February 2, 2021
The survey will help the Standing Committee understand the current landscape of our diocese and its needs. Your input will inform the timing of our search process, and it will help us know more about the kind of leader we need as our next diocesan bishop. The diocese numbers over 18,000 members and reports an average Sunday attendance (ASA) of nearly 6,000, so we need to hear from a lot more of you!
 
If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so ASAP. You can find links for the survey in English or Spanish on the diocesan website or use the button below. The deadline for online surveys is February 10.

The deadline to receive printed pdf copies of the survey is TOMORROW, February 3. That means your options for returning printed surveys are now limited to overnight delivery (FedEx, etc.) or scanning the pages and sending them to Ann Sabo at asabo@diosohio.org.
God willing
 
The Right Reverend Kenneth L. Price, Jr.
Bishop in Southern Ohio
 
will ordain
 
Jed Joseph Dearing
Michelle Suzanne Dayton
Jean Ann Cotting
Paul Andrew Bennett

to the Sacred Order of Priests
in Christ's One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church

and receive Holy Orders of

Eugene Michael Hallahan, Jr.
 
on Saturday, February 13, 2021
The Feast of Absalom Jones
 
at Christ Chapel
Procter Conference Center, London, OH
Eleven o'clock in the morning 
 
Your prayers are requested
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, physical attendance at the event is limited to immediate family members of those being ordained and received. The service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page and also available for later viewing.

The offertory at ordinations is usually designated for the discretionary funds of those being ordained. To make a gift, visit the online giving link on the homepage of our website. Designate your gift to "Discretionary Fund of the Newly Ordained" (near top of the drop-down list).
Spoofing concerns
scam alert
The diocese has received several reports from clergy that they have received an "odd" email from Bishop Price, asking for gift cards for COVID patients.

This email is fraudulent. If you received it, please delete it immediately. This is a method of email spamming known as spoofing. Bishop Price's email was not hacked – the spammer creates a fake email account made to look like it is from the individual but if you check the email address, it is not from that person's actual email. This particular email came from a gmail address.

First and foremost, know that Bishop Price will NEVER email you to ask you to purchase something or transfer funds. That goes for Bishops Breidenthal, Rivera and Gibbs as well. Second, if you receive any email from anyone that just seems "off," be sure to check the sender's full email address. If it is not from that person's known email address, don't click on any links in the email and delete it immediately.

In this time when so many are looking for assistance and so many others are willing to give it, these spoofing emails are becoming more prevalent. Email spoofing is happening to churches and dioceses across the country, so be aware and be vigilant.

For more information on spoofing, phishing (sending a fraudulent email to a large group of people in the hope that a few will respond) and whaling, here are two excellent articles:

New learning portal has large catalogue of courses
learning never ends
The diocesan Formation Team has been working on a new online learning portal for the diocese, which can be found here: https://dso.pathwright.com/library/

They have also compiled some recommended courses if you are looking for a place to start:


Clergy and formation leaders that are interested in learning more about how to use the learning portal can attend a training session with the Rev. Jason Oden (joden@diosohio.org) on Monday, February 8 at 10 a.m. If you would like to attend this training session, please register in advance at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtc-CgrDkjGtNmhtQ-_NnE4WUpZfSpbDgt
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February Administrative webinar: Annual Reporting Form
Friday, February 19, 12 p.m.
What is the Annual Reporting Form? We filled out our Parochial Report, why do we need to do this too?

Learn about the diocesan Annual Reporting Form, why we need it, where to find the link for the 2021 form and what information you will need to gather to fill it out.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Gun Violence Prevention

The Episcopal Church has called for laws that reduce the threat of gun violence. Learn about a Lenten study program, "Each Other's Keeper, The Church's Response to Violence," available from the Diocese of Missouri.

Read more
www.dsoconnections.org
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ECM Year in Review
Episcopal Community Ministries has issued its end of year report for 2020, and even in a global pandemic, good news abounds!

Not only did the newly formed ECM increase individual giving by almost $10,000 and increase grant payments in 2020, but most exciting was that operating costs were reduced by nearly $92,000 from previous years!

You can read the 2020 annual report and see the list of 2020 grant recipients here, and learn more about the ministries supported through ECM at their website, https://ecmsouthernohio.org
2021 Absalom Jones Symposium to explore racial inequities, environmental justice
The Bishop Herbert Thompson, Jr. Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, the Diocese of Southern Ohio and Christ Church Cathedral will present our 35th Annual Symposium and Ecumenical Worship Service celebrating the life and ministry of the Rev. Absalom Jones and the Rev. Richard Allen on Saturday, February 13, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this annual event will be presented virtually via Zoom.

The free symposium will feature three highly regarded presenters speaking on our theme “The Impact of Racial Inequities to Environmental Justice in America” followed by an Ecumenical Worship Service. Registration is required. Learn more and register at https://cincinnaticathedral.com/absalom-jones/
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.
Learning opportunities
Save the date!
Join us as we connect and share with one another through stories and reflection. Watch an example of StorySharing. More details to come!

