My St. Louis
Christ Church Cathedral's Michael Kinman
The Episcopal priest outlines his perfect day in St. Louis.
The Very Reverend Mike Kinman is a sportswriter-turned-Episcopal-priest who brings an extraordinary amount of energy to his work in the pulpit, his advocacy in the streets and communities of St. Louis, and his recommendation for the best Mexican food in town. Spend time with him and you'll eventually meet every mover-and-shaker in the city. 1210 Locust St., 314.231.3454, Sunday services at 8 and 10 am, noon prayers M-F, ongoing special events, www. christchurchcathedral.us
How did you come to be in St. Louis?
I grew up in Tucson, Ariz., and came to Missouri in 1986 to get my journalism degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia. There I met my wife, Robin, who was at Stephens College, and after we got married we moved to New Haven, Conn., for three years for me to go to seminary at Yale Divinity School. We moved to St. Louis in 1986.
Tell us about your flock at Christ Church Cathedral — both those in and out of the pews.
One of the most wonderful things about a Cathedral is that the people who come to worship on Sundays are only a part of the congregation. They are a wonderful part: diverse in terms of age, race, economic status and sexual orientation and open to struggling with issues of life and faith. And there is also the downtown neighborhood and the entire region. Cathedrals are sacred public space, community gathering places and catalysts for ministry. Our role, and mine as Dean, is to gather everyone together to build the Beloved Community and work for the common good.
What could an out-oftown visitor explore at the Cathedral?
Explore is a great word. The space is uniquely exquisite. You could hear one of the finest organs in the Midwest (extraordinarily played by our masterful organist, Pat Partridge). The reredos (an ornate enormous carving at the front of the church) is gorgeous as are the stained glass windows. You can climb into the bell tower and ring the largest bell in the state.
When friends visit you from out of town, what do you make sure they do?
Besides the standard things (the Arch, City Museum, Ted Drewes, the Cardinals and Christ Church Cathedral), I love to take them to Forest Park and all the museums there (especially the History Museum). We have BBQ at Vernon's or lunch at Blueberry Hill. The Cathedral Basillica is one of a kind and awe-inspiring. I try to go to CityGarden downtown. If I had to pick one place to take someone from out of town, though, it would be the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Missouri Botanical Garden