that capacity, he serves as the principal advisor to the Bishop on matters involving policy, transition ministry, and program involving clergy and congregations in the diocese.

A graduate of Princeton University and the Columbia University School of Law, Canon Jacobs practiced corporate employment and discrimination law for 18 years before entering ordained ministry. He has served the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio as parish priest (St. Paul Church and St. Philip Church, Akron), then on diocesan staff (Bishop’s Assistant for Urban Congregations) and finally, as Canon for Mission and Ministry at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland.

Canon Jacobs has served on the Board of Bexley Hall Seminary, the Standing Committee on Constitution & Canons, the Board for Transition Ministry, and on several boards, committees, and commissions of the Episcopal Church. He has been elected clerical deputy to General Convention three times. He is also a lifetime member of the Union of Black Episcopalians.

Canon Jacobs is blessed with two wonderful adult children, Charlotte Elizabeth Jacobs and Stephanie Jacobs Snyder and a granddaughter, Norah Faye Snyder. He recently married the Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam, associate judge on the New York State Court of Appeals.

Exploring the Alsolife

Sunday, December 4
The Reverend Barbara Crafton
Guest preaching 8, 9, and 11:15 a.m.
Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director and author. She was rector of St. Clement’s Church in Manhattan’s Theatre district. She was also a chaplain on the waterfront of New York, and served both historic Trinity Church, Wall Street and St. John’s Church in Greenwich Village. She was a chaplain at Ground Zero during the recovery effort after the WTC bombing.

An actress, director and producer, she has worked for many years in combining the lively arts and the life of faith. Her books, articles, and radio scripts have won many awards, including numerous Polly Bond Awards from Episcopal Communicators and the coveted Gabriel Award for religious broadcasting. She is seen frequently on television both as a preacher and as a commentator on Hallmark’s “New Morning” and “America at Worship,” and has been profiled extensively in electronic and print media throughout the world.

Barbara Crafton is married to Richard Quaintance, sometimes better known simply as “Q”, a professor of English literature. She has two children and two grandchildren.

Talking Dementia

Sunday, December 11, 10 a.m.
Dean’s Forum Guest: Cheryl Kanetsky 

Join us for a special Dean’s Forum with Cheryl Kanetsky, VP of Programs and Services for Alzheimers Association of Cleveland. She joins Dean Tracey Lind for a conversation about understanding dementia in all of its forms, and providing care for those who have it. To be held in Conference Room C/D. Our previously scheduled Dean’s Forum on “Brewing Values” with Rev. Dr. Paul Gaston will be rescheduled for Spring 2017.

Dean’s Forum: Responding to Human Trafficking

Sunday, January 8, 10:10 a.m.

Community leaders Karen Walsh and Renee Jones visit the Dean’s Forum to discuss the growing issue of human trafficking in our communities, and how we can respond. Karen Walsh is Director of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, and Renee Jones is founder of the Renee Jones Empowerment Center.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

Sunday, January 15
The Right Reverend Arthur Williams
Guest preaching 9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

The Right Reverend Arthur B. Williams, Jr. was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Ohio in 1986 at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio and retired from that position in 2002.

A 1957 graduate of Brown University, he served as a line officer in the United States Navy before entering the General Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 1964. Bishop Williams served parishes in Rhode Island and Detroit before being appointed Archdeacon of Ohio in 1977 by Bishop John Burt and elected Bishop Suffragan of Ohio in 1986. While Archdeacon, he was elected a Deputy to three General Conventions and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance. He has served on the national Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, the Board of Trustees of the General Theological Seminary, and was a consultant to the Calendar Committee of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

Bishop Williams is presently Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Ohio. He is the Episcopal Visitor to the Order of St. Benedict and a faculty member of CREDO. Following his retirement he was Interim Director of Ethnic Congregational Development on the staff of the Presiding Bishop. He chaired the Editorial Committee of Lift Every Voice and Sing II, published in 1993. He also chaired the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee of the Executive Council and the Committee on Human Sexuality of the 73rd General Convention. From 1995-2003 he served as Vice President of the House of Bishops. His memberships include the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, the Union of Black Episcopalians and the Rowfant Club of Cleveland.

In 1974 Bishop Williams was awarded a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan and was honored in 1987 by the General Theological Seminary with the degree of Doctor of Divinity. Bishop Williams married the former Lynette Rhodes at Trinity Cathedral in 1985.

Memory and Memories: Oral Histories and the Gospels 

Sunday, January 22
The Reverend Ted Curtis
Guest preaching 8, 9, and 11:15 a.m.
Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

Before the gospel accounts of Jesus were written down they circulated for decades as oral history in the primitive Christian communities. Do oral cultures have sharper memories than those of us in a literate culture? Has reliance on the printed word weakened our powers of recall? Can we trust those Jesus stories passed down through generations to be accurate? Rev. Ted Curtis will look at the fascinating science and theology behind this, in addition to discussing his time at Trinity Cathedral from 1987-1991.

Ted Curtis retired in May 2015 as rector of Grace Episcopal Church of Chicago which he served after he left as Trinity’s “canon residentiary” in 1991. He has served the wider church on the Executive Council of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, as a reader for the General Ordination Examinations, as an adjunct professor of preaching at Bexley-Seabury Seminary and as a volunteer for Contemplative Outreach.  He has been very involved in urban ministries of housing, hunger and justice. By happy coincidence he was the vice-chair of Chicago’s search process that elected Trinity’s Dean Bill Persell as it’s 11th bishop!  Ted and his husband of three years, Al Papillon, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sunday, January 29
The previously scheduled Dean’s Forum with Gary Norton, Jr. has been cancelled.

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