The E-Pistle of Thursday

January 26th, 2023

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Weekly Ministries

  • St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center is offered every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 11 am.
  • The Food Pantry is open from 9 am to 11 am every Thursday.
  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.
  • The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist gathers weekly in Emmanuel Chapel. Join via Zoom.
  • Contemplative Prayer is offered every Thursday at 4:30 pm via Zoom.
  • Compline is also offered weekly on Friday from 8-9pm on Zoom. For additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry

A Celebration of the life of Tom Flinn

A service celebrating the life of Tom Flinn will be held Saturday, January 28 at 10am in Emmanuel Chapel, with a reception following in the parish hall.

A Weekly Reflection

My Last E-Pistle Cover Letter

A Reflection by Dean Shambaugh

Since we started using Constant Contact, I have written more than 1000 E-pistle cover letters. When people were isolated during the beginning of Covid, we were sending out three E-pistles a week, which meant a huge number of letters from me! Far from being a burden, this was a joy. Letters have been a special opportunity to share thoughts, or a teaching, or information that helps me connect with you and hopefully helps you connect with one another, with St. Luke’s and with God. I usually know exactly what to say…. that is, until today.

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The 10am service this Sunday, January 29, will be Dean Shambaugh's last service at St. Luke's. The Annual Meeting following the service will conclude his official duties and begin his transition time away. Please come and wish him and his family well this Sunday at 10am and the celebration on February 4th at 6:00pm.

Celebrate the Ministry of Dean Shambaugh

February 4th|6:00 p.m. -8:00pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

-Childcare is available at the Cathedral

-Light refreshments will be served

-Livestream for speeches will begin at 7pm

Join Us Saturday, February 4th at 6pm at the Cathedral to celebrate the 18 years of ministry together with our Dean, The Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin Shambaugh and his family.

We hope that you can join us in saying thank you to him as he embarks on his new call to St. Luke's in East Hampton, New York.

Give a Contribution in Support of Dean Shambaugh's

Farewell Celebration or to a General Collection

Dear cathedral community,

If you wish to make a financial gift in support of Dean Shambaugh's farewell celebration or for a general collection please drop off a check to the parish office or mail to the cathedral at P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101.

Please denote in the memo either "For the Dean's Farewell Celebration" or

"For Ben's General Purse."

For any additional questions please email our treasurer Tim Wilkins.

Thank you for your generosity.

Annual Meeting & Vestry Nominations

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held this Sunday, January 29th, 2023 at 11:30 am. This year’s meeting includes the presentation of the budget and the election of a Senior Warden for a two-year term, three vestry members for three years, one vestry for two years, and one vestry member for one years, and five delegates to Diocesan Convention. On January 29, Anna Christie (senior warden), Peter Bingham, Jamie Cough, Joanne DeKay and Gayl Anglin (vestry members) will be rotating off.

Please help us save the environment by downloading the report on your personal device and bring it with you so we don't have to make as many copies!

Vestry Nominations

Sr. Warden - Sam Allen

Vestry (three 3- year, one 2-year and one 1-year position) Jamie Moore, Mike Thorne, Jamie Cough, Linda Carleton, Judd Hume. The top vote getters will have the three year positions, etc.

Delegates to Convention (5 positions): Curtis Maurand, Gayl Anglin, Judd Hume, Orion Williams, Fred Fowler

Nominations are allowed from the floor. While the annual meeting will be live-streamed, parishioners will need to be present in order to vote.

(Votes are limited to parishioners in Good Standing, people of regular attendance who are pledging members or givers of record). 

Please see the biographies of vestry and Diocesan Convention nominees below.

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The 2022 Annual Report

Vestry and Diocesan Convention Nominees

Sam Allen

-Nominated for Senior Warden

I retired in 2013 after a career of teaching, research, and administration at MIT. My field is physical metallurgy (when asked, I say I’m an engineer who knows a lot about metals). My wife, the Rev.’d Anne Fowler, grew up in Portland and we both felt a strong pull to relocate here after retiring. We moved to Deering Highlands in 2013 and began to attend St. Luke’s early in 2014.

