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In This Issue
June 16, 2015
What's new this week:
New supply clergy minimum fee rates

Effective immediately according to the diocesan Advisory Committee on Compensation & Resources (ACCR)



One (1) Service                                 $125

Two (2) Services Same Day             $175

Three (3) Services Same Day          $225


Plus round-trip mileage as the current IRS rate ($0.575/mile for 2015) and overnight lodging and meals when required. 


It is recommended that a check be prepared for the supply priest to be presented on the day that the service is rendered. If this is not possible, a check should be sent within one week from that day. In cases of extended supply or special circumstances, please confer with the supply priest regarding other arrangements for compensation.


If you have questions, please call the Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands at 800.582.1712 or 513.421.0311.

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Upcoming events
June 17-20: Leader in Training Camp
June 23-27: Boys & Girls Camp
June 25 - July 3: 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church
June 29 - July 4: Senior High Camp
July 8-11: Family Camp 2
July 13-18: Intermediate Camp
July 20-25: Creative Arts Camp
July 27-Aug 1: Junior Camp
Aug 5-8: Family Camp 3
Approaching the 78th General Convention

The 78th General Convention will convene in Salt Lake City June 25 - July 3. This is an exciting time in the life of the church, full of debate, conversation and elections. 


In today's world, there are many different ways to communicate, so we've created one web portal where you can find all of the information you need. You can follow feeds from all of your preferred media venues all in one place!


Everything you need, all in one place
Beginning Tuesday, June 23, you'll find video blogging from the bishop and the Southern Ohio delegation, social media feeds and live streaming of worship, legislative sessions and more at our General Convention page. Just visit our website and look for the link to General Convention right on the home page.
Follow along
Our convention page will link you to the diocesan Facebook feed, Twitter feed and Instagram feed. You do not need an account to any of these social media platforms to see all the action on our page! But for those who are super interested, search the hashtags #gc78 and #diosohio to see posts from our delegation and beyond.

Check your inbox
Your weekly e-Connections will be taking a brief hiatus for the next two weeks. But check your inbox for daily updates from General Convention every morning starting June 24. Each email will feature a recap of the previous day's events and links to the video blogs our delegation will be posting.
What to expect at General Convention
See a video below of an explanation of what to expect at General Convention that Bishop Breidenthal gave at St. Timothy's, Cincinnati, last Sunday. It's a good summary of what will take place during the event. 

And check your mailbox next week for the June/July issue of Connections lots more information about General Convention, the Southern Ohio delegation, issues to watch and the Presiding Bishop election.

Webinar to cover environmental resolutions at General Convention

The Episcopal Networks Collaborative (ENC) continues its joint education program with a webinar on environmental resolutions and concerns scheduled to come before the 78th General Convention. ENC is a partnership involving the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice, the Episcopal Ecological Network, and the Union of Black Episcopalians. The presenters for this webinar are the Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm, the Rev. Stephanie Johnson and the Rev. Fletcher Harper. The webinar is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, June 16.

Our world continues to warm, water becomes scarce and polluted, and human actions place increased stresses on this fragile earth, our island home. Faith communities continue to look at ways to live into our covenant to be good stewards of that which God has created. ?Adding language to the Baptismal Covenant that addresses just and loving relationships with God?s creation would bring the rite of Holy Baptism into alignment with the multitude of creation-centered references in Scripture,? says the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, Convener of the New England Regional Environmental Ministries Network.

Johnson will address the proposed resolution from the Diocese of Connecticut (2015-C015) which recommends an additional question to the Baptismal Covenant focusing on loving God's creation, as well as a resolution from the Committee on Science, Technology and Faith (2015-A030) which recommends formation of a task force for the church to address the impacts of climate change. Finally, Johnson will discuss the proposed budget for the 5th Mark of Mission (to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth).

Bishop Bud Cederholm and Rev. Harper will focus on several proposed resolutions relating to the divestment by the church from fossil fuels and reinvestment in renewable energy. Cederholm is a retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts; Harper is Executive Director of GreenFaith.

To register for the webinar, use the following link:  Send questions about the webinar to ?subject=Webinar

Feeding the Mind, Body and Soul

Celebrate a decade of ministry with Liberia at PIMIL's sixth annual International Luncheon 


African Talking Drum Join sponsors and friends of PIMIL (Partners-In-Ministry-In-Liberia) in celebrating PIMIL's 10th anniversary at the sixth annual International Luncheon and Silent Auction on July 11 at St. John's, Worthington, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The theme for the event is Feeding the Mind, Body and Soul (John 21:15).


This is a fun, educational and enjoyable outing for the family and friends. Experience the "Talking Drum" from Africa! Other activities include a wonderful speaker, fun activities for children with charcoal art and interaction with the Talking Drum, intriguing stylist head tying and much more! During the luncheon you also can learn more about all the accomplishments of PIMIL, purchase a commemorative T-shirt and enjoy delicious food.


