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July 28, 2015
What's new this week:

Apply now for Brendan's Crossing


BC logo Do you know a young adult who is looking to experience a year of service and formation, intentional community or a way to explore their sense of calling and place in the world?


Brendan's Crossing (formerly "Floral House") is inviting young adults who desire to grow in faith, serve others, and to explore the questions that bring meaning to life to apply. Our 2015-16 program opens August 25 and ends June 30. You can apply online and learn more on our new website


Participation in Brendan's Crossing involves 30-35 hours a week of voluntary service at one or more of partner churches or organizations. In exchange for this service, young adults receive room, board, a stipend, health insurance and participation in the programming and activities of the community. Whenever possible we place a fellow in a role where they are partnered with a church and a neighborhood agency or outreach and that allows them to explore an area of interest.


For more information visit the website or contact Program Director Aaron Wright at


Take a trip to Washington DC!

Bishop Curry
Presiding Bishop-elect
The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry
Join a group traveling to Washington, DC to witness the Investiture of Bishop Michael Curry as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015.

Groups will depart from Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati and St. Philip's, Columbus, on Saturday, Oct. 31 and return after the Investiture on Sunday, Nov. 1. Cost* includes 
  • Transportation to/from Washington DC on 54-passenger motor coach 
  •  Red Episcopal polo shirt with embroidered Episcopal logo 
  •  Hotel Suite with complimentary evening reception and hot breakfast at Crystal City Embassy Suites (Arlington, VA) 
  •  Ticket* to Investiture Ceremony for Bishop Curry 

2 in-a-Suite/King or Doubles & Sofa - $225 per person
4 in-a-Suite/2Beds & Sofa - $175 per person 

Reservation deadline is Aug. 20, 2015. Payment in full due ASAP to confirm your space! Check or money order payable to REM and mail to: Reynolds Event Management, 7671 Fenway Rd., New Albany, OH 43054 

For questions, contact Nannette Reynolds at 614.939.3456 or or Sonja Bronson at 614.286.8042.

Download an event flyer here

*Cost of ticket is unknown at this time. Tickets will be distributed by lottery after Sept. 7 and are not guaranteed.

Upcoming events
Aug 5-8: Family Camp 3
Aug 22: Safe Church training (Christ Church Cathedral)
Aug 22: Dedication of Baptismal Bowl and Labyrinth (Procter Center)

U2Charist at Dublin Irish Festival


dublin irish fest Join the people of St. Patrick's, Dublin, for the 6th annual U2Charist at the Dublin Irish Festival on Sunday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m. on the Shamrock Stage.

U2Charist is a unique worship experience, combining a traditional celebration of the Eucharist with the highly spiritual music of the Irish rock band, U2. 


The Shamrock Stage is located just inside the East entrance to the festival. Admission to the festival is free with a donation of non-perishable food for the Dublin Food Pantry.

Laps for Lunches

Pearl of Africa flyer

News from Christ Church Cathedral


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Christ Church Cathedral Sunday live streaming

Christ Church Cathedral's 10 a.m. Sunday services are now available through a live stream by going to this link:


Recordings of the service will be posted the same day, within 2 hours of the actual service, and can be found at: We are pleased to be able to offer these Sunday services to those who cannot join us in person.


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 other questions connected to scripture are being explored in a summer offering for adults at Christ Church Cathedral. This discussion class, "What the Bible Really Teaches," is based on the book of the same name by Keith Ward, a former professor of divinity at the University of Oxford. Classes are held every Tuesday through August 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Cathedral Cafe. Feel free to join the discussion as your schedule permits.


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Formation opportunities

School for Ministry offerings in September and October


In September 2015, the newly forming diocesan School for Ministry will begin the opportunity for everyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio to participate.


September Offerings:

The Deacon in Worship (Course 2015-01)

What is the deacon's role in worship?  Learn the distinctive place the deacon has in leading worship and how that role invites the entire worshipping community into ministry beyond the walls of the church building.

Friday, September 11, 2015   9 - Noon


Theological Reflection: From Scripture to Theology  (Course 2015-02)  
The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal

Learn the basics of theological reflection and how we move from Scripture to a theological understanding of our faith through the lens of our personal and collective experiences of God.

