We seek a deeper relationship with God and each other in Jesus Christ through:
Celebrating the sacraments faithfully
Proclaiming the Gospel boldly
Embracing diversity joyfully
Serving all passionately
as a Cathedral.
Gnaw on This—and Feed Your Soul
Find the Gospel and some “food for thought” in the Gnaw on This for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, the 15th Sunday after Pentecost.

Our regular schedule of Sunday worship services is 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.  For full details about the two services, visit Services.  You can read recent sermons at On the Table, the Cathedral Blog.  Also, Dean Kinman has started a new blog, Come Together, to help share with the Christ Church Cathedral community the projects and initiatives with which he is involved.  What’s more, the blog serves as a communication forum—another means by which we can all Come Together.

Special notes: Our Sunday Nursery is in the Davis Room—just go through the red door near the altar and turn the corner on the main floor of the BTM.  The Nursery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Sunday and is staffed by two childcare professionals.

Also at 9 a.m., the Adult Forum meets at a location that will be announced.

Taizé Prayer Resumes in October
Starting again in October 2014, Taizé Prayer at the Cathedral will take place the second Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Chapel.  For more information, visit Taizé Prayer.
Catch Up on Our News Every Wednesday
For the latest news and information—including items not posted to this website—check out Wednesday Weekly.  We will link Wednesday Weekly each time a new edition is emailed.  Or, if you want to receive it automatically, subscribe via RSS Feed or email Annette Carr, Cathedral administrator, to join our email list.
Gene Robinson in St. Louis Soon
The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, joins the Missouri Episcopal Diocesan community over the weekend of Sept. 27–28.  We have set up a special website for his visit and present key aspects here.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Martin’s–Ellisville, Gene Robinson will cover the changes in the church in the last 10 years and the challenges of inclusiveness in the church today.  His talk will be followed by small groups discussing these questions, trying to find answers for our individual communities.

Please join St. Martin’s, 15764 Clayton Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011, for this inspiring and informative event.  This event is free and open to the public, but register beforehand—and read more about Gene Robinson and his visit.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Bishop Robinson—currently a fellow at the Center for American Progress—will be at Christ Church Cathedral discussing the past, present and future of LGBT rights, with a specific emphasis on the scriptural and theological foundations of marriage equality.  The evening will also feature representatives from area LGBT advocacy organizations and an opportunity for people of faith to network for marriage equality education and advocacy in Missouri.  This event is free and open to the public; the location is 1210 Locust St., Saint Louis, MO 63103.

Bishop Robinson will teach in the Cathedral at 9 a.m. and preach at 10 a.m.  All are welcome!
Join Us Again This Fall
Our new season commences Sunday, Sept. 28, at 5 p.m. with Evensong, which also is the opening event for the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).  Refreshments will be served by the St. Martha’s Guild following the service.

Our concert events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise indicated.  For more information about our concerts and monthly Evensongs, visit Shepley Concert Series or this website’s Shepley Program of Music and Art page.  You can also download and print a PDF of the Fall 2014 Shepley Concert Series Schedule.
Dogs and Cats and Birds, Oh, My!
On Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at 5 p.m., bring your family, friends and coworkers—and all your animal friends, of course—to “A Celebration of Creation: The Feast of St. Francis (including the Blessing of the Animals).”  The address is Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust St., Saint Louis, MO 63103 (at the corner of 13th and Olive).

This special prayer service, which lasts about 45 minutes, features music as well as treats and giveaways for dogs, cats and their humans, including new red bandanas we will hand out so our animal guests can be even more stylish.  Even if you don’t have a pet, you’ll be delighted and moved to see a variety of God’s creatures honored and blessed.  Please note: For everyone’s comfort and safety, all animals must be on leashes or in carriers or cages.

Please feel free to share news of this event through Facebook, Twitter or any other social media.  You may also download this two-up, black-and-white PDF flyer to print, cut in half, and distribute to friends as well as post at your workplace or community bulletin board.  (Flyers are available also at the entrance to the Cathedral.)

For more information, email Blessing of the Animals Committee Chair and check this website often for traffic and other updates as the event date approaches.
Back to Basics Is in Session
“Basic Discipleship,” the fourth in the Back to Basics series, is a five-week Wednesday evening class that began Wednesday, Sept. 3, and ends Wednesday, Oct. 1.  We will explore in depth the basic spiritual practices of discipleship and build relationships of support and accountability to sustain them in our lives.  Combining large- and small-group work, each week we’ll take one of these practices—Prayer, Worship, Study, Service, Giving—and examine what each means.  Then, during the coming week we’ll provide relationships of support and accountability for one another in practicing them.

Back to Basics is a year-long series of sessions through which we dive into basic theological concepts and explore them in all their meaning and mystery.  You don’t have to have taken any of the other B2B courses to take “Basic Discipleship”—all the B2B courses stand alone.

These classes are important—and so we ask a commitment to attend all five weeks of a class.  The courses are being offered in an ongoing rotation, so if you can’t commit to all five, you’ll know that the classes will come around again.  There is a $50-per-person nonrefundable fee to cover food and class materials, but don’t let cost be a deterrent: Financial aid is available.

For further information, email Dean Mike Kinman.  Or download and print 2013–2014 Back to Basics Flyer, a PDF that includes course descriptions and series dates.  And to learn more about Christian formation for adults at the Cathedral, visit Adult Christian Education.
Break for Lunch and Midweek Prayer
Every Wednesday, Christ Church Cathedral is offering “Midweek Prayer Break,” a brief service of prayer, scripture reading and silent reflection in the old Kemoll’s space on the first floor at One Metropolitan Square.  The service runs from 12:05 to 12:20 p.m., so you can still have time for lunch and other noontime activities.

If you work downtown or know people who do, we hope you’ll join us in this opportunity to make prayer a part of your weekday life.  If you have any questions, please contact Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, at mkinman@gmail.com.
We Are Christ Church Cathedral!
Our new stewardship is about to kick off, but we invite and encourage you to offer completed pledge forms to God and to the church for 2014, if you have not done so already.  This is a powerful time when each of us is called to present the commitments of time, talent and money that God has invited us to share generously, joyfully and sacrificially.  Every single person has gifts to share—and those gifts come in a multitude of shapes and sizes.  Please think and pray and share with loved ones about how you might share your first fruits.

You can give online securely via our online pledge form.
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