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Good Word 7/16/2021

JULY 16, 2021

Transparency is more than good governance…it’s good theology, too!

This Sunday, July 18, I hope you’ll take time to be part of our Vestry’s regular Congregational Check-in  at 11:30 am. These gatherings are part of a renewed effort by our church’s leadership to be transparent, open, and collaborative with you, the people we serve, for you have entrusted us with these holy responsibilities. We’ll share a short update with you on all that has been happening with our governing board, and make plenty of time for your questions and comments, as well.

While transparency and openness in decision-making are just plain common sense for any governing body, they are absolutely essential for our church community, for they reflect one of our fundamental beliefs: God exists and thrives in community. In her seminal work God For Us: The Trinity and Christian Life, theologian Catherine LaCugna explores the communal mystery of the Holy Trinity, emphasizing the mutual interdependence among the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—they cannot work alone or in isolation, and they need each other. She emphasizes: “Living trinitarian faith means living God’s life: living from and for God, from and for others….Living trinitarian faith means living together in harmony and communion with every other creature in the common household of God, ‘doing all things to the praise and glory of God.'” (pp. 400-401)

This Sunday, your presence, participation, questions, and comments at our Check-In will help us to govern well, but they also help our community of faith to grow more and more into the divine image of the Godhead itself. I look forward to being with you!

– The Very Reverend Gray Lesesne, D.Min.

Welcoming Former Dean Giannini as Guest Preacher


At our 10 am service this Sunday, we will welcome the Very Rev. Robert Giannini as our guest preacher. Bob served as the Cathedral’s Dean and Rector from 1990 until his retirement in 2005.

Quarterly Vestry Meeting


As part of our ongoing efforts to increase transparency and to keep the congregation fully informed, the Vestry will host quarterly check-ins. In these bilingual meetings, we’ll share highlights of our work together over the past three months, and we will welcome your questions, comments and feedback.

After the Vestry check-in, we hope you’ll stay with us for a brief exploration of The Spirituality of Saying Yes and Saying No as part of our season of discernment, renewal and reflection. Grounded in the teachings of Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), this method of discernment and spiritual listening invites us to see that all the decisions we face in our lives (big or small) are opportunities to grow in a life in God. Whether you’re contemplating a job change, an important life decision, or trying to decide something simple, we’ll introduce you to a tool that allows you to use prayer, scripture, and a pro/con list in a uniquely spiritual way.

Implicit Bias Workshop


Are you ready to take the next step in helping Christ Church Cathedral become an anti-racist, multicultural community of faith? We invite you to take part in an in-person Implicit Bias Workshop on Saturday, August 7, at Christ Church Cathedral from 9 am until 1 pm. Facilitators from the Peace Learning Center will lead us in self-exploration, self-reflection and discussion. There is no charge and the workshop is open to all people, including those who are not members of CCC. The training will be offered in both English and Spanish.

Implicit bias is something we all have. This workshop examines what it is, how it differs from overt bias, how to recognize our own, and how we move past bias through action. As we live into our congregation’s mission of widening the circle of God’s embrace, this workshop will offer each of us practical tools to continue the lifelong journey of dismantling systemic racism.


Holy Baptism at CCC


We look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sunday, August 8 at our 10 am and 1 pm liturgies. If you or a member of your family would like to be baptized, please contact Dean Gray Lesesne before Sunday, July 25.


Horizon House Receives Covenant Grant

Thanks to your generous pledge contributions, we will award our next Covenant Grant to Horizon House. Horizon House is a day center in Indianapolis connecting Marion County homeless persons with comprehensive services, including housing support. Their grant request will specifically support their Transitional Housing program to purchase diapers, wipes and cleaning supplies for families who are transitioning into more permanent housing and out of homelessness.

Your continued contributions will fund more grants to nonprofit partners in Central and Southern Indiana.


Remember, Renew, Rise: Social justice advocacy and Monument Circle


As we continue our season of discernment, we’re very grateful to everyone who has shared their thoughts and feelings. We have had excellent, thought-provoking discussions. Our journey continues on Sunday, July 25 as we gather in-person after each worship service to discuss social justice, advocacy, and our presence on Monument Circle. Again, we’ll offer an online option on Monday, July 26 for anyone who cannot join us on Sunday.

Mark your calendars now for our last two discussions on August 1 and 2 (liturgy and worship) and August 8 and 9 (music).

Advanced registration is required only for the Zoom meetings. Register by the Saturday before the meeting.


Snacks Needed for Bake Week


Our Bake Week volunteers are going to be working hard to make 15,000 shortcakes, and they need sustenance! In keeping with our cautious approach to regathering, we are relying on individually packaged snacks this year. Please consider donating pre-packaged chips, snacks, nuts, fruit, bottled water, juice, soda, etc. Please drop off donations in the nursery downstairs on or before Sunday, July 25. Anything that isn’t consumed during Bake Week will be shared with our community breakfast ministry. Thank you for your support!

Call for Concert Ushers

Do you enjoy attending concerts at CCC? Are you interested in getting involved? Sign up to be an usher for the upcoming 2021-22 concert series! There will be nine concerts, all hosted on Saturday evenings at the Cathedral. Our first concert, on August 14, is part of the 4-day Music in Bloom festival.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Musical Arts Intern Claudia Gage at


Updated Member Directory & Database

Thank you to everyone who responded to our plea for help earlier this year as we tried to ensure we have the most updated information for our members. An updated member directory has been emailed to all members. You can request a paper copy by calling the office at 317-636-4577 or by emailing Lauren Good at

After more than 20 years, we will be migrating to a new database at the beginning of August. The new system, Realm Connect, is a great tool to develop deeper connections, and we think you’ll be excited by it. Its user-friendly, online interface allows you to manage your personal information and who is allowed to see it, control your giving, and keep in touch with the groups that matter to you. Stay tuned for more information!

REMINDER: Visit to St. Peter’s Apiary


We’re excited to see families of all ages tomorrow at St. Peter’s to tour their teaching beehives!

We will meet at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lebanon at 11 am. Please plan to wear long pants and closed toe shoes as the bee suits will cover only your torso and head. Masks are not required as we will be outside, but it’s best to have one on hand if needed. After we learn all about bees and beekeeping, we will enjoy a pizza lunch. Parents should plan to accompany their children during the visit.



Prayer in Practice

Centering Prayer Group

Join us on Zoom for a time of Centering Prayer. We have a time of checking in, a spiritual reading, followed by 20 minutes of Centering Prayer, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer. Centering Prayer is an opportunity to stop and listen, being still and resting in God’s ever-loving presence. Guidance is given for those new to Centering Prayer. All are welcome.


Intercessory Prayer: Who We Are, What We Do

Christ Church Cathedral’s Intercessory Ministry consists of lay leaders who are committed to praying for the needs of others and their life situations. Prayer is our bridge, and we call on the presence of God to work through us as we respond to the needs of our community members. Since April of 2020, we have welcomed the opportunity to walk with others in their times of need, concerns, and celebrations. If you feel called, we invite you to join this ministry or send us your concerns and thanksgivings.

Send your prayer requests by email to Rev. Fatima, all information is held confidentially.


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