Saturday, November 03, 2018 - Sunday, November 04, 2018

Location: Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 815 High St., Des Moines, IA US 50309

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As a part of the continuing celebration of The Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s 25th Anniversary as a Cathedral Church, the Rev. Canon and Interim Rector Gary Hall, of Trinity Church, Santa Barbara, Calif., has been invited by the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa to participate in several events. He is also being sponsored by Growing Iowa Leaders: Called, Fed, and Sent.

Over the years, the Rev. Canon Hall has spoken and written much about what it means to be a Cathedral Church. Please follow this link to read Dean Hall’s article, “The Purpose of Cathedrals,” which appeared in “The Anglican Theological Review”:

Highlights of the Rev. Canon Hall’s visit to Des Moines include:

November 3:
The Rev. Canon Hall will conduct two sessions at the Cathedral, which will feature several invited panelists. The morning event from 10 a.m, to noon will focus on: “Cathedral and Diocese” - As the Bishop’s church, a cathedral enacts the Bishop’s ministry in unique ways. This session will  reflect  on the way cathedrals represent the diocese in ministries that are apostolic, prophetic, theological, prayerful, pastoral, just and empowering.  The afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. will cover “Cathedral and World” - As “tall steeple” churches, how can cathedrals lead the faith community in engaging questions of faith and public life? There will be a provided luncheon at noon. Luncheon reservations can be made by calling 515.288.7297 or completing the form at the top of this page. The deadline for a luncheon reservation is October 31, 2018.

November 4 (All Saints Day):
The 8 a.m. service will be Holy Eucharist-only. Following the service, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., former seminary and cathedral Dean, The Rev. Canon Hall will conduct a special class on “What are Cathedrals For?” In this forum, Dr. Hall will reflect on the unique purpose and ministry of cathedral churches in the 21st century. A cathedral is something more than a big church, but what are the particular marks of its mission? Join the conversation about how St. Paul’s can boldly engage the faith, the city, and the world. Dean Hall will then deliver the sermon at the 10 a.m. service, which includes the Fauré Requiem.


The Very Reverend Gary R. Hall has been an ordained minister for more than 35 years.  He was born in Los Angeles and holds an A.B. from UC-Berkeley and a Ph.D. from UCLA, in addition to his M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. He has served parishes in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and he taught Anglican theology and polity at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, CA, and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, where he also served as Dean and President.  From 2012 to 2015 he was the Dean of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.  

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