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The  Episcopal 
Diocese  of  Ohio
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The voicemail and phone systems at the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio are currently unavailable. We hope to resolve this issue soon. We will post an update as soon as we have more information. If you need to contact someone from the Diocese, please select the appropriate staff person or use the contact link at the top of the page for the general mailbox .
Family Days at Bellwether Farm
Family Days are an interactive and connective way for your family or household, however that looks for you, to get outside and get your hands dirty! During your time-slot, you and those you've been sheltering in place with will join the Bellwether Farm staff for an engaging morning collecting eggs, harvesting vegetables, petting goats, and more. The whole experience will be outside and the farm staff will maintain social distance for the entirety of your time with us. We'll send you home with farm-fresh produce for an encouraged donation, so bring your reusable bag. The Family Days are free and offerings are limited, so we ask that you only sign up for one (1) Family Day slot at this time. Please register using  Eventbrite and email with any questions .
Young Adult Grants
The Office for Congregations and Christian Formation is offering two grants to fund your ministry, outreach, and evangelism to and with young adults.
The College Ministry Grant application is due on July 31 and funds campus ministry. While the near future of campus life is unknown, we can still minister to and with our student communities.
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.
Bellwether Farm Intergenerational Book Club
Bellwether Farm is launching an Intergenerational Book Club to bring all ages together over great literature. First, we'll read All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot, a delightful classic about a first-time veterinarian in rural Yorkshire. These stories are excellent to read on your own, with your family, or listen to on audiobook. We will have a book club discussion on August 12 at 6:00 p.m. which will include a conversation with the veterinarian who treats our Bellwether animals! Visit the website to get more information, register, and learn why this book is so beloved by our Bishop .
Deadline for Amendments to the Constitution and Canons
Proposed amendments to the Diocese of Ohio Constitution & Canons are to be submitted using the   form provided , and must be received by August 14 to be considered at the 2020 Convention. If you or your Diocesan committee is considering submitting a proposed amendment, the Committee on Constitution and Canons would be happy to work with you collaboratively in this effort. Questions or requests for assistance should be directed to Bill Powel at   or 216.774.0449.
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:
  • August 28 and 29 - Zoom video conference (Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days)
  • September 10 and 11 - Zoom video conference (Friday and Saturday 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 .
Episcopal Diocese of Ohio Young Adult Task Force to Receive 2020 UTO Grant
United Thank Offering announced the grant recipients for the 2020 granting year, and we are excited to share that the Diocese of Ohio will receive funding for Encouraging and Celebrating the Blessings of Young Adults in the Church. The focus of the granting process this year was 'Bless: Share faith, practice generosity and compassion, and proclaim the Good News of God in Christ with hope and humility.' 

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 .
Healing Eucharist
Trinity Cathedral's Episcopal Peace Fellowship is planning a special virtual Healing Eucharist for the victims of human trafficking on Thursday, July 30 at 12:00 p.m. , which is the  United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The service will be followed by a zoom discussion led by local advocates on COVID-19's impact on human trafficking in northeast Ohio. For more information, please contact Bruce Freeman  or Debbie Hunter at
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, 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.
St. Luke's is also seeking volunteers to pack the bags during the of
August 17. Tables will be spread out in the gym and dining area to practice social distancing. All volunteers for this project will be required to wear a face mask and gloves. Email Kelcie Dugger to join the Back to School Team.
Focus on Stained Glass Livestream
Starting with our Annunciation window on the Feast of the Annunciation, St. Timothy's, Massillon, has been live-streaming each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., featuring one of their treasured stained glass windows, accompanied by live music from one of the parish musicians. The streams are available on the parish Facebook page.
Job Openings
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