Proceeds benefit the education of Liberian children, including Ebola orphans. (For more information about the educational plight of Liberian orphans, check out this article: "Liberia Ebola Virus Orphans Facing Uncertain Future," at


Cost for tickets to the luncheon is adults, $15, children and youth, $5. This year's celebration promises the tradition of an excellent intercultural celebration and an inspiration for more mission involvement. Join us! 


St. John's is located at 700 High Street in Worthington.


Applications now accepted for New Opportunity Grants for Native American program assistance

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, has announced that applications are now accepted for New Opportunity Grants which support Indigenous people in developing new and innovative approaches to their ministries. 

McDonald invites communities of The Episcopal Church with Indigenous mission priorities to review the guidelines and submit an application.  Info and application are available at

"New Opportunity Grants serve as an important way for our larger church to support ministry opportunities in Indigenous communities," noted Jasmine Bostock, chair of Executive Council Committee on Indigenous Ministries. "They provide funding for new ideas to be implemented in dioceses where there would otherwise not be enough to fund new programming. The expectation is that after three years this program becomes self-sustainable, thus allowing the grant monies to be used in new and evolving ways in each granting cycle. It is an honor to have served on this committee previously, and to be in a position to show our church's support for ministry as we continue to move forward and meet the changing needs of our communities."

Sarah Eagle Heart, Missioner for Indigenous Ministries for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, noted that the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society's Office of Indigenous Ministries invites the Executive Council Committee on Indigenous Ministries to review applications and make the recommendations for awards.

Deadline for applying is August 1. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

For more info contact Eagle Heart at or Angeline Cabanban

Sr. Marcia
Rest in peace Sr. Marcia

The diocese, along with the Community of the Transfiguration, mourns Sister Marcia Frances McCauley, C.T. (1944 - 2015), who died unexpectedly in her sleep Friday night. 

A gifted musician, lover of animals and, above all, reverent follower of Jesus Christ, she leaves behind many who love and will deeply miss her. Along with her Sisters in the Community of the Transfiguration, she is survived by her sister, Missy Hulin, of Redmond, Washington. 

A celebration of the Life of Sr. Marcia Francis will take place Wednesday, June 24. Visitation from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. in the Oratory and Requiem Eucharist in the Chapel at 9:30 a.m.

Your prayers and presence are appreciated. The Convent of the Transfiguration is located at 495 Albion Ave. in Glendale.

News from Christ Church Cathedral


Shifrah at the Cathedral 


Shifrah is candlelight, contemplation and song at your cathedral in the heart of downtown Cincinnati Sundays at 6 p.m. Shifrah runs in seasons. Each season lasts five to six weeks and structured around a different theme. We are currently in season two. The theme Low Things High, featuring the music of Kim Taylor and Ric Hordinski. Our featured artist this month is Jay Bolotin. Learn more at Better yet, join us. 

What the Bible Really Teaches

Is Christian scripture truly relevant in a post-modern and post-religious era? Does the Bible offer a position on the ethics of sexuality and class? Is the Bible authoritative? These and many other questions connected to scripture will be explored in a new summer adult Christian formation offering at Christ Church Cathedral, "What the Bible Really Teaches." We will be reading together the book of the same title, What the Bible Really Teaches: A Challenge to Fundamentalists by Professor Keith Ward, former Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford. All are welcome to join us on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Cafe from June 23 to August 4. We will provide coffee and iced tea. Books can be ordered through your favorite bookseller. Please note as the book is out of print and only used copies may be available. To register for the class, contact Kathy Noe at


Coming this summer: The Sycamore


A new cathedral publication designed to expand our horizons


The Sycamore This summer, the cathedral community will see the roll out of a new publication. Designed to open readers to formation in a way to deepens and expands faith, The Sycamore will be both an online and print magazine. The targeted audience for readership goes beyond the cathedral congregation to include diocesan members, Episcopalians throughout the Midwest and progressive Christians anywhere who are interested in an inclusive and reflective practice of faith. 


Just as Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree to gain a clear view above the crowd upon learning that the great rabbi Jesus was visiting his hometown of Jericho (Luke 19: 1-9), The Sycamore will offer readers a fresh perspective on Christian teachings and the ways in which they can expand the horizons of their own faith journeys.


The first issue will be published in July. Subsequent issues will be published quarterly. Notices will be sent electronically announcing each new issue as it is published online. If you wish to be on our list for notifications as each issue is published online, or if you wish to subscribe for a print copy, please contact the editor, Barbara Lyghtel Rohrer


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Retirement savings made easy

Please join us for an informative webinar from the Church Pension Fund
cpg logo As a cleric or lay employee of The Episcopal Church, you have the ability to increase your retirement security by saving your own dollars through The Episcopal Church Retirement Savings Plan (RSVP).

Find out why it's so important to begin saving through RSVP even though you have a pension plan. Learn how RSVP can help you maximize your savings, and how saving for retirement won't affect your paycheck as much as you might think. 

We hope you'll attend one of these important presentations. 

