In this Issue:
From the Rector

July 18th Book Study and Author Debby Irving Zoom Event 'Waking Up White and finding myself in the story of Race'

Big Thank YOU!!

Farewell, Troy, Helen, and Luke

Beautify Calvary Grounds - Sign up

Tentative Phased Return Date

Flag Day Prayer Action

Virtual Coffee Hour Link

Former Rector Jason Leo News

Prayer List
From the Rector

Dear Parishioners,

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called upon Episcopalians to Think, Pray, and Act in response to racial injustice in our nation. I invite you to these three steps at Calvary:

Think: Clear your calendar for Saturday, July 18. In the morning from 10:00 AM - Noon, we have invited Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White to join Calvary and the greater community to explore the question, "I'm a Good Person, Isn't that Enough?" and then in the afternoon, we will spend one more hour from 1:00-2:00 PM diving into the content of the book Waking Up White for those who have read the text.

Pray: Open the Book of Common Prayer and find at the back prayers starting on p. 814 and extending through p. 841. A great place to start is prayer
3. For the Human Family, on p. 815.

Act: A physically-distant prayer action: Flag Day Vigil - Line the Avenue for Justice and Equality is taking place this Sunday, June 14 along Hamilton Avenue. Find out more information below and how you can take part.

We, together, can do the prayerful work that leads us to love our neighbor as our selves and respect the dignity of every human being. We are all called to do our part in the ways that we can.

Author Debby Irving Zoom Event

' Waking Up White and finding myself in the story of race '

Saturday, July 18 - via ZOOM
Morning Forum - 10am-Noon
Q&A/ Deeper Dive - 1pm - 2 PM

Text is readily available to download onto Kindle on your phone or device.
We are ordering books for sale from the author, as well.

Waking Up White is the book I wish someone had handed me decades ago. My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race. I also explain why and how I’ve changed the way I talk about racism, work in racially mixed groups, and understand the racial justice movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White‘s personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues. ~ Debby Irving

More information forthcoming.
To Pre-register for this Zoom event, please reply to Rev. Allison
Calvary and Tender Mercies sincerely Thank Paul and Maggie Davis for delivering Subway Dinner to the residents of Tender Mercies on Sunday evening May 31. Even in the chaos of the protests all were fed that evening.
Farewell, Helen Jones, Troy Romantini, & Luke
Moving to Gainesville, FL this month

Dear Calvary Friends & Family,
As we get ready to leave Ohio on Tuesday we wanted to write to say thank you and see you later (not goodbye, as we’ll be back to hug everyone when that’s possible). We are truly grateful to have been part of Calvary for so many years and to have celebrated so many of our life events with you all by our sides. We take with us fantastic memories of everything from family services, coffee hours, parish picnics, to our wedding and Luke’s baptism. In our time at Calvary we have grown as individuals and as a family with your blessings, service and friendships. From supporting me when I suggested a new idea for a candle lit Christingle service in combination with St. Andrews and listening to my ‘safety briefing’, through turning up to support Troy and the Hope coalition at Habitat for Humanity with closed toed shoes and lunch, you have all been wonderful.
We will miss all of you,
Troy, Helen and Luke
Flag Day Vigil
Line the Avenue for Justice & Equality
Sunday, June 14

Calvary people will gather, distanced apart outside on the sidewalk by Grace Episcopal Church in College Hill.
5501 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45224

Join us in support of the struggle for our black and brown neighbors to have equity in accessing the rights and freedoms the flag represents.

We Will Line Hamilton Avenue With Our Signs Of Support. The goal is to line the street with supporters all the way from Northside to Mt Healthy or beyond!

Bring water, signs and mask up.

Stand along the sidewalks at least six feet apart.

This event is intended to be family-friendly, peaceful, low-risk for those who need to remain socially distanced due to their risk for coronavirus, and accessible for folks who may have difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time.

-Black Shirts/Hats/Clothing (Mourning Wear), bring black umbrellas can be used to shade yourself from the sun.
-Signs are welcome that express unity, confession, lament, hope, love, and pursuit of justice.
-Please respect physical distancing by keeping a minimum of 6 feet from one another as we line the sidewalk.
-Please wear masks.
-This event is intended to be accessible for folks who may have difficulty standing or walking. If standing is difficult please bring a folding chair.
-Please avoid blocking business entrances, walkways, streets and intersections.
-Please avoid littering the sidewalks. Let’s leave our community better than we found it.

Organized by Episcopal priest, the Reverend Tom Van Brunt and other local community faith leaders
Beautify Calvary Grounds

Please adopt an area of Calvary grounds and loving care for it on your own time. If you see others, take care to physically distance yourselves. Enjoy the sun and fresh air and beautify our church grounds!

 Select Areas (area of Calvary property) to adopt and Sign-up to water, de-weed and prune that area for the summer. ONLY 6 AREAS left to claim.
All Areas are marked with a sign & instructions.
Click on the button below to sign up. Thank you!

(and a special thanks to Helene Ault and Tom Bible for coordinating the areas)
Tentative Phased Return to
On-site Worship
The Calvary Church Vestry Re-Open Team has determined Ju ly 12 as our tentative re-open date - for Sunday worship only. We will offer one service of worship in-person at a time to be announced.

Our PRIMARY worship will continue ONLINE at 10:30 AM until further notice.

In-person worship with significant restrictions and a carefully-disinfected worship space will be offered at an alternative time (to be announced).

Dramatic preparations, restrictions, and changes to worship are required of us by the Diocese of Southern Ohio. We will work together to "get used to" this new way of doing worship.

Coffee Hour, Sunday school, weekday offerings, and all outside groups will continue either online or to be on hiatus until further notice.
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
Jason Leo named Interim Dean of
Christ Church Cathedral

Former Calvary Rector Jason Leo was appointed by Bishop Breidenthal as the interim Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, OH
The Benevolence Fund

The Rector and Vestry of Calvary Parish have established The Benevolence Fund.

For some of us, our day-to-day ability to live and work has not changed beyond adjusting to the stay-at-home order.

For others, COVID-19 has devastated our livelihood.

For those with abundance, you're invited to give.

For those in time of trial, you're invited to receive.

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 been able to assist with two requests to date. The Benevolence Fund team blindly reviewed and approved the requests.

To donate, please send checks to:

Calvary Episcopal Church
3766 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(in memo: Benevolence Fund)

or CLICK HERE to donate.
This week we pray:

For those on our Parish Prayer List 
JL Caldwell, Elizabeth Bible, Chip Montrose, Amanda O'Bannon, Roger Percer, Gloria Marshall, Troy, Mary Springer, Eddie, Kerrie Yates, Emily, Grace

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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