Province V Synod
The Province V Synod was held on May 1. The Rev. Gay Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, was the keynote speaker. Slideshows and video links are available on the Synod webpage

Quick Links:
Recording of the event.
Leadership Coaching Project video and webpage
Post-pandemic coaching offer webpage
Network video
Affiliated Organizations video
Magnificent Mushrooms
Muse on the mycological mystery of mushrooms -- morels and more -- at Bellwether Farm on May 29. Guests will enjoy a presentation from Peter Richards of the Ohio Mushroom Society, and then delight in a farm to table feast featuring morel mushrooms (nature permitting) gathered from Bellwether’s forest. The presentation by Mr. Richards will be recorded and available on Bellwether’s website, in addition to a special recipe by Chef Lonny. Arrive at Bellwether Farm on May 29 as early as 4:00 p.m. for the 5:00 p.m. presentation. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Space is limited to accommodate safe social distancing and the follow all COVID-19 protocols. Masks will be worn at all times, except while eating. Dinner will be served outdoors, and in case of inclement weather, inside at socially distanced tables. The suggested donation for this event is $50 per plate. Registration is required, and sales will end on May 28.
Upcoming Ordinations
By the grace of God and with the consent of the people of God, the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr. will ordain Megan Alicia Allen and Jon Michael Coventry to the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church on Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. Your prayers are requested, as is your presence on the Diocesan Facebook page livestream.
Bike with the Bishop
Join friends of all ages for a group ride departing from Bellwether Farm and arriving at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Elyria, where riders will enjoy a community lunch (20 miles). Cyclists will then reverse their route (for a total of 40 miles), or catch a ride in a vehicle heading back to Bellwether. A farm-to-table dinner will be served after the ride. Riders are encouraged to arrive at Bellwether Friday, June 4 for dinner, a bonfire, and overnight rest before breakfast and the ride on Saturday. Prayer and departure will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 5. Cyclists are expected to provide their own bike and helmet. Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles will be on call in case of emergency, and water stops are provided along the route. Registration is open until June 1. 
Upcoming Events at Bellwether Farm
  • Ukulele Day - June 26: Join Ukulele aficionado Chelsie Cree for a day of celebrating the ukulele from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
  • Intergenerational Camp - July 2-4 and July 16-18: Following an Olympics theme, families or pods will participate in team-building activities, friendly competition, and traditional camp activities including arts and crafts, fishing, swimming, hiking, and canoeing. 
Young Adults
  • Graduating Seniors - If you or someone you know is graduating from high school this spring, please fill out this form so we can celebrate you. Please contact the Rev. Anna Sutterisch, Canon for Christian Formation, with any questions at
  • Young Adults Party: Young Adults (18-30s) are invited to an in-person gathering on June 6 to usher in the graduating seniors, launch a week of Young Adult Camp, eat empanadas, and spend time together. RSVP to the in-person gathering here.         
  • Connections Camp: We're teaming up with young adults in the Diocese of Indianapolis/St. Paul’s On the Way for a week-long Connections experience on June 7-11. You'll receive a package with activities and goodies, and we'll meet each night to spend time and share. This opportunity will be a fun and low-key way to reconnect with your youth event friends, make new young adult friends, and do some classic spiritual practices. 
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 Justice will offer this two-day training on June 11 and 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. both days. The training will be held on Zoom. The cost of the training materials is covered by the Diocese of Ohio. You must commit to attending the full sessions and to doing the off-line work. Registration is required. For additional information please email the Rev. Margaret D’Anieri at
Diocesan Youth Event
Youth currently in grades 6-12 will gather at Bellwether Farm on June 12-13 to enjoy friends new and old, play with the goats and on the farm, make some art, pray, and relax together in this beautiful place. Register at A full save the date calendar is available. Questions can be directed to the Rev. Anna Sutterisch, Canon for Christian Formation, at
Parish Audits
The small parish audit program may be used for a 2020 audit instead of the committee audit program. Diocesan Council approved this change. These audits are due by June 1. The audit materials can be accessed here. CPA and Diocesan audit team audits are due by July 15.
Reimagining Sunday School: Curricula
The Diocesan Resource Center is no longer providing universal access to the Weaving God’s Promises curriculum. Instead, we’d like to work with you to find the program or curriculum that makes the most sense and will make the most impact in your specific context. The diocesan website features our recommendations on quality free resources, offers the ability to apply for financial aid to subscribe to paid curricula (like the excellent Weaving God’s Promises and others), or to request a conversation with us to help envision what might work best in your parish. Every child, faith community, and curriculum is different— and we’d love to accompany you in discerning what might be the best fit for you in this moment.
Safeguarding God's Children
All vestry members must be trained in Safeguarding God’s Children. If you are a newly elected vestry member, or you elected new leaders at your parish, it might be time to check if everyone has been “Safeguarded.” Trainings are self-paced online modules. To register, email Mary Ann Semple at If you would like to be trained as a facilitator to lead Safeguarding trainings, please contact Mary Ann. 
Internships at Bellwether Farm
Bellwether Farm is currently seeking a Sustainable Farm intern and a Culinary intern. Full job descriptions and more information are available on the Bellwether Farm website. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to William Powel, Canon to the Ordinary, Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, at
Quality Training for Your 2021 Stewardship Team
The Congregations and Christian Formation office is partnering with TENS to provide a series of four webinars offering stewardship training for your parish. The 90-minute webinars will be held on the first Tuesday of each month through August beginning at 6:30 pm. There is no cost. More details and registration information are available
Carlotta East Scholarship Award Winners
The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Ohio and the 2021 Carlotta East Scholarship Fund Committee are delighted to award two outstanding candidates. These candidates exemplified the commitment to their education and faith that qualified them to receive the award.
Kayla Bertholf, St. Peter’s, Ashtabula - Junior at the College of Wooster, majoring in microchemistry & molecular biology and minoring in religious studies. Aspires to earn a PhD to conduct research and profess at the collegiate level.

