Dean’s Forum

Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:10 a.m. for thought-provoking interviews with 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:

From Generation to Generation: The Past
and Future Stories of Trinity Cathedral

The Rev. Michael Jupin
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Guest preaching 8:00 , 9:00  and 11:15 a.m
Dean’s Forum Guest, 10:10 a.m

The Rev. Michael Jupin who served as Canon of Trinity from 1974-84 returns to reflect on his time in service here at the Cathedral. Michael and his wife Barbara Ann Emser will reminisce on their stories within the context of Trinity and reflect on the unfolding story of Trinity Cathedral as we prepare for the next chapter in our 200-year-old story.

Michael, now retired, is a facilitator of Healthy Congregations workshops and a Bridgebuilder consultant. He has served as chair and continues as a member of the board of Healthy Congregations, Inc., located at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Bexley, OH

Michael and Barbara live with their seven-year-old Schnoodle, Barney, in Bexley, Ohio.

From Generation to Generation Campaign Report and Next Steps

Sunday, February 12, 10:10 a.m.
Dean’s Forum Guests, 10:10 a.m.

Co-Chairs Marie Kittredge and Tony Wesley will give a progress report and outline the next steps of Trinity’s From Generation to Generation Capital Campaign.

The Episcopal Church’s Mission in a Divided America

The Rev. Walter Brownridge
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Guest preaching 8:00 , 9:00  and 11:15 a.m
Dean’s Forum Guest, 10:10 a.m

At the 10:10 Dean’s Forum, The Rev. Walter Brownridge will discuss the Church’s role in these challenging and polarized times. He will bring into focus the question of how the Church’s ministry of reconciliation becomes lived out in our contemporary context?

Walter Brownridge is an Episcopal (Anglican) Priest from the Diocese of Hawaii. His most recent position was as the Dean of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu, Hawaii where he served from October 2011 through July 2016.

Prior to his move to Honolulu, Walter served as an Associate Dean for Community Life at the School of Theology, Sewanee: The University of the South.  He received his M. Div. from General Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law and holds a graduate degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego.

Walter has been married to his wife, Christina Nader – Brownridge since 1982. They are the parents of two sons, Alec Thurgood (a graduate of Brown University), and Martin Desmond (a student at Georgetown University).

Biking in Cleveland 

Mr. Jacob VanSickle, Executive Director, Bike Cleveland
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Dean’s Forum Guest, 10:10 a.m

During the Forum we will learn how Bike Cleveland is transforming our streets and communities into vibrant, healthy places. Making them safe and accessible for everyone to bike and walk. VanSickle will discuss many of Bike Cleveland projects currently underway and why they are important for Cleveland’s continued comeback. Jacob will also give basic information on how you can get back out on a bike.

Jacob VanSickle has served as the executive director of Bike Cleveland since February of 2012. He is a graduate of Spring Arbor University where he earned a degree in sociology with a concentration in community development.

Prior to becoming director of Bike Cleveland Jacob was the active living coordinator at Slavic Village Development where he created and implemented programs that got residents connected and active in the community. As part of his work at Slavic Village Development Jacob served as the convener of the leadership team that created Bike Cleveland.

Jacob is now a passionate Cleveland transplant. 

Beyond Walls and Bridges: Education to heal divided communities

Dr. Sean Decatur, President Kenyon College
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Dean’s Forum Guest, 10:10 a.m

Events of the past year, culminating in the 2016 presidential election, deepened rifts within communities across the country, dividing us along the lines of race, class, education, religion, and sexuality.  The values of a liberal arts education – active citizenship fueled by critical thinking, empathy, and humanistic problem-solving – are more relevant and important than ever.  During this Forum, we will discuss how educational institutions can help advance community conversations aimed at narrowing our divides and moving all of us forward.

Dr. Sean M. Decatur became the 19th president of Kenyon College on July 1, 2013. Prior to Kenyon College, he served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore College. Decatur earned a doctorate in biophysical chemistry at Stanford University in 1995.

He has contributed to the New York Times Room for Debate commentary forum. Decatur also wrote an essay called When the Number 9 Bus Was Like Home, and Downtown Was My Playground, which was included in the 2012 book Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology.

He is married to Renee Romano, associate professor of history and African American Studies at Oberlin. They have two children, Sabine and Owen.

The Uncontrollable Public Lives of our Beloved Stories

The Rev. Kurt Wiesner
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Guest preaching 8:00 , 9:00  and 11:15 a.m
Dean’s Forum Guest, 10:10 a.m.
Join The Rev. Kurt C. Wiesner in an exploration of beloved stories, why we are wary when people, even the authors mess with them, and why doing so is (usually) a good thing. When are our objections reasonable, and where might they be a bit too close to challenging our held “isms”?

