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May 12, 2015
What's new this week:
New website training

Hopefully by now you've seen the new and improved diocesan website. All of the coding for the site was designed on a WordPress platform so that any faith community in the diocese can use it to build their own site. It's easy to learn, simple to use and extremely flexible. You can build a site unique to your needs.

We've set up four training sessions throughout the diocese to teach you the new platform. For current Digital Faith users, this training is designed to move your site to the new platform if you wish. But the training is not just for Digital Faith users, it is designed to give anyone who is interested the chance to build a new, easier to use, fully responsive and mobile-friendly modern site.

In most cases we will be able to help you get a new site up and running during the training. If your site is more complex or larger than most we may not finish it in a day, but you'll have a great start on it by the time you leave. (And you'll feel confident about what you have to do to finish it.

Training dates:

Wednesday, May 20
Church of the Redeemer, Cincinnati
Thursday, May 21
St. Christopher's, Fairborn
Wednesday, May 27
Holiday Inn, Ironton (401 S. 9th Street)
Thursday, May 28
St. Mark's, Columbus

All trainings will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch is provided.  There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Register from the events page at

Procter Center postpones Fishing Tourney 


Unfortunately, there are not enough sign ups for the Fishing Tournament scheduled for this Saturday, May 16. Procter Center will re-schedule the event for the fall.  Refunds will be sent to those who did sign up. 


Did you know members of the diocese can fish at Procter Lake almost anytime?  Just contact the office at 740.206.2036 to confirm there is not a special event and come enjoy yourselves!


Upcoming events
May 15-17: Deacons' retreat
May 16: Safe Church training (New Albany)
May 16: Columbus Area Confirmation
May 20: Cincinnati area website training
May 21: Dayton area website training
May 27: East area website training
May 28: Columbus area website training
May 28: Anti-Racism training 
May 29: Safe Church training (Procter)
Summer Camp schedule
Quick Connections
Diocesan website
Diocesan calendars
Diocesan news
Bishop's visitation schedule
Stories from Episcopal News Service
Parking for Columbus Area Confirmation

Additional parking will be available this Saturday for the Columbus Area Confirmation service at St. Stephen's, in the OSU ARPS garage. St. Stephen's will have parking vouchers available for any visitors who need to park there. ARPS parking is found by turning west onto Woodruff from High Street. Take the first left and follow the signs.

Gabriel's Place seeks Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Gabriel's Place is seeking a dedicated, high energy Executive Director to lead the organization in fulfilling its mission "To provide a safe, beautiful and spiritually nourishing place for the Avondale Community to: Gather in mutual respect. Learn and interact. Develop community-based enterprises and promote peace in the community." 


A successful Executive Director will lead Gabriel's Place internally to achieve its mission and be an active representative of the organization in the community, fostering and developing strategic relationships with partners and donors. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's achievement of its mission and financial objectives.  


For additional information visit the Gabriel's Place website or send your resumé to

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Applications now accepted for 2015 Jubilee Ministry grants

Applications are now accepted for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society 2015 Jubilee Ministry grants, announced Samuel McDonald, Director of Mission and Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Two categories of grants are available: Program Development Grant and Program Impact Grants.

"For decades, Jubilee Ministry grants have helped transform lives," noted the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Domestic Poverty Missioner for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. "They highlight the best of what we can be about - confronting the cycle of poverty on a local level with local understanding and local resources, all the while being supported by and providing inspiration to the wider Episcopal Church."

One Program Development Grant, up to $35,000, will be awarded to a new or existing ministry that can demonstrate a new or re-visioned strategy and methodology to make an impact both locally and beyond itself.

Ten to 20 Program Impact Grants, ranging from $750 to $1,500, will be awarded to initiatives of Jubilee Centers that make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of those in need.

Stevenson explained: "Jubilee Centers with a wide variety of missions and programs dealing with poverty alleviation are encouraged to apply. However, priority in grant awards will be given to those ministries with an educational and/or early childhood development component to their work. For example, a feeding ministry that teaches nutrition skills to care-givers of children would have priority over a program that only provides meals."

All currently designated Jubilee Centers are eligible to apply for this year's grants. Deadline is Friday, May 29. Grant recipients will be announced in June.

Information for ministries seeking to become designated as a Jubilee ministry and benefit from the network of support and be eligible for future Jubilee grants, applications and explanation of the process can be found at

For more information contact Stevenson at

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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.

