Dean’s Letter: Annual Meeting 2023

Hello St. Paul’s, This weekend we will hold an important event at the Cathedral. Our Annual Parish Meeting is a time for looking back and celebrating the year that has been, along with honoring those who have been leaders among us, selecting the next group of lay leaders, and building community with lunch. As I … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Resolving to Serve

Hello St. Paul’s, Happy New Year! Have you made any new year’s resolutions? If not, I invite you to think about serving others in some way: it’s well known that helping other people takes our minds off our own troubles, and service to others is an important part of our lives as followers of the … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: End of Year Message

Hello St. Paul’s, Three years ago at this time we were coming down from the excitement of our 150th anniversary Gala. We had experimented with removing the pews from the church and were actively discerning whether to make the change permanent. I was making final arrangements for pastoral and liturgical coverage during my upcoming sabbatical … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Interview with Mark Trotter

Hello St. Paul’s, Many of you know and love the Rev. Dr Mark Trotter, longtime senior pastor of First United Methodist Church and former preacher in residence at St. Paul’s. Mark and his wife Jean have long been good friends to St. Paul’s, and despite some serious health issues, Mark is still willing to preach … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: The Good News Festival

Hello St. Paul’s, You cannot have missed the fact that this weekend we will have the opportunity to experience something most living Episcopalians have never seen: a religious revival. Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, has made it a priority of his tenure to lead special events around the country designed to attract Episcopalians, other Christians, … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: LLC FAQ’s

Hello St. Paul’s, From time to time you’ve heard mention of “the LLC” which owns our space in 525 Olive. You may have wondered why it exists and how it uses its assets, especially as we start to contemplate raising funds to build out our masterplan for the Cathedral campus. Here’s some information in Q&A … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Report from Diocesan Convention

Hello St. Paul’s, The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego held its 49th annual convention November 11 and 12 at St. Bartholomew’s in Poway. All clergy who are canonically resident in the diocese are delegates, and each congregation elects one or more lay delegates annually. St. Paul’s has six lay delegates, based on our pre-pandemic average … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: The Bible, Day by Day

Hello St. Paul’s, As you may know, our Anglican identity rests upon a triple foundation of Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. We bring together, uniquely among Christian denominations, the ancient and continuous witness of the Bible with the historic traditions of the church and our individual God-given gifts of discernment and intelligence. We refer to this … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: The Joy of Pledging

Hello St. Paul’s, By now you have likely received and read your 2023 pledge materials. Some of you have already made generous pledges, and I could not be more grateful. I enjoy writing each of the thank-you notes at this time of year, and I think of your faces as I write your names, giving … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: An Ordered Church

Hello St. Paul’s, You’ve probably heard the term “Holy Orders” from time to time, indicating the disciplined or ordered life that ordained people vow to follow.  When a couple gets married, they enter into an ordered form of life, guided by the vows they make. The church itself has an orderly structure, with Episcopal Church … READ MORE…

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