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In This Issue
August 4, 2015
What's new this week:
News from Gabriel's Place
Trazana Staples
The board of Gabriel's Place is excited to announce the arrival of our new executive director, Trazana Staples. 
Trazana begins her role as executive director Aug. 4.

Our market continues on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Make sure to stop by and say hi, pick up some fresh produce and welcome Trazana to Gabriel's Place.

Gabriel's Place is located at 3618 Reading Rd. in Avondale. Check us out at or call 513.221.2306 for more information about the market and other programs.

Safe Church Training


Beth Mendez, Director of Children's Formation and Family Ministries at Christ Church Cathedral, has assumed the role as the new coordinator of Safe Church training for the diocese.


The Safe Church schedule for 2015-2016 will be out soon. In the interim, Safe Church training will be reorganizing how and when live (comprehensive) trainings will be presented.  Please take a moment to read when and where live trainings will occur, who will need to receive live training, and when they might need to be trained.


The new scheduling plan will divide the programming year into four quarters beginning in January 2016. The quarters will be as follows January-March (Qtr1), April-June (Qtr2), July-Sept (Qtr3), October-December (Qtr4). Due to winter weather there will be no trainings in Qtr 1. Qtr 2 and Qtr 3 will offer trainings regionally, and Qtr 4 will offer trainings at the Procter Center only. For any training session to occur, there must be at least 8 people registered. 


Now is a great time to begin assessing what your training needs will be in the upcoming year. The following persons will need to complete the live training:

  • All clergy who engage in ministry service
  • All paid employees
  • All voluntary church personnel whose work regularly takes children/youth throughout the facility and/or assists with children/youth programs who have keys, giving them access to the buildings and grounds
  • All wardens
  • All persons who supervise or assist supervising children/youth, other than church school teachers, in ministries, programs, or activities more often than occasionally
  • All duly appointed and licensed lay persons, whether as an employee or volunteer, who are authorized to provide ministry on behalf of the church

Please note that church school teachers need only complete the online training modules. 


If you have any questions regarding Safe Church training, please contact Beth Mendez at

Upcoming events
Aug 5-8: Family Camp 3
Aug 22: Safe Church training (Christ Church Cathedral)
Tablet needed

Gabriel's Place is in desperate need of a used wifi-enabled tablet or iPad for use in the Market. If you have one to donate, please contact Canon Anne Reed at or 800.582.1712.

Episcopal Community Services Foundation 2016 grant deadline


ecsf logo w taglineThe deadline for applications to the Episcopal Community Services Foundation (ECSF) for 2016 grants is September 15, 2015


Episcopal congregations are encouraged to apply for grants to support their ministries and programs that address human need within the Diocese of Southern Ohio. To see ECSF's funding criteria, grant application instructions and to download a copy of the grant applications, visit, or email the Rev. Terri J. Thornton, Ministry Leader at  Assistance is available for any congregation needing help with the application process.


ECSF is a self-governing, supporting foundation of the Diocese of Southern Ohio whose mission is to encourage and support congregational ministry. Through education and grant programs, ECSF encourages, supports and creates opportunities for Episcopalians to help other Episcopalians to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God."


Apply for 2016 MDG Grants


The Diocese of Southern Ohio has a strong commitment to furthering the Millennium Development Goals and once again has designated .07% of its convention budget for MDG mission grants. These grants are designed to help organizations and groups with connections in our diocese to do national and world mission that support one or more of the MDG's.  (


Have an ongoing mission?  Have a new mission project in mind?  The National and World Mission Commission of the diocese encourages you to apply for a grant. Grant applications are being accepted through September 20, 2015 and can be found on the diocesan website. They can be found in the "Grants and Loans" link under Finance.


Grants will be determined in October to be awarded for use in 2016.


If you have any questions, please contact the Rev. Tom Fehr, Chair of N&WM Commission at or 513.312.2614.


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Hymn festival celebrates life of Walter R. Bouman

Walter Bouman
The Rev. Dr. Walter Bouman
The public is warmly invited to join family, friends and former students of the late Rev. Dr. Walter R. Bouman for Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!, a hymn festival honoring his life, teaching and writings to be held on the tenth anniversary of Bouman's death. The event will take place at Trinity Lutheran Seminary on Friday, September 11 at 7 p.m.

Music to be sung will include a variety of beloved hymns in festive settings, as well as Bach's Cantata Erhalt uns, Herr, von deinem Wort, BWV 126, performed by the Muskingum University Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Zebulon Highben, and the premiere of a new motet by Carl Schalk on Psalm 118:17 dedicated to Bouman ("I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord").

Featured organists are James Gladstone of Saginaw, Michigan; Linda Kempke of Rocky River, Ohio; and May Schwarz, of Trinity Lutheran Seminary. All are former Bouman students.

