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April 21, 2015
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Support the new labyrinth at Procter Center


In 2009, the Senior High campers constructed the first ever labyrinth at Procter Camp and Conference Center. Located north of Christ Chapel, it has been difficult to maintain due to the high moisture content of the soil in that area. Procter is excited to announce the building of a new labyrinth. The new location will be east of Christ Chapel (see photo below). In addition, a key feature of the new design will be a four-foot-wide crushed rock pathway making the labyrinth wheelchair accessible.

Currently, the Senior High campers are scheduled to complete the new labyrinth in late June. Then all will be invited to the blessing and official Grand Opening of the new labyrinth on Aug. 22.


The construction of the new labyrinth has been made possible due to a generous gift commemorating the retirement of the Rev. Pierce Klemmt, a priest raised up from our diocese. The gift honoring Klemmt and the Friends of Procter Fund will cover 60% of the labyrinth cost. 


We are asking the members of the diocese to help us raise the additional $5,000 needed to fully cover the cost of building the new labyrinth. This is an exciting project not only for Procter, but for the many who visit and will benefit from spending time walking the labyrinth's pathway. 


If you would like to contribute to the labyrinth upgrade, please go to this link or send a check to the Center at 11235 S.R. 38 SE, London, Ohio 43140  


Please address any questions to the Interim Director, the Rev. Craig Foster at 740.206.2036 or


PCCC labyrinth
Proposed site of the new Procter labyrinth


Upcoming events
Apr 25: East Area Confirmation (Athens)
Apr 29: Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna annual meeting and luncheon
Apr 30: Planning for Tomorrow Conference (Lay)
May 1: Planning for Tomorrow Conference (Clergy)
May 2: Safe Church training (Montgomery)
May 2: Worship Leader training
(Part 1)
May 2: Cincinnati Area Confirmation (West Chester)
May 3: Native American Roundtable
May 15-17: Deacons' retreat
May 16: Procter Bass Fishing Tournament
May 16: Safe Church training (New Albany)
May 16: Columbus Area Confirmation
Quick Connections
Diocesan website
Diocesan calendars
Diocesan news
Bishop's visitation schedule
Stories from Episcopal News Service


Bass fishing tourny Second annual Procter Bass Fishing tournament benefits camp scholarship fund


Dust off the cane poles and tackle boxes, mark your calendars and tell your neighbors! Procter Center will host a Bass Fishing Tournament on Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. Great prizes awarded and a box lunch will be provided.


Cost to participate is $50 per adult and $10 per child (12 and under). All proceeds go towards the mission of the Procter Summer Camp. The deadline to register for the tournament is Sunday, May 3; registration and payment must be received by

this date. Please BYOE (Bring your own equipment including bait/lures, etc.) This is a great way to spend a belated Mother's Day or early Father's Day!

Register at


For more information regarding the tournament please contact Harry White at


New pantry opens doors

This Wednesday, April 22, the St. Philip Food Pantry, located at 166 Woodland Ave. in Columbus, will begin serving neighborhood friends and neighbors out of the new building the parish has built over the past few years. There will be prayers of thanksgiving and blessing of this new space at 11:30 a.m. with the doors opened for business at 12 noon.

For more information, contact the Rev. Charles Wilson, rector of St. Philip at or 614.551.0920.

Rural small town poverty webinar

The Episcopal Networks Collaborative continues its joint education program with a webinar on rural and small town poverty. ENC is a partnership involving the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice, Episcopal Ecological Network and the Union of Black Episcopalians. The presenters for this webinar are the Rev. Sarah Monroe and Aaron Scott and it is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, April 23.

Please take this opportunity to join the webinar and learn more about poverty in smaller communities and how it affects us all. To register, go to  or email Mike Maloney at for more information.
Why Pre-Plan?

It can be a challenge to discuss and resolve end-of-life issues with relatives. But, careful advance planning can help families and their loved ones avoid problems at critical times.

The Rev. Charlie Brumbaugh, an Episcopal priest with experience in this topic, offers helpful advice in a presentation this Sunday, April 26, at St. Barnabas, Montgomery. The 4 p.m. presentation, titled "Why Pre-Plan?" is free and open to the public.

