(Photo credit: Nikki Kahn, The Washington Post)
As a “lifer” (someone who grew up and attended school for 13 years on the Cathedral close), the National Cathedral has always been a special place for me. I have many great memories in the Cathedral and miss it terribly. I always mean to take my children there to share its beauty but have yet to integrate it into our busy life. Whenever I have a great city view I look for the Cathedral’s tower, although it has been blighted for the last few years by what I call bunny ears (the scaffolding on each of the towers “peaks”- I’m sure that’s not the architectural term. My middle school religion teacher would cringe as we studied the building as part of our class.).
Anywho… this morning on the radio I heard that the Post had an article about the Cathedral today and I had to check it out. This week, the Cathedral is hosting, Seeing Deeper, free events that would tap into attendees’ spirituality, including Tai Chi, yoga and “extreme polyphony.” The chairs that occupy the nave were cleared for these public offerings. That is an eerie yet beautiful sight.
Interestingly, a lot of what the article described resonated. I would love to not only attend classes there, but believe that it should be the location of both morality and policy discussions. The church used to be the heart of communities and we’ve lost that. Although I do not practice religion in the traditional sense, I believe strongly in spirituality and believe that people today need to more often look into their hearts for solutions.
It saddened me to learn that the Cathedral is now charging a $10 admission, but unfortunately I understand the necessity.