August 18, 2020
Volunteer to Glean and Share

The gleaning project in southern Ohio received a Creation Care grant from the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Southern Ohio to go big in 2020. Learn more how you can volunteer to Glean and Share during the diocesan listening sessions Aug. 27.

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Sign up for listening sessions with the bishop
Bishop Breidenthal will host three Zoom listening sessions on Thursday, August 27, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m., to encourage all of us to share and seek information not only from the diocesan office but from other Episcopalians. 

In preparation for these gatherings, please think about what you would like to learn from congregations that you normally would not be in contact with, and what you will share with others about things you have learned and things that have worked well for you during the pandemic.
 
Register for one or more of these discussions by going to https://dsoepiscopal.org/diocesan-zoom-listening-sessions/
2020 Festival of Faiths virtual event
The Census Bureau has published a short booklet on outreach ideas for the faith community, including a link to the Washington National Cathedral's 2020 Census event on Facebook Live. Click here to download a copy.
Census outreach tools
As of this writing, undercounts put many Ohio communities at risk of receiving far less than their due of crucial federal dollars over the coming decade. The Census determines not only the apportionment of Congressional seats, but also funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, the National School Lunch Program, affordable housing, transportation, and Pell grants. All people living in the United States count and should be counted, under the Constitution. The Census count is due to end September 30.  

Please reach out through your congregation’s social media and the safety net programs you partner with, such as food pantries. Ideas include putting up a banner or putting flyers in food orders. Please publicize the toll-free number 844-330-2020 and the QR code people can scan to enter their census information via smart phone. 
Here’s the Census Bureau’s link for community outreach materials:
Voter registration and absentee ballot training
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Given the risks of in-person voting in the pandemic, and worries about the ability of local election boards and post offices to get ballots delivered in time to count, effective and early voter outreach can make all the difference in whether your neighbors can have their voice heard. Here’s a vital graphic for your social media, provided by Cathedral parishioner Elizabeth Brown, from the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area.

Click here for a list of recorded trainings and this week's Zoom trainings by the Nonpartisan Ohio Voter Outreach Committee.
Free lunch and voter registration event at TSC
Pick up your voter registration or mail-in ballot application and enjoy a free lunch! Wednesday, Aug. 19, 11-3 at Transfiguration Spirituality Center.
Free webinars from CEEP Network
The CEEP Network and our partners are pleased to present the following webinars to strengthen lay and clergy leaders across a changed and changing church.

  • From Inspiration to Illumination, an Exploration of The Saint John’s Bible 8/19 at 3pm EDT
  • The Role of Liturgy and Music in Formation 8/20 at 3pm EDT
  • Right Sizing Webinar 8/26 at 3pm EDT
  • Investing in Racial Justice through an Endowment 8/27 at 3pm EDT
  • Post-Emergency COVID Communications: How Episcopal Churches Can Adapt, Engage, and Thrive 9/16 at 3pm EDT
  • The Power of Art to Address Racial Inequality and Promote Inclusion 9/29 at 3pm EDT

Register for any of these offerings at https://www.ceepnetwork.org/upcoming-webinars/
Connections deadline Sept. 1

The deadline for submissions for the fall issue of Connections is Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Send submissions to jmurray@diosohio.org.
August Summer Book Club pick - Deacon King Kong
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Our book for August 26 Summer Reading Group is Deacon King Kong by James McBride.

Discussion Wednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Visit http://www.dsoconnections.org/dsoevent/august-summer-book-club-discussion/ to register.
Countdown to Convention – it's time to propose resolutions!
Becoming Beloved Community
August Vestry Papers Issue on Racial Justice and Reconciliation
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The August issue of Episcopal Church Foundation's Vestry Papers continues our focus on Racial Justice and Reconciliation. It features the voices of Heidi J. Kim, who shares her experiences with anti-Asian racism and her support of the Black Lives Matter movement; Anna Olson, who gives helpful practices for white people to help dismantle racism; Isaiah Shaneequa Brokenleg, who writes about how we can come back from the pandemic to a more loving and just world; Kim L. Coleman who explains how she was perceived as a black priest in a white church, and more. Click here to read the August issue.

Vestry Papers, part of ECF's Vital Practices site, offers vestry members and other people of faith, resources and tools to respond to the changing needs of the Church. Subscribe to ECF Vital Practices for articles, tools, and resources by and for congregational leaders. With this subscription, you'll receive 12 issues of Vestry Papers and a monthly digest of resources along with the option to receive regular blog posts, all for free. https://www.ecfvp.org/user/subscribe
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.

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Connecting with our cathedral
Music Live@Lunch

Music Live@Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature the performers listed below in September*. These free concerts are presented on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their own lunch.

September 8: Krista Cornish Scott (soprano) with guest musicians:
Hildegard von Bingen―Ancient and Modern
September 15: Alan Rafferty (cello), Sarah Kim (cello)
September 22: Jenny Hu (Chinese zither)
September 29: James Meade (guitar)
Organ Recital

Ugo Sforza will perform at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, September 20, at 4 p.m.*

Organist Ugo Sforza performs a program of music by Italian and Italian-inspired composers on C.B. Fisk Opus 148 in Centennial Chapel. 

No admission charge.
*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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Celebrating the Season of Creation
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This fall, Christians around the world will celebrate the Season of Creation, a time to repair and renew our relationship with the Earth and one another. How will you participate?

The Episcopal Church has joined this international effort for prayer and action for environmental justice from September 1 to St. Francis Day on October 4. A new page has been added to the Church website: "Season of Creation and St. Francis Day Resources" with prayers, liturgies, event ideas, and more! As we continue to grapple with the crises of COVID-19, racism, and climate change, this Season calls us to consider anew our ecological, economic, and political ways of living.

This theme of the Season of Creation 2020 is Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope. You can read more about this vision for restoration, hope, and transformation on the Season of Creation Website.

Planning Brainstorm Zoom Call:
As you think about how your church or community could get involved, we hope you'll join us for a Season of Creation Planning Brainstorm on August 20 at 5:30 PM EST. This will be an open discussion where you can ask questions, share your ideas, and learn from what others are planning. All ideas are welcome - whether you imagine hosting a discussion series, supporting a local farm or gleaning effort, joining a campaign for environmental justice, or hosting a Blessing of the Animals service. Register here: tinyurl.com/SeasonCreation.
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Connecting with job opportunities
Grace Church, College Hill
Bethany School
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