July 14, 2020
Her legacy rests on her sense of social justice, her articulation of racial and social inequities, and her challenges to the status quo. In their totality, her works propose a vision of justice and human understanding that we have yet to achieve.

Join the discussion! Cathedral Canon Paul Williams and Diocesan Canon Lee Anne Reat will facilitate the discussion on Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Register at  https://dsoepiscopal.org/online-book-club/

But WAIT – there’s more!

A documentary on Lillian Smith’s life,  Breaking the Silence,  will be available to our diocese from Thursday, July 30 until Wednesday, August 5 by going to  https://lilliansmithdoc.com/private-screening-diocese . No pre-registration is necessary.

And that’s STILL not all!

On Wednesday, August 5 at 7 p.m., Hal Jacobs, director of  Breaking the Silence , will join us for a conversation about Smith’s life and work.  For this, registration IS required, form coming soon.

The dates to remember:
  • Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m., Book Discussion: A Lillian Smith Reader
  • Thursday, July 30 – Wednesday, August 5, Screening: Breaking the Silence
  • Thursday, August 5 at 7 p.m.,  Conversation with the film’s creator, Hal Jacobs
Nominations for diocesan-wide offices now accepted
Nominations for diocesan-wide leadership positions are now being accepted for the the 146th Annual Convention, scheduled for Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Zoom.

At the convention we will need to elect the following positions:

Budget Committee
  • One layperson for a three-year term (Class of 2023)
  • One layperson for a one-year unexpired term (Class of 2021)
Diocesan Council
  • Two clergy for a three-year term (Class of 2023)
  • Three laypersons for a three-year term (Class of 2023)
Disciplinary Board
  • One layperson for a three-year term (Class of 2023)
Standing Committee
  • One clergy for a three-year term (Class of 2023)
  • One layperson for a three-year term (Class of 2023)
Trustees of the Church Foundation
  • One layperson OR clergy for a five-year term (Class of 2025)
Trustees of the Diocese
  • One layperson OR clergy for a five-year term (Class of 2025)
Procter Center Board of Directors
  • One layperson or clergy for a three-year term (Class of 2023)
General Convention Deputies
  • Three clergy alternate deputies

You can find a description of any of these positions here or on the convention website. The nomination form can be found here or on the convention website, dsoconvention.org.
Dismantling Racism Zoom training August 29
“… For us Americans, the chief struggle that grips us daily is racism, from within us and from whatever direction it attacks us. We cannot deal with this unless we are open to the Spirit of truth, and we cannot dare to be open to that Spirit unless we trust in the justice and mercy of God ,” wrote Bishop Breidenthal upon the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of white police in Minneapolis.

One way that the Diocese of Southern Ohio addresses the racism within us and around us is through anti-racism training, called Dismantling Racism. The training is required of diocesan leaders, including members of commissions and committees, church staff, and vestry members. 

Training is a two step process:
  1. Before registering for the workshop, view one of the videos in the Racial Justice section on the DSO Learning Site https://dsolearning.org/courses-list/#racialjustice. You will be asked for feedback on the video on your registration form.
  2. Register for the next Zoom training on Saturday, August 29. You will be sent a link to the training after you have registered.

There is no cost for the Zoom training. Questions? Contact Canon Lee Anne Reat at  lareat@diosohio.org  or Debby Stokes-Wayne at  dstokes1@live.com.
Global mission grants available
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The Diocese of Southern Ohio supports global mission projects in congregations and/or individuals in Episcopal congregations through Sustainable Development Goals grants. Grant proposals must support our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. Proposals are encouraged, with the deadline for submission has been extended until August 2, 2020 .

Information on the grant process and the form for submittal are on the diocesan website at  https://episcopaliansinconnection.org/financial-assistance/  under Sustainable Development. Any questions about the process? Contact the Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat at  lareat@diosohio.org .
Enjoy a treat and raise funds for PIMIL
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Given the “new norm” of responding in creative ways of our normal routines, PIMIL – Partners-in-Ministry-in-Liberia – invites you to virtually participate and support our annual July fundraising by making Liberian Rice Bread at home. As with many things this year, our annual fundraising luncheon had to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, we invite you to experience Liberia at home by baking Rice Bread.