At St. Luke’s I served as Junior Warden from 2015-2019, and then as Senior Warden 2019-2021. I am also a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, the Finance Committee, the Endowment Committee, the Public Policy and Environmental Action Committee, co-leader of Noon Zoom, and have served as a delegate to Diocesan Convention for several years. I love St. Luke’s and look forward to continuing to help shepherd the Cathedral forward.

Judd Hume

-Nominated for Vestry and Delegate to Diocesan Convention

"Judd Hume began attending St. Luke's in April, 1994, after retiring from serving as a minister in the Mennonite Church. Since he joined St. Luke's, he has participated as a torch bearer, a crucifer, sub-deacon, and sang with Hank Beebe and Albert Melton in the Cathedral Choir. He also taught Sunday School. From 6/91 until 10/2011, Judd worked as a substance abuse counselor. He currently volunteers at Reiche Elementary School as a tutor with first graders.

Judd feels he was particularly blessed singing with Albert Melton. He learned of servant leadership, patience and grace while singing with Albert. More recently, he serves on the Healing Team and on the BBCC. Both of these ministries are calling of his soul. Since being a sophomore in high School (1972), he has had a calling to racial reconciliation. Prior to coming to St. Luke's, he has served in a bilingual church in NJ, and a multiracial Mennonite church in Philadelphia.

He has a desire to serve on the Vestry in addressing the spiritual, physical and financial needs of the Cathedral congregation."

Linda Carleton

-Nominated for Vestry

The spiritual journey that led me to The Cathedral Church of Saint Luke has been a rocky, winding road. I was raised in a family that was decidedly hostile to religion in general and Christianity in particular, and it took me many years to shed that bias. I’ve always been a spiritual seeker, and as a former teacher of high school history and comparative religions, I have a deep appreciation for the sacred in all religious traditions. For a while I considered my “spiritual but not religious,” but was drawn to the community of church. I passed five years as a Unitarian Universalist, before finding a home in the United Church of Christ. After 25 years of teaching, I received a powerful call from God and retired to attend Yale Divinity School. In 2001 I was ordained in the U.C.C. to a ministry of refugee resettlement, founding the Melita Welcome House through a church in Guilford, Connecticut.

When Peter and I retired to Chebeague Island In 2008, I parleyed my childhood piano

lessons into serving as organist for the Chebeague United Methodist Church. For five years I

painted, wrote and led workshops on mandala journaling and the Enneagram at churches and

retreat centers in Maine. I discovered Saint Luke’s after coming for its Taizé services. I fell in

love with this church that serves the Portland community, is true to its liturgical past and

doctrinal traditions while honoring other sacred tradtions, and embraces contemporary

movements in Christian theology and worship. Over my past decade as a member of Saint

Luke’s I have worked with both Saint Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry and Saint Luke’s Food

Pantry, served as Chair of the Outreach Committee and its Alternative Giving Program,

coordinated our World Too Beautiful service, participated in the Strategic Planning Committee,

served as a Stewardship Ambassador, and facilitated book groups and mandala journaling and

rock painting workshops. It is now my very great joy to be singing in the Cathedral Choir.

In serving on the vestry at Saint Luke’s, I hope I might contribute toward helping the

Cathedral build on the many ways it already serves as a spiritual resource for its members and

the greater Portland community and envision new ones as well.

Michael B. Thorne

-Nominated for Vestry

Perhaps the happiest day of my life was the Sunday was when Jim, Nate, and I stood with our newborn Alec, stood at the baptismal font of this church.

His older brother had been baptized at another church where we as "a two dad family" had been relegated to a private chapel- away from the congregation.

For me this church, St. Luke's, and our Episcopal Church, more broadly are a national treasure.

I'm not sure that I am very successful at being a Christian, but the people in this community provide me with examples of what that looks like in real life and make me want to work at being a better person.

I also believe, that this faith community has not only "the right stuff" to survive but actually thrive in this city. To achieve that we need to compliment our clergy with a strong lay leadership team.

We have been at St. Luke's for 15 years now. And during that time I've had a turn at serving on the Vestry, attending Diocesan Conventions, teaching Sunday School, getting in the way at St. Elizabeth's, and offering unsolicited opinions on a host of topics. If I can master the steps of liturgical garb, you may see me swaying with a cross or candle stick on Sunday morning.

I've been back in Maine for twenty years now after a career in Boston, where I was a minor officer of a major Boston bank. I was an Area Leader in the realm of human resources, mergers, and systems conversions.

