January 26, 2021
Update on the diocesan survey from the Standing Committee
Thank you to all of you who have completed the survey now underway to help us understand the life and ministry of our diocese as we look toward the search for our next bishop. The initial response has been very strong.
This 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.
If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so. You can find links for the survey in English or Spanish on the diocesan website or use the button above. The deadline for online surveys is February 10.

Read more here about the Feb. 3 deadline for sending in paper surveys and resources for getting copies.
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 bottom of the drop-down list).
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/
Diocesan administrative webinars
January webinar: Parochial Reports
Thank you to all that joined us for our January 14 discussion on the 2020 Parochial Report completion, focusing on the additions to the report. Here is a link to the webinar if you missed it or just want to review it, along with a summary of the questions that were answered.

Other links that may be helpful

You can find all Parochial Report information on our website at https://episcopaliansinconnection.org/parochial-reports/
February 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.
Formation offerings
Three online formation offerings now available to everyone in the diocese:

  • Diocesan Safe Church Training/Formation
  • Introduction to Epiphany
  • How to Teach Kids at Home

For more information, contact Formation team member the Rev. Jason Oden at joden@diosohio.org.

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.
Advocacy briefing
OH cong districts
Following up on the Rev. Lee Anne Reat’s post two weeks ago (Advocacy: Where Do We Stand?) about priority issues for The Episcopal Church and our diocese, this week we’re highlighting civil rights in two issues: voting rights and gerrymandering.


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.
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
Province IV and V Creation Care Networks host conversation about "A Perfect Planet"

January 26, 6-7 p.m.

Are you passionate about the Earth? The Creation Care Networks of Province V and IV are joining together to offer a discussion of A Perfect Planet by Sir David Attenborough. 

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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.

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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 2: The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs
Feb 9: Lieto String Quartet and Richard York: Brahms' Clarinet Quintet
Feb 16: Lagniappe
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
*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.
Connecting with The Episcopal Church
You're invited to a special conversation on Christian nationalism!

Democracy and Faith Under Siege: Responding to Christian Nationalism
Wednesday, January 27
4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 3:30 p.m. Central Time

Free webinar! Click here to register.

What does Christian nationalism look like in our world today? How can we respond when we see our faith and democracy under siege?

Join a timely conversation on these issues with: 
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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 clergy 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)
Homelessness and the Pandemic: Our Christian Commitment to the Community 

Thursday, January 28
3 p.m.

In March of last year, our world was turned upside down. The worst pandemic in over a century began raging globally. With lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, national economies went into free fall and economic hardship quickly followed. Many who led otherwise secure lives, suddenly found themselves without the means to support themselves and their families.

This precarious situation has led many finding themselves without a home or shelter for themselves or their family. This, in turn, has brought a renewed focus on the needs of those who find themselves without safe and adequate shelter. During this workshop, our panelists will discuss the current situation in the United States and the United Kingdom. Together, they will discuss our Christian responsibility to our sisters and brothers in these challenging times and offer ways that churches can most effectively support and engage.

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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