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November 26, 2014 
What's new this week:
140th Convention wrap-up

The 140th convention may be over, but the work of connecting with each other and our neighbors has just begun!

Bishop's address
The bishop's sermon and convention address are available as a podcast.    Listen here

Check out the Twitter feed
You can still see the Twitter feeds from convention - even if you don't have a Twitter account.

Convention feed  #diosohio2014

World Cafe feed  #dsoworldcafe

Feedback form
Delegates, guests and exhibitors at the 140th annual convention are encouraged to complete a convention feedback form at

Collecting this information helps the Dispatch of Business as it plans the next convention.

Confluence Episcopal Service Corps program now accepting applications


Did you know that the Diocese of Southern Ohio is home to one of the twenty-five Episcopal Service Corps (ESC) programs in the United States? The mission of Episcopal Service Corps is to develop and support a national network of intentional communities in the Episcopal Church. Our communities are marked by young adults:

-Serving others in solidarity, promoting justice in community

-Deepening spiritual awareness and vocational discernment

-Living simply in intentional Christian community


The Confluence ESC program is excited to announce that applications for the 2015-16 year are now being accepted at


Confluence service corps members are hosted by St. John's Franklinton, living together in intentional community in the Hospitality House. Members are placed with dynamic non-profit worksites across Columbus, including; Community Refugee & Immigration Services, Coalition for Homelessness & Housing in Ohio and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. During the course of the Confluence year, members worship and serve with the St. John's community, and share their experiences together in community through meals, prayer and ministry to the neighborhood with the Franklinton Gardens, Franklinton Cycleworks and other neighborhood partners. 


The '15-'16 program year is open to college graduates ages 21-29. While Confluence is an Episcopal program with a focus on spiritual formation, anyone of any faith is welcome to apply.  


Upcoming events
Dec 13: Anti-Racism training
Dec 19-20: Young Adult Retreat
Dec 26-28: Winter Family Camp
Quick Connections
Interchange archives
Stories from Episcopal News Service
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Faith and Practice

Presiding Bishop calls for prayer for Liberia, West Africa

Sunday, December 7


Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has urged Episcopalians to observe the Second Sunday in Advent, December 7, as a day of prayer for those in the Diocese of Liberia and the entire Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa, areas heavily affected by the current Ebola pandemic.


"The Diocese of Liberia was founded by Episcopalians in 1836, and was a diocese of The Episcopal Church until the early 1980s, when it joined the Province of West Africa," noted Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori. "Today we continue in a covenant relationship of mutual support and fellowship."


She continued, "Liberia is at the epicenter of the recent Ebola outbreak, and Episcopalians have turned Cuttington University (Suakoku) into a center for response in rural northern Liberia.  The Anglican Province of West Africa includes all three nations (Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone) where the pandemic continues to develop.  The suffering and death is enormous, the economy is devastated, schools are closed, yet the caring and compassionate response continues."


The Presiding Bishop concluded, "I ask your prayers for the people of West Africa in the midst of this plague.  Please include this in your intentions on the Second Sunday of Advent.  With Isaiah, pray for comfort and strength for all God's children; seek out the builder of straight roads and giver of healing balm for all on this difficult journey.  Learn about this crisis, and instead of fear, let your hearts be moved to respond in generosity of spirit and of purse."


Led by the Most Rev. Dr Daniel Sarfo, Archbishop and Primate, and the Most Rev. Jonathan Hart, Internal Archbishop, the Anglican Church in the Province of West Africa includes the dioceses of Accra (Ghana); Bo (Sierra Leone); Cameroon (Region Missionaire); Cape Coast (Ghana); Dunkwa-on-Offin (Ghana); Freetown (Sierra Leone); Gambia; Guinea; Ho (Ghana); Koforidua (Ghana); Kumasi (Ghana); Liberia; Sekondi (Ghana); Sunyani (Ghana); Tamale (Ghana); and Wiawso (Ghana). More info here


Current efforts


Episcopal Church in Liberia and the Dioceses of Bo (Sierra Leone) and Guinea are participating in government-led task forces on all levels of government, and are coordinating activities, sharing information, and providing pastoral care.


Episcopal Migration Ministries is coordinating with its affiliates, the Department of State Bureau for Populations, Refugees and Migration (PRM), and the CDC in sharing information.
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia and the Anglican Diocese of Bo in Sierra Leone to offer care and support for communities affected by the Ebola outbreak. They are providing critical food, hygiene supplies and protective equipment as well as delivering key health messaging. For more information, visit  
Donate to Episcopal Relief & Development here
The Liberian Episcopal Community In  The United States (LECUSA) recently collected and shipped of container of food and medical items to Liberia, collected from Liberians living in the United States.


