April 20, 2021
Clarifying vision and mission of the diocese
Over the past several years the Program and Ministry Review Committee of Diocesan Council has worked to clarify the vision, mission and strategy for our diocese. The committee has included a number of activities and initiatives. Council has reviewed the past ten years of strategy work and identified plans and ideas to carry forward. We have done this with visioning sessions with diocesan leaders, we have accessed learnings from the Exodus Convocation and have increased our awareness of ideas and trends across the diocese. We have done these things while keeping theologically based in Becoming Beloved Community.  

The recent survey results, as we move forward to welcoming a new bishop, indicate that a shared vision is essential for a healthy diocese and we welcome this opportunity to share what has developed thus far. This will continue to be refined as we move ahead, and your input is welcome and appreciated. Please feel welcome to contact us at diocesancouncil@diosohio.org

Dave Thomson, 1st VP Diocesan Council
Lissa Barker,  VP Diocesan Council
A church focused outside our doors, loving and serving Jesus Christ in our beloved communities in relevant ways, both new and traditional.

Christ is calling us into meaningful connections with each other that transcend all boundaries, and to act on those connections for the benefit of all. By these connections we are made whole.
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Becoming Beloved Community
Relationship | Justice | Dignity | Community: For and with all

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Telling the Truth | Proclaiming the Dream | Practicing the Way of Love | Repairing the Breach
Reminder: 2022 Budget application deadline May 1
Applications for 2022 Budget Requests for ministries supported by the diocesan consolidated budget are now available on the Budget page of the diocesan website.

The deadline for receiving Budget Request Applications in the diocesan office is May 1, 2021. If you have any questions while working on the application or if for any reason have a concern about making the deadline, please reach out to the diocesan office by contacting Carine de Lange, Operations Executive and CFO at cdelange@diosohio.org or 513-405-3234 or the Rev. David Getreu, Associate for Financial Management and Oversight, at dgetreu@diosohio.org or 740-334-9775.
Forming, a new podcast from the Formation Team is here! Click here to join us for the next few weeks as we have conversations with guests on various topics related to our life of faith. Upcoming topics include: 

  • What’s going on at Procter?
  • How will the church look in the future?
  • How can we become more connected with our community?
  • What does a search for a bishop look like, and where are we in that process?
Safe Church Training
Safe Church training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Online training is available when you are and is self-paced for you to complete as you are able. You can enroll and access the training here or can find the link on the Formation page of the diocesan website.
Learn about the latest formation information, courses and events at https://episcopaliansinconnection.org/formation/ or by signing up for the Formation team's new e-newsletter here.
Becoming Beloved Community
As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God.
Sacred Ground with Bishop Curry

Tuesday, April 27
5:30 p.m. Eastern 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites participants and facilitators who’ve been part of the Sacred Ground race dialogue film series to convene as a community! You will hear learnings and success stories from peers, words of encouragement from the Presiding Bishop, and exciting announcements about how we can pursue racial healing, reconciliation, and justice together.

Come get encouraged and deepen our shared commitment to Becoming Beloved Community. Register here
Crack It Open: Engaging Pandemic, Racism, and The Church Cracked Open

Wednesday, April 21
6:30 p.m. ET

Join The Rev. Cannon Stephanie Spellers for conversation around her new book, The Church Cracked Open, with Winnie Varghese and Kelly Brown Douglas, poetry from Mark Bozzuti-Jones, and music from Sandra T. Montes. Register for the Zoom event at https://churchcrackedopen.com/

Advocacy briefing
Today’s advocacy briefing comes to you from affordable housing advocate Elizabeth Brown, a member of Christ Church Cathedral.

Cincinnati Issue 3 – Affordable Housing Trust Fund
There is a controversial charter amendment on the May 4 ballot in Cincinnati to establish and provide steady funding for an Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Issue 3 is the result of a grassroots effort that collected enough petition signatures to place the initiative on the ballot despite opposition from City Council. While housing prices and rents are fast increasing and development is booming, Cincinnati is behind other cities in creating affordable housing for its residents. Studies in the last few years call it an “affordable housing crisis” noting that the situation is getting worse due to gentrification and increasing housing costs.

Win-Win Energy Policy for Ohio: How You Can Help
April 21, noon-1:30 pm by Zoom

Ohio’s energy policy is in flux, as the legislature wrestles over bills that would either hinder or revive the progress towards clean energy and energy efficiency that was halted by HB 6. Green Umbrella’s Faith Communities Go Green Advocacy Team invites you to a webinar by policy experts from the nonpartisan Ohio Environmental Council, with timely advice on how you can advocate effectively for clean energy in this pivotal year.  Free!  Invite everyone you know who’s committed to clean energy to register at https://greenumbrella.org/event-4251340
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Volunteers needed
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Transformations, a ministry of the Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, Cincinnati, has started a weekly outdoor food pantry in Price Hill in a neighborhood with many immigrants. This occurs every Saturday at 1 p.m. Often all the food goes before 1:45 p.m.! Great opportunity to practice your Spanish, but not essential. to help, email Transformations' director Nancy Sullivan at badgmur@gmail.com
The Prayer and Pain Scale Project
An exciting new research study has launched to study the successful treatment of long-term pain through the power of prayer. The study aims to develop a scientifically validated method, rooted in prayer, to serve anyone with pain-related chronic conditions. It could help provide a valid drug-free intervention for chronic pain.

The Prayer and Pain Scale Project is a joint effort between the church and the medical community, co-led by the Episcopal Church in Delaware and researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital/
Harvard School of Medicine in Boston. Participation is easy via confidential online questionnaires taking no more than 30 minutes to complete.