Brumbaugh, associate rector at Church of the Redeemer in Cincinnati, has made end-of-life planning issues a part of his ministry. He is a frequent speaker on the topic.
This presentation concludes a 2014-15 series of end-of-life issues presentations at St. Barnabas, funded by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. For more information, contact Peter Walzer of St. Barnabas Church at, or call the church office at 513.984.8401. St. Barnabas is located at 10345 Montgomery Road in Montgomery.

Bach vespers

Cinci Fusion Ensemble

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Offerings from Christ Church Cathedral
The Taft Lecture Series Presents An Evening with Dr. Cornel West 


Cornell West The Taft Lecture Committee and Christ Church Cathedral are pleased to present renowned philosopher, academic, activist, and author Dr. Cornel West for a speaking engagement on Friday, May 22, at 6 p.m. The evening will include a lecture by West, followed by a Q&A session.  

The Taft Lecture Committee is pleased to bring West back to the Cincinnati area to discuss Sacred and Civic Values. In keeping with his writings and teachings, West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. - a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.


West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris.  He has written 19 books and edited 13 books. He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his 2009 memoir, Brother West:  Living and Loving Out Loud.  He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on Tavis Smiley's PBS TV show. 

Tickets to An Evening with Dr. Cornel West are free by emailing Limit four tickets per person. Seating is limited.

Spirit of Place

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday, April 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m for the opening reception introducing the latest art installation in Gallery South, Spirit of Place. This exhibit will run through June 12. For more information, contact Mike Phillips.



The Rising, Christ Church Cathedral's contemporary worship band comprised mainly of cathedral teenagers, is offering a worship service inspired by the music of U2 on Saturday, April 25, at 5 p.m.

Since 2004, U2charists have been held in hundreds of churches around the world (including in Cincinnati!). The selections of U2's music chosen by The Rising express messages of global reconciliation, justice, and the struggle we all feel to love one another even in the face of adversity and conflict.

Join us in worshiping through some of U2's well-known hits from the '80s as well as some of their newer and lesser-known songs.

A dinner reception and farewell dinner for Slocomb Reed will follow the U2charist in the undercroft. Please join us!


Music Live at Lunch performances in May

  Music Live at Lunch, Christ Church Cathedral's weekly concert series, will feature the performers listed below in May. These free concerts are presented on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. Patrons may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch at the cathedral for $5.


All performances in May will take place in centennial chapel except for May 12 which will be held in the nave.


May 5: Raison D'etre: Folk Music 

May 12: The Sunburners: Party Band 

May 19: Ricky Nye (jazz piano) 

May 26: Jonathan F. Cooper, baritone


For more information, visit or call 513-621-1817.



Children's Flower Workshop

All children ages three and up are invited to join members of the Christ Church Cathedral's Flower Guild on Saturday, May 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. for a flower workshop! Children will learn how to arrange flowers and create their own arrangement to take home to give to mom (or any special person) for Mother's Day. There is no cost to participate and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Beth Mendez at by May 1.


2015 Choral Scholars Program

Christ Church Cathedral is now accepting applications from area high school students interested in becoming choral scholar. Successful applicants will join the cathedral choir as apprentices, participate in all the duties of the cathedral choir and receive intensive training in the art of choral singing. For their efforts, they will be compensated with a monthly stipend. 


Full details along with application forms are available at

Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati
Letters from Liberia
PIMIL (Partners-In-Ministry-In-Liberia), a ministry through St. Matthew's, Westerville and St. John's, Worthington, supplies educational scholarships to students who would otherwise be unable to attend school in Liberia. The Ebola epidemic has greatly affected our children and their families. Several months ago we asked our children in Liberia to write us letters describing the epidemic and how it has affected them and their schools. 

Liberia letter


Remember the people of West Africa in your prayers

We pray for the people of West Africa, especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, in the midst of the Ebola crisis.  We pray for those afflicted with the disease, their families, and the health workers fighting to stem the spread of the disease and care for those in need.

