|The Very Rev. John P. Streit, Dean|
St. Paul’s Cathedral looks like a bank on the outside and a United Nations gathering on the inside.
Ed Broms, our Music Director, is an accomplished jazz musician, a classically trained organist and was a musician with Blue Man Group for seven years. Stephanie Spellers, the Priest and Lead Organizer for the Crossing (the Cathedral's emerging church service), is a nationally recognized workshop leader on radical welcome. Steve Bonsey, our Canon Pastor, follows a disciplined prayer life and yoga practice. Barbara Harris, the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion, came out of her second retirement to be with us one day a week and one Sunday a month. Tina Rathbone, a new priest who works with our homeless neighbors, is a former journalist and author of two award-winning books, including one on women in prison. I write fiction and love to snowboard. This is an Episcopal cathedral?
Since September 2000, almost exactly a year before 9/11, Muslims have gathered here for Ju’mah, their weekly Friday prayers. The week of the attacks I joined them for their prayers to make absolutely clear how welcome they continued to be.
People seeking a blend of ancient church traditions with urban grooves join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for The Crossing, our emerging church worship community. The vibrant Episcopal Chinese Boston Ministry welcomes a growing community from Chinatown and beyond for fellowship and worship every week, while virtually at the same time Ecclesia Ministries holds an outdoor worship service for homeless (and housed) people on the Boston Common or on the Cathedral porch when it rains or snows. Every single Sunday at our indoor, English speaking service, you will find honest and engaging preaching that challenges hearts and minds, along with music that elevates the soul. This is an Episcopal cathedral?
We’ve been offering lunch to hungry and homeless people every Monday for over 27 years, while we welcome these same neighbors as active members and leaders. Our Lenten program for many years featured inspirational black preachers from every corner of Boston and beyond, while last year various faith leaders addressed the question, “Who is God?” This is an Episcopal cathedral?
We believe faith formation is a lifetime experience, beginning at infancy and extending through every stage of our lives, and that intentional practice makes us a better community and better Christians. We believe God does in fact love the world (the entire world) so much that God sent Jesus, and we try to welcome everyone to the feast as Jesus did.
This is an Episcopal Cathedral, your Episcopal cathedral. Please join us to worship and serve God. I think it could change your life. I know your presence, skills and passion will change ours.