My formal schooling was at UMaine and Harvard Extension.

My partner, now spouse, Dr. Jim Theberge and I have been together 35+ years and have lived in Cape Elizabeth where we've raised two sons Nate (20) and Alec (15) who have been active members of St. Luke's.

Fred Fowler

-Nominated as Delegate for Diocesan Convention

Fifteen years ago, my wife, Pat and I moved to Maine permanently from Cazenovia, NY. Prior to our move our goal was to find a new church home. After visiting a number of Episcopal Churches during vacation

trips to the Portland area, we connected with St. Luke’s as participants in the Tuesday 12:10 pm Eucharist service led by Fr. Webster. He was the first to make us feel at home and fed us spiritually. Immediately upon moving here we became active volunteers at the Cathedral finding it a way to meet new people with common interests. As time progressed we became more active in leadership roles. I was raised up as Jr. Warden, working closely with Fr. Webster to learn all aspects of the building physical plant. After serving my terms as Jr. Warden I took on the role of senior warden. I found it rewarding and satisfying to serve God in this capacity. I took an interest in the governing structure of the Diocese and was elected the Diocesan Council for one term and then was chosen by Bishop Lane for a second term where I served on the Finance Committee. This last fall I rotated off of an additional term of being the area representative on Diocesan Council but was invited to stay on as a lay representative on the Grant Committee. A couple of years ago I approached the Diocese with the idea to develop an advisory group for parishes to request guidance on building projects and issues that rise up. Working with Canon Martin, we recruited three other diocesan members, with specific skill sets to serve on the group and be available to address questions from parishes. I am an active member of the Cathedral Finance, Endowment, and Buildings and Grounds Committees enjoying working with a variety of folks focused on doing God’s work through management of resources and making improvements to the building to better serve those who use it on a regular basis. I continue my connections with the Diocese by offering oversight of property maintenance and repair working with Canons Martin and Reimer. It is always a joy to attend Diocesan Convention and connect with folks from around the State and listen to their spiritual journey stories, struggles and successes that I can then bring back to our Cathedral.

One of our most rewarding volunteer activities is coordination of the 10:00 AM

ecumenical morning prayer service each Tuesday at Piper Shores Retirement Community in Scarborough. It continues to be a joy in providing access to worship opportunities for those who may no longer have a connection to a parish since moving to the facility. We are blessed to have been invited to participate in this ministry by Fr. Richard Ellis, a resident and member of St. Luke’s.

Jamie Moore

-Nominated for Vestry

I'm a social worker living in Portland with my partner and my 9-year-old son. I came to St. Luke's through the youth group in the 90s, and I participated in a lot of Diocesan youth events from middle school through young adulthood. After living outside of Maine for a while, I've been attending St. Luke's steadily for about the past 7 years and have become more involved in various groups and activities over the years - most recently joining the choir last September. I love the people at St. Luke's, and I look forward to the potential opportunity to represent and support the congregation as a member of the Vestry.

Orion Williams

-Nominated as Delegate for Diocesan Convention

I am a 24 year old living in South Portland. I love Portland as well as the church community I have found myself in. St. Luke’s has made me feel more welcome and safe than I have ever felt in such a community. I love the environment and the aesthetic feeling the services give me, and I love being a part of it. I feel truly loved here. 

Gayl Anglin

-Nominated as Delegate for Diocesan Convention

Gayl was raised in the church, but did not become an Episcopalian until graduate school. As many graduate students in the social sciences, she took a critical look at her entire life and decided to find a church that aligned not only with her spiritual beliefs, but also with her social values. During this time, she was enrolled in a feminist theory course with an Episcopalian priest (with whom she is still in contact) who was instrumental in her finding the Episcopal church. She has lived around the US and has experienced a wide variety of parishes, finally landing in Maine in 2011 and Portland in 2014.

Gayl has a doctorate in Political Science and is a college professor and department chair in the health sciences, where she specializes in health law, ethics, policy, and cultural competence. She lives in Portland with her husband, Vern, and teenaged sons, Matthew and Isaac. Unlike their mother, the boys are cradle Episcopalians and were recently confirmed at St. Luke’s. She has been a member of St. Luke’s vestry for the past three years and is passionate about the national church’s commitment and work towards racial reconciliation. 

