September 29, 2020
Countdown to convention
Civil Conversations in Uncivil Times: Free class available Oct 12-26
Registration is now open for an amazing, free class to help us faithfully prepare for the November elections: The Big Class: Civil Conversations in Uncivil Times — Practicing Our Faith in the Public Square with Ray Suarez.

In this contentious election season, many of us are looking for ways to bring our faith into our political interactions. Ray Suarez knows a lot about contentious political landscapes. He also knows a great deal about faith. As an award-winning journalist (PBS Newshour, NPR, Al Jezeera), college instructor, and outspoken Episcopalian, he has written a book on the subject of faith and politics in the United States.

You can take this course at your own pace, at whatever time suits you. It should take less than an hour to complete, and students will have an opportunity to ask the instructor questions.
This course is free thanks to the generosity of The Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church FoundationTrinity Wall Street, the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal ChurchesForward Movement, and ChurchNext.
Grace Episcopal Church opens a thrift store
Grace Church, College Hill, has started a new ministry—a thrift store named “The Alabaster Box.”

In addition to clothing, housewares, furnishings, shoes and accessories, The Alabaster Box has a Collectibles Room. Here will be found collectible items, vintage jewelry and electronics. Among the diverse items are a signed Pete Rose baseball; antique perfume bottles; vintage glasses, cookware, figurines and statues, and Huntley Palmer biscuit tins.  

The store opens on Thursday, Oct 1, from 3-7. Regular hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 3-7 p.m.; Saturdays from 12 to 6 pm.

The store complies with state and diocesan guidelines related to public health. Masks are required, and social distancing is practicing. Groups wishing to visit should contact Grace Church and schedule an appointment. Email: Phone: 513-541-2415.

The Alabaster Box is located at Grace Episcopal Church, 5501 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, 45224. Parking and the entrance are found on the Belmont Avenue side of the Church.
Annual grant applications now available
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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 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
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
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
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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Connecting with our cathedral
Music Live@Lunch

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

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
Indigenous Peoples Celebration
Sunday, October 11
10 a.m.

Janice Trytten (Native flutes) | Southern Drum (Native drum and dance)
Anthem: In Beauty May I Walk – Jonathan Dove
*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
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.
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The Basics of Faith-Based Public Advocacy
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Episcopalians in Province V are invited to join an upcoming series on public policy advocacy offered by the Public Theology Matters Network.

When: Tuesdays in October, 6:00pm ET (Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27)
Where: Zoom. Register here to attend any or all of the events. They will be recorded for later viewing.

Who: The Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford is the convener of the Province V Public Theology Matters Network and founder of Political Theology Matters. Office of Government Relations will join two of the four sessions. Information on each session and the speakers is below. 
Session I. How to be an Advocate - October 6
Mr. Alan Yarborough, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, will begin our conversation about the role of advocacy in the broader framework of engaging the wider world, carrying our faith out through action. This will include tips for engaging in advocacy and the role of relationship-building between the Church and government officials, as well as civic participation. He will also review the role of the Office of Government Relations and how people can get involved through the Episcopal Public Policy Network.
Session II. Moses and Jesus as Public Theologians - October 13
The Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford, civil rights attorney, explores our call to public advocacy through the Call of Moses and his role in the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and Jesus’s public call to mission on the Road to Emmaus and in the breaking of the bread. Through this lens, we will be grounded in a firm biblical foundation in why we do public advocacy, what our call is, and that we believe it to be both important and doable as an ongoing process.
Session III. "Can I say that?": Religious Speech, the First Amendment and your 501(c)3 Status - October 20
Learn about what the "separation of church and state" means. We'll explore the relationship of religious speech (by churches and individuals) and the First Amendment. We will touch on the following topics:
1) Church advocacy for social justice;
2) Individual faith-based advocacy in various forms;
3) Using Zoom groups, we will look at IRS case scenarios;
4) The six protections of the First Amendment.
Session IV. What does the world really think about the U.S.? - October 27
The Rt. Rev. Doug Sparks, Bishop of Northern Indiana, will share a compelling story about how the USA is perceived from other places around the world, based on his life-altering experiences in New Zealand. This will lead us into an engaging conversation around racism in the USA.
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