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October 15, 2019
145th Annual Convention
Repairing the Breach
Liturgical Swap Meet - 145th Convention

We will be hosting our first-ever “liturgical swap meet” at the 145th annual convention! Bring your surplus linens, robes, vestments and other small appointments to convention, where they just may find a new home.

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The Pre-convention hearings were held via a closed Zoom meeting between four interactive viewing locations on Oct 8.

Although there were a few glitches, the Zoom meeting between the viewing locations was (mostly) a success. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts our attempt to livestream the Zoom meeting was not, and no recording of the meeting is available. We sincerely apologize for this error.

If you have questions that you wanted to ask during the meeting and were unable to do so due to the technical problems, please email your questions directly to Julie Murray in the communications department at  jmurray@diosohio.org . The bishop’s staff will work diligently to answer your questions promptly.
Nominations still accepted

There are several positions for leadership that will be elected at convention for which there are not enough candidates to fill the slate. All positions are still accepting nominations until Nov. 12.

Especially needed are candidates for

  • Diocesan Council (lay)
  • Disciplinary Board (clergy)
  • Trustee of the Church Foundation (clergy or lay)
  • Deputy to General Convention (clergy)
  • Deputy to General Convention (lay)

For more information about the positions or to fill out a nominating form, visit


As congregations prepare their necrology for All Souls' Day, don't forget to send your lists to Sherri Martin for inclusion in the annual convention necrology. Deadline is November 12.
Lodging deadline today

The deadline for group rate reservations at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Wilmington and the Holiday Inn Express in Wilmington is today. See all the info on convention lodging at dsoconvention.org/lodging/
Registration for convention is open! Register at dsoconvention.org.
Seeking delegates to UN Commission on the Status of Women

Applications are being accepted for Episcopal delegates to represent the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at the 64th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, March 9 – 20, 2020.

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Concert benefitting hurricane relief

Church of the Epiphany, Nelsonville, will host a free pops concert featuring the Tree-Lined Roads String Ensemble on Sunday, November 10 at 4 p.m. The concert, given in memory of past performer clarinetist Bruce Ergood, will include songs from  Les Miserables West Side Story , Dolly Parton, Procol Harum, and Johann Strauss. Featured singers are Celeste Parsons, Andrea Thompson-Hashman and Wille Perkins.

A free-will offering will be collected for hurricane relief, particularly in the Bahamas. A reception will follow the concert. Contact Amy Abercrombie at 740.664.3370 for more information.

Exploring the Sacred in the Islamic Tradition

The Spirituality Network and the Lahore Ahmadiyya Islamic Society of Columbus invite you to deepen and enrich your understanding of the sacred in Islamic tradition.

Moving through breakout sessions we will explore:
  • Prayer, Sufi Dhikr and the significance of praying postures
  • Hearing the Quran in Arabic and English
  • Architecture and Geometric Designs of Mosques
  • The spiritual and cultural context of attire of women and men
  • Islamic poetry

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served. This event is free, donations gratefully accepted.

From the calendar

Oct 17: Fall Clergy Day
Oct 19: Raising Justice Kids
Oct 24-26: Commission on Ministry
Oct 26: Safe Church training
Nov 2: Women's Ministry Conference
Nov 2: Jubilate 2019
Nov 9: Treasurer's Workshop

Please note: the Lay Discernment Workshop scheduled for Oct. 26 has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
Episcopal visitations

Oct 20: St. Margaret's, Trotwood (Breidenthal)
Oct 27: St. Peter's, Gallipolis (Breidenthal)
Nov 3: Christ Church, Xenia (Breidenthal);
St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights (Rivera)
Nov 10: Trinity, Columbus (Breidenthal); St. Barnabas, Montgomery (Rivera)
Announcements, resources
More events
Connecting with our cathedral
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Planning Our Future in the Way of Love

Our “ Next Century Visioning” process has begun! The steering committee has scheduled a series of “listening sessions” to offer a space where our whole community can gather and share its hopes and dreams for what the cathedral’s future might look like. The bottom line is: We seek to learn what those who live in our city and who are part of our diocese yearn for and aspire to, then pray about ways to go forward, and make our plans for the next decade.
The listening sessions allow for a time for fellowship and discernment for those involved and are conducted by a member of the steering team, whose sole purpose is to listen. Once these sessions have concluded, the steering team will distill the information they receive during the listening process and draft a set of priorities and goals for the cathedral’s next decade for feedback.

Nine sessions are available in October and early November so that you can find a time that works for you. To see the schedule or to learn more about our visioning process, visit cincinnaticathedral.com/next-century-vision/.
Music Live@Lunch
Music Live@Lunch

Music Live@Lunch is Christ Church Cathedral’s weekly concert series.

 Oct 22: Midnight Rose Trio
Cincy Chamber and vocal arts ensemble
CCO & VAE: The Cathedral Concert

Friday, October 18
7:30 p.m. 

Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra join forces under the baton of Eckart Preu to present a new arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme  by Thomas Tallis , Fauré’s  Requiem , and Vivaldi’s  Gloria .
Ticket Information: vaecinci.com
Taylor Branch
Taft Lecture Series

The cathedral is pleased to host Pulitzer Prize winner, historian, and MacArthur grant recipient Taylor Branch as Taft Lecturer on Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. Branch is best known for his trilogy of books chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and much of the history of the American Civil Rights Movement. No admission fee, but tickets are required.
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Christ Church Cathedral is located at 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati. Visit cincinnaticathedral.com or call (513) 621-1817 to learn more.
Notices from The Episcopal Church
Christ Church Cathedral

The Episcopal Network for Stewardship

St. Paul's, Dayton
Bethany School

Holy Trinity, Oxford
Northern Miami Valley Episcopal Cluster
St. John's, Columbus
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