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January 13, 2015
What's new this week:
Explorers' Retreat for those discerning a call to ordained ministry - registration deadline approaching

The Explorer's Retreat provides an overview of the discernment and ordination processes as well as plenty of time for conversation about the diaconate and the priesthood. Everyone who desires to begin a formal exploration of a possible call to ordained ministry is required to attend. 

This year, the Explorer's Retreat will be held the evening of Feb. 6 through the late afternoon of Feb. 7 at the Procter Center. The registration deadline is Jan. 23. 

Considerations prior to attending the Explorer's Retreat
  • Explorers should have been in serious and regular conversation with their clergy person about their call for an extended period of time (in the neighborhood of a year). Both the clergy person and the explorer should have done some deep thinking about the explorer's vocation prior to Explorers' Day as this day assumes that intentional vocational discernment has already begun.
  • Only those who have been confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church and have been active members of the Episcopal Church for at least two years should attend the Explorers' Retreat.
Learn more or fill out a registration form at:

The Seven The Seven: A mentored experience in diaconal ministry for young adults

"Choose seven from among you who are known to be full of the spirit and wisdom?"  - Acts 6:3

Do you want to learn how to integrate your everyday experiences in the world around you with your daily commitment to a life of faith? Do you long to make a difference in the place you live?  

The Seven is a part-time, 10-month hands-on spiritual and educational experience for young adults (18-30 years old) who want to engage in meaningful work and reflection while discerning their own vocational calls, in mentored relationships with Episcopal deacons. The format provides monthly mentorship meetings, formation through readings and reflection online, and two group retreats.  

Interested to learn more? Contact:
The Rev. Jane Gerdsen at 513.543.0440,
The Rev. Douglas Argue at 614.312.1176,

Upcoming events
Jan 17: Anti-Racism training (St. Patrick's, Lebanon)
Jan 24: Teach Us to Pray, Part 1
(Procter Center)
Jan 31: Teach Us to Pray, Part 2
(Procter Center)
Feb 6-7: Explorers' Retreat
Feb 8: Safe Church training (New Albany)
Feb 20-22: Fully Alive young adult retreat (Chicago, IL)
Feb 21: Toward Our Mutual Flourishing Conference
Mar 7: Spring Clergy Day
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Faith and Practice

MARCC Forum: Early literacy

With the Preschool Promise campaign making headlines in Cincinnati, join the Metropolitan Areal Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC) interfaith delegates for a talk with Cincinnati Public School Superintendent Mary Ronan and Success by Six Director Stephanie Byrd on the data on the research data on the impact of Success by Six on school readiness. MARCC, Cincinnati's interfaith coalition, voted Economic Recovery/Income Disparity/Employment as one of the two priority issues for 2015.  

MARCC delegates see early literacy preparation as vital to educational success and equipping children to emerge from poverty, and are working with county and city leaders on the quest for a sustainable and equitable way to expand access to and funding for quality preschool education. This forum will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at noon in the undercroft of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, 325 W. 8th Street, Cincinnati.The forum is free and open to all. This is a great chance to hear from two of the city's education leaders as the community continues its discussion of the Preschool Promise. Bring your own lunch. There are ample credit card compatible meters on the streets around the Cathedral and City Hall.

Trinity Institute 2015: Two locations to be a part of the conversation
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January 22-24, 2015

You're invited to attend Trinity Institute (TI2015), an annual conference that takes place in New York City-but you can attend at two places in Southern Ohio - St. Philip's Columbus, or Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati. At both locations, we can bring all the elements of the NYC conference to you via webcast.


This year's conference takes on the pervasive, overwhelming issue of economic inequality. TI2015 speakers have real-world experience making change happen. They will provide us with hopeful, practical tools we can use to make a positive economic impact.
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In Columbus

To register for TI2015 at St. Philip's, Columbus, email or visit


WHERE: St. Philip Episcopal Church, 166 Woodland Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203


WHEN: Thursday January 22 7- 9p; Friday 9a - 530p; 7p Film Screening Inequality For All (optional); Saturday 9a - 330p


COST: $15.00 registration fee which includes lunch (both days, vegetarian options available)


CONTACT: For more information, contact the Rev. Charles Wilson at 614.551.0920 or

In Cincinnati
To register for TI2015 at Christ Church Cathedral, download a registration form at www.christchurchcincinnati.ogr/2015TI or call Kathy Noe at 513.842.2051.

WHERE: Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati.

COST: No registration fee. Parking and lunch on your own.