Dates: 2/18; 2/25; 3/4; 3/11; 3/18; 3/25; 4/1
Advocacy briefing
Following up on last week’s reportHR 1, For the People Act of 2021, was introduced Jan. 4 in the new session of Congress, sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes, (D-Maryland). This includes a number of reforms designed to improve voter access, reduce the impact of big money in politics, strengthen ethics and protections against corruption, and also to end partisan gerrymandering by requiring states to use nonpartisan commissions. The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations is following the evolution of this bill and we will keep you posted on opportunities to weigh in.

Also covered:
  • Ohio’s Path to Fair Maps: A deep dive into Ohio’s redistricting process, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7-8 p.m.
  • Governor DeWine’s biennial budget introduced
  • New Ohio Legislative Session

www.dsoconnections.org

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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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 February. Currently these free concerts are being live streamed via Facebook on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m.

Feb 9: Lieto String Quartet and Richard York: Brahms' Clarinet Quintet
Feb 16: TBA
Feb 23: Noyse Merchants
Choral Evensong
Sunday, February 7, 2021
5 p.m.
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir 

Canticles: Magnifcat and Nunc dimittis in B-flat – Charles Villiers Stanford
Anthem: Like as the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks – Herbert Howells
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"Shrove Sunday" Jazz Mass

Sunday, February 14
10 a.m.

The traditional last hurrah before the upcoming lent season, "Shrove Sunday" is our observance of the final outpouring of energetic emotion before the contemplative time that is ushered in by Ash Wednesday.
Music to include: Gloria from A Little Jazz Mass -- Bob Chilcott; Jazz Alleluia -- Craig Curry.
The jazz trio led by our own Shiloh Roby, includes Mike Sharfe on Bass, and Bobby Sharp on Drums. 

Please join us for the live stream of this service.
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Organ Recital

Sunday, February 14
4 p.m.

Organist Jonathan Moyer performs a program titled “The Joys and Delights of Heaven and Earth” on C.B. Fisk Opus 148 in Christ Church Cathedral’s Centennial Chapel. The program brings together contrasting repertoire from across centuries, traditions, and geographies, representing both the terrestrial and celestial experience through intimate expressions of prayer, exultant hymns of praise, lively dances, and works of contrapuntal ingenuity. 

No admission charge. Join us for a live stream of this recital.
*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.
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Past announcements
Lawrence Home Association’s Academic Grant for Minority Women program
The Lawrence Home Association, founded in 1896 under the will of philanthropist Eleanor Earnshaw, was started to “provide a Christian home for self-supporting, young women on limited means, the most important aim being to help them elevate their standard of life.” To this day, the Lawrence Home Association provides opportunities for young women.

An eight-member board of women, appointed by the bishop, meets once a year to vote on recommendations for academic grants for minority women, scholarships for clergy daughters and funding for social-service agencies whose mission is to serve women of limited means and help them move out of conditions related to poverty, abuse, etc.

The purpose of the Academic Grant for Minority Women program is to help finance the postsecondary education of minority women, regardless of age, who are affiliated with an Episcopal church within the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

The association expects to make eight grants in 2021. The application deadline is March 15, 2021. All applicants for the 2021-22 grant period will be selected by April 15, 2021, and notified by May 15 about the status of their applications. To obtain an application, go online to https://episcopaliansinconnection.org/financial-assistance-2/
Clergy daughters tuition assistance
Tuition assistance is available for daughters of priests who are in active service in the diocese. This is offered by the Lawrence Home Clergy Daughters Tuition Assistance. Candidates must be undergraduate students in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Any priest with a daughter who meets these qualifications, please contact Ann Sabo at asabo@diosohio.org by April 1 with the following information:
  • Your name
  • Home address
  • Daughter's name
  • Academic status year i.e. sophomore, etc.
  • Name of college/institution

Students are eligible to receive a grant each year for up to four years. Last year's recipients must resubmit their names to be considered for a grant this year. Requests arriving after the deadline will not be considered for assistance. Please contact Ann Sabo with any questions at asabo@diosohio.org or 513-421-0311.
Upcoming webinars from the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP)
Why an Endowment? Ensuring Parish Ministry for Future Generations

Wednesday, February 10
3 p.m.
Does your church have an endowment? Do you wonder why? Would you like to have an endowment? Do others in your church agree?

Join our panel to learn what an endowment is and how an endowment can ensure fiscal stability for current and future ministry. This digital workshop, intended for the new, the curious, and the confused. The panel will discuss basic endowment principles and preview detailed presentations on endowment oversight and investing that will take place in the Endowment Pre-Conference at the CEEP Network Annual Conference in March. This workshop will provide time for questions for the panel from attendees.

Job opportunities
Christ Church Cathedral
Calvary, Cincinnati
St. Thomas, Terrace Park
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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