What churches are doing


Currently the Global Partnerships Office of the Episcopal Church is compiling a list of churches and congregations in which relief and fundraising work is underway for Liberia and West Africa.  The Dioceses of Virginia and Northern California as well as churches in Washington, DC have shared their activities.  To present your work, contact the Rev. Ranjit Mathews, Episcopal Church Network Officer for Mission Personnel and Africa, at 




Collect for the Day of Prayer
O God, our creator and preserver, we cry out to you along with our brothers and sisters in West Africa, especially Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where so many lives have been lost. We pray that as they continue to live and struggle with the Ebola Virus Disease, you will grant them your grace and mercy that an end to this virus will come soon; and that life and community will be restored. Give us the courage and strength to respond willingly to this great human need. We ask this in the Name of the One who came and gave his life, so that we might live life fully, Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Christmas Tea

Free Prayer Books!

St Paul's, Greenville, has about a dozen used Prayer Books they would like to give to a good home.  Interested congregations should contact Jan Dunwoody at the church office at 937.548.5575 or at

Cathedral Offerings: All are welcome!

All members of the Diocese of Southern Ohio are warmly invited to attend any of the programming and participate in any of the events sponsored by Christ Church Cathedral. Serving as a center for education, formation and inspiration is one of the ways that Christ Church fulfills its role as the cathedral to the diocese. 


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Advent Prayers 2014

Download your copy of Advent Prayers 2014, a booklet published by the cathedral's Christian Formation committee to help one prepare for the coming the Christ child.



December 5, 5:30- 7:30p

Celebrate the cathedral's 75th anniversary of the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at a gala event. Artists from the cathedral are preparing to unveil an art exhibit depicting the spectacular pageantry of this festival. Refreshments will be served, and there will be items available for purchase as well.


Music Live at Lunch: Tuesday, December 2, 12:10 pm

Featuring Ubi Caritas. Lunch is available for purchase, or you may bring your own


Cincinnati Men's Chorus Holiday Concert:

Saturday, December 6, 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, 3 p.m.

A performance of "A Classic Christmas," featuring the well known and well loved songs of the Christmas holidays.


Handel's Messiah: Part the First
Saturday, December 13, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, 3 p.m.

Hear this masterwork the way that Handel intended it: with a chorus of boys and men in a beautiful and intimate space. Presented in partnership with Collegium Cincinnati. 


Lift your spirits at the 75th Boar's Head & Yule Log Festival 

boar's head Christ Church Cathedral invites you to join our greater community to end the Christmas season with reflection and inspiration for Epiphany and the New Year. Group tickets for the dress rehearsal of the 75th annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, are available for congregations. Each congregation may request up to 15 tickets. Dress rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. All attendees must have a ticket, including small children who walk. 

Group tickets will be distributed two ways:
1 . Pick-up. Tickets will be available for pick-up at Will Call in the cathedral's south corridor the day of the show. 
2. Mail. Send a copy of your group's order confirmation along with a self-addressed, self-stamped envelope to Christ Church Cathedral, attn: Boar's Head tickets, 318 E. 4th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Requests for group tickets must be received no later than Dec. 12. For more information, visit
Art in the Sanctuary: The Annunciation

An Advent exhibition of images of the Angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary by contemporary artists from around the world. Nov. 30 through Jan. 11, St. Peter's, Delaware. See more

Advent Carol Service

Sunday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m. Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming. 334 Burns Ave.

Festival of Lessons and Music for Advent

The choir of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Athens, will present its annual Festival of Lessons and Music for Advent on Sunday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. See more

A Community Advent

St. Paul's, Dayton, invites the greater Dayton community to A Community Advent, featuring a selection of seasonal events throughout the month of December. All events are offered at no charge.


December 5-6: ST. GOODY2SHOES

The tradition of St. Nicholas Day invites children to place their shoes outside the door or by the hearth before bedtime on December 5. On Friday, Dec. 5, between 10a.m. and 3 p.m., families are invited to bring shoes to the front steps of St. Paul's! See more


December 7, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.: DANCE IN THE DESERT

St. Paul's Youth will premier a new adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's picture book, Dance in the Desert! See more


December 21, 6 to 8 p.m.: LIVE NATIVITY and CHRISTMAS SHOP

The Nativity will be presented on the green space at Far Hills and Dixon, next to the church. See more



Advent Rally 


An Advent Rally at All Saints, New Albany, will start with a Parish Potluck at 5 p.m. After dinner, we will be offering 4 workshops (participants can chose from two) The "Advent Rally" ends with a Taize Advent prayer service. See more



Submit your Advent event


Job opportunities
Music Leader
Grace Church, Cincinnati, is seeking a musician who will help build up our Sunday morning congregation by leading us in a variety of inspiring worship music. Read all about it here

Director of Music/Organist (part-time)
St. Philip's, Columbus, has an open combined position of part-time Director of Music/Organist.  Primary responsibilities include selecting music for Sunday services, playing organ at one Sunday service each week, and directing the 15-member Chancel Choir.  To apply for the position or to address questions, contact

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Thanksgiving feast
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

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