In this Issue:
Dismantling Racism with Picture Books by Miriam McKenney

Ways to Engage and Transform

Agape Dinner Invitation

Habitat Update
Benevolence Fund

New Forward Day By Day Available

Tentative Phased Return Date

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Sunday Stories for Children

Prayer List

Dismantling Racism with Picture Books
Miriam McKenney

Most people currently dismantling racism believe that if we don't do everything we can right now to create an antiracist society, we will regret it for the rest of our lives. I've been part of the Becoming Beloved Community work in this diocese for the past two years, cultivating the community God wants for all of God's children. No matter how frustrating this work can be, I remember my ancestors and elders and what I want for my girls, and I keep going. 

Along the way, I discerned that I could best do this work by using my gifts as a teacher and storyteller. Thanks to a Becoming Beloved Community mini-grant, I've created a comprehensive list of excellent picture books for all ages about the history and present-day lives of African Americans. 

In the video linked below, I read the book The Undefeated, a multi-award-winning picture book. Nia, Kaia, and Jaiya and lots of friends on Facebook and I enjoyed an in-depth conversation about the book. The girls had never read the book before, so it was just like my Sands Montessori librarian days with the girls as my students. 

I plan to work with congregations in the diocese and across the country using picture books to prepare folks for the hard work of racial justice. How can Cavalry show our neighbors that we truly follow Jesus? We can't go into this work with passion only - we also need knowledge. I'll offer more opportunities for reading and reflection - I hope you'll join us!



After Waking Up White What's Next?
Ways to Engage and Transform
Take Debby's 21-Day Challenge
“There is no social change fairy. There is only the change made by the hands of individuals.” –Winona LaDuke

For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
Calvary Church Follow-Up Forum
Monday, July 27
7:00 p.m.

Members of Calvary and those who wish to continue the work of anti-racism with the Calvary Church community:

Please mark your calendars for Monday, July 27.
At 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, the clergy will facilitate a one-hour check in.

We will explore what resonated and what challenged you in the materials and questions raised by this event.

Meeting ID: 892 2300 2573
Password: 968701
Being an Active Bystander
"Did they REALLY say that?"
Fridays: July 24 and 31
10 a.m.-Noon

St. John's Episcopal Church in Worthington along with the Kirwan Institute are offering a program on how to be 'An Active Bystander' - learning to respond when you hear biased or factually incorrect information effectively and without undue emotion.

Two sessions - Friday July 24 and Friday July 31, 10 am - noon, via Zoom. Lena Tenney will be presenting.

Click to access the flyer below for details and registration information. 
Questions? Contact Tricia Herban at  mtherban3@gmail.com

F r. Richard Rohr writes , "The early Christians shared  agape  (love) feasts in their small communities... Dependent on physical nourishment, we connect with the root of our human need. We are blessed by the generosity of a farmer’s labor, the Earth’s abundance, the joy of companionship."

You're invited to join us for virtual Agape Feasts on Wednesday evenings. We read a  brief liturgy   and then break bread together. On the first week of each month, we have a longer weekend gathering with the Agape liturgy, a shared meal and/or conversation, closing with  compline.

Agape Feast - Wednesday, 7/22 - 6:30-6:50
Agape Feast - Wednesday, 7/29 - 6:30-6:50
Agape Feast, Conversation, Compline : August 7, 8, or 9, TBD - 6:30-8:15
Conversation:  What is one of your 'sacred texts'? If you like, bring a reading from it to share with the group.

We begin logging in between 6:15 and 6:30. All meetings will be via Google Meet HERE (You will need a Google account to access.) Add these dates and future ones to your Google calendar  here. For questions, or to be added to the mailing list for these gatherings, Contact Rebecca Smithorn
We are beginning to volunteer in Lower Price Hill on Storrs Street, near the Oyler School.

Click here for the volunteering instructions.

Please arrive around 8.30 so we have time to sign in and have our temperature taken. 

Bring gloves, hard hat, and mask -- if you have any of them. They will be given to you if you don't.

We look forward to seeing you!

To volunteer contact John Yates HERE
Introducing
John and Kerrie Yates

Habitat for Humanity Calvary Volunteer Coordinators
In Fall 2019, Kerrie reached out to Calvary desiring preparation for Baptism. At the time, she was homebound as a caregiver for her mother, advancing with dementia. Intern Nathan Harpine and the Reverend Allison English welcomed Kerrie into the Body of Christ in November 2019.

 In the past months, her mother has received increased professional care. Kerrie and John showed interest in Habitat for Humanity. John plans to coordinate his co-workers to volunteer on site, along with any interested Calvary volunteers. Kerrie will help to coordinate the delivery of lunches when that is possible.

Contact Kerrie Yates HERE or
John Yates HERE

Welcome Kerrie & John!
The Benevolence Fund
The Rector and Vestry of Calvary Parish have established The Benevolence Fund.

Please notify the rector of any need for housing, medications, or utilities expenses you will struggle to meet  Rev. Allison . The Benevolence Team will blindly review requests and one-time payments will be made.

UPDATE : We have received over $8000 from our most generous parish family and have been able to offer assistance three times, covering both mortgage payments and utilities for parishioners in a financial crunch due to COVID-19. If you find yourself in a challenging position during this time, please reach out to Rev. Allison. Your conversation and concerns will be held in the strictest confidence.

Funds are available to cover mortgage payments, utility bills, and medical expenses for members of the church.

To donate, please send checks to:
Calvary Episcopal Church
3766 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(in memo: Benevolence Fund)

or  CLICK HERE  to donate.
Forward Day by Day to your Door
The August-October Edition of Forward Day by Day is here. 
Would you like a copy of this daily devotional guide?

Please e-mail or call Jane Paraskevopoulos HERE your name and delivery address to receive one.

Please also indicate if you prefer large print.
Re-Open on Hold
Per Bishop Breidenthal's instruction, the re-opening of churches in Hamilton County is ON HOLD until further notice. Please plan to continue to worship online each Sunday morning.

Worship is live on Facebook and our website starting with announcements at 10:20 AM. Look for the Online Worship Guide in your inbox each week.
Sunday Virtual
Coffee Hour

Virtual Coffee Hour will take place via Zoom this Sunday, following the 10:30 service. To join the coffee hour follow this link . For instructions on how to access the meeting, click here ,

You can also access a Facebook group to talk with other Calvary members and get updates from the parish. To join that group, click here
This week we pray:

For those on our Parish Prayer List 
Teachers, Students, and School Administrators
Kate, JL Caldwell, Elizabeth Bible, Reed Coen, Anne Greenwald, Kate Smith, Abby, Jill, Chip Montrose, Amanda O'Bannon, Roger Percer, Mary Springer, Eddie, Kerrie Yates, Emily, Grace, Richard Jacobs and Alan

Thanksgivings 
For the birth of Peggy & Dan’s new grandchild, Eugene

For Homebound Parishioners
Mary Ann Bragg, Richard Sininger, Joan Sievers, Paul McCauley, Hazel Ison, Hedda von Goeben

Send your prayer requests to Rev. Allison
Prayer requests are spoken aloud in worship for two weeks / kept on prayer list for two months. Keep us updated for long-term requests.

If you have a pastoral need, please contact the
Rector, The Rev. Allison English at 513-401-5781
or Rector Associate, The Rev. Olivia Hamilton at 513-236-0526.
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