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December 2, 2014 
What's new this week:

Discussion questions for adults and youth available on the Ferguson decision


With a focus on Advent, The Episcopal Church has prepared a series of resources as well as discussion questions for adult forums and youth gatherings to provide for understanding, reflecting and praying following the recent announcement of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, MO,


Prepared by the Missionary Society, Talking about Ferguson in our Congregations is available here:


As noted in Talking about Ferguson in our Congregations, "Many congregations will host conversations about Ferguson this Advent season. Advent is a good time to take up the deep work of encountering racism and other issues that divide us."


Included are a series of Bible citations; Conversation Starters for elementary school children; Conversation Starters for youth; Conversation Starters for adults; and resources such as Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's statement on Ferguson.


The document states: "Advent is a time for waiting with hope...As your congregations talk about the events in the news, we invite you to use these resources and conversation starters."


Additional resources

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's statement


Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal's statement

A Way Forward: Reflections, Resources & Stories Concerning Ferguson, Racial Justice & Reconciliation 


Episcopal Diocese of Missouri Bishop Wayne Smith statement 


Episcopal Diocese of Missouri


Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, MO


Share Your Story
Share and post personal stories of experiences with racism, structures of inequality, and racial reconciliation.


Reflections from Episcopalians
Among those presenting reflections are: Annette Buchanan, National President for the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE); Dr. Anita Parrott George, Executive Council Member, and Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, University of Mississippi; the Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis.


Practices for racial reconciliation




Blogs Blogs on Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement by Charles Wynder, Jr., Episcopal Church Missioner for Social Equality, Advocacy Engagement



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Dec 19-20: Young Adult Retreat
Dec 26-28: Winter Family Camp
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Faith and Practice

Challenge of the 'Orphan' Socks


socksEvery one of us has a drawer full of 'orphan' socks - those that go into the washer and dryer as a pair and come back solo. This is one of the world's biggest mysteries - where does the mate go? 


There is a young girl in Clintonville who has decided that all those 'orphan' socks need to find a home - a home with a needy person who may not have any socks. After having a conversation with her mother about where those pesky socks go, she started Maggie's Matches, a once-a-year effort to collect 'orphan' socks, match them by size and distribute them to the needy through local shelters and churches.


Not all socks can be matched by color, but even 'lightly matched' socks matched on size and weight can bring warmth to those who have no socks.


I am challenging the parishes in this diocese to clean out their sock drawers, collect those clean 'orphan' socks, match them as much as possible, and donate them to a homeless shelter or give them out at church so that people who don't have socks can keep their feet warm and dry. Sunday School children could match the socks as part of their Christmas activities.


When Jesus said "clothe the naked', that included the feet and warm socks.


Will you and your parish accept the challenge?


~ The Rev. deniray mueller+

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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 Day of Prayer and Painting
Join us Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a time of reflection, prayer and painting at St. James, Westwood. Sarah Hellmann, Exec. Director of Art for All People, a Franciscan Sisters of the Poor-supported ministry, will lead us through periods of reflection on scripture and our own lives, and introduce us to a process of painting as a method of contemplation and transformation. All are welcome! 3207 Montana Ave., Cincinnati. See more

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!
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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 will be held at All Saints, New Albany, on Sunday, Dec. 7. We 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



Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols
Trinity Church On Capitol Square will hold their annual Festival Of Lessons And Carols, Sunday, December 21 at 4:30 p.m.  We welcome all to join us. 125 E. Broad Street, Columbus


Submit your Advent event                                                                                                            See all events


Repeats, reminders, etc.
Christmas Tea

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."


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.

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

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.  


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

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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