September 22, 2020
Countdown to convention
Grace period for church audits ends October 1
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The grace period for congregations to submit their annual audits ends October 1. By canon law, the audits were due to the diocese by September 1. Diocesan Council extended to October 1 the date where penalties would be imposed on congregations that are not in compliance. Any congregation that has not submitted their annual audit by the Oct. 1 deadline will be denied lay representation at the 146th Convention. Direct any questions about audit procedures to the Rev. David Getreu at dgetreu@diosohio.org.
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Annual grant applications coming soon
Grant applications for 2021 grants awarded by Episcopal Community Ministries will open by the end of the week. Check the ECM website for a link to the new application. More information will be also be available in next week's e-Connections.
Thank you for your advocacy on SB 317!
Thanks in large part to all of the testimony submitted, SB 317 has not yet come up for a vote on the Ohio Senate floor. If you contacted Senate Leader Larry Obhof to ask him not to schedule a vote, thank you! You’re having an impact. 

Now, if you currently work or have ever worked in an Ohio public school, here’s another way to make your voice heard about the prospect of allowing teachers or staff without training to be armed at school. SB 317 was written to get around the first decision in a court case from Madison County that has been appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court. A group of teachers and school staff have decided to write an amicus (or "friend of the court") brief to the Ohio Supreme Court, with the assistance of attorney John Camillus. They are looking for fellow current or former school staff (e.g., teachers, principals, administrators, guidance counselors, cafeteria workers, etc.) from public or private schools in Ohio to join them in signing this brief. You can read more background about this bill here: http://www.dsoconnections.org/2020/09/08/how-to-advocate-against-sb317/  

The Ohio teachers and school staff writing the amicus brief need signatures by September 30 and you can find details here: https://www.camilluslaw.com/teachers . If you are a current or former school staff member, please consider signing this brief. And if you know any current or former school staff members, please forward this email to them so they can sign! The more we circulate this, the more school staff have an opportunity to make sure their voice is heard in the Ohio Supreme Court.
Get counted now! Census due to end September 30
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A Census undercount would slash local communities’ funding over next decade. Please work with service providers in your community to get this message out this week:

Census count due to end Sept. 30. Every person missed means thousands lost in federal funding: It’s easy and fast to complete your household’s census count at http://my2020census.gov/. Failing to do it will cost your community thousands of dollars over the next decade for transportation, school meals, health care, scholarships are more. The 2020 Count is due to end Sept. 30 (though pending suits may extend it). Don’t miss the deadline!

Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehouse says that the area will lose $1,800 a year for every person who isn’t counted. As of Sept. 21, the estimated undercount for Hamilton County was 64,000 people, which would add up to more than $1.5 billion in federal funding lost over the coming decade. (https://www.wvxu.org/post/census-deadline-looms-maybe)
Contact Ohio House on HB 746
Ohio’s new Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight was formed to consider repeal of last year’s controversial energy bill HB 6. As currently drafted, the bipartisan repeal bill HB 746 would restore Ohio’s energy law to the condition it was in before HB 6 was passed: that is, moving the state towards greater reliance on renewable energy, and energy conservation programs for ratepayers including religious congregations.

We suggest you write a letter and send it to each member of the committee with your views on HB 746, the repeal of HB 6.

www.dsoconnections.org
Becoming Beloved Community
Join now! Diocesan-wide Sacred Ground Dialogue series
Our diocese is excited to present a diocesan-wide formation opportunity as part of our commitment to Becoming Beloved Community.

Beginning Sundays on October 18 and through February 28 (4:30-6 p.m), Derek Peebles (Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati) and Betsy Schram (Church of the Redeemer, Cincinnati) will co-host Sacred Ground, a film and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.

For more information and to register, visit http://dsobeloved.org/sacred-ground/.
Becoming Beloved Community Teach-Ins
Oct. 1, 8 & 15
7 to 8:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Are you interested in learning more about Becoming Beloved Community – the history and its purpose? Are you curious about how people are engaging in the work of racial healing and justice, rooted in the Way of Love? Are you longing to be in community with other people of faith and followers of Jesus to explore where God is calling you in this work right now? 

Join this series of Teach-Ins – for any or all of it – to learn, share, and connect.
Advent Way of Love series: Journeying the Way of Love

Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 (7-8:30 p.m.)

Join this sacred circle to explore the Way of Love, spiritual practices that comprise one of the Four-Fold paths of Becoming Beloved Community. These practices root justice-making, healing, and reconciliation in the Way of Love. 
        
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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@Lunch

Music Live@Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature the performers listed below in September*. These free concerts are presented on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their own lunch.

September 29: James Meade (guitar)
October 6: The Marmalade Brigade
October 13: Consort in the Egg
October 20: Queen City Klezmorim
October 27: Danielle Hundley (flute)
Choral Evensong

Sunday, October 4, 5 p.m.

The Christ Church Cathedral Choir 
Canticles: Magnifcat and Nunc dimittis in D Minor – Thomas Attwood Walmisley
Anthem: The Canticle of Brother Sun – Grayston Ives
*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
Episcopal Evangelism grants available for local and regional efforts
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Application deadline is November 15, 2020

Episcopal institutions can now apply for the next round of the Episcopal Evangelism Grants Program, designed to fund local and regional evangelism efforts in the Episcopal Church. The application deadline is November 15. The new grant cycle will focus on projects that explore new methods of evangelism during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“Even as the pandemic has made it harder to be together in person, people are longing to be part of a community and to know that God is with us,” said the Rev. Devon Anderson, chair of Executive Council’s Episcopal Evangelism Grants Committee. “In this round of grants, we want to fund the best ideas about how Episcopalians can reach out to our communities and invite people to join us in worshipping God and following Jesus with all our hearts and souls.”

The grant program, which began in 2017 as a result of the 2015 General Convention’s increased investment in evangelism galvanized by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, awards up to $2,000 for an individual congregation and up to $8,000 for multi-church, diocesan and regional collaborations.

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Job opportunities
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See all job opportunities at https://episcopaliansinconnection.org/job-opportunities/. Need a job posted? Send your information to communication@diosohio.org.
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