Curtis Maurand

-Nominated as Delegate for Diocesan Convention

I came to St. Luke’s in 1999 and was confirmed through St. Luke’s in 2,000. I have been a member of the choir since 2001. I am always interested in sacred music and liturgy. I have been involved Native American and South American Spiritual groups in the past and have a special interest in the Diocesan efforts at reconciliation. I was an information technology professional. I retired in 2019. I have interests in history, photography, cooking and baking.

Curtis's Website

Jamie Cough

-Nominated for Vestry

I grew up as a catholic and was received into the Episcopal church after we landed at St. Lukes over 30 years ago. 

I am the father of 3 adult children and recently welcomed a grandchild to the family.

 We live in Portland and I have been working in the power industry for a long time in various capacities. I am grateful for the wonderful and supportive home that is St. Luke’s. I hope to serve this community in any ways as I am able to.

Community Announcements

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Paul St. Germain

to join our St. Luke's Family

as Transition Priest in Charge

Paul will be serving as Transition Priest in Charge for St. Luke’s from February 1 until May 1. He will be in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays and available at other times on an as needed basis. A native of Vermont and cradle Episcopalian, Paul has served parishes of many sizes, primarily in the Midwest, for over thirty years. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in History, followed by a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School where he received Yale’s prestigious Wilcott-Caulkins Award for public speaking. In addition to a Diploma of Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School, he holds a Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary. Professionally, he has twice been appointed to the State of Ohio’s Council on the Humanities, and served for over a decade as a technical advisor to the Diocese of Southern Ohio on liturgy and the use of imagery in worship, and website communication. He also has consulted on church development and planning—and served for ten years as head of The Miami Valley Episcopal Russian Youth Exchange Program. Paul loves travel, and has built a number of collegial relationships through service here, Central America, and Eastern Europe, leading over thirty pilgrimages and ministry trips since 1995. His focus is often Anglican history with a primary interest in the role of ritual in modern culture. He is a close follower of the British Royal Family, enjoys Star Trek and Good Food, sailing with Cunard, motoring in his Mini Cooper, and caring for Tavish, a particularly vocal and opinionated Scottish Terrier. He lives a few blocks away from St. Luke’s. Paul will be assisted by the Rev. Suzanne Roberts, the Rev. Anne Fowler and the Rev. Christopher Worthley.

He can be reached at

5:15 pm Service Will Transition To Seasonal Status

With Dean Shambaugh's departure, the 5:15 pm Sunday Service will go on hiatus. This service will be on seasonal status with the appointment of a full time interim. For additional questions please email the Rev. Dr. K. Paul St. Germain.

Cathedral Snow Policy Reminder

The Cathedral offices and programming will be closed when Portland Public Schools have also announced a closure. We will not make a separate announcement for the Cathedral. Thank you for your understanding!

Messiaen Concert by Ensemble Chamarré

Sunday, February 26th | 3:00pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Freewill offering in support of St. Elizabeth's Pantry

Contact: Christian Clough

Please join us on Sunday, February 26th at 3pm in the Cathedral Nave as we host Ensemble Chamarré for a concert of the music of Olivier Messiaen. Please read the description of the concert below:

Ensemble Chamarré is dedicated to performing the powerful and moving "Quatuor pour la fin du temps" by Olivier Messiaen. This piece (translated as the Quartet for the End of Time) was composed during an excruciatingly difficult time while Messiaen was captured and held in a German POW camp during World War II. The Quartet for the End of Time draws its inspiration from the Book of Revelation, birdsong, and the colors of the northern lights. The first performance was held in the camp during the bleak winter of 1941 with Messiaen at the piano, and fellow prisoners playing violin, cello, and clarinet. Ensemble Chamarré seeks to help the listener to experience the context of this extraordinary masterpiece of chamber literature by describing the conditions at the camp and details of Messiaen's experience as it relates to the music. Listeners may draw inspiration from this musical and spiritual journey of triumph and redemption over despair.

