Filling the Gap - Healthy Foods, Healthy Choices

Gabriel's Place will present the Filling the Gap - Healthy Foods, Healthy Choices program March 25-29, an initiative created to "fill the gap" and maintain healthy nutrition to youth in Avondale during Spring Break. How you can help.

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What To Do if You See Islamophobia

It is our responsibility as Christians to do what we can to combat insidious bigotry, racism and fear perpetuated by some against those who are ‘the others‘. We are ALL beloved children of the Creator.

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Public Policy news alerts for March 19, 2019

Topics in the news this week: Death penalty, Health, Immigration, Opioid epidemic.

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Registration open for Province V Big Provincial Gathering

Register now for the Big Provincial Gathering! July 12-13, 2019 at St. Luke's, Kalamazoo, Mich. $50 registration fee includes program, breakfasts and lunches.

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2019 Invite*Welcome*Connect Summit June 12-14

Join us for the 2019 Invite Welcome Connect Summit, June 12-14 in our beautiful home at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee!

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SUMMA Theological Debate camp July 16-24

SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2019 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 16-24 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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New event listings
The Bible, Forgiveness, and the Death Penalty
Bill Pelke, Founder of the  Journey of Hope …From Violence to Healing , will speak at 4 p.m., April 7 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus (125 E. Broad St.) on his personal experiences as a murder victim family member and how that intersects with his experience and understanding of the Bible, Forgiveness and the death penalty. Plus, Abe Bonowitz of  Death Penalty Action  will give an update on the status of the death penalty in Ohio & the U.S.

A brief presentation by the diocese’s  Becoming Beloved Community  task force will introduce the program and explain the intersection of Beloved Community and criminal justice reform. A reception with light refreshments will follow.
Attendance is free, voluntary donations may be made to help cover costs.

Retired Clergy Gathering

Retired clergy, their spouses and surviving spouses are invited to meet with Bishop Breidenthal on Wednesday, May 1 at Procter Center, for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and conversation afterwards. This luncheon and meeting follows the 11 a.m. Eucharist and induction ceremony for the Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna.

Make a reservation before April 23 with Thomas Van Brunt at  or 513.284.0182 or Nancye Van Brunt at  or 513.238.0723.
2019 Lenten offerings and resources
New posts this week:

Lent Eucharist and Community Dinner at Grace, Cincinnati; Wednesdays, 4 p.m.

Contemplative Prayer Group at Twin Towers Retirement: Mondays, 10 a.m.

Lenten Quiet Day; March 27 at Transfiguration Spirituality Center

Collegium Cincinnati presents Bach's Mass in B Minor; April 14, 3 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral

Submit your Lenten offerings for publication here
The Big Read

The reading schedule for this week is Acts chapters 17-21. You can see the entire schedule with links to each day's reading both in English and in Spanish at

You can also read blog posts to accompany each reading at .
Luke/Acts Colloquium

Join us on April 27 as we end the Luke/Acts Big Read with a day of brilliant scholarship, calls to action, and articulations of hope for our life as a diocese and the life of the world.
2019 Convocation: Becoming Beloved Community Together
On May 11, our diocese will have the opportunity to come together in fellowship for a day-long celebration of our Becoming Beloved Community vision at  Convocation 2019: Becoming Beloved Community Together .

This  free   intergenerational day of celebration will invite us to respond to the call to follow Jesus and seek ways to discover the image of God in all our neighbors. This gathering will be an opportunity to spend time building relationships and learning how to work toward Beloved Community in your parish and community.
From the calendar

Mar 23: Lay Worship Leader training (Part 2)
Mar 31: Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday
Apr 11-13: Commission on Ministry
Apr 16: Renewal of Vows
Apr 27: Luke/Acts Colloquium
Episcopal visitations

Mar 24
St. Philip's, Circleville (Price)
April 7
Good Shepherd, Athens (Price)
April 14
St. John's, Cambridge (Price)
Have you seen our new & improved events calendar featuring both diocesan and locally sponsored events? Check it out at
Taft Lecture Series
The Taft Lecture Committee of  Christ Church Cathedral proudly presents 
Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America , a lecture by Ibram X. Kendi, on Monday, April 8, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Community grants available

The Community Grants Committee of the Christ Church Cathedral provides grants to community non-profits that support important missional work. For some time, the Committee has given grants to Cincinnati area non-profits.The Committee has now decided to explore making grants to community non-profits in other areas of the diocese by partnering with churches in the diocese who may seek to support non-profits in their communities. 

Details can be found on the Outreach tab at the Cathedral web site, . Applications for this round of funding will be accepted Feb. 1 - March 31, 2019.
Choral Evensong

Sung by the Christ Church Cathedral choir. Sunday, April 7 at 5 p.m.
Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (Short Service) – Orlando Gibbons
Tu solus qui facis mirabilia – Josquin des Prez

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Music Live@Lunch

Music Live@Lunch is Christ Church Cathedral’s weekly concert series. Free concerts are presented on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch at the cathedral. More info at

Mar 26 : Kirsten Homdrom: Piano music from four continents
April 2 : Todd Hepburn (piano): Jazz, ragtime, and Americana
April 9 : Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band
April 16 : Christ Church Cathedral Choir: Music for Holy Week
April 23 : Danielle Hundley (flute) with other musicians
April 30 :Wild Carrot: American roots music
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Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 E. 4th Street (corner of Fourth and Sycamore) in downtown Cincinnati. For more information, call (513) 621.1817 or visit
Updating the Supply Clergy list
We are undergoing the process to update the list of clergy who are willing to fill in as 
supply around the diocese. 

Any clergy who are currently listed or wish to be listed as Supply Clergy, please fill out  this form by March 31.
2019 Annual Reporting for congregations
The information you provide on your Parochial Report is just the beginning of what your diocesan staff needs to know in order to help you more efficiently.

Each year, congregations should also fill out an Annual Reporting Form for the diocese immediately after holding their Annual Meeting. This newly updated form provides the staff with current information regarding office contact information, lay leadership, ministry leaders, facilities information, human resources, financial information and more.

The deadline to fill out the Annual Reporting Form is April 1 . The form can be accessed on the diocesan website under Resources for Congregations , or at this direct link.

Refresh your memory on upcoming events
The Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories (MCRC) Project
Lay positions

Calvary, Cincinnati

Bethany School

Bethany School

Bethany School

The Episcopal Church Center

Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park
Clergy positions

St. Andrew's Episcopal/Good Shepherd Lutheran, Washington CH

St. Luke's, Granville
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