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The Episcopal 
Diocese of Ohio
MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP
For almost six months we have been living in response to the coronavirus, changing the patterns and practices of our work, worship, and social interactions. While we are becoming more accustomed to frequent handwashing, masks, and distancing, we continue to face unfamiliar fears and frustrations in our everyday lives. In spite of the efforts of many to arrest the spread of the coronavirus, we continue to watch both COVID-19 cases and death counts increase nationally at a distressing rate. Most of us are experiencing some degree of "pandemic fatigue," the emotional and physical exhaustion resulting from the stress of uncertainty, anxiety, and change to daily routines.

DIOCESAN EVENTS
Bellwether Cook-Alongs
The Bellwether Cook-Along program will give participants of all ages the opportunity to engage with Bellwether's farm-fresh produce and learn about the hands-on process of making fresh tomato sauce, as well as freezing it. Pick-up at Trinity Cathedral is on August 21 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In order to ensure this program is accessible, the fee for each bag of produce is $25, which covers the cost of the organic Bellwether vegetables and an insulated reusable bag. Additional donations by those who are able to provide them will be gratefully received and will support future Cook-Along programs in the months to come. The bag will include all the farm-fresh ingredients you will need to participate in the Cook-Along, as well as a recipe card. Once you've picked up your bag, you will be given a link to a Cook-Along video with Chef Lonny Gatlin and Amy Melena demonstrating how to make Bellwether's homemade tomato sauce. The recipe will create enough sauce for 10-12 servings. For more information, visit the Bellwether Farm website.
Diocesan Youth Days
Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to gather for  Diocesan Youth Days - three separate days in three separate locations. The days will be held on August 29, September 12, and September 26. Each one will be a little different, but each will give us a chance to unplug, relax, and enter a rhythm of prayer. Let's remind each other that with God, we can survive, thrive and vibe - even in the wilderness. All Safeguarding and social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced, following Diocesan standards. Masks covering nose and mouth are required at all times (except when actively eating). We will not be singing. All activities will be outside, and we will only enter buildings for restrooms. Health checks will be conducted day-of, and we will practice contact tracing. Each event will be capped at 15 youth. You may register for more than one. Each day will run roughly from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., but more details will come after you register. More info and registration can be found at Dohio.org/DYE. Any questions can be directed to the Rev. Anna Sutterisch, Canon for Christian Formation at 216.774.0460, 513.582.8319, or asutterisch@dohio.org.
Anti-Racism Training
Anti-Racism training is required for all individuals in elected and appointed Diocesan positions, and it is also open to all members of the Diocese. 

The Commission for Racial Understanding will offer this two-day training on the following dates:
  • September 10 and 11 - Zoom video conference (Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days)
  • October 10 and 11 - Zoom video conference (Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days)
  • November 6 and 7 - Bellwether Farm (Friday and Saturday) from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on the first day and 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the second day. Food is covered by the Diocese of Ohio.
The cost of the training materials is covered by the Diocese of Ohio, but lodging is the responsibility of the participant (or their parish).  You must commit to attending the full sessions and to doing the off-line work. Lodging options for Bellwether Farm are shown on the registration form. 

To register for Anti-Racism training please click the registration form.
Convention Nominations
Nominations must be submitted by September 15 for inclusion in the Convention Handbook. The positions that will be filled at Convention include: Diocesan TrusteeDiocesan CouncilStanding Committee, Regional Disciplinary Board (and Diocesan Disciplinary Board)ECS Development Council, Province V Synod Delegate, and Alternate Deputy to General Convention . A full list of Convention deadlines can be found on the diocesan website.
2021 Episcopal Community Services Grant 
Episcopal Community Services (ECS) provides grant funding for parish ministries and partnerships in the Diocese of Ohio that strengthen our communities and serve our neighbors. The Bishop's Annual Appeal provides essential resources for ECS to help parishes fund community ministries. We expect our funds for 2021 grants to be limited compared to prior years. Therefore, we will be giving priority to parish based programs over other community programs in the coming grant cycle. The submission of a 2021 Episcopal Community Services grant application is an online process. Applications will be accepted until September 30. You will receive an automatic reply acknowledging when your grant application is submitted. If your grant is approved, you'll receive funding in February 2021.  For additional information, please email grants@dohio.org. For technical difficulties, email bbergstrom@dohio.org.
Young Adult Grants
The Young Adult Ministry Grant, funded by the United Thank Offering (UTO) and distributed by the Diocesan Young Adult Task Force, is a new grant to encourage parishes, mission areas, etc. to experiment and take bold action to attract and engage young adults (19-30). Applications will be reviewed monthly, and funds must be used by May 2021. Members of the task force are available to brainstorm with you, and have included some ideas in the grant application.
Learn, Pray, Act
Resources from the Episcopal Church for addressing racist violence are available. This is a growing list of litanies, learning opportunities, and suggested actions and connections from across The Episcopal Church and beyond. There are links to some specialized resources on the Diocesan website. As you are thinking about how to respond in your parish and community, please be in touch with the Rev. Margaret D'Anieri, Canon for Mission, at mdanieiri@dohio.org.
PARISH EVENTS
Back to School Event
St. Luke's, Cleveland is holding a Back to School Event on
August 20. Due to the pandemic this year, congregations this year and members from the community are invited to either: 
  • Send or drop off collected items to St. Luke's only if items have already been purchased 
  • Order items and have them sent directly to St. Luke's
  • Support the ordering of these items financially by making checks payable to St. Luke's. 
If you would like to purchase any items, please reach out to , Kelcie Dugger, Youth Outreach Specialist, at outreach.stluke.cleveland@gmail.com, before doing so. All items purchased online must be shipped to St. Luke's to lessen the amount of people in contact with the items.
Downtown Movie Night
In partnership with the local NAACP, St. Paul's, Fremont will host a downtown movie night featuring Harriet on August 21 in the Brady Lot. The night will also include speakers that will discuss racial reconciliations, the importance of voting, and the inspiration they gain from Harriet Tubman. Seating will open at 7:30 p.m., speakers will begin at 8:00 p.m., and the movie will begin at dark. The lot will be divided into 9x9 squares for households to share, with each square six feet away from the next. Donations will be accepted and the proceeds will benefit the NAACP. A car hop service with food and refreshments will be for sale from local downtown businesses. For more information, please call 419.388.5806..
Job Openings
Part-Time Secretary - Christ Church, Huron
Worship Leader - St. Matthew's, Toledo
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