May 24, 2019: A Year of Yes at the Cathedral of St John the Divine

It is no secret that the Cathedral Congregation has seen a resurgence in the past year that we have been together. Marsha Ra, who as Senior Warden is the "chief lay leader" of our community, tells me that every Vicar of the Congregation (and she has known every single one) has claimed that the Congregation grew under his or her watch.

In this case, however, we have concrete data that shows something positive is happening. Our giving is running about 20% ahead of last year, which ran more than 30% ahead of the prior year, when the Congregation was in its interim period. And in the last 3 weeks, I have met with 14 people who want to join our Congregation as full members, willing to commit to all the responsibilities that come with that distinction.