CONTACT: For more information, contact the Rev. Canon Manoj Zacharia at or 513.842.2054

For more information about Trinity Institute's national theological conference-including speaker bios, schedule, videos and more, visit

Safe Church comprehensive training

The first Safe Church training has been scheduled for 2015. The training will be held at All Saints, New Albany, on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (or so). There is no cost for the training. Lunch will be provided, but since this is an "express" training, no formal breaks will be offered during the day.

Watch e-Connections, the diocesan website and the calendar for other training dates and places as they become available. For more information about Safe Church training, contact our diocesan coordinator, the Rev. Darren Elin at or 513.831.2052.

Toward Our Mutual Flourishing Conference Feb. 21

The Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Commission of the Diocese of Southern Ohio cordially invites you to participate in a one-day consultation on The Episcopal Church's Theological Statement on Inter-Religious engagement, Towards Our Mutual Flourishing. The consultation, which will feature eminent inter-religious scholar Dr. Lucinda Mosher and The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, D. Phil, will also focus on the  question: What does it means to engage religious many-ness at  a pastoral level in the Diocese of Southern Ohio? 

What: Towards Our Mutual Flourishing Conference

Where: Trinity Episcopal Church on Capitol Square (25 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.)

When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Why: In light of increasing religious-spiritual diversity, we as Christians who are formed by the Anglican tradition need to equip ourselves to be good neighbors to our diverse neighbors.

Who: Open to all members of The Episcopal Church in the state of Ohio as well as those in Full Communion with The Episcopal Church or the Anglican Communion.

What does it cost? Monetarily, nothing. But the benefits are priceless! Registration deadline is Feb. 14.

More Questions? Please contact the Rev. Canon Manoj M. Zacharia, EIRC Convener, at or 513.842.2054.

Bethany Open House

The Agile Church

Repeats, reminders, etc.
Art as a Spiritual Connection offers Soul Collage workshops

Soul Collage Art as a Spiritual Connection and Praxis Communities will offer Soul Collage workshops in 2015. Soul Collage is a creative art experience that combines creativity, spirituality, and psychology.  

Through a simple process of cutting and pasting images from magazines, participants will create a unique set of cards that will help them to access their inner wisdom, quiet their thinking mind and allow space for the voice of the Holy Spirit to emerge. Workshops run Friday evening to Saturday afternoon and are limited to 12 participants in each session.  

The first workshop will be January 23-24 at Grace Church, College Hill. The cost is $60. Click here for more information and registration.

Episcopal Church Parochial Report forms now available


Forms for the Episcopal Church Parochial Report 2014 are now available


Congregations should have received packets by postal mail around December 12. Each individual packet will contain the parochial report form, a card with the UEID and PIN that pertains to that church, as well as the cover letter and instruction sheet.  Workbooks for help in filling out the report are available online, and will not be included in the packet.


Online filing began January 2


All congregations in the Episcopal Church are canonically required to complete and submit the Parochial Report annually.  Data derived from the Parochial Report is used by the Episcopal Church Research Office, dioceses, congregations and the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church to track attendance, trends, membership and other critical information for the purpose of planning mission strategy.


Also available on the web are general instructions for completing the Parochial Report forms as well as line-by-line details listed in the workbooks. All forms are available in English, Spanish and French.


Formation opportunities

TEACH US TO PRAY:  Learning To Pray and/or Lead Morning Prayer


(Including Training for Licensed Worship Leaders)

January 24 and 31, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Procter Center


Would you like to learn how to pray the Daily Office?  Would you like to know what is intended by the discipline of daily prayer and a bit of background as to how it has become an important part of the Episcopal Church's practice of prayer?


We require this training and knowledge of our licensed Worship Leaders.  However, we are opening up this opportunity for formation to those who have no desire to lead public worship but who do have a desire to learn more about praying the Daily Offices of the church on their own or in small groups. 


This training is mandatory for lay persons seeking a license as a "person who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith" (TEC Canon III.4.4).  Other requirements of licensed Worship Leaders are noted below.  In this diocese, the licensed person exercises this ministry primarily as the Officiant of Sunday Morning Prayer in the absence of a priest. 


New Licenses: Persons seeking a new Worship Leader license must attend both days of training. 


License Renewal:  Persons currently licensed may seek renewal of their Lay Worship Leader licenses by attending only the second session, but are strongly encouraged to come the first session as well, especially if they have not officiated at Sunday Morning Prayer within the last six months.


Registration for the Training:  All who attend any session should complete the registration form found here and pay for lunch for the day(s) they expect to be present.  Participants may pay online or by check.  If paying by check, please register online, print out the registration confirmation and send it along with a check made payable to 'The Diocese of Southern Ohio' with 'WL training' on the memo line.  Mail it to the Diocese of Southern Ohio, Attn: Geri McDaniel, 412 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati OH 45202. 


