April 7, 2021
2022 Budget applications now available
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.
CEEP Digital workshop: Anti-Asian Violence in Context
Thursday, April 8
3 p.m.
Asian Americans and persons of Asian descent are often categorized, or mis-categorized, in our society. 'Model minorities.' 'Carriers of the China Virus.' 'Overrepresented in elite educational institutions.' 'American citizens incarcerated during World War II.’ 
As with any stereotyping, these descriptors fail to capture the breadth and depth of the experiences of Asian-Americans coming from disparate cultures, distinct ethnic communities, and varying socio-economic communities. Yet, these contradictory descriptions, however incomplete or flawed, point to the reality that the Asian-American experience of race in the United States is complicated. 
Join this panel of Asian-American leaders in the Episcopal Church as they discuss this complex history in the context of the recent upsurge in anti-Asian violence. 

Panelists include:
  • Diana Akiyama - Bishop, Diocese of Oregon; Portland, Oregon
  • Bernadette Ellorin - Executive Director, Mission to End Modern Slavery; Woodside, New York
  • Katie Nakamura Rengers - Staff Officer for Church Planting , Presiding Bishop’s Office, The Episcopal Church; New York, New York (moderator)
  • Allen Shin - Suffragan Bishop, Diocese of New York; New York, New York
  • Manoj Zacharia - Rector, St. Anne’s-in-the-Circle; Annapolis, Maryland

Red Door Community Concerts
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Looking for something new to celebrate Spring? Learn about the Red Door Community Concerts, offered at Holy Trinity, Oxford. This series will include three noontime concerts of varied secular music, at no cost to attendees.

During the current pandemic, the concerts will be provided virtually on YouTube. When safe for live performance, they will be open to the public at Holy Trinity, the church with the red doors at 25 East Walnut Street, Oxford. (Concerts will still also be offered virtually for those unable to attend in person.)

In 2021 concerts are scheduled for April 16, September 17 and November 5. In April the church organist, Phillip Roberts, will accompany Holy Trinity Choral Scholars-Lauren Maynus, Eric Riedel, Nathaniel Wilkens-and Choir Director, Rex Man, as they perform selections from their individual repertoires. In September, nationally known musicologist Tammy Kernodle and her trio will deliver a jazz performance with commentary, and in November, Juilliard-trained musicians, Thomas Garcia, guitar, and Andrea Ridilla, oboe, will perform a selection of Latin American Music.

The concerts will be available on YouTube through a link on Holy Trinity’s website www.holytrinityoxford.org. They will reveal a rich diversity of both music and performers. College students, Talawanda students, seniors and members of the greater Oxford community will experience music as a way to connect, learn, and expand horizons, regardless of their differences. Grant monies, organizational and individual sponsors are making the concerts possible. For more information, please contact Sarah Michael at sk65michael@gmail.com.
Anti-Racism training April 24
Dismantling Racism, the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s Anti-Racism training, will be held on Saturday, April 24 via Zoom.

Training consists of viewing a short video, then attending a full-day workshop. Advance registration is required. BEFORE REGISTERING for the workshop, you must watch one of the pre-training videos available on the DSO Learning Portal in the Anti-Racism pre-training section. You will be asked for feedback on the video you watch on your registration form.

If you are unable to make this training, please visit the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Justice and Healing in Atlanta for online training, which currently is also accepted as official training for our diocese. No in-person training is available at this time.
Diocesan-wide confirmation class
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.
Circle training
Quanita Roberson and Tenneson Woolf will lead a two-day Circle Training for those interested in learning the ancient practice of Circle. In Becoming Beloved Community, we have been practicing circle as a way to deeply connect, listen, and tell the truth. This training will build capacity for the hosting of circle as we continue to invite and include others to follow Jesus as healers, reconcilers, and justice-makers. 

