March 2, 2021
Next administrative webinar: Online giving
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The next administrative webinar to be offered by staff of the bishop's office will be about learning about the a new online giving option for congregations. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 10 at 12 noon.

Last March, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the diocese set up an online giving form for all churches to use so that parishioners could easily keep current with their pledges while being remote from the church. The diocese collected all donations and regularly issued checks to the churches, while incurring all the processing fees for each transaction.

Some churches did not need this resource as they had their own online giving platforms established, but it was a very helpful tool for those churches who did not. However, it was just meant to be a temporary stop-gap for what we imagined would be short while. Now, nearly a year later, the cost of maintaining this service indefinitely is not sustainable.

The diocese will be migrating interested churches who still need an online giving option to Shelby. We have negotiated a reasonable monthly rate and reduced fee structure with this online giving platform, and the money will be deposited directly to your bank account. Join this webinar to find out about making the move.
When: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Online Giving

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Webinar video now available for viewing
Video of the February 19 administrative webinar on filling out the Annual Reporting Form is now available for viewing on our Video page. A reminder that Annual Reporting Forms are to be filled out after your annual meeting and before April 1 to be eligible for the Mission Share Incentive program. Fill out your form here.
Anti-Racism training
While we are currently unable to gather in person, two options for certification in Anti-Racism training are available to all in the diocese. 

The diocese will hold a Zoom training, Dismantling Racism, on Saturday, April 24 at no cost, hosted by Debby Stokes. Registration for this training will be available later this week.

If your role requires certification prior to that, please visit the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Justice and Healing in Atlanta for online training (registration form at the bottom of the page).

Both trainings will count for official training in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Certificates should be emailed to Emma Helms-Steinmetz to be added to the diocesan data base and saved for your own personal records.
Learn about the latest formation information, courses and events at or by signing up for the Formation team's new e-newsletter here.
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 updates
Ohio SB 17 makes it harder to qualify for and maintain food and medical benefits. Tell the Senate what this would do to the people you serve.

Ohio Senate bill SB 17 would increase hurdles to accessing and maintaining SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid at a time when Ohio families continue struggling with enormous economic and logistical challenges due to the pandemic. Read how at this link.

If your church partners with emergency assistance programs, this bill affects the people you are trying to help stay above water. Please consider sending your own letter about the people it would affect to the Senate Government and Oversight Committee via staffer Ryan Culross at Address your letter to Senator Kristina Roegner, Chair, Senator Rob McColley, Vice Chair, Senator Hearcel Craig, Ranking Minority Member, and Members of the Senate Government and Oversight Committee. Include your name, address, email, and phone number. In your letter, explain your role and experience with people needing public benefits. 

Ohio Council of Churches’ excellent overview of state budget
If your church -  or you personally -  are striving to increase your neighbors’ food and housing security and access to effective education, please watch this excellent overview of the Governor’s draft biennial budget by the Rev. Nick Bates, presented as a webinar for the Ohio Council of Churches. This will be invaluable for your advocacy, including OCC’s Virtual Advocacy Day March 23.

Monthly Ohio redistricting briefing March 8
Because Ohio is severely gerrymandered and we have a brand new process for drawing both state and Congressional districts, the national non-profit All On The Line has made Ohio one of its nine priority states.

Zoom briefings led by Katy Shanahan are held the first Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. You can register for the next volunteer call on March 8 at Topics will include the timeline for census data, the redistricting process approved by two voter-passed amendments to Ohio’s constitution, and HR 1, the For the People Act, which is advancing through the House of Representatives and includes important rules to prevent extreme gerrymandering by either party. AOTL is led by former Attorney General Eric Holder.
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Next Connections: A Year in Isolation
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The Spring 2021 issue of Connections will center on the theme, A Year in Isolation: Stories of Loss, Resilience and Hope. Do you have a story to share? Submission deadline for this issue is April 9.

