June 30, 2020
OSU grad student publishes article in response to Presiding Bishop’s Op-Ed
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Ohio State graduate student and St. Stephen’s, Columbus, choir member Evangeline Warren has published an article “ On Striving For Justice: A Response To The Presiding Bishop ” in Earth & Altar magazine on June 17. The article is a response to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Op-Ed, “ As a black man, I understand the anger in our streets. But we must still choose love ,” published on May 31, 2020 in  The Washington Post. 
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 .
Lay Preaching Ministry
If you, as a lay person, are feeling called to the ministry of preaching, talk with your rector or priest-in-charge. If you both agree this may be a ministry to consider then visit the diocesan website to learn more and find an application for the Lay Preaching Ministry.

It is expected that all lay preachers have taken the first two years of Education for Ministry (EFM) or something equivalent. Classes generally meet one Saturday a month from September through May.

For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith at  rector@pats-dublin.org .
New resource helps youth connect their faith with racial healing in our communities
Dismantling Racism
The Diocese of Atlanta has developed a six-session   curriculum with Church Publishing to help youth have conversations about race, become allies, and build relationships to address systemic racism in their context.

The Leader Guide for Dismantling Racism  includes full lesson plans with rich content, experiential learning, and reproducible handouts; access to downloadable videos; liturgies and prayers; and parent/guardian letters to send out after each of the six sessions, plus content for a parent meeting.

Lesson 1: Introduction and Covenant
Lesson 2: God, the Artist
Lesson 3: The History of Racism in America: How We Got Here
Lesson 4: White Privilege
Lesson 5: Internalized Oppression
Lesson 6: Repentance, Healing, and Reconciliation

Each session is approximately 90 minutes long; the program can be offered as a six-week study, three-day  weekend retreat, or in covenant groups over the course of two or three weekends.

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.
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.

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.
Connecting with The Episcopal Church
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United Thank Offering 2021 grant application deadlines announced

Aug. 14, 2020, and Feb. 26, 2021
The United Thank Offering (UTO) Board is pleased to announce the availability of their 2021 United Thank Offering Annual Grants. These grants are awarded for projects in The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion, each year with a different focus. For 2021, the focus is  Recovering with Love and Gratitude: An Episcopal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Contexts .

The United Thank Offering will accept applications in two categories, Sustaining Ministries and Innovative Ministries , at two different funding levels through two granting cycles. The criteria for each category are different. Applicants must demonstrate concisely how the project directly supports the recovery effort.

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Connecting with job opportunities
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St. Barnabas, Montgomery
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 .