 Past performances were greeted with great enthusiasm from audience members, who described it as “a transforming experience”. Following these successful performances together playing Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, and witnessing the transformational qualities of that musical work and the audiences' response, as well as the musicians’ chemistry of working together, the musicians decided to formally create an ensemble dedicated to playing this powerful piece. The musicians who make up Ensemble Chamarré individually bring a great mix of experiences to the ensemble: from performances with the Boston Symphony on international stages to recording for Aerosmith, from movie soundtracks to concerto solo performances. They have performed worldwide, earning praise from reviewers citing their “mesmeric” and “brilliant” playing and “amazing delicacy” and “musical wizardry”.

New Online Giving Platform Launched

The Cathedral has launched our new online giving platform, Realm, which also serves as our new database.

If you are interested in establishing monthly or weekly recurring gifts for your 2023 Pledge or other outreach gifts, now is the time to do so.

Please see the link here to be able to access our giving page.

Please note, Realm is not where you make your pledge. It’s where you will schedule payment of your pledge in whatever increments you might like to do. That could be weekly, monthly, or in one lump sum payment as you set up your recurring gift or one time gift please look at those options and make sure the amount that you enter is what you want withdrawn each week or each month.

You can also donate to St. Luke’s through our new and secure “Give and Text” feature. Please TEXT “TEXTCSL” to 73256. Our 2023 Pledge Campaign is ongoing. Pledge materials and information are available here.

Stewardship Update

As of January 7, 2023, the parish had received 142 pledges for $411,417.84. There are 13 new pledging units. Half the pledgers increased their pledge from the previous year. Several dozen of 2022 pledgers have not been heard from yet, and Finance Committee and Lesser Chapter members are in the process of reaching out to them for their support.

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PPEAT Eco-Tips

Green New Year’s Resolutions-suggestions for helping the earth

1. Reduce food waste. Food in landfills releases harmful methane. Choose to check the refrigerator and eat leftovers or compost them.

2.Replace single use water bottles with a a reusable one that is made from glass, aluminum, or recycled plastic.. Oil is used to manufacture plastic water bottles and contributes to carbon in the atmosphere.

3. Use cloth instead of paper napkins and paper towels. These actions will not only save trees but also keep paper out of landfills.

4. Remember to bring reusable bags to the grocery store. This is an effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.

For other ideas see these websites:




Faith-Based Advocacy Series through the

Maine Council of Churches

Tuesday January 31st, February 2nd, February 7th, and February 9th

6:30- 8:00 p.m.

Tour of the Statehouse in Augusta: February 27th (tentative)

Location: Online

Contact: Sarah Braik

Register Here

The Maine Council of Churches invites you to its 2023 Faith-Based Advocacy Series. Designed to inspire and equip people of faith to advocate for policies and people that align with their deepest beliefs and values, this training event will include four online sessions beginning Tuesday, January 31 and concluding Thursday, February 9, followed by an in-person tour of the State House in late February. Cost for individual participants is $30 but if we have 5 or more from St. Luke's we are eligible for a $100 flat cost.

 Visit here for additional information or contact Sarah Braik.

Have Your Say: Youth Retreat & Forum

February 17th-19th

Location: Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, New Hampshire

Contact: Emily Keniston

Interest Form

Current middle and high school youth from the Episcopal Dioceses of Maine and New Hampshire are invited to participate in Have Your Say: Youth Retreat & Forum. This event is a two-night, two-day retreat at Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center in New Hampshire to invite prayer, community building, fun, and discernment about how youth experience God at work in the world right now, and what they want their church to do about it.

Interested caregivers can fill out this interest form to indicate their middle or high school child’s interest in attending the event. A registration form will then be emailed to interested parties. Email Director of Faith Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, Emily Keniston, with questions or concerns. 


*The Episcopal Church in New Hampshire is having a Family Fun Day at Barbara Harris Camp and Conference Center on the Saturday of the youth event, Feb 18th, so some families may want to participate in that event but have a teen join in the Have Your Say track, too. Please email Emily Keniston for more information about how that can work.

Bishop Brown Shares Annual Convention 2023 Dates and Updates

Safe Talk: Suicide Alertness for Everyone

Saturday January 28th

2:00pm-6:00 p.m.

Location: St. Mary's Episcopal Church: 43 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105

Contact: The Rev. Nathan Ferrell

The Rev. Nathan Ferrell will lead, Safe Talk, a training in suicide alertness, on January 28 (was originally January 21) from 2-6:00 p.m. at Saint Mary's in Falmouth. This workshop is valuable for everyone. All are welcome!