Friday, September 11, 2015   1 - 4 PM


Rule of Life and Beginning Prayer Practices  (Course 2015-03)  
The Rev. Douglas Argue

Students will create or revise a person Rule of Life.  Additionally, students will practice some basic prayer techniques including using the Book of Common Prayer, extemporaneous prayer, silent meditation, and contemplation.

Friday, September 11, 2015   7 - 8:30 PM


Biblical Exegesis Meets the World Today  (Course 2015-05) 
The Rev. Dr. Lee Anne Reat & the Rev. Stephen Smith

This class will explore the importance of scholarly study of the Bible's historical and social settings as a precursor to application to pastoral and social issues within the context of the modern day.

Saturday, September 12, 2015   9 to noon


The Ministry of Listening: Compassionate Communication (Course 2015-04)  
The Rev. William Sangrey

All ministry, lay or ordained, requires empathic listening skills which invite the other into open and honest relationship.  This class will explore techniques of effective, compassionate communication and include practice of those skills.

Saturday, September 12, 2015    1 - 3.30 p.m.


October offerings:

Worship Leader Training [First of Two required sessions]   (Course 2015-WL)
The Rev. Marjorie Menaul

"A Worship Leader is a lay person 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." [Canon III.4.4 TEC]  Licensing requires participation in both sessions.

Saturday, October 10, 2015  9 a.m.-3.30 p.m.



Register for any course electronically at 


If you have questions, please contact the Rev. Canon Anne Reed at


Repeats, reminders, etc.
Dedication of
Baptismal Bowl & Labyrinth

Saturday, August 22
10:30 a.m.

Christ Chapel at your Procter Center
11235 SR 38 SE
London, Ohio

The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal,
celebrant and preacher

Please bring bells! A light lunch will be served following the dedication.

OSU Football tickets available for mission fundraisers


Brutus Buckeye Each year the William Cooper Procter Fund purchases season tickets for The Ohio State University football season. Bishop Breidenthal has released tickets for 4 (four) games to communities of faith or Episcopal organizations in the Diocese of Southern Ohio to be used as fundraisers for local or diocesan mission initiatives. There are two tickets available for each game. One set of tickets will be available to each community of faith or organization. NO PARKING PASSES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED.


If you would like to use the tickets for a fundraiser, please contact the Rev. Anne Reed at by July 31. Tickets will be randomly chosen and distributed on a first come, first served basis. 


Congregational Leadership

The diocese is preparing to undergo a complete upgrade/conversion of our database system. We don't know yet when the entire process will be finished, but we do know that we want our data to be current once the new system is in place!

The only way that we currently collect the information about the leadership in our congregations is via the Congregational Leadership List. If your congregation has not filled out the list for 2015 (and most have not), please fill out an updated form as soon as possible. A link to the form can be found at the forms and policies link of the diocesan website, or by clicking here. If you are unsure if your congregation has complied with submitting the list, please contact Julie Murray at

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 this important presentation. 

Click below to register:

Gaslight Chamber Music Series

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, 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 (

Summer Sundays

Womens conference flyer

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

Director of Music/Organist

St. Andrew's, Cincinnati is hiring a part-time (10-15 hrs/wk) permanent or interim Director of Music/Organist. Responsibilities include directing and rehearsing the Chancel Choir, meeting with the rector to select music for Sunday services, playing organ for Sunday services (1 weekly) and other special services as needed (Christmas Eve, etc.)

To apply or for more information, please contact Fr. John Agbaje at 513.531.4337 or via email at

Youth Minister

Part-time Youth Minister opening at St Mary's Episcopal Church in Hillsboro OH. Prefer someone who is familiar with the Episcopal Church and loves kids! Training for Youth activities available. Apartment available as part of the package. Contact the Rev. Judi Wiley at or 937.205.4292.

Director of Children's Formation and Family Ministries

St. Barnabas, Montgomery, is experiencing exciting new growth in the area of children and families and now seeking a candidate to direct our Christian Education and Family Ministries' programming, ages 3 - 12. The successful candidate will provide leadership in recruitment, training, and oversight to the work of teachers and other volunteers. In addition, in the area of family ministry, responsibilities will include the development and organization of seasonal programming, parenting and family events.
Requirements: Proven experience working with children; good communication skills and the ability to work with parents, volunteers, and children; knowledge of the Episcopal Church and nurturing children of faith.
Position Available: August 15
Flexible Hours: 12 - 15 per week
Please send resume to The Rev. Nancy Turner Jones at

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


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

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


Connections Deadlines
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