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Churches Uniting in Christ Statement on White Nationalism and White Supremacism- August 16, 2017 Statement

We, Churches Uniting in Christ, a gathering of eleven communions in a covenantal relationship, stand in unwavering unity, to firmly condemn any form of racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi, white nationalist, white supremacist ideologies.

The events of August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia have added tinder to an already volatile situation in this country, as well as in nations around the world. As we mourn the deaths and pray for the families of Heather Heyer and state troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, we not only denounce racist speech and actions against people of any race, religion, or national origin, but we also denounce silence and inaction in the face of this type of hate, a silence and inaction not exclusive of the pulpit.

Yoga Notes

Yoga instructor Phoenix returns on Monday, August 21, at 12:10 pm. Join us! Bring a friend!
2017-18 Christian Formation Brochures Available Now

Be sure to pick up your copy of our new 2017-18 Christian Formation brochure from an usher today. Along with the outline of our congregational "big read" of the Book of Exodus, you will find this brochure contains a full range of the cathedral's Christian Formation programs to be offered this year -- all designed to take you deeper into your own Christian spiritual journey as called by God. 

As a church and as a culture, we are  at a time when the questions that the Book of Exodus raises are pertinent.  What does it mean to be a stranger  i a strange land?  What do es i t mean to leave behind all the things we thought we k new? What does it mean to see our communities change? 

To carefully consider these questions and the intricate issues that they bring to the fore, we will be joining in a comprehensive, seven-month diocesan wide study of the  Book of Exodus. We will engage in this study in an effort to open ourselves up, as our Bishop Tom Breidenthal says, "to our essential mission of following Jesus into our neighborhoods." 
We begin Sunday,  August 27, when both the readings and the preaching will focus on Exodus and the first adult forum on Exodus kicks off. 

If you would like a copy of the Exodus booklet mailed to you, contact Crystal Jones or you may also a download an electronic version of the new brochure from the cathedral website or by clicking 
An Oral Reading of Exodus

August 27 
During our liturgies, we only hear small sections of the biblical stories. A reading from "cover to cover" is a way to to enter into the full story. Join in the Exodus Kick-Off, when we will be reading the Book of Exodus aloud (forty chapters) in one sitting. Between sections of scripture, we will sing hymns that bring the biblical events alive -- sing the Shema, wade in the water, dance with Miriam! As background for the reading and music, images will be projected to highlight the experience of the children of Israel. 
Readers and listeners alike will find this a deepening experience with God's holy word; a refreshing  way to read and hear scripture anew; a sweeping reminder of God's faithfulness to God's people. We are looking for readers and listeners, and friends who would like to bring a food item for a potluck lunch. There is a sign-up sheet at front desk. Our goal is to have 40 readers this year.  Join us on Sunday, August 27, immediately following 10 am service. Questions? Contact Canon Sherilyn Pearce.  
Prayer Shawl This Saturday

August 19
HEARTS AND HANDS PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY gathers this Saturday, August 19,
at 10 am in the library. 

Prayer shawl ministry members meet the third Saturday of the month for  prayer, conversation, coffee, pastries, and stitching.  Don¹t know the  difference between at crochet hook and a chopstick? Not a problem. Able to  knit socks blindfolded? Woohoo! Rusty, seasoned, or newbie: people of all  ages are welcome. Materials provided at each meeting or you can bring your  own. We have yarn, needles, patterns, and some great teachers to get you  started. Experience a deeper connection with God and with others through  the spiritual practice of handwork: the play of creativity, the meditative  rhythm of stitching, and the joy of offering a sign of our prayers and  God¹s care to people in the midst of illness, grief, hospitalization,  treatment, or other significant life transition.

For more information, or if you or someone you know is in need of this
type of pastoral care, please email The Rev. Sherilyn Pearce, Canon
Walk With Family Event

August 19
Organizers at Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati are excited to invite you to their third annual Walk with Family event taking place at Eden Park. This fun, kid-friendly event will  benefit their work serving families in Greater Cincinnati. From a petting zoo to live music, there will be something for kids of all ages. Please join them for a healthy, fun day benefiting those in need in our community. Register online here.
Get Your New Music Brochure!

