In this Issue:
From the Rector Associate: Vulnerability in these Challenging Times

Calvary Feast Day: September 13
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Calvary's Anti-Racism Journey: September 23

Faith Foundations: Christianity in a 21st Century Pandemic
Benevolence Fund

Tentative Phased Return Date - 8/30

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Sunday Stories for Children

Prayer List

From the Rector Associate:

Dear Calvary Parishioners,

This week’s gospel – the struggling Canaanite woman who asks Jesus to heal her daughter – has me thinking a lot about vulnerability. To be vulnerable is to say “I don’t have all the answers,” and “I need help.” I think vulnerability is part of what makes groups like AA so successful. When we begin with the presumption that we are all in need, that none of us has all of the answers, we invite God and God’s healing presence into our lives. We do the same thing when we confess our sins together in worship – we invite God into the places in life where we are falling short or feeling empty. It’s a sort of liturgical waving of the white flag, but also an entry point for God’s grace to flood in.

The ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic have us all waving white flags of some sort. For some it may look like loneliness and isolation. I think of our parishioners who live alone and those who rely on church to be a point of social connection. For others, especially parents, juggling ever-changing schedules, the emotional needs of children who are hungry for normalcy, and other work- and home-related responsibilities is immensely stressful. I was moved to tears when my sister recently sent me a picture of my niece, Fiona, on her “first day of Kindergarten,” staring at a PowerPoint on a screen in their house with a bored expression on her face. I grieve for Fiona and for my sister, and for all the families navigating this time of loss and uncertainty.

One of the things that we can glean from the Canaanite woman is her persistence in asking for what she needs – her downright refusal to let Jesus get away without at least hearing her plea. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t always been great at letting other people (and letting God!) know what I need. Peace, clarity, time for self-care and rest. These are just a few of the supplications that I can bring to God in prayer.

This week’s text presents us with an image of Jesus who stops, listens and heals. The Canaanite woman is a model for us of faith and fierceness. She asks Jesus for what she needs and refuses to believe that doing so is selfish or petty. She lets her needs be known so that Jesus can let his presence and his power be known.

This week, I hope you’ll meditate and pray on vulnerability – your own and that of others. How can you be vulnerable in service of deepening your relationship with God? How can you let God know what it is you need? In the words of Richard Rohr, “as long as you show up with some degree of vulnerability, the Spirit can keep working. Self-sufficiency makes God experience impossible…Naked vulnerability means I’m going to let you influence me; I’m going to allow you to change me."

Blessings,

The Reverend Olivia R. Hamilton
Rector Associate
Calvary's Feast Day
The Exultation of the Holy Cross
Sunday, September 13th
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Calvary-style with SAFE, distanced outdoor
Fun, Worship and Food for everyone in the family!

Masks and temperature checks will be required

PLUS Options for those who wish to stay at home to participate virtually!

Rain date: Sunday, September 27
After Waking Up White What's Next?
Ways to Engage and Transform

Mark your Calendars
Calvary's Anti-Racism Journey
Engaging our Faith in the World
Wednesday, September 23
7:00pm

As Baptized Christians, we promise that we will strive for justice and peace among all people, with God's help.

We've been taught that in a polite society, we don't talk religion and politics. Some have expressed recently, "that's all that's left to talk about... so how do I proceed?"

How do we effectively engage our faith amid the realities of racism? How do we engage in meaningful civil discourse as Christians in this 21st century, COVID reality? What happens when politics intersect with life and faith?

Join us for this important evening via Zoom.

We'll use a portion of the ChurchNext curriculum to guide our learning.
Check out the trailer for the Episcopal Church Civil Discourse Curriculum here.

We'll read A Letter to the Church on Breaking Free of White Supremacy — By Kelly Brown Douglas, Stephanie Spellers and Winnie Varghese - click to read as a source text for the conversation. You can click to read the article above and hard copies are available on the church stage.

Read the Episcopal News Service article on this letter here:
Take Debby Irving's 21-Day Challenge

For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.
Faith Foundations
One-hour Classes
Opt-in whenever you're interested

Wednesdays starting August 26
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

What does Christian Faith look like in the 21st century,
in this COVID world?

We’ll explore the foundations of our faith through this lens 
and the theology and tradition of the Anglican/Episcopal Church.

August 26 —Who is God? 
Who is God, and where is God in the midst of this pandemic?

September 2 — Renouncing Evil
What is evil and sin and what does it take for us to turn from it? 

September 9— Discipleship 101
From worshipping Jesus to following Jesus

September 16 — Christian Community
The ancient tradition of Christian Community in a COVID world

September 23— Engaging our Faith in the World
Intersection with Anti-Racism Work
How do we strive for justice and peace among all people?

Link to all Meetings via Zoom - come as you're available and interested
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.

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.
Re-Open - Phase 2
Per Bishop Breidenthal's instruction, the re-opening of churches in Hamilton County can move into PHASE 2 of the Diocesan Plan on August 30, pending a steady retention or decrease of COVID infection rate.

Tentative August 30 worship plan:
10:30 AM ONLINE service
1:00 PM IN-PERSON service with safety protocols, mandatory mask-wearing, and temperature checks at door

Worship is available and will continue 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 
Mary Kate DeWees, Anne Greenwald, Kate Smith, Elizabeth Bible,
George Gordon, Grace, Emily, Richard Jacobs, Abby, Alan, Paul Hinckley, Eddie and his family, Kelli, Susan Gerke, Holten Hunt

For the Faithful Departed
Ray and Gayle Laible

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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