Presiding Bishop's 2019 Easter Message
To view the video of the Presiding Bishop's 2019 Easter Message, click on the image.

The text of the 2019 Easter Message follows:
The Rt. Reverend Barbara Harris was the first woman ordained and consecrated a bishop in The Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion. In her memoir, entitled  Hallelujah, Anyhow!  [she] quotes an old Gospel hymn that says it this way:

Hallelujah anyhow
Never let your troubles get you down
When your troubles come your way
Hold your hands up high and say
Hallelujah anyhow!

When I get to Heaven, I want to meet one person, and her name is Mary Magdalene. Because if ever there was another Hallelujah, Anyhow sister, it was Mary Magdalene. And her life, and her example, tells us what it means to follow in the way of Jesus, in the Way of Love.

Mary Magdalene showed up when others would not. Mary Magdalene spoke up when others remained silent. Mary Magdalene stood up when others sat down.

John’s Gospel tells us that when many of the disciples fled and abandoned Jesus, Mary Magdalene stood by him at the cross. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

Against the odds, swimming against the current, Mary Magdalene was there.

John’s Gospel says in the 20th chapter, early in the morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene and some of the other women went to the tomb. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

They went to the tomb when it didn’t make any sense. They went to the tomb when the evidence was against them. Jesus was dead. They knew that. The power of the Empire had crushed the hope of love. They knew that. And they got up in the morning and went to the tomb anyhow. Hallelujah, Anyhow.

But more than that, John’s Gospel says it was dark. It was dark. That’s not just the time of day in John’s Gospel. The darkness in John is the domain of evil. In John’s Gospel when Judas leaves the Last Supper to betray Jesus, John inserts a parenthetical remark. When Judas leaves to betray him, John says, “And it was night.” The darkness is the domain of wrong, of hatred, of bigotry, of violence, the domain of sin and death and horror.

And early in the morning while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb, Hallelujah, Anyhow.

The truth is, she didn’t know that Jesus was alive. She was just doing what love does. Caring for her beloved, her Savior, her friend, in his time of death, to give him the last rites of burial. And when she got to the tomb, and the other women with them, they eventually discovered that Jesus was alive, and in the silence of the night, in the moments of despair, in the moments of the worst darkness, God had done something incredible. God had raised Jesus from the dead

The truth is, nobody saw Jesus rise from the dead, because God had done it secretly and quietly, when nobody was looking.

When I was in high school, I learned a poem composed by James Russell Lowell. He wrote it in the 19th century, in one of the darkest periods in American history, when this country was torn asunder by the existence of chattel slavery in our midst. In this great land of freedom, there were slaves being held in bondage. And this nation literally went to war, tearing itself apart, trying to find the way to do what was right. And James Russell Lowell wrote, in the midst of this darkness, in this dark hour:

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet ‘tis truth alone and strong . . .
Though her portion be a scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own

Hallelujah, Anyhow.

Christ is risen

The Lord is risen, indeed.

God love you, God bless you, and may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.
Study on MLK's Letter from a Birmingham Jail

St. Matthew's, Westerville, and Triumphant Church are joining together to host a Wednesday evening study during the month of May. Our topic is Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail". Each week's session is from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Public Policy news alerts for April 17, 2019

ALERT: CDC investigates E. coli outbreak in several states, including Ohio. Plus other health-related stories.

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Death Penalty Task Force update

Around 30 individuals gathered at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus for an event on the Bible, forgiveness, and the death penalty on April 7. You can watch a video of this event on Trinity's Facebook page.

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Music Series at St. John's presents Abhik Mazumder

Abhik Mazumder gave a stunning concert of classical and jazz repertoire at the St. John's, Worthington, Music Series as a high school sophomore. He returns to the series in his senior year at Upper Arlington High School. Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m.

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3rd annual ELPASO dinner and graduation ceremony
You are invited to the third annual Dinner, Fellowship, and Graduation Ceremony of the Episcopal Lay Preachers Association of Southern Ohio (ELPASO), hosted by the members of St. Paul’s, Chillicothe. Friday, June 14, at 6 p.m.