Submissions for Connections must include a name, phone number and contact email for verification. We reserve the right to edit material submitted for publication. A full two-page spread article with art is approximately 1200 -1400 words, a single page is approximately 600 words. Pictures must be high-resolution .jpeg files (minimum 300 dpi) sent as separate attachments, not embedded in a document file.

For questions or to submit items for publication, contact Connections editor Julie Murray at
Diocesan Book of Remembrance
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You might ask: Just what is this Book of Remembrance?

The Book of Remembrance, started in 1926 by women of the diocese, is a listing by parish of deceased women whose congregations want to honor their memory. The request for entry of a name can be submitted by a congregation, ECW or individual, along with a donation of at least $15. Donations are added to a trust fund which provides scholarships.

The Book of Remembrance Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for lay and ordained women of the diocese to do graduate study in areas related to church work, special ministries, and helping professions. Funds are also available for short-term, non-degree training in workshops, special seminars and skills training, in church related or social service fields.
Coaches available to leaders across Province V
Province V launched the Leadership Coaching Project in November 2020 in order to provide support for leaders. Coaches are available to all people, lay and ordained, as they navigate their roles and ministries. Coaching is a dialogue between a coach and client, group, or team with the intention of finding creative ways to solve challenging problems or improve team performance on key initiatives. The coach's role is to draw out expertise through inquiry, curiosity and challenges so that clients can stretch into their best selves. Learn more at

To see it in action, a 10-minute mini coaching session is available here: 
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 March. Currently these free concerts are being live streamed via Facebook on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m.

Mar 9: Laney and the Tramps
Mar 16: The Faux Frenchmen
Mar 23: The Brussels Sprouts
Mar 30: Cathedral resident musicians: Vocal and instrumental music for Holy Week
Choral Evensong
Sunday, March 7, 2021
5 p.m.
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir 

Canticles: Magnifcat and Nunc dimittis in F – George Dyson
Anthem: The Altar – Roland E. Martin

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Shadows and Reflections: Tenebrae Interpretations
Sunday, March 14 | 4:00 pm

Shadows and Reflections will be a presentation of Francois Couperin's three Leçons de ténèbres, or lessons of darkness. The text is derived from the Old Testament Book of Lamentations, which describes the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Written on an intimate scale in terms of singers and instrumentalists, Collegium's presentation will feature Cincinnati-based singers Jackie Stevens, Vidita Kanniks, and Lauren McAllister. 
Interspersed among the three lessons will be works by Gerald Finzi, Arvo Pärt, and Astor Piazzola.

Please join us for the live stream of this concert.
High School Choral Scholar program
Application deadline June 15

Christ Church Cathedral's High School Choral Scholar Program provides Cincinnati area high school students an opportunity to join the Cathedral Choir as apprentices. Successful applicants will receive intensive training in the art of fine choral singing so that they may begin the process of learning to perform at a professional level. They study a wide range of repertoire, such as works by Tallis, Brahms and Howells, as well as spirituals and music of other cultures. For their efforts, they receive scholarship support throughout the academic year.

*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 ( 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
Repeat announcements
Church Foundation Grants
The Church Foundation, an elected body of the diocese, awards grants primarily for one-time capital projects and/or emergency assistance for facility improvements. We are accepting Church Foundation applications at this time and any pending applications need to be submitted by Wednesday, March 3, for the trustees to discuss at their March 12 meeting. 

For more information on how to apply for a Church Foundation grant, visit or contact the Rev. David Getreu at
What is Mine to Do?
Looking for a day long retreat opportunity during Lent? Why not join us at Transfiguration Spirituality Center on Saturday, March 6 via Zoom.

Westina Matthews is a deeply spiritual presenter and has led retreats throughout the country. The theme of “What is Mine to Do” will invite us to reflect on how we can prepare ourselves not only for the coming of Easter, but the resurrection season that will be ours post pandemic. 

Register at or email
Connecting with The Episcopal Church
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls for Good Friday Offering to support ministry in Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East
In his Good Friday letter, Presiding Bishop Curry asks each bishop and congregation to consider providing assistance for the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
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