Wednesday Weekly 1/27/16

Schedule and Announcements from

Christ Church Cathedral

27 January 2016

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It’s a Swingin’ Friday Night

Come to the Cathedral’s first-ever Swing Dance on Friday, Jan. 29, starting

at 7 PM. Bring friends,

hear a great band, and

take advantage of the

dance lessons that will be offered! Ring in Mardi Gras Cathedral style. You won’t want to miss it!











Juggling Jeff’s Sermon
Last Sunday at 10 AM, “Juggling Jeff” Koziatekjoined us and preached a wonderful “juggling parable” sermon about all the different ways we try to fill the holes in our hearts. If you missed it, you can watch it on our Cathedral YouTube Channel.
After the service, we hosted the world premiere of Jeff’s short film trilogy MASK and had an hour of Q&A with Jeff about the work. You can watch MASK here. Parts 1 and 2 are up; part 3 will be up by the end of the week.
Also, Deacon Chester Hines’s sermon from 8 AM is available on the Cathedral blog.

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Rebuild the Churches Is Underway
Last year, the Cathedral’s “Rebuild the Churches”campaign gathered more than 3,000 individuals and 200 congregations of many faiths to give more than $730,000 to rebuild six black churches that burned in the South in the wake of the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.
Yesterday, we received this note from The Rev. John Taylor and the members of Mt. Zion AME Church in Hemmingly, SC. The rebuilding has started, and we will be sharing stories of what your generosity is doing—and beginning to dream about what we can do together next to show that “love rebuilds.”

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Meditations for Lent
If you’re looking for a Lenten devotion, try Meeting Jesus on the Margins, from Forward Movement. It’s a collection of daily meditations on Matthew 25 that “explore our own hunger, our vulnerabilities, and the times we are imprisoned, either self-imposed or by circumstance.” Among the authors are Magdalene–Thistle Farms founder The Rev. Becca Stevens and Christ Church Cathedral Dean Mike Kinman. Order your copy for only $5 here.

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Pray + Worship + Serve:
Take the Lenten Challenge

Christ Church Cathedral is a founding partner in The Restoration Project (TRP), a group of congregations and dioceses dedicated to restoring the image of God that is on each one of us through daily spiritual practices of prayer, worship, study, service and giving. Our Back to Basics classes are part of our TRP ministry.
This Lent, we’re inviting everyone to join TRP’s Lenten Challenge: Pray (20 minutes/day), Worship (1 hour/week), Serve (6 hours/month). Our hope is that these holy habits will continue after Lent into the year—or, if you are already practicing these disciplines, that Lent will be a time of strengthening.
All you have to do is sign up here. When you do, you get a daily email with a very brief but useful spiritual reflection that will serve as a reminder and a support.

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Dean to Take Mid-2016 Sabbatical
At the Annual Meeting Eucharist, Senior Warden Lorraine Kee announced that Chapter has approved a sabbatical for Dean Kinman during 2016. Combined with vacation time, this means he will be away from the Cathedral from March 28 (the day after Easter) until Sept. 6 (the day after Labor Day).
Sabbatical is based on the Biblical notion of rest (or Sabbath) being an essential part of the rhythm

of life, as modeled by God resting on the seventh

day of creation (Genesis 2:2). Because it is a part of dedicating our life to God and also a guard against the idolatry of believing in our own centrality and indispensability, the punishment the law assigned

to violating the Sabbath was death (Exodus 31:14). Clearly, this is important stuff!
Click here to read more from Dean Kinman on his sabbatical and Christ Church Cathedral.