The two-day training is April 10 + April 17, from 10-2pm on Zoom. Space is limited. Register here

Confirmations will be sent with zoom link included. Questions? Contact Amy Howton, ahowton@diosohio.org 
Advocacy briefing
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Census numbers will be released to Ohio several months late, but it’s time now to start the public process needed to draw fair, representative Congressional and state legislative districts under the reforms approved overwhelmingly by voters across the state to prevent partisan gerrymandering. The Ohio Legislative Service Commission prepared this overview in 2020 for state legislators on how the new process works: 

Here’s how you can help:
  • Get trained Thursday, April 8 to be part of the legislator accountability team in Ohio (learn more)
  • Use this link to ask your state legislator to take steps needed now to ensure a transparent mapmaking process with ample time for informed citizen input
  • Register for the webinar “Race and Redistricting, April 21, 6 pm, presented by the League of Women Voters Ohio, Common Cause Ohio, and the Ohio Council of Churches
  • Visit the website of Fair Districts Ohio for a wealth of resources. Fair Districts Ohio is a nonpartisan collaboration including the League of Women Voters Ohio and Common Cause Ohio.
Advocacy briefings are compiled by Ariel Miller, a member of Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming, and a member of the diocesan Becoming Beloved Community Leadership Team.
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Follow the latest news and events related to The Episcopal Church's work on Becoming Beloved Community here in our diocese at http://dsobeloved.org.

Click here to subscribe to the Becoming Beloved Community newsletter
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 13: Wei-Shuan Yu (viola da gamba and cello)
April 20:  TBA
April 27: Ricky Nye (piano)
Taft Lecture Series: How Has COVID-19 Exposed Health Disparities?
Join us for the first virtual Taft Lecture Series offering of 2021! Local leaders will come together to discuss the health disparities that became impossible to ignore during the COVID-19 pandemic. This lecture series will include a panel discussion with a Q&A session to follow.
We invite you all to join us for this virtual offering on Tuesday, April 13, beginning at 7 p.m.

Funded by The Charles P. and Eleanor Taft Memorial Fund, the Taft Lecture Series features provocative thinkers, writers, teachers, theologians, social justice activists and leaders in the fields of religion, social science, the arts, politics and more. Lectures are presented once or twice or year, as the featured speakers’ schedules permit.
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
IT resources for congregations
Churches that need help with equipment or consulting for live streaming or other IT needs to assist them in offering their services and meetings virtually should contact the Rev. Canon John Johanssen in the bishop's office, at jjohanssen@diosohio.org.

Canon Johanssen has begun a project to match the specific IT needs of our churches with the resources we have discovered within the diocese.
Virtual Annual Meeting of the Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna
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Please join us for the Virtual Annual Meeting of the Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 on Zoom

10 a.m.: Welcome and Morning Prayer
10:30 a.m.: Induction of New Members

While we are still unable to be together in person for this very important event; we want to gather virtually to accept our newly inducted members and honor our existing members. Register in advance for this gathering here.

If you need assistance using Zoom, please contact Ann Sabo at asabo@diosohio.org or by calling 513-421-0311. We hope to see you there!
Next Connections: A Year in Isolation
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The Spring 2021 issue of Connections will center on the theme, A Year in Isolation: Stories of Loss, Resilience and Hope. Do you have a story to share? Submission deadline for this issue is April 9.

Submissions for Connections must include a name, phone number and contact email for verification. We reserve the right to edit material submitted for publication. A full two-page spread article with art is approximately 1200 -1400 words, a single page is approximately 600 words. Pictures must be high-resolution .jpeg files (minimum 300 dpi) sent as separate attachments, not embedded in a document file.

For questions or to submit items for publication, contact Connections editor Julie Murray at jmurray@diosohio.org.
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.

Read more
Connecting with The Episcopal Church
Join Presiding Bishop Curry for Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Ecumenical Advocacy Days, also known as EAD, is an annual gathering of Christian advocates and activists that is just around the corner, happening virtually April 18-21. The 2021 theme is “Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored.” The Office of Government Relations has been coordinating with EAD and the Presiding Bishop's office, and we are excited to announce that Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be the opening preacher at this year’s event. There will also be a virtual Episcopal caucus event for Episcopalians in attendance. Act quickly, as the early bird registration deadline is April 1. We hope to have a strong showing of Episcopalians there! 
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Job opportunities
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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