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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
Farm Stand
We've got a lot growing at the farm and we want to share it with you! This Saturday, September 5 we will be setting up a farm stand for you to take home Bellwether produce from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The stand will include: Swiss chard, kale, cabbage, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onions, carrots, flowers, and more. We will also have Bellwether pork, chicken, 2020 maple syrup, and merchandise for sale. We are offering time slots every 10 minutes to ensure we can safely socially distance all interested in perusing and buying. We are requiring that all participants wear a mask for the duration of your visit. Please note: this is not a U-Pick event, and we will not be able to accommodate folks staying on the property beyond the Farm Stand. We'll have more events to do those activities in the future.
Harvest Hands
We could use a hand! Bellwether Farm is busier than ever and we would love volunteer farm help! For every Wednesday and Friday in September, we are looking for volunteers interested in harvesting, weeding, seeding, and sorting our fall season crops. Wednesday mornings have been designated "adult-only" to allow adult volunteers the opportunity to safely help out on the farm, while Fridays are being catered to participants of all ages. Please sign-up through the appropriate Eventbrite and reach out to Amy Melena if you have any questions. 
Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner
Join us on Friday, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. for Bellwether Farm's first Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner! Dinner will feature a farm-fresh salad, an entrĂ©e, and dessert. The evening will showcase Bellwether's organic produce and either our pasture-raised or locally sourced meat. After dinner, we invite you to visit Bellwether's Farmer's Market to purchase ingredients featured in the meal and more. Join Chef Lonny, Farmer Kyle, and the rest of the Bellwether staff for a memorable evening. Our socially-distanced format will be seated by household (up to 6 people) or four to a table, and will include a vegan option which you can request upon registration. Registrations will close when full or on Wednesday, September 9 at 12:00 p.m., whichever comes first. The cost is $30 per person, with a limit of 24 guests. Weather depending, the event will be outdoors. Water, lemonade, coffee, and tea will be provided, or bring your own beverage.
Diocesan Youth Days
Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to gather for  Diocesan Youth Days - separate three days in three separate locations. The remaining Diocesan Youth Days will be held on on 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.
UBE Sunday
The Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) is an organization of chapters and members across The Episcopal Church who support the goals of full inclusion, social justice, advocacy, and education about the role of Black people in the church and wider community. Each year we celebrate UBE Sunday and recognize the Feast Day of the Rev. Alexander Crummell, an Episcopal priest, missionary, and educator. Alexander Crummell, a contemporary of Frederick Douglass was founder of the American Negro Academy in 1897, America's first major Black scholarly society. As a religious leader and an intellectual, he advocated for educational opportunities and leadership among young Black Americans. This year UBE Sunday will be celebrated on September 13.In recognition of the work of UBE and the contribution of Black people to The Episcopal Church from its inception, we ask that parishes include the liturgy for this feast day and the biography of Rev. Crummell in your service. A half-page liturgy is also available. If you would like to make a donation to the work of UBE, you may do so online or by sending checks to 3737 Seminary Road, PMB #121, Alexandria, VA 22304.
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.
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:
  • 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.
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.
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