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FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Through The Wilderness: Wintering into Spring

Even though Lent derives its meaning from the Old English and German words for spring, we are not quite yet finished with the winter season. If you’re like me, you’re already ready for winter to be over and ready for the heat of a mid-July afternoon. However, winter has a gift for us.

Katherine May authored the book Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times, and she noted in an interview on public radio’s On Being recently that “when we’re in a winter, we almost need to look for spring or autumn, those kind of intermediate stages that are manageable for our dark imaginations at the time…I don’t think we want summer that often. I think summer can be a bit too much, in the way that winter can be a bit too much; those extreme highs. You can’t abide with them for too long. But what we can abide with is a sense of balance and self-regulation, I suppose I’d say. And I think that’s often what we’re seeking, on our way out of a winter: How can I come back into an equilibrium, rather than keep bouncing between extremes?”

As you and I walk through the wilderness this Lent, headed to the perky warmth of spring, how can we come more into the equilibrium, a grounded place? Join us for our Lenten conversations and activities to help find that steady middle ground God intends all of us.

 The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min.

An evening of chamber music for strings and continuo: tomorrow!


Tomorrow evening’s concert joins talent with quirky chamber music that is not to be missed. Featuring:

  • Alejandro Gómez Guillén, Conductor & Violinist 
  • Alice Culin-Ellison, Violinist
  • Joanna Blendulf, Vellist/Viola da Gamba
  • Sarah Elizabeth Cranor, Violinist
  • Christopher Caruso-Lynch, Organist

Christ Church Cathedral 101 continues
this Sunday!


Are you new to Christ Church Cathedral? Welcome! CCC 101 is our new on-ramp course to plug in more deeply, learn more about us, and help you make connections. It is our basic “membership information class,” though, of course, there is no pressure to join anything. Instead, CCC 101 is a space for storytelling, pondering questions, trying on spiritual practices and learning about CCC, the Episcopal Church and the Christian tradition in the context of community. We will meet virtually via Zoom on Sunday evenings from 4-5:30 PM beginning February 21 and running for 3 weeks, through March 7.

Sunday Lenten Coffee Talk

SUNDAYS @ 11-11:45 AM

As we walk together through the wilderness, we need the energy and joy of good companions to accompany us. Pour yourself a second (or third) cuppa and join us for a lively Zoom conversation about each Sunday’s Scripture lessons and sermon from 11:00-11:45 a.m.. What did you hear? What sticks with you, and where are you still pondering? What is God inviting you to do next?

Introduction to Progressive Christianity coming next week

TUESDAYS, MARCH 2, 9, & 16 @ 7 PM

Looking for a short Lenten refresher? Join Dean Gray Lesesne for a three-evening overview of what it means to be an open-minded follower of Jesus Christ who loves, serves, and includes all people, no exceptions. We’ll explore: What are the foundations of an open-minded faith? What in the Bible supports this viewpoint? How do you align your daily living with progressive Christian precepts?

Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop

SATURDAY, MARCH 27 @ 9 AM  – 12:30 PM

Do you seek the still, quiet voice of God? Contemplative prayer is God’s personal and unique gift to us and has been a part of our Christian heritage for centuries. If we are open to the gift of contemplation it may profoundly affect our daily life. The workshop will present the method of Centering Prayer and:

  • help us to understand the Indwelling Presence of God within each of us and our intimate relationship with that Presence.
  • explore its benefits in ordinary life and time will be allowed for practice of the prayer. All are welcome to attend and participate!

Volunteer Spotlight: Michael Wilson

It has been an honor serving in the Christ Church Cathedral Community Breakfast for the last year. 2020 was a very trying year for many of us, especially our community’s most vulnerable. It has been inspiring to witness the dedication of a handful of very caring people, keeping this breakfast going, no matter what.

Although it’s not something that I often share, I know what it’s like to be on the street. I’ve been out there myself with nowhere to go & no one to turn to. It’s very unpleasant, to say the least, to go without the basic necessities of life like food & shelter.

I recall the sense of total helplessness, the shaming and outright hostility I experienced. It often felt like there was nothing that could be done to change it. It’s easy for those who have never been in this situation to say and believe that being without is a matter of bad choices, and that everyone can “pull themselves up by their bootstraps if they really want to.” I absolutely believe that anyone who wants to change their life can do so, but as Maya Angelou wrote, “Nobody, I mean nobody, can make it out here alone.”
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Widen the circle of God’s embrace by using your voice for justice

Change Makers Training


Our ministry partner, Faith in Indiana is organizing trainings to help us meet and build relationships with our state representatives and senators. Learn about the priorities of our legislators and how to share with them our faith-based perspectives on gun violence, immigration reform, and voter suppression.

The Right to Food Virtual Gathering


Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. On Saturday, hear President Eugene Cho share how the basic human right to food drives Bread’s advocacy and mission.

Explore The Way of Love


Join friends from around Diocese of Indianapolis each Thursday during Lent at 7 p.m. to learn about living the way of love. The group is exploring designing a rule of life using The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus by Scott Gunn. CCC’s own Judy Lovchik participated last week, noting “you don’t need to have the book to benefit and participate in the discussion. The other participants from a variety of parishes were thoughtful, caring people who shared their thoughts and helpful experiences.”

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