Leah Romanelli-DeJesus, Church of the Ascension, Lakewood - Entering final year at Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation to attain a Masters of Divinity. Expects to be ordained to the transitional diaconate in June 2022 and aspires to become a parish priest.

The Carlotta East Scholarship Fund was established in 1945 to assist Episcopal women who need aid to complete their education, upgrade skills before returning to the workforce, or complete religious training. 
ChurchNext is a high-quality online spiritual formation resource for parishes and individuals. Subscriber parishes can take courses together on a variety of topics including scripture, liturgy, and many other areas of personal and spiritual growth. Courses are taught by experts, many from The Episcopal Church, and allow members to learn what they want, when they want, and at their own pace. Participants can learn anywhere there is an Internet connection on a PC, laptop, or tablet. Your parish will develop its own “school” which will allow members to take courses by themselves, in small groups, or even as a congregation. 

The Diocese of Ohio will pay for a one-year subscription for any parish willing to give ChurchNext a meaningful try-out. If you are interested, please email the Rev. Brad Purdom
Choir Chairs Needed
Christ Church, Huron is seeking 15 choir chairs. If you have chairs that you would like to donate, please contact the Rev. Mike Floyd.
Explore St. Paul's
St. Paul’s, Akron will host an Explore St. Paul’s on on Sunday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This class will let visitors know what our mission is, how we live it out, and how to get involved. Please call the church office at 330.836.9327 to register or for more information.
Personal Prayer Time
Trinity Cathedral & Diocesan community members are invited to come to the Cathedral to walk the labyrinth, meditate, pray, light a candle, or sit in the sanctuary. Prayer time visits will be made by appointment and can be made by contacting Ginger Bitikofer at She will work with visitors to schedule their time. Parking is free. Masks and social distancing are required. Trinity follows all Diocesan and CDC sanitation/cleaning protocols.
Adult Education Classes
In order to offer stimulating, thought-provoking, and spiritual adult education to its members and the diocese, Trinity Cathedral has compiled several educational series on its YouTube channel. Enjoy series ranging from Bible study to end-of-life preparation. Also learn about the spirituality of the enneagram and watch forum interviews with theologians, community leaders, historians and more. You can find these series below “worship services” and “sermons” on Trinity’s YouTube channel. Please contact Scott Blanchard, at for questions or more information.