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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
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.
Homesteading Retreat at Bellwether Farm
Bellwether Farm is holding a Homesteading Retreat on September 26. As a participant, you will choose four workshop offerings, including topics such as regenerative gardening, farm-to-table cooking, pickling, sewing and mending, and more. A farm-fresh lunch and dinner will be provided, and participants have the option to stay for an Evening Compline service upon the completion of dinner. All workshops and meals will be observing strict social distancing guidelines and masks will be required for the duration of the retreat. The design of these programs is intended for participants 16+. Please contact Amy Melena, Camp and Program Director, with any questions. There are only 20 spots available. For more information, visit the Bellwether Farm 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
Job Openings
Part-Time Secretary - Christ Church, Huron
Worship Leader - St. Matthew's, Toledo
View all current job openings.