Christ Church Cathedral's 2017-18 music season brochure is now available! You can view the brochure on the cathedral website or pick up your print copy at the cathedral. Feel free to be generous in sharing these. Help us spread the work about the cathedral's excellent music offerings - most of them offered at no charge. If you wish to receive a print copy by U.S. mail and have not received one by  September 1 , please contact Sarah Hartwig. The brochure includes listings of all Music Live@Lunch performances, special concerts, services of Choral Evensong, Christmas offerings, special services and more. 
TIME TO RSVP! Party In Plaid

August 26

Christ Church Cathedral is proud to be a
part of Caracole's upcoming fifth annual Party in Plaid - Under the Sea!   event on Saturday, August 26 , at the Cincinnati Masonic Center. 
Caracole's mission is to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS through housing, care and prevention. Party in Plaid is an evening of drinks, dinner, and dancing, that helps to further support this local non-profit and their community work. More information and ticketing information is available at Make your plans now to join other cathedral members and friends for this great annual event. Look for more event information to follow in the coming weeks.
Theology Uncorked

August 27 
Theology Uncorked is an opportunity to have conversations about theological topics in a casual setting. It's God talk with refreshments. Please join us in the Forum Room at 6 pm, Sunday, August 27, where we will have the opportunity to meet the Rev. Fred McGavran, a deacon of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. He retired from the active practice of law and is a published writer. 
Fred will discuss the spirituality of writing and perhaps even read some of his work from his most recent offering Recycled Glass and Other Stories. The book is available at Joseph Beth (Rookwood), The Bookshelf (Madeira), Roebling Bookstore (Covington), the Hamilton County Public Library and the Mercantile Library. Questions? Contact Paula Rose
Seeking Acolytes
Grade 6 through Adult

We are seeking additional acolytes to serve during worship at the cathedral. If you are interested in participating, please sign up for the Liturgical Ministries Retreat (September 9, 9 am - 1 pm) at the cathedral reception desk or by emailing Kathy Noe no later than Friday,  September 1
This ministry is open to youth (grade 6 and up) and adults.
Liturgical Ministries Retreat
September 9
9 am to 1 pm  
Do you serve as a liturgical minister at Christ Church Cathedral as a lector, intercessor, chalice bearer, verger, acolyte, thurifer, altar guild member,  flower guild member, usher, or  greeter? Are you interested in serving in any of these capacities and want to know more? We are particularly seeking additional intercessors, chalice bearers, acolytes, thurifers, ushers/greeters, and altar guild members. 
Join us as we delve deeper into our understanding of worship and how our various ministries work together to proclaim the love of God in Christ. During the retreat we will  pray the Daily Office, renew our passion  for ministry through educational tracks tailored to each ministry area, and  enjoy fellowship over lunch. Sign up at the reception desk or by emailing Kathy Noe no later than Friday, September 1 , indicating which ministry area you want to pursue. We need a minimum of seven registrants to hold the retreat. Please sign up early.
Social Advocacy Sundays
September 10

Join us for Social Advocacy Sundays, beginning on Sunday, September 10, in the undercroft following the 10 am service.
As part of the cathedral's bicentennial offerings, leaders from area nonprofit partner agencies will speak on select Sundays about advocacy and individual action that can make a long-term difference in our neighborhoods.
On September 10, this cathedral committee welcomes Deborah Allsop, Executive Director of Families Forward, who will give a brief presentation on this organization.
Please join us to learn more about, "Our mission to empower our faith community to advocate and serve in collaboration with organizations to positively effect change in our community and world."
Our cathedral supports many agencies in the area, and this is your opportunity to learn more about who these agencies are, how they impact the community, and explore volunteering opportunities with them. Questions? Contact Dianne Ebbs to learn more.
Bicentennial Video Viewing

September 10

Following the aforementioned Social Advocacy Sunday, plan to stay in the undercroft to view the Christ Church Cathedral bicentennial video, presented by Matt Dunn, with commentary by film maker Noel Julnes-Dehner. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the behind the scenes work that went into making this exceptional video! Questions? Email Matt Dunn.
Exodus Convocation

September 16 

Come for a unique day of discovering, dreaming and discernment. Leave behind what is holding you back and journey toward where God is calling you. 

