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April 14, 2020
Interfaith Community announces 'Turning to Faith' Zoom series beginning Sunday, April 19
During this historic time of overwhelming uncertainty and worldwide crisis, the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths, the signature program of the interfaith group EquaSion , will continue the momentum of our community's interfaith collaboration through a series of short webinars, called  "Turning to Faith."  

During April, there are a number of holidays representing six faith traditions. They are the holidays of Easter, Passover, Ramadan, Ridvan, Vaisakh and Maidyozarem Gahambar. EquaSion, in cooperation with InterfaithCincy, has also published a comprehensive multi-faith calendar available online at  https://www.multi-faithcalendar.org/ .

Beginning Sunday, April 19 and continuing weekly on Sundays through May 10, all programs will air from 4:00 to 4:30 pm and require registration. Please register at:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_674ual49SlCq_y8RG6XaDQ  to receive your passcode to participate.   

The first program on Sunday, April 19,  Finding Hope in a time of Uncertainty , will feature the following faith leaders:
  • Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J,, President, Xavier University
  • Rabbi Gary P. Zola, Executive Director, Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
  • Rt. Rev. Marvin F. Thomas, Sr., Bishop, Second Episcopal District, CME Church
  • Imam Hossam Musa, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Aasees Kaur, Sikh civil rights advocate
  • James P. Buchanan, Ph.D., Executive Director, XU Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Moderator

At a time when we cannot be together physically, each half-hour "zoomette" will feature faith leaders' spiritual sharing, prayer and interactive conversation while answering "chat" questions from the Zoom audience.   

The four-part series will include the participation of faith leaders representing Judaism, Islam, Baha’i, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Sikhism, Unitarian Universalism, Paganism and Indigenous, and these Christian communities:  Roman Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal/Anglican, Lutheran, CME, AME, National Baptist Convention, United Church of Christ, Quaker, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Non-Denominational.  

“An amazing celebration of interfaith understanding and collaboration, our Festival of Faiths steering committee looks forward to the opportunity to gather and celebrate as soon as we are able,” said Festival Co-Chair Sandy Kaltman. “In the meantime, our numerous faith traditions stand ready to help fill the spiritual and material needs of the community as we face unprecedented uncertainty and crisis,” Kaltman added. 

Program sponsors are EquaSion and the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths, in partnership with Xavier University’s Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue and The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the   American Jewish Archives, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. 
Easter greetings from around the diocese
Many thanks to the clergy and churches from around the diocese who sent Easter greetings to be shared in the cathedral's Easter Day service. It was a wonderful way to feel connected in this time of physical distancing.

If you didn't get to see it, click on the image to the left to view the video.
ERS has urgent need for masks
Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) is in desperate need of masks for non-nursing personnel and residents of Marjorie P. Lee, Deupree and our affordable living communities, and is reaching out to all areas of the diocese for help.

This is an immediate need. Recent estimates are that approximately 1000 or more masks are needed. ERS is asking for volunteer sewers to drop masks off at ERS or mail a batch weekly as soon as possible.  

Masks can be dropped off or mailed to: 

ERS Support Services Offices
3870 Virginia Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
attn: PHM Masks

  • When dropping off or mailing, please put masks in a ziplock bag outside the office door in the back parking lot. Include a note that states, “PHM Masks” and the donor’s name, email and US mailing address. We would like to acknowledge the donors.  
  • Any pattern preferred by the sewer is fine although the recommended mask at this time should have the fabric doubled or have a cotton liner to make it thicker with more protection. A pocket to insert a filter cloth for additional protection is also helpful but not required.
  • 100% cotton is the recommended fabric. 
  • If someone is in need of supplies, we might have access to some or have suggestions. Contact Jeanne at jpalcic@erslife.org

Information on making a mask :

Audit resources available
A reminder that church audits must be completed annually and submitted to the diocese. Audits are due September 1.

A properly competed audit will include the report for the auditor or audit committee completing the audit and will include a balance sheet and income statement for that fiscal year. Resources for completing your 2020 audit are now available on the diocesan website in the Finance section.

Questions regarding audits should be directed to the Rev. David Getreu, Associate for Financial Management & Oversight at dgetreu@diosohio.org or 740.334.9775.
Upcoming CEEP Network webinars
The CEEP Network presents the following webinars as an offering to the church during this challenging time. If you have topics or suggested resources for future webinars, please e-mail your ideas to  info@ceepnetwork.org . We invite you to visit  https://bit.ly/2URzifD  for previous webinars and other resources.

Upcoming Webinar Topics:

Ohio Primary election MAIL-IN only
The governor postponed Ohio’s primary election, originally scheduled for March 17 until April 28.  Because of continuing lifesaving precautions, the primary is now by  Absentee Ballot ONLY.  

Apply immediately for an Absentee Ballot!
Here's what you need to do:

If you already voted by mail or in person at your local board of elections, you're good.  Your vote will be counted, and you don't have to do anything more.

You will NOT be able to go to your polling place to vote.  Those polling places won't be open at any time. You will need to vote by mail. Applications for ballots must be received by April 25.  Ballots must be postmarked by April 27 and delivered to your County Board of Elections by 7:30 PM on April 28.

To get a ballot by mail, you need to request one.  There are several ways to do that.
  • Call the local board of elections and have officials mail an application.
  • Download an application from the web, print it, and mail it in. Go to myohiovote.com or to your County Board of Elections website to print a copy.
  • Pick up an application from your local Kroger store 
  • Mail a handwritten absentee ballot request by providing a specific list of information.  According to the Secretary of State's office, the handwritten absentee ballot application must include the following:

List information
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Full registration address, including county
  • Address where ballot should be mailed, if different from your registration address one of the following:
  • Ohio driver's license number
  • Last four digits of Social Security Number, or a copy of an acceptable form of ID
  • Phone Number (optional, but suggested)
  • Email address (optional, but suggested)

Write: "I'm a qualified elector and I'm requesting an absentee ballot for the 3/17/2020 Ohio Primary.

Specify which ballot:
  • Democratic
  • Libertarian
  • Republican
  • Or, Issues Only

Sign and date
Mr. Rogers, God, and You: Simple Faith  
Fred Rogers was the much-loved host of the public television show  Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood  which ran on PBS from 1968-2001. A Presbyterian minister, his simplicity and sincerity is a lasting legacy for those who grew up with Mr. Rogers -- as either a parent, a teacher, or a child. 
Join Transfiguration Spirituality Center on Saturday, April 25 for a virtual Quiet Half-Day with retreat leader Westina Matthews that will help you live into hope, inspired by Fred Rogers’ simple faith Nurture the body, mind and heart by co-creating a space that enables you to search for God and draw nearer to the Holy. We will explore Rogers’ wisdom and spiritual insights though prayer, journaling, reflection, music, and interactive sharing. 

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In case you missed it: Presiding Bishop's Easter Sermon

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Easter sermon was pre-recorded for inclusion in the live stream of Washington National Cathedral’s April 12, 2020 worship service. Click on the image below to see the video or to read the text of the sermon.
Connecting with job opportunities
Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming

Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming

St. Andrew's, Pickerington

Holy Trinity, Oxford

Bethany School

Bethany School
All Saints, Cincinnati

Diocese of Southern Ohio

St. John's, Worthington

Calvary, Cincinnati

St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights and/or Transfiguration Spirituality Center
See all job opportunities at http://diosohio.org/job-opportunities/
Need a job posted? Send your information to communication@diosohio.org .