Words of our Worship: “Where am I?”

Do you know the name of the place where we gather for worship? Of course, the overall name of our church is The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, but each part of the church space has its own particular name, in the peculiar tradition of the Church that demands specialized words for every aspect of … READ MORE…

In the Nave

Mark Twain, having sat through a performance of a Wagner opera, quipped, “Wagner’s music is not as bad as it sounds.” Sitting in the nave today with its abbreviated seating options, I felt much the same way. The photos made the space look as if we’d been robbed, leaving us bereft of our pews in … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: New Life is Here!

Easter 3B, April 15, 2018 St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego Luke 24:36b-48 Christ is risen. “He is risen indeed. Alleluia!” We proclaim this bold news each week during the season of Easter. You should know me well enough to know by now that I don’t believe in rote liturgy. I don’t believe in doing things … READ MORE…

The CAT Scan is here!

Thank you to the over 200 members who participated in the Congregational Assessment Tool this past spring.  The Congregational Assessment Tool, or CAT, is a congregation-wide survey to take the temperature of the congregation, highlight where we hope to go and where our opportunities lie. The results are attached in this blog.  Scott Crispell, a … READ MORE…

Lighting up the Cathedral!

We lit up the Cathedral last night to kick off Pride week!  The story was picked up by CBS-8 news.  Dean Penny received many commendations, including from Councilmember Todd Gloria.  The Imperial Court and others were also very generous, with substantial donations to Showers of Blessings (our homeless outreach project). More photos are here. 

Photo essay: Window tour

The stained glass windows at St Paul’s were created by a famous glass studio, Judson Studios of Pasadena. There’s a handy booklet with photos, describing each window, which you can pick up in the porch.  It’s worth a walk round with a pair of binoculars to take a look (and don’t forget the windows in the … READ MORE…

Color blast

The walls of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, San Diego are bathed in blue, purple and red bursts and swirls. Shimmering jello-colors wash the gothic window thicknesses and the round rose window projects a fuzzy, traveling oval. When I am a docent at the cathedral, often alone, the sun’s movement causes an ever-changing color display. The … READ MORE…

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