Mark your calendars to register for the upcoming Exodus Convocation, being held Saturday, September 16, from 9 am to 4:30 pm at
This is a a free offering, but registration is required. Join us!
September Homecoming Event

September 30 

Have friends who no longer members of Christ Church Cathedral? Invite them  
"home" for a fun evening!  
On Saturday, September 30, from 5 to 8 pm, j oin us for a family-friendly evening of food, music and fun, all in celebration of our bicentennial!  Record your stories. Sing beloved hymns from the past 200 years. Walk our history timeline. Create new memories.
The event is free, but tickets are required. Order your tickets here or sign up for tickets at the church reception desk. Every person, no matter the age, needs a ticket. For those families bringing children age 11 and under, please email Kathy Jose with the names and ages of each child. We are planning age-appropriate activities and need to know how many young ones to prepare for.
Nursery care will be provided for children age 4 and under.
Can't wait for the fun? Get started now by sharing your stories and
A festive worship celebration will follow the next morning on Sunday, October 1, 10 am.
The Bible Challenge

In our bicentennial year, which incidentally is also the 500th anniversary of the Christian Reformation, we offer a challenge. The Bible is our primary source for the development and cultivation of our faith. It is from the Bible that our corpus of tradition and liturgy have evolved. As Anglicans, we read scripture through the lens of reason and tradition.
The challenge is to read the entire Bible in one year. In order to aid in this, we recommend using The Bible Challenge edited by Marek Zabriskie. This text is available through Forward Movement. We will launch our Bible Challenge in October (Reforma tion Month). 
We will gather on the first Saturdays of the month (October 2017 through October 2018) to unpack our readings together.
How to Take the Challenge

Step One:
Sign up at the church reception desk or email Crystal Jones by September 15.
Step Two: Make arrangements to purchase The Bible Challenge. You may pre-order the The Bible Challenge at a discount rate of $14. Pre-ordered books  will be distributed on September 24.
To pre-order, submit your payment by check, payable to Christ Church Cathedral (write "The Bible Challenge" in the memo line) and leave it at the reception desk (or mail it to the cathedral) for the attention of Judy Hering.
Step Three : Join in the group meetings to reflect on the scriptures with others. The monthly meetings will be held on the first Saturdays of the month, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Meeting dates will be as follows: October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, and October 6.
Step Four: Join the celebration on completing the challenge on Sunday, October 7, 2018! 
Questions? Contact Canon Manoj Zacharia. 
Volunteer Opportunities at Northern Kentucky Scholar House

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati Union Bethel, and The Model Group have worked in partnership to bring the upcoming Cincinnati Scholar House to our city. All our collective efforts are beginning to pay off, as the major financial pieces begin falling into place, and the final design is being completed. The grand opening scheduled for the Summer of 2019, and we are so very excited!

In the meantime, Northern Kentucky Scholar House   is getting set to begin their third year, and they have several opportunities for volunteers now and throughout the school year. This is a great way to get to know the program and meet other volunteers.

Simply sign up to attend a volunteer open house, and see what role you might be interested in! 

Volunteer Open House Times

Come learn about NKY Scholar House and find a volunteer position specific to you! Attend a Volunteer Open House! Call 859-491-8303 ext. 2812 to RSVP.

Open Houses are held 3 times month on: The first Friday at 1:00 pm, the second Tuesday at 10:00 am, or third Thursday at 4:30pm.

To sign up specifically to 
volunteer to help with their Tuesday evening workshop series in both child care and providing meals,
go here, or to receive emails about this program, sign up here.
Upcoming Forum: Native 
American Ministry 

September 24

On Sunday, September 24, please join us to learn more and become involved with the Christ Church Cathedral Native American Ministries Council.
This forum will include a brief overview of the work of the Native American Council combined with a report of the Council's sponsored activities this summer, including Christ Church Cathedral Youth Group (St. Christopher's - Bluff, Utah), Vacation Bible School group (St Mark's - Coalmine, New Mexico), Good Shepherd Mission (Ft. Defiance, Arizona), Entrepreneurial Initiatives throughout all of the Episcopal Church (Navajo land). 

During this forum you can also learn more about the upcoming Native American Weekend, taking place at the cathedral from October 6-8, which will include a concert on Friday evening (October 6) with world renowned Native American Flutist, R. Carlos Nakai.
Questions? Email Paula Rose for more information. 
Submissions Deadline

The deadline for content submissions for your Weekly GPS is each Wednesday at noon. Please email copy -- including the name/date/time of your program offering, as well as a contact name and contact information -- to Sarah Hartwig .

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