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  • The following is taken from Pilgrim Road: A Benedictine Journey through Lent, by Albert Holtz (Morehouse, 2015), the Lenten study book the Cathedral is reading this year. Discussion groups meet each Wednesday, beginning at 6:00, at various Flying Star Café locations around town. The list of location... [read more]
  • The Lent study book that I have recommended this year is Pilgrim Road: A Benedictine Journey through Lent, by Albert Holtz (Morehouse, 2015). Our first discussion group met last Wednesday, and we had an excellent discussion about the first week’s readings and some of the directions in which they led... [read more]
  • The Fifth Commandment, as written in Exodus, chapter 20, reads: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work…for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, ... [read more]
  • Today is the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, the final Sunday before Lent. I never will forget my first experience of someone carrying Lent to the extreme. I had just begun my ordained ministry and was an assistant at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio. One of the members of a Bible stud... [read more]
  • With Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent, just around the corner (March 1), many will be considering how they will engage this holy season. It is customary to make some sort of “Rule of Life” for Lent, and it is my hope that your Lenten Rule will inform your pilgrimage throughout the year. Many... [read more]
  • There is an important and interesting event that is happening at the Cathedral on Saturday, March 11.  On that day a couple from Connecticut will be our guests to host a screening of the film, “Traces of the Trade.”  A film documenting the involvement in the slave trade of the DeWolf family, a prosp... [read more]
  • Salt is an interesting mineral. It is one of the first substances students look at under a microscope, since its crystals display such regularity. To see all those tiny little cubes, like miniature glass building blocks, is fascinating. These little cubes, however, are mined from deposits that can b... [read more]
  • “What, exactly, is religion? And why does one religious tradition often differ so markedly from another, even when you might not expect it to? Why, for example, are the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—despite their common source—often so different? And what kinds of factors sepa... [read more]
  • Our Annual Meeting was held yesterday afternoon, my tenth as Dean of St. John’s. We began, as we always do, with prayer, the Cathedral Choir leading us in Choral Evensong, a gem of our Anglican heritage. It is, after all, God who calls us into relationship with him, and it is God who blesses, streng... [read more]
  • Many of you will have heard that Bishop Vono recently announced his retirement in 2018. He has also called for the election of our next bishop, also to take place in 2018. Bishop Vono was elected and consecrated as the Bishop of the Rio Grande in 2010 and will have served faithfully for eight years.... [read more]
  • Last Thursday marked the end of the Christmas season. “Twelfth Night,” the evening of January 5, is traditionally the time to take down all one’s Christmas decorations and to burn the greens that have adorned your home. When I was Rector of Trinity Church in Hamilton, Ohio, we would have a great par... [read more]