A letter to Trinity Cathedral and the Diocese by the Rev. Matthew Woodward, Dean-Elect
Dear Trinity and Diocese of Northern California Family,
I am excited to be invited to become your Cathedral Dean and look forward to meeting you all in the fullness of time (perhaps virtually at first, if shelter-in-place keeps us from meeting in person).
The call from the Vestry and Bishop Megan felt truly spirit-led and I am humbled and excited to accept it. Trinity Cathedral has a depth of spiritual formation within its membership, and an active community of volunteers that work to support one another and share the love of God with the world around them. This is a community I am eager to join and work with.
I am so grateful for the service of Jim Richardson, your interim Dean, and Canon Lynell Walker, Associate Dean, who will both have retired by the time I arrive. I am aware of the great heritage of pastoral care and Cathedral ministry they will be handing to me and I want to cherish that heritage.
I also believe that a Cathedral is a public space, whose focus is on three horizons: the gathered congregation, the dioceses family and the wider world. I am excited to get to work with Bishop Megan and our Diocesan family and hope to make sure Trinity feels like a home for the whole diocese. It is also my hope that we can be a conversation partner with all of our neighbors in Sacramento, and that we might provide a venue for important conversations about life in our city and state. If you are interested in this kind of public conversation, let me know and let's talk about it.
I am excited to join the Trinity community and the Diocese of Northern California in the middle of the culture-changing events that are COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. I believe that these events invite us to deeper contemplation of what it means to live into the Baptismal Covenant of the Episcopal Church where we promise to: “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”
Finally, I am aware that there are questions about the buildings at Trinity, and I want to enter into a conversation with you about that. I am very keen to know how you most want to serve your fellow congregants, and also our neighbors in the wider community. When we have established that, we will know how we want to develop spaces that can serve the community and share the Love of God with them.
Well, I cannot wait to join you, and my pup, River is excited to come also. I will be with you from Sept. 1, and I am really looking forward to it.