My St. Louis

Christ Church Cathe­dral's Michael Kin­man

Where St. Louis - - CONTENTS -

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

Ci­ty­gar­den

Cathe­dral Basil­ica

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