For questions contact:
The Rev. Dr. Marta Illueca
Clergy-Medical Liaison
Dr. Samantha Meints
Principal Investigator at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston
Connecting with Procter Center
Order Happy Harvest Boxes from Procter with camp registration
While registering for any of our six sessions of Family Camp or Senior High Camp, sign up for a Happy Harvest Box! At the end of camp week, snag your pre-ordered box, which will be packed with fresh-picked vegetables from the farm! $17 per box.
Connecting with our cathedral
Music Live at Lunch
Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature these upcoming performances listed below in April. Currently these free concerts are being live streamed via Facebook on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m.

April 27: Ricky Nye (piano)

Coming in May:

May 4: Cantata Chamber Ensemble: Bach cantatas
May 11: Red Cedars
May 18: Ron Esposito (Tibetan prayer bowls)
May 25: Cincinnati Recorder Consort
Choral Evensong
Sunday, May 2
5 p.m.

The Christ Church Cathedral Choir 
Canticles: Magnifcat and Nunc dimittis – (Collegium Regale) – Herbert Howells
Anthem: All Heav’n in Thee – James Buonemani
Organ recital
Sunday, May 9
4 p.m.

Thom Miles performs music from seventeenth-century Italy, works by Johann Pachelbel and Dieterich Buxtehude, and preludes and fugues from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier on C. B. Fisk Opus 148 in Centennial Chapel. 

No admission charge.
Spiritual Songs from the Gift of Isolation
Saturday, May 8
7 p.m.

For this concert, vocal ensembles Trio Heri et Hodie and Coro Volante will draw from the unique voices of women seeking out a spiritual path by withdrawing from the world who found a verdant and abundant creativity within the strictures of that isolation. The program will include music by Byzantine nun Kassiani, Hildegard von Bingen, and Chiara Cozzolani as well as premieres of works written during the COVID quarantine by Italian, Indian-American, and American composers. This concert is made possible by contributions to the cathedral’s Friends of Music Fund. 

No admission charge.
High School Choral Scholar Program
Application Deadline June 15

Christ Church Cathedral’s High School Choral Scholar Program provides Cincinnati area high school students an opportunity to join the Cathedral Choir as apprentices. Successful applicants will receive intensive training in the art of fine choral singing so that they may begin the process of learning to perform at a professional level. They study a wide range of repertoire, such as works by Tallis, Brahms and Howells, as well as spirituals and music of other cultures. For their efforts, they receive a monthly scholarship throughout the academic year.
Application information is available on the cathedral website
Christ Church Cathedral Choir auditions
Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23
(or earlier by appointment)
Do you love to sing? Then consider auditioning for a position in the Christ Church Cathedral Choir during the 2021-22 season! As a cathedral chorister, you will sing at weekly Sunday morning services, monthly Evensong services, and other major liturgical observances in the church year. Positions are open for paid and volunteer choristers, as well as substitute choristers.
For more information and audition requirements, visit the cathedral website. Contact Stephan Casurella at 513.842.2065 or scasurella@cccath.org to schedule an audition time.
*In Response to COVID-19
All programming is subject to change due to pandemic-related restrictions. Whenever possible, we will offer services and concerts via live stream if in-person gatherings are not permitted. Please check the cathedral website (cincinnaticathedral.com) for updates throughout the season.
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Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 E 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati. For more information, news and events, visit cincinnaticathedral.com.
Repeat announcements
Faith in Life offers assistance for live streaming

Faith in Life has made available funds for congregations that would like to have their current live stream capabilities evaluated by a consultant and receive recommendations for enhancing their current technology.

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A Post-Pandemic Pilgrimage/Study Trip to the Holy Land

July 27 - August 6, 2021. Explore the sites of the Holy Land (Jerusalem, West Bank, and Galilee) through the theological lens of a pluralist Orthodox Rabbi, an Israeli political activist and a religious educator and Episcopal priest.

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The Global Episcopal Mission Network Conference
The Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) Conference will be held via Zoom on Thursday-Saturday, April 22-24 from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. The conference will focus on climate change and ecological degradation that constitute the major planetary crisis of our time. More information is available on the conference webpageRegistration is now open. Please let the Rev. David Kendall-Sperry, Rector at St. Peter's, Delaware, know that you have registered. 

There is no fee for the conference, but attendees are encouraged to make a donation as they are able. If you are not already a member of GEMN, we hope you will become a member when you register for the conference. There will also be an opportunity to contribute to ecological justice projects in various parts of the world. 
Christianity as an Earth-Honoring Faith

In honor of Earth Day and Rogation Days, the Creation Care Task Force offers a webinar, Christianity as an Earth-Honoring Faith: A Call to Public Discipleship, on Sunday, April 25 at 1 p.m.

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Free webinar: Facilities management Essentials
Thursday, April 29, Noon - 1 p.m.

Sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield and The Utilities Group

Facilities management can be "smooth as silk" or "run you through the ringer" as nonprofit leaders make decisions on suppliers, building maintenance, day-to-day physical plant management, cost-saving measures and environmental issues. Whether renting or owning, there are lots of considerations to manage. Join us for this FREE presentation! Presenters: Joe Hartman from Cushman & Wakefield and Maryanne McGowan from The Utilities Group. Register for the event here
Connecting with The Episcopal Church
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Statement in Time of Waiting for Chauvin Trial Verdict
Click the image to the right to watch the video or to read the written statement.
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Job opportunities
St. Paul's, Oakwood
Forward Movement
St. Mark's, Upper Arlington
Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming
Grace Church, College Hill
St. Paul's, Oakwood (Dayton)
St. Barnabas, Montgomery
See all job opportunities at https://episcopaliansinconnection.org/job-opportunities/. Need a job posted? Send your information to communication@diosohio.org.
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