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Notes from Seminarian Joe Thompson

My academic marathon at Virginia Theological Seminary as a seminarian and full-time staff member continues at a steady pace. At the end of this academic year, I will be a senior, with the finish line growing closer. Fortunately, I find this experience spiritually and intellectually energizing, so the length of my journey has been a blessing. Indeed, a classmate once admitted her jealousy that I get to progress at a pace that allows me to absorb more of the wonderful things we’re learning! In the coming semester, I am certain I will learn many such things in an exciting new course titled The Bible, Myth, and Superheroes. I also get to do exciting work as Archivist for the African American Episcopal Historical Collection. One of my favorite duties is conducting oral history interviews. It is a blessing and an education to converse with African American Episcopalians who have been at the forefront of social justice in the Church and in society. My work and my studies truly go hand in hand. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers, as you continue in mine. I love you, CCC!

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Lenten Breakfast and Bible Study in Schuyler Hall
All members of the Cathedral are invited to share a Lenten breakfast and Bible study on each of the six Sundays in Lent, between the 8 and 10 AM services, in Schuyler Hall (on the 4th floor). Come feed body and soul with a light breakfast and participate in the Living Biblically scripture study and discussion. This is a cross-class conversation offering; everyone is welcome! It will be a meaningful opportunity to embrace our diversity and to socialize and learn from folks from all walks of life. We particularly invite volunteers and guests of Miss Carol’s Breakfast and Winter Outreach to deepen relationships with one another through this offering. The series will run from Feb. 14 through March 20. Please contact Jeff Goldone ( or Muffin Rowlyk( if you are interested in helping provide and serve food for this series. We hope to see you there!

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From the Cathedral Housing Partnership (CHP)
Cathedral Housing Partnership will be housing our second partner in early February. He found an apartment in a good location. We could use 2 chests-of-drawers and a couch. If you can help, We do appreciate our contributors and interested friends so much.

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Basic Anglicanism Starts Sunday, Feb. 14

Interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church or preparing for confirmation? “Basic Anglicanism” begins on Sunday, Feb. 14, from noon to 1:30 PM and runs throughout Lent: Feb. 14, 28, and March 6, 13, 20; there is no class on Feb. 21. Led by the Dean, Basic Anglicanism is the first of our four Back to Basics classes, which also include also Basic Bible, Christianity, and Discipleship). Basic Anglicanism focuses on learning about the Episcopal Church in general, Christ Church Cathedral in particular, and what it means to follow Jesus as a part of both. Classes includes a light lunch (veggie options available) and are interactive, with much of the information and presentation coming in short podcasts you listen to between classes. Most of the class time is devoted to large group and table group conversation—we find we do our best learning wrestling with things together!
We ask $50 for the course, both to cover costs

and to emphasize the need for commitment. No one, however, should not participate for lack of money.

As much financial aid as you need, you can have.

We ask also that people commit to at least four of five classes, with five preferred. This is our sixth

year of offering these classes, and people have

found them wonderful ways to deepen their faith

and understanding of Christianity and the Episcopal Church—and also a wonderful way to meet new people and get to know the Cathedral community

on a personal level. Email the Dean to sign up or ask any questions.

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Reserve Your Seat!
In our continuing outreach and education efforts, Christ Church Cathedral’s Pursuing Racial Justice Committee is sponsoring a bus trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. The date is Saturday, April 23, 2016. The cost is $90 per person and includes bus transportation, admission to the museum, a morning snack, and an evening snack. Lunch is on your own, with a variety of restaurants to choose from.
There will be a 15-minute rest break both ends of the trip. The bus leaves the Cathedral at 6 AM and returns at approximately 9 PM.
A $50 non-refundable deposit is required by Feb. 5, 2016, to reserve your seat, and the balance is due by March 5, 2016. Please make checks payable to “Christ Church Cathedral” and in the memo line, please note Civil Rights Museum. Checks should be mailed to Christ Church Cathedral, Attn: Memphis Trip, 1210 Locust St., Saint Louis, MO 63103-2322. Confirmation of your reservation will be provided.
Don’t delay reserving your seat; seating is limited to 54 passengers.
For additional information, contact:
• Alice Stanley at
• Rob Good at or
• Annette Carr at

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