Walter R. Bouman was the Edward C. Fendt Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Trinity Lutheran Seminary from 1971 until his death 10 years ago. He was thoroughly devoted to the church, its people and especially to his students. His curriculum vitae featured a long list of lectures, presentations and sermons he delivered throughout his career. He taught and preached the Word of God around the globe - from Holden Village in the North Range of the Cascade Mountains of Washington to New York City, from small towns in Australia to tiny villages in Africa and on to cities of Europe. Face-to-face interaction always energized him.

Bouman's theology was grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. "The resurrection of Jesus was and is the starting point for Christianity, for its faith and witness, for its mission and calling," he wrote in a popular handbook on discernment handed to every entering student at Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

The hymn festival "Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!" not only honors Bouman's legacy but also heralds two new publications - Jesus Is Risen: Theology for the Church, Bouman's two-volume systematic theology edited posthumously by Dr. Ann Lee Haut, and Alleluia!, a commemorative volume of essays on topics of lifelong concern to Bouman, written by leading scholars, pastors and theologians who knew him. Both will be published this summer by Lutheran University Press.

The freewill offering will go to the Walter R. and Janet A. Bouman Chair in Church Music at Trinity Seminary. For more information, contact Nancy Raabe at 614.214.2639 or, or visit

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.


Connecting with...Public Policy

March for voting rights in Cincinnati Aug. 8

Join members of the Ohio Voting Rights Coalition, the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area, and other activists in Cincinnati on Saturday, August 8 as we march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. 

The "Bridges to Cross: Building Bridges" march across the Roebling Bridge on August 8, 2015 will begin at 9 a.m. Following the march, there will be a program at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center featuring local speakers addressing the topic: "Cincinnati 50 Years Ago."

The symbolic march honors the sacrifices made when 2,000 people set out from Selma on March 21, 1965, protected by U.S. Army troops and the Alabama National Guard that President Lyndon B. Johnson had ordered under federal control. Nearly 40,000 supporters met the marchers in Montgomery, where they gathered in front of the state capitol to hear Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other speakers including Ralph Bunche address the crowd. On August 6, 1965, during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement, the Voting Rights Act-the landmark piece of federal legislation prohibiting racial discrimination in voting-was signed into law by President Johnson.

The "Bridges to Cross: Building Bridges" commemorative march and program next Saturday, August 8, 2015 is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by: The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC), the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) and the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA).

March: 9 a.m. (Please arrive at the Covington, KY entrance of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge by 8:45 am)
Program: 9:30 a.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Parking: The Central Riverfront Parking Garage at the Banks as well and the Fountain Square Parking Garage are nearby as well as limited street parking and surface lots.
For more information: contact or call 614.454.1262.


Current headlines/ topics for conversation:


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Columbus Dispatch: Demolition plan approved for southern Ohio uranium plant cleanup



Columbus Dispatch: Baby-death numbers decline a bit in Ohio but still top national average



Patheos: "I am a human trafficking survivor and here's what I want to ask Christian activists"

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.

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


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:

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 (

Take a trip to Washington DC for Investiture of Presiding Bishop

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.

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Job opportunities

Parish Secretary
Part-Time Help Wanted: Parish Secretary at St. Anne, West Chester. Overseeing all administrative duties at a very busy and lively church, including, but not limited to greeting visitors; creating various digital and printed publications; maintaining several databases; overseeing parish calendar; editing the website; working with staff of 6 and dozens of volunteers. Knowledge of standard church practices preferred. 22 hours a week, 9 am-2:30 pm Tues - Friday. Please send an inquiry to and a full description will be sent to you. Hiring for immediate start. 

Child Care

Child Care needed at Grace Church, College Hill. Position available for a warm and loving person to care for our children during 10 a.m. Sunday Service. Compensation available. 5501 Hamilton Ave Cincinnati Ohio 45224. To express interest please call 513.541.2415.

Director of Development

Applications are now being accepted for the Director of Development on the staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. The Development Office is the major gifts ministry of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. As such, it identifies, cultivates, and solicits major donors to support ministries at all levels. The Director is responsible for developing, establishing and executing a robust, dynamic fundraising strategy, particularly through major gifts. See more

Executive Director

Episcopal City Mission (ECM) is a faith-based ministry that promotes social and economic justice working through partnerships with congregations, community-based organizations and people within the Diocese of Massachusetts, with special emphasis on the urban poor and oppressed. See more

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

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
Didn't see any news about your congregation here? Submit your news! The deadline for each weekly e-Connections is every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

The deadline for Connections, the bi-monthy publication of the diocese, is every other month on the last day of the month:   
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Mar 31 (Apr/May)
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July 31 (Aug/Sep)
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Nov 30 (Dec/Jan) 
Please send items to

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