On Sunday, March 3, Dean Owen will be hosting his monthly “Dialogue with the Dean” Forum which will be taking place on the first Sunday of the month following the 10:00 am service in the library.
The Very Rev. Owen C. Thompson is excited to begin his third season as the Dean of this Cathedral as we begin a new chapter in the life of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. He believes that with our new mission and vision and our commitment to supporting and uplifting each other, we are in a solid position to be a viable and willing partner with our new Bishop Kristin White. As our Cathedral holds a central place within the life of our diocese, with the help of the vestry, we will commit to Prayerful Support, Collaborative Partnership, Welcoming Hospitality, Active Engagement, and Discernment and Discipleship.
From September – May, people gather twice a month, on Thursdays at noon, to discuss the major issues facing the city of Cincinnati at the Community Issues Forum. Guests have included local activists, government officials, and civic leaders. It is a great place to build relationships, collaborate and gain knowledge of how to make a difference. Check the events calendar to see what we will be discussing next.
As a beloved community, in covenant with God and each other, we care about all people – listening deeply, collaborating, and holding space for each other – and we care about doing justice. Christ Church Cathedral has been a part of the narrative of Cincinnati for over 200 years.
Leading the response to racial inequity, economic disparity & creation care, we help make Cincinnati a more just and equitable place – one neighborhood, one person, one moment at a time. Join the conversation, you are welcome here.
The Taft Lecture Series: Funded by The Charles P. and Eleanor Taft Memorial Fund, the Taft Lecture Series features provocative thinkers, writers, teachers, theologians, social justice activists, and leaders in the fields of religion, social science, the arts, politics, and more. Lectures are presented once or twice or year as the featured speakers’ schedules permit, and are always free to the public.
Charles P. Taft was born into a family active in politics; his father was William Howard Taft, the twenty-seventh President of the United States, and his brother was Senator Robert Taft. Mr. Taft was a driving force behind the establishment of the Cincinnati Charter Party in 1924, and he was among the leaders who established a Home Rule Charter, making Cincinnati the first major city to adopt a city manager form of government.
In 1947, he became the first layman in history to be elected president of the National Council of Churches, and in 1948, he served as a member of the provisional committee that established the World Council of Churches. Attending meetings in Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Denmark, and the United States, he was a strong influence in addressing the problems of refugees, hunger, minority discrimination, and justice.
For 50 years, he was a leader in the affairs of Christ Church, now Christ Church Cathedral. Mr. Taft cared deeply about Cincinnati and served it for most of his adult life, retiring from Cincinnati City Council in 1977. He was an ideal public servant, dedicating his life to causes that contributed to the common good and fighting for justice and integrity in government. His community leadership integrated sacred and civic values.
As mayor of Cincinnati, city council member, 40-year warden of Christ Church, and co-founder of the World Council of Churches, he devoted his life to public service. To honor and keep alive the memory of “Charlie” Taft and of his loving and community-serving wife Eleanor, the vestry of Christ Church Cathedral has chosen to use a gift from the Taft family for annual events or activities which Charlie and Eleanor would have supported.
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