Kurt Wiesner is the rector of St. Paul’s in Salt Lake City Utah. Prior to coming to Salt Lake City in 2015, Kurt served as the rector of All Saints’ Littleton, NH.

Kurt received his Master of Divinity in 1998 from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.  He served as Youth Minister at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas, and as Chaplain Resident at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.  He was ordained in December 2002, and served first as Curate and then as Canon for Congregational Life at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland.

Following the Story

The Rev. Rosalind Hughes
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Guest preaching 8:00 , 9:00  and 11:15 a.m
Dean’s Forum Guest, 10:10 a.m.

Join Rosalind as she as she discusses her journey to ordination. It is a journey that began long ago in a church far, far away. One that eventually led her to Trinity Cathedral, opening a whole new chapter in the story of her call.

Rosalind C. Hughes is a former UK resident now happily settled in the Cleveland, area. She is Rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Euclid.  Rosalind is a graduate of Keble College of Oxford University, England, and Bexley Hall Seminary in Ohio. Rosalind was sponsored for ordination by Trinity Cathedral. She was ordained a deacon at the Cathedral in 2011, and a priest at St Andrew’s, Elyria in 2012. Rosalind is a regular contributor to the Episcopal Cafe, and maintains a blog, Over the Water, at

In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry, knitting, and playing with cats.

The Body of Christ: Ever Living, Ever Dying, Ever New

The Rev. Joy Caires
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Guest preaching 8:00 , 9:00  and 11:15 a.m
Dean’s Forum Guest, 10:10 a.m.

Welcome Joy back to Trinity as she joins us for this Dean’s Forum. As she leads us to a richer understanding of The Body of Christ. One moving beyond the singular exploration of life, death, and resurrection of the body and into an exploration of the corporate life, death, and resurrection of the Body we call “the Church.”

Rev. Caires was married in 2004 and ordained in 2006 at Trinity Cathedral. Joy now serves as the Rector of St. Clement’s in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Joy lives in Minneapolis with her wife, Lona, and her two children, Henry (6) and Peter (3). Joy is grateful for the role that Trinity Cathedral played, and continues to play, in her on-going formation.

From Giving the Sacrament to Being the Sacrament: The Ministry of Hospital Chaplaincy

The Rev. Sahra Harding
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Guest preaching 8:00 , 9:00  and 11:15 a.m
Dean’s Forum Guest, 10:10 a.m

From giving the Sacrament to being the Sacrament: The Ministry of Hospital Chaplaincy.  Hospital chaplains care for those experiencing a health crisis.  This ministry is for people of all faiths and of no faith.  This kind of spiritual care involves respecting the beliefs and culture of each person as it provides care to patients, their families and loved ones, staff and employees.

Sahra Harding grew up in the Bay Area, where her extended family currently resides.  Sahra is a graduate of the Literature department of University of California, Santa Cruz, where she concentrated on creative writing and curriculum development for children and youth.  In 2010, she became a Priest for The Episcopal Church after earning a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in New York City.  Sahra moved to Cleveland five years ago to become the Curate for Trinity Cathedral and lead the Children and Families Ministry programs.  Following the curacy, she took a full-time position as an interfaith hospital Chaplain and student of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Cleveland Clinic.  She has remained in the program and is currently in training to become a Chaplain Supervisor.  She, her husband, and newly born daughter live in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland where they have a backyard farm that includes a herb garden, greenhouse, and chickens.

Campus Ministries 

Chris Decatur
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Dean’s Forum Guest, 10:10 a.m
Note: Our April 30, Forum,  God’s Presence, Received and Shared withThe Rev. Lynn Ramshaw was canceled due to health reasons.

Chris Decatur, Trinity’s Children, Youth and Young Adult Minister spoke with Brant Lee about Trinity’s Campus Ministry program’s growing relationships with the multi-faith communities at Cleveland State University.


Ministry: The Next Generation

Sunday, June 4
The Rev. Alex Barton
Dean’s Forum Guest 10:10 a.m.

Listen to the Dean’s Forum Podcast

June 4, 2017

The Dean’s Forum Podcast: Ministry: The Next Generation

May 5, 2017

The Dean’s Forum Podcast: Trinity’s Campus Ministry Program

April 23, 2017

The Dean’s Forum Podcast: From Giving the Sacrament to Being the Sacrament

March 26, 2017

The Dean’s Forum: Following the Story

March 12, 2017

The Dean’s Forum: Beyond Walls and Bridges—Education to heal divided communities