October 20, 2020
Countdown to convention
HB6, nuclear and coal bailout, still in effect

The hearing to repeal HB 6 is stranded in the Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight. Weigh in by emailing the Select Committee Chair, James Hoops, at rep81@ohiohouse.gov.

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Celebrate VITALITY's 10th anniversary

Reserve your space on Saturday October 31 and enjoy a 20-minute documentary on how it all began and what VITALITY Cincinnati has become. RSVP to brianshircliff@vitalitycincinnati.org to receive a link to the zoom event. Choose your time at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. when you RSVP. Or join us at Vitality’s Glean and Share Garden in Walnut Hills for an open-air open house from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Episcopal Church and DSO (through a Creation Care grant) and the Society of St. Andrew supported the "Glean and Share" program in 2020. Learn more
Applications for 2021 ECM grants now available
Applications are now being accepted for 2021 Episcopal Community Ministries (ECM) grants. The criteria and application process are delineated in the application instructions

The submission deadline is October 31; after review by the ECM Committee, grants will be awarded in early 2021. Do not hesitate to contact Andrea Owens, ECM Administrator, at aowens@diosohio.org if you have any questions about the application.

Please consider a donation to ECM! Every dollar donated goes to local outreach ministries serving local communities.
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Sewanee to host ecological conference on hope
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The Center for Religion and Environment at the University of the South will host a virtual conference to be held Oct. 23–24, 2020, beginning at 7 p.m. Entitled “Deep Green Faith: Earth-Hearted Hope Amid Crisis,” the event will feature the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas as keynote speaker.

The event will explore the question: What grounds for hope, faith, and perseverance might we find to sustain us during this troubling period, when an accelerating climate crisis, together with a global pandemic and renewed challenges to racial justice in the U.S. have left many engulfed in what’s been called “a tsunami of sadness”? 

More information and registration may be found at https://conta.cc/3iC4nP4
Exploring the Spirit - Discovering the Words
Does poetic religious imagery move you?Have you wanted to have a master class with a poet or writer? Would you like to learn where to begin to write on a religious theme? 

Sandscrest Retreat & Conference Center can provide an opportunity for you on October 24, when West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman presents an online workshop, Exploring the Spirit - Discovering the Words. The two-part workshop will begin with a 10 a.m. presentation entitled “Religious Poetry in the Modern Era”. This will be followed by an 11 a.m. Virtual Writing Workshop Marc has titled, “Mapping Your Spiritual Place”  There will be abundant Questions and Answer time. 

There is no fee for this online workshop. Registration is limited. To register for the workshop, send an email to director@Sandscrest.org to which the Zoom link will be sent.
Hunger for Justice Conference
Hunger for Justice
Elections don’t mark the end, for us – they mark a new beginning. At the local, state, and national level, we will have new opportunities and new hurdles after the November 3 election results. Pastors, deacons, and other congregational leaders are invited to join a two hour conference to engage in theological reflection of the election and begin to plan how we will proclaim God’s justice to a hungry world. Event will feature theological, policy and election experts share their thoughts as well as time for individuals to discuss in small groups.Free. Register at www.hungernetohio.com/summit
Stepping Up to Supervision
Stepping Up to Supervision
Join church organization expert Susan Beaumont for a six-week course to learn practical skills and tools for supervising the work of others.

Mondays online from 10 am to noon, November 9-December 14 for lecture, breakouts, and Q&A.

Are you stepping into unfamiliar territory where you must supervise others, or have you been supervising for some time without a clear understanding of what you’re going? Supervision, especially in a faith-based environment, requires learning new skills -- probably skills you did not learn in seminary! Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stepping-up-to-supervision-tickets-123180055863
Becoming Beloved Community
Youth share stories of 'Why Black Lives Matter'
On Saturday, October 10, three young leaders gathered to be celebrated and to share their award-winning stories of "Why Black Lives Matter: Becoming Beloved Community."

Karah Paddock (16 years old; St. Christopher's, Fairborn); Thomas Howton (16 years old; All Saints, Cincinnati); and Grace Hall (20 years old; St Andrew's, Cincinnati) submitted creative stories as part of the Youth StorySharing contest, each story representing a unique perspective and taking diverse forms including poetry, visual design, and a podcast.

For more, read here.
Becoming Beloved Community Teach-Ins conclude
Over the past three weeks, leaders gathered from across the diocese to participate in Becoming Beloved Community Teach-Ins, focused on HISTORY, STORIES, and INVITATION.

Eleven different lay and clergy leaders across the diocese led the series, offered for all us to explore the aim of Becoming Beloved Community, why this effort is core to our Christian faith, and what it means--personally and corporately--to follow this call, in community.

Video-recordings of each of these sessions are now available at http://dsobeloved.org/category/about-becoming-beloved-community/news/
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Follow the latest news and events related to The Episcopal Church's work on Becoming Beloved Community here in our diocese at http://dsobeloved.org.

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Connecting with our cathedral
Music Live at Lunch

Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature the performers listed below in October. Currently these free concerts are being live streamed via Facebook on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m.

October 27: Danielle Hundley (flute)
November 3: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music harpsichord students
November 10: The Southbank Quartet
November 17: The Rabbit Hash String Band
November 24: The Ludlow Trio
Songs for All Hallow's Eve
Friday, October 23, 7 p.m.

Slavic Voices presents a program of beloved music for voice and piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, including Pictures at an Exhibition, Songs and Dances of Death, and Song of the Flea. Ben Flanders, voice; Michael Delfín, piano. Currently, this event is to be live streamed. We will announce closer to the performance date if limited in-person attendance will be available.
*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 (cincinnaticathedral.com) 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 cincinnaticathedral.com.
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
Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness
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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST. In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. 
 
The service will feature an ecumenical and multifaith array of voices, musical offerings, and prayers. Using a combination of live and visually stunning pre-recorded elements gathered from across the nation, the service will be live streamed in English and Spanish.
 
“The Washington National Cathedral has gathered Americans for prayer at the death of presidents, after terrible tragedies like 9/11, and in moments of joy and hope for our nation and our world,” says Bishop Curry, “As the people of the United States cast their votes for the office of president and many other offices throughout the land, we gather to pray to the God who is the Creator of us all. We pray that we might learn to stand and hold each other’s hands as the children of God.”
 
In addition to Bishop Curry’s sermon, the service will include reflections from Father James Martin, a noted Roman Catholic commentator on American life and values, and Valarie Kaur, an inspiring Sikh author, filmmaker and civil rights attorney. The gathering will be officiated by Washington’s Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith, and Reverend Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop.
 
Prayers for the nation will come from leaders like Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFY); Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Rabbi Shoshana Conover of Temple Sholom, Chicago; and Shane Claiborne, speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Music from The Coro de la Cathedral of Christ Church Cathedral-Indianapolis and Washington National Cathedral will help to lift and open hearts.
 
A live prayer hotline in English and Spanish will be open during the service, staffed by Episcopal clergy and chaplains, in partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary. The hotline will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST from November 1 to November 5.
 

A live stream embed code is provided on the web page and available to any congregation that would like to add the stream to their own website or Facebook page. Congregations are invited to host watch-parties as part of their All Saints' Day observance and Election Day preparations.

To receive a reminder about this service, text HOLDING to 51555 (standard messaging and data rates apply).
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