Please register by January 15. To do so, contact Nathan at 207-310-0268 or via email. 

New Ventures Maine

Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 11th

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Luke’s Cathedral Community Kitchen,

143 Park St., Portland, ME 04101

Contact: Sarah Hutchins

New Ventures Maine is a statewide program of the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine System, an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

The Healing Team

"The Healing Team will serve, at the 10am Eucharist with the following Healing Team members:

January 29, 2023  Sara Schmalz, Mary Strnad

February 5, 2023.  Oscar Mokeme, Ruth Roemer

State Street Church Housing Help with

Maine Episcopal Youth Service Corp.

February 5th, 2023


Contact: Please RSVP to the Rev. Peter Swarr

State Street Church is moving ahead with creating a winter shelter for unhoused families at their Church. They have been meeting with Maine Immigrant's Rights Coalition, other area faith leaders, the City of Portland, and they are beginning to transform part of their lower level into a place where people are able to stay warm, stay safe, and find shelter even as the city is no longer to offer shelter to so many individuals in our city.

Our State Street Community members need help to move items out of their space, help with cleaning, and loading a commercial dumpster. The Youth Service Corp. will be contributing $1000 towards this project. As we advocate for safe and warm housing for all.

How to Get Involved at St. Luke's

St. Elizabeth's Mittens, Gloves, and Hats Collection

Winter has finally arrived, and our neighbors are in great need of mittens, gloves and hats for both adults and children. You can drop them off in the blue box next to the stairs at the Park Street entrance to the Cathedral.  

Family Promise Needs Your Help

The GPFP rotational model is up and running and we still need your help! There are currently two sets of volunteer opportunities. One involves shifts at the day center at the YMCA on Forest Avenue. We are looking for help filling morning, midday, and afternoon shifts Monday - Saturday. The day center is generally staffed with one Family Promise staff person and a volunteer. We need the most help Tuesday and Thursdays between 10-2 and on Saturday when the kids are there. Sign up at the YMCA day center here.

The other involves volunteering at the host church, which alternates every two weeks. Families have just moved to St. Albans Church in Cape Elizabeth. Most churches have an evening shift, which includes the dinner hour as well as an overnight shift for which we really need staffing. There are also shifts on Sundays and holidays when the day center is closed. Sign up at St. Albans with this link.

At this time, we welcome both trained and untrained volunteers from our faith communities.

Many thanks to all who have stepped up to help - we could not do this without you!

Lynne England, 318-9848

Connie Bingham, 415-1441

Mary Linnemam, 409-4253

Buy a Hannaford Bag and Support the St. Luke's Food Pantry

  • We are participating in the Hannaford Bag Tag Program
  • Purchase a $2.50 reusable Community or Fight Hunger Bag at any Hannaford Store and use the attached giving tag to direct a 1$ donation to our pantry!
Learn about how you can help the St. Luke's Food Pantry

Journaling with the Sacred Circle

The First Saturday of the Month Beginning February 4th


Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: Linda Carleton

Journaling Within the Sacred Circle (or mandala) is a way to deepen your connection with God and with your own soul. Come explore the 12 Stages of the Mandala Great Round as they relate to the seasons of the year, the stages of our lives and the Christian story. . The only thing you’ll need is an open heart and mind. All materials are provided. You can come every month or drop in when you’d like.

Monday Night Zoom Book Group

Every First and Third Monday of the Month

6:00-7:00 pm

Location: Zoom

Contact: Linda Carleton

We will be reading Sophronia Scott’s Louie Award winning book, The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton. A 2004 nominee for the African American Literary Awards best new author, Scott was hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation." In The Seeker and the Monk, she writes an imaginary conversation with 20th century mystic, monk and activist Thomas Merton based on his extensive private journals and offers guidance on how to live in these fraught times. As a Black woman who is not Catholic, Scott both learns from and pushes back against Merton, holding spirited, an intimate conversations on race, ambition, faith, activism, nature, prayer, friendship, and love. She asks: What is the connection between contemplation and action? 

Try on the

Cathedral Choir

Thursday Evenings| 7pm-9pm

Location: The Choir Room (Adjacent to undercroft)

Contact: Christian M. Clough

  • Showing up does not commit you to the choir
  • No audition required
Learn about singing in the choir and how you can get involved

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