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May 19, 2015
What's new this week:

God willing


The Right Reverend Thomas E. Breidenthal

Bishop of Southern Ohio


will ordain


Nicholas B. England

Jennifer Lee Oldstone-Moore

Gene Alan Stack, Jr. 

LindaMay Watkins


to the Sacred Order of Deacons

in Christ's One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church


on Saturday, June 6, 2015

the Commemoration of Ini Kopuria


at Christ Church Cathedral

Cincinnati, Ohio

Eleven o'clock in the morning 


Your prayers and presence are requested

Reception to follow


Clergy: White stoles


Diocesan House closed Memorial Day

Diocesan House will be closed on Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday. The office will reopen Tuesday, May 26 at 9 a.m. Have a blessed and safe holiday weekend!

We give you thanks, O Lord, for all who have died that we may live, for all who endured pain that we might know joy, for all who made sacrifices that we might have plenty, for all who suffered imprisonment that we might know freedom. Turn our deep feeling now into determination, and our determination into deed, that as men and women died for peace, we may live for peace for the sake of the Prince of Peace, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

based upon a prayer by Leslie D. Weatherhead. Courtesy of


Upcoming events
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)
June 6: Ordination of Deacons
June 25 - July 3: 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church
Summer Camp schedule
Quick Connections
Diocesan website
Diocesan calendars
Diocesan news
Bishop's visitation schedule
Stories from Episcopal News Service
Womens conference flyer

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Register Today!
2015 Annual Gathering: 
Transforming Congregations Through Spiritual Practice: Creating a Discipleship Community
July 30 to August 1
Bon Secours Spiritual Center
(30 minutes from Baltimore, Maryland)

Learn how to transform your congregation into a community of discipleship as we gather for stimulating lectures on spiritual practice, stellar worship, small group discussion, workshops on faith formation and the catechumenal process, and networking with others from across North American. Pastors, musicians, seminarians, and lay leaders are encouraged to attend. Bring a team from your congregation or ministry center!
Workshops descriptions are now available by clicking here.
The schedule for the gathering is available by clicking here.
Speakers (click here for complete bios):
*Jessicah Duckworth, Program Director for the Lilly Endowment Religion, ELCA  Pastor, former faculty at Luther Seminary, and author of Wide Welcome: How the Unsettling Presence of Newcomers Can Save the Church.
*Paul Hoffman, ELCA Pastor with 17 years experience leading the catechumenal process at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA which he writes about in his books Faith Forming Faith and Faith Shaping Ministry.
Cost: Only $435 for individuals or $635 for couples which includes lodging and meals. $205 for commuters. (Plus $45 NAAC membership.) Costs increase by $50 for those who register after June 30.
Scholarships: Limited scholarships are available for seminarians and first-call pastors. Please contact if interested.
Click here for the brochure with complete information.  Click here for online registration.

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


Cornell West 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.

Choral Scholar
Public Policy Spotlight


Contact Your Ohio Senators


Current topics for discussion:


Repeats, reminders, etc.
New website training

Does your church website need an update? Or worse yet, does your church not even have a website?

Training begins tomorrow for building a website using WordPress. 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
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.

Testament poster

Health series flyer

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: 

CSA flyer


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.
See more

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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