Leaders of the TrainingThe training will be led by the Rev. Marjorie Menaul, Ms. Debby Stokes, and Dr. Robert Benson.  Questions may be directed to Marjorie at


Training Schedule:  Worship Leader training consists of two days of training held at the Procter Center on Saturday, January 24 and Saturday, January 31.  Each session will begin promptly at 10 a.m. (please arrive early to get coffee and settle in), and will end about 3:30 p.m. 


Cost:  $10.00 for each session, to cover the lunch and any printed materials.


Worship Leader Licensing Requirements:

(1) Worship Leader training (one or two sessions, as described above)

(2) Anti-racism training

(3) Safe Church training


(4) After all other requirements have been successfully completed, a request for licensing from the clergy person in charge of the participant's congregation. In the case of congregations without permanent clergy, the senior warden of the parish should submit the application.   

Fully Alive: A weekend of engagement with improv artist John Poole

A young adult retreat in Chicago Feb. 20-22 
Fully Alive flyerIn his book, Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics, Samuel Wells defines improvisation in the theater as "a practice through which actors seek to develop trust in themselves and one another in order that they may conduct unscripted dramas without fear." Sounds a lot like life, doesn't it? Building trust, overcoming fear, conducting relationships, and making choices-all without a script.

Wells establishes theatrical improvisation as a model for Christian ethics, a matter of "faithfully improvising on the Christian tradition." He views the Bible not as a "script" but as a "training school" that shapes the habits and practices of the Christian community. Drawing on scriptural narratives and church history, Wells explains tenets that characterize both improvisation and Christian ethics. His model of improvisation reinforces the goal of Christian ethics-to teach Christians to "embody their faith in the practices of discipleship all the time."

Not everyone wants to do improv, not if it means being on a stage in front of other people.  But some of the basic ideas that improv teaches are tremendously helpful to the spiritual life, and we think that everyone can benefit from them.  Take a look at the materials below, use it to prepare, play, and experiment with improv tenets in your community, and join us for the Fully Alive retreat!

To learn more and register, go to 

The Fully Alive retreat is a creation of Episcopal Campus Ministries in Prov V, which includes the University of Wisconsin, The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, Butler University, Purdue University, the University of Indiana, the University of Michigan, Kenyon College, The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, Miami University, and many other luminous academic institutions.  The retreat is open to young adults (up to age 30) whether or not they're enrolled in school.

Job opportunities

Executive Director of Development 

Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH), a mission-centered organization which enriches the lives of older adults in a person-centered, innovative and spiritually based way, is seeking a talented professional to lead a staff of five.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships with residents and donors; possess exemplary listening, interpersonal, oral and writing skills. S/he will be a creative and innovative thinker open to new ideas and fundraising techniques and demonstrated ability to inspire trust across multiple constituencies. See more

Organist/Musician (part-time)
Trinity Newark, seeks a part-time organist/musician. Our organist of 15 years retires at the end of December. Our pipe organ is a 1957 Schantz Restored 2 manual 10 rank with 730 pipes. We have an Allen electronic that we currently use while our Nave is undergoing repairs to the roof superstructure. We anticipate expanding our music program. Required is one weekly choir practice with a Sunday rehearsal and a 10:30 a.m. sung Mass. This position is an interim for 2-3 months. The person filling this position will be considered for the permanent position. Contact the Rev. Dr. Ronny W. Dower, PIC 740.562.5356 (Cell).

Youth Minister (part-time)

St. George's is a family-oriented church situated on Far Hills Ave in the southern suburbs of Dayton.  We have about a dozen or more youth who are actively involved in our youth programs (grades 6-12 with a center of gravity in 8th and 9th grades).  We have very engaged parents who provide a lot of leadership.  We desire someone with a vibrant Christian faith and a commitment to sharing that faith with young people. The youth leader does not need to be an Episcopalian, although familiarity with our traditions would be valued. Further, we believe that parents have the lead role in forming their children as disciples and our role as clergy and lay leaders is to equip, support, and encourage.  At St. George's we have an average Sunday worship attendance of around 215 across three services (8, 10:30, and 5pm).  The youth leader would be expected to be present on Sunday mornings from roughly 9am to Noon in addition to leading the youth group's activities at other times (regularly at 3-5pm on Sunday afternoons).  The youth leader will work closely with the associate rector as part of our comprehensive family ministries here at St. George's.  This is a part-time position but the work will be rich with resources.  Prospective candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to the Rev. Dr. Calvin Lane via email  Please feel free also to email with questions or call 937.434.1781 (ext 104).

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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