Next Century Vision Report
Next Century Vision Committee Members
The Rev. Mary Carson
Dianne Ebbs (Co-chair)
Rabbi Abie Ingber
Tom Kent (Co-chair)
Mary Carol Melton
Clergy: The Rev. Canon Paul B. Williams
Consultant: The Rev. Libby Berman
Our Next Century Vision
The Next Century Vision is an effort from the cathedral to identify ways that the Church can continue to grow and serve those within and outside of our walls.
A steering team for this initiative was seated in April of 2019. Since then, the team has identified objectives and milestones that has helped to inform the process for imagining the cathedral’s next century.
Throughout the fall of 2019, the steering team scheduled a series of “listening sessions” to offer a space where our whole community (both inside and outside of our cathedral walls) could gather and share its hopes and dreams for what the cathedral’s future might look like. The questions asked: Is there a program you deeply love and would like to see supported in the future? Is there a segment of our population that you feel is underserved? Are there ways you feel that Christ Church Cathedral can continue to serve as a resource in the city of Cincinnati and beyond? The bottom line: The steering team sought to learn what those who live in our city and who are part of our diocese yearn for and aspire to, then pray about ways to go forward, and make our plans for the next decade.
Here is an overview of their process:
- 24 Listening Sessions and individual responses over a four-month period
- The process took one year and involved over 25 people as team members and listening session facilitators, and an outside consultant from the Episcopal Church Foundation
The final recommendations following these sessions fell into five areas:
- “Our People”
- “Our Spirituality”
- “Our Diocese”
- “Our City”
- “Our Work Outside the Cathedral”
The Next Century Vision team respectfully presented its findings during three Town Hall meetings in 2021, after a year of listening sessions with over 253 individuals associated with Christ Church Cathedral, the diocese, or resident in our community.