Public Policy Spotlight

Call your state rep today

The Ohio Legislature votes Wednesday, April 22, on the Butler Amendment, which would eliminate the state's share of funding for the 500,000+ working-age adults who have enrolled in Ohio's expanded Medicaid since last year. Our diocese adopted a resolution in 2008 supporting the right of all Ohioans to uninterrupted access to quality, affordable health care.  The federal government covers virtually all the cost of this expansion of Medicaid, but the Butler Amendment undermines this initiative, which accounts for the vast majority of the progress in reducing the number of uninsured people in Ohio. Medicaid provides free health coverage to people who make too little to afford insurance, including people whose jobs don't include benefits.  

If you agree low-income people newly enrolled in Medicaid should not lose this protection, please call your state rep today to ask him or her to vote against the Butler Floor Amendment, so as to protect health coverage for 500,000 Ohioans. To find the contact information for your representative, go to



Call for members for the Social Justice Commission

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I have recently been appointed the Convener for the Social Justice Network and Public Policy Commission. In a desire to make this commission more relevant to the diocese, I am suggesting two different types of members: those who wish to be active in the discussions, development and communication of diocesan public policy and those who wish to be kept informed of social justice issues, determining whether they wish to get further involved. Location in the diocese should not be a factor in not participating in some way. 


During the month of April, please consider our imperative to "To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8) and send me an email indicating the type of member you wish to be in the Social Justice Commission. I will send out a Doodle for those interested in actively participating to set up the first meeting.  

~ The Rev. Deniray Mueller, Legislative Liaison 


Formation opportunities

Lay Worship Leader Training


According to the Canons of the Episcopal Church (Title III, Canon 4) a Worship Leader is a confirmed communicant in good standing "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."  Leading Morning Prayer as the principal service on a Sunday morning, in the absence of a priest, is currently the most common exercise of this ministry in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.


Each person wishing to become a Lay Worship Leader must be recommended by his/her rector (or, if a congregation has no rector, by the senior warden) and participate in a two-day training offered by the diocese. Individuals needing to renew their licenses may choose to participate in one or both of the two training days - if only one, please indicate on your registration which of the days you will be present.


This spring, Lay Worship Leader training will be held at the Procter Center on May 2 and 9. Participants should plan to arrive between 9 and 9:30 a.m. to begin promptly at 9:30; the day's work will end about 3 p.m.  Your registration fee of $10 for each part (a total of $20 if taking both parts) covers the cost of lunch and materials.


Lay Worship Leader training is led by Debby Stokes, Marti Rideout and the Rev. Marjorie Menaul. The registration deadline is April 20, and a minimum of ten registrations must be received by that date in order for the spring training to be held. To register, visit further information, contact Menaul at or 570.441.7311.

Repeats, reminders, etc.
Eastertide Area Confirmations


In the early centuries of the Church, congregations would gather together at Easter for the rite of initiation administered by the bishop. There was something - there is something - about sharing those significant and transformative moments with the rest of the Church.


As such, we offer opportunities in multiple locations around the diocese to celebrate together the rites of Holy Baptism and Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation. The renewal of our commitment as followers of Jesus is no small thing. "Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism," the bishop prays. "Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perfrom the service you set before them....Let your Holy Spirit be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of your Word, that they may serve you in this life, and dwell with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


2015 dates

Saturday, April 18: Christ Church, Dayton; 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 25: Good Shepherd, Athens; 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 2: St. Anne's, West Chester; 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 16: St. Stephen's, Columbus; 11 a.m.


We hope this Easter season that many throughout the diocese will take advantage of these opportunities to be blessed by one another's presence and support that extend beyond our own local communities of faith.


Please use the online registration form if you plan to present people from your congregation or community of faith for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation at one of the Eastertide Area Confirmations. Registrations should be submitted two weeks prior to the date of the celebration so host congregations may plan appropriately.


For questions or for more information, contact Amanda Bower, Executive Assistant to Bishop Breidenthal at or 800.582.1712 ext. 103.


Ham Loaf dinner

CSA flyer


Campus Ministry grants available

Parishes, campus ministries, and extra-parish communities are invited to apply for campus ministry grants.  Grant requests are due on June 15, and grants for the 2015-2016 school year will be rewarded by August 1.  

Please follow this link to apply for a grant using our online form: 

Planning for Tomorrow Conference


Lay Employees: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Clergy: Friday, May 1, 2015


The Planning for Tomorrow conference sponsored by the Church Pension Group (CPG) is a great opportunity for both clergy and lay to learn and plan for their financial future. Spouses and partners are also encouraged to attend. CPG subsidizes the cost of the conference - and also subsidizes child care and elder care costs.