Click below to register:

Cbus EpiscoYouth summer book club

book-stacks-colorful.jpg All youth in Columbus-area congregations (that's those who've finished 6th through 12th grades) are invited to take part in the first-ever Cbus EpiscoYouth Summer Book Club! You don't have to sign up anywhere or commit to attending all three meetings - just read the book(s) and show up at the right time and place to share your thoughts and enjoy mid-afternoon snacks with other EpiscoYouth. This gathering is sponsored by the Diocese of Southern Ohio's Youth & Young Adult Ministries (which means the treats are on us!)

Sunday, June 28, 3 to 4:30 p.m
Graeter's Worthington
(meet in the parking lot of St. John's, at 700 High St.)
A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer

Sunday, July 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Starbucks in New Albany (4784 Morse Rd.)
Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

Sunday, August 16, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Panera next to OSU campus (300 W. Lane Ave.)
You Know What You Have to Do by Bonnie Shimko

Questions?  Contact Fr. Karl Stevens ( or Maggie Leidheiser-Stoddard (

Celebrating ministry of Pam Elwell

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The Rev. Pam Elwell
After several months in prayer and discernment, the Rev. Deacon Pamela Elwell, Deacon at St Stephen's and in Campus Ministry since May 2006, met with Bishop Breidenthal and confirmed with him that it was time for her to retire from active diaconal ministry on June 28. The church will hold a reception for Pam on Sunday, June 28 at 12 noon (following the 10:30 a.m. service) in gratitude for her ministry at St. Stephen's and to the OSU community of students, faculty and staff. All are invited and welcome to attend.


Of her work at St. Stephen's, Pamela shared that: "I have been both challenged and rewarded by active ministry as a deacon. The people of St Stephen's have supported me on this journey from the beginning. I am grateful for your support, for your ministries, and for the privilege of working with you to serve God in this place".

Please join us to celebrate Pam's ministry among us. 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.

Choir robes available

The choir at Church of Redeemer, Hyde Park, has several men's and women's black cassock and white cotta sets available free to a good home. There are 29 cottas in the traditional hip length and one very long. There are 30 sleeveless cassocks and 5 long-sleeved. The Almy set includes a full range of sizes. All are laundered and in decent to good condition (faded a bit from decades of good service). 

 If interested, contact Liz Coley at or 614.329.5900 by the end of August.

Life Line Screening


The Church of the Good Samaritan, Amelia, is pleased to again offer a preventive health event. Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on Wednesday, July 8 at the church.


Life Line Screening has partnered with over 150 hospitals across the country and has screened nearly eight million people. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. 


Register for a screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 888.653.6441 or visit


There is also a free annual wellness visit if you are a Medicare beneficiary which includes a one on one consultation with a licensed nurse practitioner. The consultation includes a thorough review of your medical and family history to identify risks to your long term health, screening for depression and memory impairment, review of daily living skills, fall prevention and home safety, a written screening and immunization checklist/ schedule for the next 5 to 10 years, and personalized prevention to help you stay healthy and active for as long as possible. 


Pre-registration is required. Call: 866.579.5069. Church of the Good Samaritan is located at 25 Amelia-Olive Branch Road in Amelia. 

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Job opportunities

Part-time Children and Youth Formation Director
Trinity Episcopal Church, Hamilton, is seeking someone to create and coordinate programs to develop and grow the faith of our children and youth. This person will nurture our children and teach us to nurture our children as they grow in faith. See more

Positions at Bethany School

Bethany School is seeking a full time music teacher for the 2015-16 school year. Qualified candidates must possess Ohio certification.  Experience and Orff certification are preferred. The music teacher would handle daily music classes for grades 1 - 8, as well as four performances throughout the year.

Bethany School is seeking a full time teacher in our sixth-grade program for the 2015-16 school year. Qualified 
candidates must possess a 4-9 Ohio license in the areas of Reading/Language Arts and Social Studies.  Experience is necessary.

Bethany School is an Episcopal school located in Glendale, Ohio. It offers positive working conditions and benefits. Interested applicants should send a resume to


Parish Accountant

St. Timothy's, Cincinnati, seeks a part-time accountant (20-30 hours per week based on workload, with benefits)
The Parish Accountant  is responsible for all accounting functions of St. Timothy's, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, preparation of financial statements, payroll preparation, budget preparation, annual reporting. and account analysis and reconciliation. The Parish Accountant will report to the Parish Administrator.

Qualifications: Associates Degree in Accounting with a minimum of 5 years fund accounting OR Bachelor's Degree in Accounting with a minimum of 2 year of fund accounting. Send resumes and cover letter to the HR Committee at

Parish Administrator

Christ Church, Springfield, is seeking a caring and compassionate individual who is able to be an ambassador for the parish in the role of Parish Administrator. This individual will often be the first point of contact for the public and must be both sympathetic to the individual and delicately objective as needed. 

Qualifications include:

  • Strong organizational, oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office), including some basic financial record keeping

For a full description of the duties associated with this part-time position, please see 


Youth and Children's Ministry Coordinator
St. Patrick's, Dublin is looking for a coordinator of youth and children's ministries.  The job would entail formation programming, recruiting volunteers, building relationships with families, teaching, curriculum development and activity planning and leadership. Interested parties should contact the Rev. Stephen Smith at


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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