From Jordyn Tatum – Choral Scholar

Hello, my name is Jordyn Tatum and I am a member of the Cathedral Choir. I feel very fortunate to have grown up at the Cathedral. From a young age I have seen first hand how welcoming the community is. In recent years the Cathedral has been doing more to make sure everyone feels welcome. We have started providing welcome bags and more resources to newcomers to help them feel more at home. I think the welcoming nature of the Cathedral is one thing that makes it so special.

There are many ways to be involved at the Cathedral. For example volunteering with the Cathedral food pantry, being a member of the altar guild, helping out at the thrift shop just to name a few. Not only are the many ministries essential to the downtown community, it is a great way to get involved in serving others. Serving as a member of the Cathedral choir is something I find very rewarding.

This year we have had to adapt rather quickly. None of us were probably expecting that the middle of March would be the last time the choir gathered or the last time we would all worship under the same roof. But through adaptation we become stronger, and new ways of doing things emerge. The Cathedral responded very quickly to the pandemic, having services set up for live stream within a week of being locked down. It was through that response that we have now been able to stream services across the diocese reaching more viewers than before. Through the dedication of the staff and clergy and the continued support from the congregation, the Cathedral is continuing to thrive.

My hope for the future of the Cathedral is the re-establishment of a Cathedral youth program for those in middle and high school. Now more than ever I think it is important to have a community for our Cathedral youth. As the year begins to come to an end I hope you will consider donating to the Cathedral if you are able. It is through your continued support that we are able to provide so much for so many. Please continue to pray for the Cathedral and the Diocese as we continue to navigate through these uncertain times. I am very much looking forward to the time when we can all gather safely again.

Thank you for your continued support of the Cathedral.