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From the calendar

Apr 19: Diocesan offices closed (Good Friday)
Apr 22: Diocesan offices closed (Easter Monday)
Apr 27: Luke/Acts Colloquium
May 1: Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna inductions & luncheon
May 1: Retired Clergy gathering
May 11: Convocation 2019
May 12: Dedication of Sycamore Commons
Episcopal visitations

April 21(Easter Sunday)
Christ Church Cathedral (Breidenthal)
Grace Church, Pomeroy (Price)
April 28
Calvary, Cincinnati (Breidenthal)
Epiphany, Nelsonville (Price)
May 5
St. Stephen's, Columbus (Breidenthal)
Christ Church, Springfield (Price)
May 12
St. James, Zanesville (Price)
The Big Read Luke/Acts Colloquium

Join us on April 27 as we wrap up the Luke/Acts Big Read with a day of brilliant scholarship, calls to action, and articulations of hope for our life as a diocese and the life of the world.
2019 Convocation: Becoming Beloved Community Together
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On May 11, our diocese will have the opportunity to come together in fellowship for a day-long celebration of our Becoming Beloved Community vision at  Convocation 2019: Becoming Beloved Community Together .

This  free   intergenerational day of celebration will invite us to respond to the call to follow Jesus and seek ways to discover the image of God in all our neighbors. This gathering will be an opportunity to spend time building relationships and learning how to work toward Beloved Community in your parish and community. 

Registration for Convocation 2019 ends April 26. Register today !
Becoming Beloved Community Youth Retreat
Youth in Southern Ohio have a special opportunity to engage with the diocese’s Beloved Community learning theme at Convocation in May. Youth in 6-12th grades are invited to Procter Friday, May 10 for a one-night retreat before attending Convocation on Saturday. This Retreat is an opportunity to meet youth from other churches, have fellowship and fun, grow and learn together about the Becoming Beloved Community project. Leaders from Beloved Beloved Community will join us for a workshop Friday night. We’ll have time to sing and make music, play games and eat snacks, and have a campfire. Saturday, youth can explore Convocation and hang out in the “youth tent,” as they wish. For more information and to register:

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Music Live@Lunch

Easter and Holy Week
Holy Week & Easter Schedule

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Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 E. 4th Street (corner of Fourth and Sycamore) in downtown Cincinnati. For more information, call (513) 621.1817 or visit
Connecting with Procter Center
Annual Volunteer Weekend

Mark your calendars for April 26 and 27! Procter will be hosting our annual Volunteer Weekend.  Lodging and meals included!  Come spend some time beautifying the grounds and experiencing spring at Procter Center.

Camp Open House

Save May 4 on your calendar for our  Camp Open House . You are encouraged to invite friends from church, school, or your neighborhood who you’d like to introduce to Procter.

This event is an opportunity for first time campers to see cabins, get comfortable with our staff and property, and mingle with folks who love Procter. Current camper and counselor alumni are especially invited to come share the good news that is camp!

Weather permitting, the slab will be open for games, chalk or arts and crafts. Tours with staff members will begin at 11a.m. and 1 p.m., and families are welcome to tour the grounds independently as well.

If you can, let us know you’re coming so we know how much food to prepare, can accommodate special diets, etc. email
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Procter Center is located at 11235 State Route 38 SE in London, Ohio. For more information, call 740.206.2036 or visit
Repeat announcements & events
2020 Budget applications now available
The application for 2020 budget requests is now available on the diocesan website. Look for the budget tab under  Finance , or search  Budget . Applications are due April 30.

2020 Budget applications
Lay positions
St. Alban's, Bexley

St. Anne's, West Chester

Trinity, Hamilton
Calvary, Cincinnati

Bethany School

Bethany School
Clergy positions

St. Andrew's Episcopal/Good Shepherd Lutheran, Washington CH
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