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 19: Ricky Nye (jazz piano) 

May 26: Jonathan F. Cooper, baritone


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

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Stagaman, Breidenthal to address MARCC 

How is Greater Cincinnati's economic recovery affecting the enormous income disparity in the city? Agenda 360 Executive Director Mary Stagaman will give an overview of the 2014 Regional Indicators Report, discuss strategies to tackle persistent poverty, and take questions at the May Delegates Council of the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati on Wednesday, May 13 at noon. The meeting is open to the public.  Bishop Breidenthal will give the opening prayer and a short talk about the Episcopal Church.  All are welcome!  Bring your own lunch.  The meeting's in the undercroft of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral on 325 West 8th street in Cincinnati.  There's plenty of on-street parking with meters that accept credit cards.  Enter by the door closest to Central Avenue.

Repeats, reminders, etc.


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.

St. John's Music Series to feature New World Singers 


St. John's Worthington, invites you to hear the New World Singers of the Columbus Children's Choir on Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m.


The Columbus Children's Choir is comprised of the finest young singers in Columbus and central Ohio. CCC's premier touring ensemble, the New World Singers, is made up of fifth- through twelfth-grade students. This group has toured throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, including performances at the White House and the prestigious International Festival of Music and Dance of Grenada, Spain. 


We invite you to enjoy excellent music in a beautiful and historic space. There is no charge for admission to the concert; a freewill offering will be taken to support the Music Series. St. John's is located at 700 High Street in Worthington, on the southeast corner of the Olde Worthington Village Green (High Street at SR 161). Visit 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.

Concert to benefit Honduras Health

The Church of the Epiphany, Nelsonville, will hold a concert of favorite Broadway tunes on Saturday, May 30 at 4 p.m. at the church. The concert will benefit Honduras Health, a ministry of Bruce and Jane Ergood of that church.  

Tree-Lined Roads string ensemble will play, along with Bruce Ergood on clarinet, and Celeste Parsons will sing. There will be a free-will offering and refreshments following the program.

The Church of the Epiphany is located at 193 Jefferson Street in Nelsonville. For more information, contact Amy Abercrombie at 740.664.3370.

Coming in June: Team EpiscoPALS Vacation Bible School


Team EpiscoPALS The families of St. John's, Worthington, are extending a special invitation to kids in all other Columbus-area congregations to join in the fun as we learn about our tradition together at "Team EpiscoPALS" Vacation Bible School!

"Team EpiscoPALS" VBS will be held on four consecutive Monday evenings in June (the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th) from 6 to 8 p.m.  We'll begin by sharing a meal together, and then we'll have our large group gathering time, where we'll learn about the things that make our Episcopal tradition so unique. Over the course of our four sessions, kids will gain an understanding of their identity as Episcopal Christians, and they'll learn why it's so cool to be an Episcopalian!

After large group time each evening, we'll divide up into smaller groups (according to age) and experience different activities that connect to the evening's theme through art, science, games, drama, crafts and more! Each session will end with a time of joyous singing and dancing and a closing prayer.

Register your child(ren) online at If you have questions, please email Maggie Leidheiser-Stoddard, Coordinator of Children's & Youth Ministries at MaggieLS@StJohnsWorthington.orgAll who register will receive an email with important details sometime during the last week of May. St. John's is located at 700 High Street in Worthington.

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: 

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Job opportunities


Parish Office Manager

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park, Cincinnati, is looking for a full time Parish Office Manager. We seek a candidate who is well-organized with good administrative management skills and 'follow through' to join a vibrant church staff of four clergy and more than a dozen, mostly part time, staff.The candidate should have good technical skills and be comfortable around PCs and Macs. The Parish Office Manager will serve as the communication hub for clergy and staff and be the primary liaison with vendors and service providers. He or she will also be the gatekeeper for building facilities management, coordinating maintenance and repairs, maintaining a database of vendors and providers, and inputting schedule information into the HVAC controls software. The Parish Office Manager will also coordinate with the directors of communications, finance, and membership to assure efficient parish operations. Please send resume to Church of the Redeemer, c/o the Senior Warden,

Marketing Coordinator

Procter Center is seeking an energetic marketer to be a part of its dramatic growth. This is an opportunity for a marketer with career development aspirations to build extensive hands-on experience, use her/his creative talents and thinking, expand her/his experience with a broad range of tools, and be a part of a compelling growth story.
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Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Gabriel's Place is seeking a dedicated, high energy Executive Director to lead the organization in fulfilling its mission "To provide a safe, beautiful and spiritually nourishing place for the Avondale Community to: Gather in mutual respect. Learn and interact. Develop community-based enterprises and promote peace in the community." 

A successful Executive Director will lead Gabriel's Place internally to achieve its mission and be an active representative of the organization in the community, fostering and developing strategic relationships with partners and donors. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's achievement of its mission and financial objectives.  

For additional information visit the Gabriel's Place website at or send your resumé to

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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