The Rice Bread is like a dessert and is one of the many delicious foods usually served at the annual International Luncheon and Silent Auction, which is typically held in July in Columbus to raise funds for the education of the students in Liberia.  

After baking your sweet treat, we hope you will also consider making a financial donation to PIMIL in any amount. We are working diligently to achieve our annual fundraising goal of $20,000.

Get the recipe for Rice Bread and learn how to donate to the work of PIMIL here .
EfM Mentor Training
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 100,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.

The program is offered through Sewanee University of the South’s School of Theology with classes meeting in congregations throughout the diocese. We are seeking new MENTORS so that the training becomes available in more locations.  During the current health crisis, training is being offered online on a variety of dates throughout the summer. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, take a look at  http://efm.sewanee.edu/mentor-training/mentor-training-schedule  for more information and contact the Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat at  lareat@diosohio.org .
Becoming Beloved Community
The Emerging Church Series

Over the course of two weeks and three sessions, nearly thirty lay and clergy leaders from across our diocese gathered to explore the Emerging Church and where we are being called into the beloved community as The Episcopal Church.

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SB 317 would allow adults with minimal or no safety training to carry loaded guns in Ohio schools.  Please write immediately to Sen. Bill Coley to express your views on this bill.  

Under current Ohio law, all armed school employees must either complete an approved basic peace officer course (728 hours) or have completed 20 years of active duty as a peace officer. This bill would allow school districts to employ armed personnel with as little as 8 hours of concealed carry training, or no training at all if the firearms are not concealed. Among the dangers of this bill:
           • Introducing more guns in school increases the risk of gun violence in the school
           • Even highly trained law enforcement report their ability to shoot accurately decreases
             significantly when engaged in gunfights with perpetrators
           • Arming teachers imposes new liability, and can raise premiums or endanger coverage

I Can't Breathe: Mapping Systemic Racism in Your Community
July 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

In this 90-minute webinar/workshop, participating congregations will learned how to use GIS mapping (MapDash) to identify, prioritize, and develop engagement strategies for systemic racism “hotspots” in their communities for restorative justice and neighborhood empowerment ministry.

For more information and to register, visit here.
Teach-in: To Protect and Serve
The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart is repeating her three-hour Zoom teach-in on the origins and purpose of American Policing on Friday, July 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. Uniquely qualified to lead this discussion, she served for 20 years on the DC police force retiring as a Captain and went on to seminary. More details are here.
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
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Want to stay up to date with everything that is happening at Christ Church Cathedral? Check out the Weekly GPS , an e-newsletter sent out every Friday that includes all the upcoming (virtual) offerings at the cathedral.
Connecting with The Episcopal Church
Virtual stewardship webinars from the Episcopal Network for Stewardship
Episcopal Shield
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Sign up for these workshops on Virtual Stewardship

Learn more about the Generosity 365 Academy "Extra" event on August 1! This free series features church fundraising professionals and stewardship experts. Participants will be able to learn some best practices for fundraising in a virtual era.  Registration opens on July 8!
  • Joe Park, CEO of Horizons Stewardship and Lisa Greenwood, Vice President for Leadership Ministries for the Texas Methodist Foundation and Executive Director of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations
  • Sidney Williams, CEO of Crossing Capital Group, Pastor of the Bethel AME Church in Morristown, New Jersey and author of Fishing Differently: Ministry Formation in the Marketplace
  • Meredith McNabb, Associate Director for Educational Programming for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University

Learn more at TENS.org
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Connecting with job opportunities
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St. Andrew's, Pickerington
See all job opportunities at https://episcopaliansinconnection.org/job-opportunities/. Need a job posted? Send your information to communication@diosohio.org .