July 7, 2020
Updated info on facial coverings
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What does the term "facial coverings" include?

Facial coverings include a variety of different options and people can choose what they feel the best option is for them. This may include a commercial paper mask that you may purchase, or a cloth face mask (including handmade, bandana ) however, it also includes a face shield that covers the eyes as well.

NOTE: Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Questions regarding use of facial coverings and recent mandates by the cities of Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton have prompted an update to our FAQs Regarding Return to Increasing In-person Parish Life. You can find the updated FAQs on our COVID-19 resource page.
Dismantling Racism Zoom training August 27
“… 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.
PPP loans extended five weeks
Still time for congregations if you have not yet applied

President Donald Trump signed a bill on June 27 re-opening the application window for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) until Aug. 8.
The five-week extension had been approved last week by both chambers of Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate both passed the legislation by unanimous consent.
The House’s approval on July 1 came after the Senate passed the extension in a surprise move the night of June 30, just a few hours before the PPP application window was scheduled to close.

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 .
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 .
Online Summer book club continues in July
Looking for a good book to read and people with whom to discuss it? Join Cathedral Canon Paul Williams and Diocesan Canon Lee Anne Reat for a series of book studies this summer. We will meet once a month through August via Zoom to discuss popular books.

The next gathering is Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing A Lillian Smith Reader, edited by Margaret Rose Gladney and Lisa Hodgens.

Join the discussion! Register at https://dsoepiscopal.org/online-book-club/
Waking Up White: Forum and Q&A
Presented by Calvary, Cincinnati
Saturday, July 18
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Forum
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Deeper dive into the book Waking Up White with author Q&A
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Join author Debby Irving, clergy, and leaders of Calvary Church, Cincinnati in this opportunity to explore the realities of racism that are embedded into our personal experience day to day in the safety of a church community. The author asks that there are no recordings of this online event, so please plan to attend online or join a subsequent book study to access the content.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required. Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom Webinar room. Space is limited. Make sure to secure your slot A.S.A.P.
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 .
Democracy, Values, and the 2020 Election
Faith in Public Life and Interfaith Power & Light are excited to release a voter reflection guide:  Democracy, Values & the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities
The nonpartisan guide offers timely sections that address urgent moral issues at stake in this election and beyond. Topics include justice for immigrants, economic dignity, care for creation and climate change, racism and criminal justice reform, democracy and voting rights, health care and the coronavirus pandemic, and global peace building. Reflection questions are included to help spark conversation in your faith communities and to help prime questions addressed to candidates running for office.

Reimagining Policing
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The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing invites you to join Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director and Province IV bishops for a conversation on Reimagining Policing and the way forward in the reality of the pandemics of racism and COVID-19.

Free and open to all

146th Annual Convention news
Nominations and proposed resolutions or changes to the Constitution and Canons 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.

Other convention news:

  • Information about reporting the election of lay delegates is done on the Annual Reporting Form. Nearly 1/3 of our congregations have not yet filled out the form (which was due April 1), so we do not have accurate information to begin contacting delegates. Please fill out the form ASAP if it has not already been done.
  • Nomination forms and resolution submission forms are available on our convention site, DSOConvention.org. You can find a list of all the leadership positions that are up for election here.
  • All commissions that receive funds from the diocesan budget are expected to file an annual report to Convention. You can find the form to file the report here. The deadline to file is October 23.
  • A list of all notable dates and deadlines can be found on our convention site, DSOConvention.org.
  • Church delegations should begin talking now about which of their members may have trouble with participating in the Zoom pre-convention meeting and convention from lack of access to equipment or high speed internet. If any of your members have any challenges to full participation that you cannot work together to address, contact the bishop’s staff by clicking on the big red HELP button on the convention home page. Staff members will work one on one with any individual delegate to ensure their ability to participate.

Head on over to the 146th Convention primer over on DSOConnections.org to learn more about all things convention.
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.
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Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor
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Our thoughts and prayers inform our actions. “Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor” on Thursday, July 9 from 12:30-2 p.m. is an online training event jointly hosted by The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to equip you. Both Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, plus advocacy leaders from both denominations, will be part of this time of exploring the nature of faith-based advocacy, the issues to which we can speak, and the ways we can make our voices heard. Ordained ministers, Lutherans, Episcopalians, and friends are welcome to the free webinar and will leave with tools and inspiration to make a difference.

Register  here  and receive instructions for joining us Thursday, July 9. Spots are filling up fast! If the webinar is full, please watch with us live on the  EPPN's Facebook Page .
Virtual stewardship webinars from the Episcopal Network for Stewardship
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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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See all job opportunities at https://episcopaliansinconnection.org/job-opportunities/. Need a job posted? Send your information to communication@diosohio.org .