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New Canon for Cathedral Life

A Note from Dean Nathan LeRud:

Dear Trinity friends,

What a year it’s been! Last December, I gathered together a small group of Trinity leaders to discern with me the call of a new Canon for Cathedral Life. At that time I asked the Rev’d Linda Potter to serve as an interim Canon – Linda’s initial agreement was to stay with us through the summer. What none of us could have predicted a year ago was how different our process would look from the search we anticipated! I want to take this opportunity to thank the most amazing and faithful Search Committee I could have hoped for: Julie Falk, Alan Murray, Kelley Pecis, Lucy Reynolds, Andrew Wright, and Susan Zall. They have steered this process through with grace and wisdom, and I have had so much fun working with them. A year later, we are finally ready to announce the results of this process. Like so much in our world, the position of Canon for Cathedral Life has changed dramatically, and we’ve had to begin with a fresh set of goals and outcomes. We have prayed and reflected together about whom God was calling to join us as our third priest, responsible for the pastoral care, newcomer and welcome ministries, and embodying the uncommon warmth and radical hospitality that have become both hallmarks and lodestars for this community as we struggle with the question of what it will mean for us to embody radical hospitality in ways we couldn’t have envisioned a year ago. I am delighted to announce that the Rev’d Shana M. P. McCauley, vicar of St. Edward’s Episcopal Church in Silverton, will be joining us in January as Trinity’s new Canon for Cathedral Life. Shana and I have been friends and colleagues in this diocese for a decade – we started in Oregon at about the same time, in 2009. Since that time I’ve watched her work with a small and sometimes struggling congregation, and lead them to a new sense of mission and vitality.

Click the video above to hear Shana herself tell you the story of St. Edward’s, a congregation which embodies Margaret Mead’s famous words, “never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I’m so excited that Shana will be bringing her infectious energy, her questing and curious mind, her deep pastoral heart and her can-do engagement to the daunting task of rebuilding commun