We strongly encourage lay employees to attend this conference and we strongly encourage that they be granted paid time off to attend. Diocesan House will be closed on April 30 so that all lay employees will be able to attend the conference.


No matter your stage of life, it's a unique chance for you and your spouse or partner to understand your current and future benefits, manage your finances, plan for your future, and improve your overall financial wellness.


To register:


Lay employees register here


Clergy register here 


Native American Roundtable 

Native_12The Diocese of Southern Ohio and the Native American Council of Christ Church Cathedral are sponsoring a Native American Roundtable at Procter Center on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. The Roundtable is open to all who are interested in Native American issues, concerns and opportunities.


Many churches in the diocese have been involved in mission work and supporting Native Americans on reservations. The Roundtable is being held to promote collaboration and engagement in working for and with our Native American sisters and brothers throughout the US.


Topics will include sharing past and present Native American initiatives, developing a vision for collaboration, identifying the best possibilities for achieving the vision and planning future meetings.


Check for more information or to register. If you have questions, please email the Rev. Anne Reed, Canon for Mission at


Job opportunities

Associate Musician for Children and Youth
Christ Church Cathedral, a vibrant and inclusive faith community in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, seeks a quarter-time associate musician to lead and develop its choral music program for children and youth.

The successful candidate will have at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g. choral conducting or sacred music), extensive experience as a choral conductor of children's/youth choirs, and an appreciation of the Anglican sacred music tradition.

Duties for this position will include: leading the Cathedral Choir of Children and Youth in weekly rehearsals, developing and implementing music theory instruction, actively recruiting new choristers, selecting and leading liturgically appropriate anthems in cathedral liturgies, leading the choir at other parishes and concert venues in the city, and directing an annual week-long summer choir camp. For more information about the cathedral and a detailed job description, visit

Director of Music/Organist

St. Philip's, Columbus, is seeking a part-time Director of Music/Organist. Responsibilities include directing and rehearsing Chancel Choir (15 members), selecting music for Sunday services, playing organ for one Sunday service and other service as required/necessary. The music program includes traditional and gospel music.

To apply or for more information, please contact the St. Philip Music Committee at

Director of Youth Ministry
St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Little Rock, AR, is looking for a full-time youth ministry director for a large program-sized church, averaging 374 people per Sunday. Must have enthusiasm, creativity and passion for working with young people of all ages. Previous experience and training desired. See more

Communications Coordinator
St. Thomas, Terrace Park seeks a part-time communications coordinator. The Communications Coordinator has two main responsibilities: 1.) communication within the parish, and 2.) public relations to the larger community; both being formed by our core purpose: To make God's love known by who we are, what we practice and how we serve others in Christ's Name. As a member of the program staff team, the incumbent collaborates with the clergy, staff and volunteers in developing, administering and evaluating the different means of communications and designs the various publications as specified and planned. The incumbent must have experience / background in various verbal, written and graphic communication skills, such as creative writing, public speaking, editing, desktop publishing, production coordination, and digital design, including photography and video.

Choral Scholar

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio is seeking a professional singer to supplement the Parish Choir and act as alto soloist when called upon. Typical time commitment involves being present at Wednesday Evening rehearsals (7-9pm) and Sunday morning services (10:45am with preceding rehearsal). Position commences immediately and lasts for the duration of this program year (May 2015). See more


Director of Christian Education

Christ Episcopal Church, Springfield, seeks a person to serve in a half-time position as Director of Christian Education and Coordinator of Outreach Ministries. See more



Connections Deadlines
Didn't see any news about your congregation here? Submit your news! The deadline for each weekly e-Connections is every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

The deadline for Connections, the bi-monthy publication of the diocese, is every other month on the last day of the month:   
Jan 31 (Feb/Mar issue)
Mar 31 (Apr/May)
May 31 (Jun/Jul)
July 31 (Aug/Sep)
Sept 30* (Oct/Nov)
Nov 30 (Dec/Jan) 
Please send items to

*convention issue. Deadline may be changed in order to have all convention materials available for pre-convention meetings.
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