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April 28, 2015
What's new this week:
Diocesan House closed Thursday

Just a reminder that Diocesan House will be closed on Thursday, April 30, so that all lay employees are able to attend the Planning for Tomorrow Conference offered by the Church Pension Group. Diocesan House will reopen on Friday, May 1 at 9 a.m.
Jazz concert explores African American experience

The EASE Gallery and St. Stephen's, Columbus, are co-sponsoring a performance by BLACK LIVES MATTER on Saturday, May 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

BLACK LIVES MATTER is a group that explores race and the African American experience through the use of jazz music and discussion after their performance. 
The performance will be held in the sanctuary and is open to the public. Donations will be taken at the door.

St. Stephen's is located at 30 W. Woodruff Ave. on the campus of the Ohio State University. Call 614.294.3749 for more information.

Introduction to the Roman World of Jesus

Denise McCoskey, Professor of Classics at Miami University, will present a lecture entitled: "An Introduction to the Roman World of Jesus" at the Church of the Advent, Walnut Hills, on Sunday May 3.

The lecture begins at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a lovely Spring Tea with champagne punch, iced tea, finger sandwiches and assorted sweets. At 5:30 p.m, we will have Evening Prayer, sung by our very own choir.

What a charming way to welcome the month of May. Please join us and bring a friend. Church of the Advent is located at 2366 Kemper Lane in Walnut Hills (Cincinnati). Call 513.961.2100 for more information.
Spring Jubilee

The power of music to unite, inspire and enliven our souls will drive the launch of a scholarship fund for youth at St. Andrew's, Evanston, during the "Spring Jubilee," pew rally on Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m.

From jazz to hip hop, to rock and roll, soul, and gospel, music impacts our lives. Come join us and enjoy a variety of music and fill your ears and your hearts with sounds of joy from soloists, school jazz bands, church choirs and women's ensembles from across the city.

St. Andrew's is located at 1809 Rutland Ave. in Evanston (Cincinnati). Call 513.531.4337 for more information.

Upcoming events
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
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tea-cup-breakfast.jpg Spring Tea at Good Samaritan


Put on your best big hat and come prepared to sip from fine china cups as the ladies of the Church of the Good Samaritan, Amelia, host an elegant Spring Tea on Saturday, May 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets to the event are $20. 


For tickets or more information, contact Rita Buhler at 513.732.3743. The Church of the Good Samaritan is located at 25 Amelia Olive Branch Rd. in Amelia.

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New chapter of the Society of Catholic Priests forming in our diocese

Founded in 1994 and under the current patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the Society of Catholic Priests is a religious society of clergy in the Anglican Communion who seek to cultivate priestly spirituality and encourage catholic evangelism. Following the tradition of the "Anglo-Catholic" movement, the Society is open to all bishops, priests, deacons, and seminarians (as provisional members until their diaconal ordination), who:

1. Believe that the churches of the Anglican Communion are part of the one holy and catholic and apostolic church;
2. Are members of The Episcopal Church or the Anglican Church of Canada;
3. Embrace as colleagues all those admitted to Holy Orders in the same;
4. Believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist;
5. Embrace the sacramental life of the Church as means of God's grace;
6. And keep the Rule of Life of the Society.

In the Rule of Life, Society Members will commit themselves namely to:

*center their spiritual life on the Eucharist;
*say the daily office;
*consult regularly a spiritual director;
*make use of the sacrament of reconciliation;
*pray for their sisters and brothers in the Society
*offer confidential pastoral care to fellow members of the Society; and
*attend all meetings of their local Chapter unless prevented by good reason.

The work of the Society is to knit together its members in fellowship and support, to share the resources that strengthen our vocations and our spiritual progress in Christ, and to encourage the continuation and growth of the Anglo-catholic expression of our faith in the Episcopal Church. It is a lot more than just "smells and bells." This new group wishes to rise above the "lace equals grace" mentality to really sink our teeth into clergy community building, orthodox theology and catholic evangelization.

Several clergy from the Diocese of Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Indianapolis are interested in founding a new chapter of the Society. The first meeting will be on Thursday, May 21 at Christ Cathedral in Cincinnati from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bishop Thomas Breidenthal will be the celebrant for Eucharist followed by lunch, a teaching opportunity by our bishop, and discussion on the chapter's by laws and local development. Lunch will be provided. 

If you are interested in attending the opening session, please contact Fr. Jason Prati at no later than May 18. If you are interested in learning about the Society, more information may be found on their website at or contact Jason directly. The Society is not only a great way to engage in fellowship with other clergy, but a strong way to deepen your own spirituality and ordination vows. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

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.

Choral Scholar
Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati
Public Policy Spotlight


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. 

~ 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. To register, visit further information, contact Menaul at or 570.441.7311.


Repeats, reminders, etc.


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


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.


Remaining 2015 dates

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.


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


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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: 

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.

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Proposed site of the new Procter labyrinth

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


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Job opportunities

Minister for Families
The Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park, Cincinnati, is looking for an outgoing Minister for Families who has a passion for ministry and teaching and who would be the face of Redeemer's vibrant and growing young family program. Some theological background is a plus. (Families: Households with children aged infant through 12th grade. Focus on families with infants through 6th graders.) See more

Youth Minister 

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati, is currently seeking applicants for the position of Youth Minister of our cathedral. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in both Christian formation and community building, capable of building upon the strong community focus of the departing youth minister and renewing programs that bridge our youth group from our children's Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes to young adulthood. See more


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 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


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