December 15, 2020
Episcopal Community Ministries Advent Appeal
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This Advent, your gift to Episcopal Community Ministries will embody all the meanings of the season

Local ministries funded by ECM grants help the hurting, feed the hungry and care for the stranger. As we prepare our hearts for the coming of our Savior at Christmas, will you help fellow Episcopalians minister to their neighbor?

Offer hope for our neighbors who are struggling
Bring peace to our neighbors who are afraid
Experience the joy of giving AND receiving
Demonstrate God’s love through love for one another

Every dollar of your gift will go directly to assist Episcopal outreach ministries in Southern Ohio. Read our stories of hope

Our congregations, the ECM Committee and the Diocese of Southern Ohio staff wish you a blessed holiday filled with hope, peace, joy and love. Thank you for your support!
Gifts to Episcopal Community Ministries are tax deductible as allowed by law. ECM does not share your information and respects the privacy of all donors and supporters.
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Neighbors helping neighbors.
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Be Still and Know: Young Adult Virtual Retreat Dec 17-18
Join us for 2020's Young Adult Virtual Retreat, Be Still and Know. Take a deep breath and escape the chaos of 2020 as we provide an array of opportunities to reconnect with yourself and God.

If you register at the link below by December 4, a care package to enhance the retreat will be shipped to you. Registrations received after Dec 4 will receive their care package after the retreat has ended.

Epiphany Zine new resource for congregations, individuals
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The diocesan formation team, in partnership with some amazing artists, writers, and the Noon Service community at Christ Church Cathedral, is offering an Epiphany Zine (pronounced zeen) as a resource to congregations and individuals.

What is a zine? It’s basically a self-published booklet on a topic not mainstream. And this zine is all about celebrating Epiphany, with a nod toward helping individuals, families, small groups, and congregations recognizing the presence of Christ within us and among us.

Tactile, aesthetic, pious, and a little bit alternative, this zine will help make Epiphany (and the 41 days after) a truly illuminating season.

For information on how to receive your own copy of the zine (coming soon) and to learn more about how to use this resource in your family, small group, or parish, please visit or watch the video below.
Calvary offers 42nd Annual Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols
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Calvary, Cincinnati, offers its Forty-Second Annual Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols, with members of the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble 

Sunday, December 20, 7:30 p.m. 


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Solarize Ohio status update

Solarize Ohio, a task group in the diocese striving to put solar electric systems on as many diocesan buildings as possible, sent a letter to the participating churches and sites as a status update.

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Legislative advocacy briefing
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Stand Your Ground bills hurtling towards passage this week in Ohio Legislature
  • Ohio legislators are speeding towards a vote this week on Stand your Ground legislation (companion bills SB 383 and HB 796)
  • SB 317, allowing school districts to arm teachers and staff without any gun safety training, has passed the Ohio Senate and is now under discussion in the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee.

Tracking criminal justice reform
  • Becoming Beloved Community folks are going to start tracking criminal justice reform bills in the Ohio Legislature, in the quest to foster racial justice in our criminal code. Here is our first call to action: Follow criminal justice reform through the Cincinnati-based non-profit Ohio Justice and Policy Center

Help end juvenile life sentences without parole
  • SB 256 to end juvenile life sentences without parole could pass this week with your help! Please contact the House Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to pass SB 256
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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. Currently these free concerts are being live streamed via Facebook on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m.

Dec 22: Cathedral Choir with Elizabeth Motter (harp): Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 

The Christ Church Cathedral choir will perform on Sunday, December 20, at 5 p.m. 

4:30 pm | Pre-service Recital (Stephan Casurella, organist)
5:00 pm | Lessons and Carols

Based on a beloved service offered at King's College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols takes an imaginative approach to liturgy, weaving together scripture and song, moving from prophecy to fulfillment, to tell the story of the birth of Jesus.
*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 ( for updates throughout the season.
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