See you tonight at Circle of Lights!
One of the clearest threads we’ve heard during our recent Season of Discernment is an encouragement from both our members and our neighbors for our Cathedral to be a more proactive convener, connector, and catalyst in, with, and for our Monument Circle neighborhood. I’m proud that one of our first initiatives in this direction is to be a title sponsor of tonight’s 59th Annual Circle of Lights festivities. Both our Cathedral Choir and Coro Latinoamericano will be featured as part of the celebration and Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and I will look forward to greeting the crowd on the main stage on your behalf. Our Youth Group is looking forward to giving away delicious Waycross cookies, hot cocoa, and glow sticks after the event. We hope you’ll join us in person or on WTHR at 7 p.m.
Our presence and sponsorship tonight is more than just a slick PR move; instead, being present with and for our neighborhood in these sorts of events is deeply spiritual and theological work. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus reminds his disciples: “No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:15-6) May we shine on this Circle a light of hope, peace, welcome, and joy tonight, and always.
—The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min., Dean and Rector