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August 26, 2015
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Carry the Water

Art contest connects diocese with clean water initiative around the world

Every fifteen seconds, somewhere in the world, a child dies of a disease caused by contaminated water. Carry the Water is an Episcopal Relief & Development campaign focused on increasing access to clean water and education about hygiene and resource conservation.

To herald a diocesan wide-focus on this clean water initiative, children across the diocese are invited to generate two-dimensional artwork inspired by the Carry the Water campaign. The winning artwork will be featured on an exclusive aluminum canteen available for sale in the autumn.

All submissions must be received by September 15. Scan the artwork and send it by email to Emily Pucker at or mail it to her directly to 4927 Buck Thorn Lane, Columbus, OH 43220.

Let's collect a mile of pennies!
CPC logo It may surprise you that donations may be collected and sent to the Church Periodical Club at any time during the year. Although CPC has not been actively promoted within the Diocese of Southern Ohio and its purpose as well as name has fallen from common recognition, the CPC has been promoting the spread of Christianity through the written word (literacy) for nearly as long as our nation has existed. 

An important part of this ministry is the Mile of Pennies (MOP). The Mile Of Pennies Fund of the CPC is a national project sponsored by Episcopal dioceses. It was introduced in 1989 to meet the secular or religious book needs of children and youth, from pre-school to grade 12 (age 18). Any program that promotes education and knowledge for Sunday schools, church-sponsored schools and children's libraries is eligible to apply for a grant through Mile of Pennies to assist in buying software, AV media, books and magazines.

As we look to a new church school year to begin, we often look for a new way to involve our youth and children in day-to-day Christian service. Mile of Pennies is an easy way for church youth to get involved serving others every day of their lives. Each child saves or collects pennies and spare change and brings it to church school on a weekly basis. The pennies get dropped into a labeled container (a clean, labeled plastic juice bottle works well). Each month the youth count the collected coins and roll them. The first foot takes only 16 pennies! The goal for the Diocese of Southern Ohio is one mile of pennies, or $844.80.

Will you join in the journey toward our diocese's first mile? It is as simple as a penny jar in each household and a juice bottle in every parish. Fun trivia fact: $9 in pennies weighs five pounds! So, don't weigh your pocket or purse down; give to CPC through Mile of Pennies and help pave the road for children's books.

Please do not send rolled or loose coins! Coins should be exchanged for a check from the participating parish, with reference to "Mile of Pennies" in the memo line. This check, made payable to Church Periodical Club, is then sent to the diocesan CPC coordinator where it will be recorded and sent on to CPC headquarters in New York. As with donations on CPC Sunday, donations throughout the year may be sent to the CPC diocesan coordinator, Jane Nurse, at 4319 Joan Place, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227-3304.

Jane Nurse serves as the diocesan coordinator for the Church Periodical Club. For a grant application or more information about CPC, contact her at 513.376.9349 or

Upcoming events
Oct 1: Clergy Day at Procter
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141st Annual Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio

Nov. 13-14, 2015
Dayton Convention Center 
Take the Procter Center survey

The Hospitality Committee of the Procter Center Board of Directors would like your feedback on how to better serve and provide hospitality for those who visit the center. The survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time to complete. 

Thank you!

Sharing God's Bounty Sharing God's Bounty

Saturday, Oct. 17
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Procter Center 

Annual conference for women's ministry and mission at Procter Center. Keynote speaker: Katie Moose, author of God's Bounty: 365 Days of Inspirational Cooking. Underwritten by Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. 

Cost for the conference is $20, includes lunch and materials. Please register by October 1. For any questions, please contact Kathy Mank at 513.560.2126 or or Deborah Alsop at 513.535.4601 or
Register at

Community Blood Drive 2

Missa Gaia

Disaster chaplain

Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training
The Sewanee Inn
Sewanee, Tenn., Nov. 10-11, 2015
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN), invites clergy and spiritual caregivers of the Episcopal Church and religious leaders of all faiths to take this two-day disaster chaplaincy training. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer as a chaplain in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.
Emergency managers and disaster mental health professionals may also take this course to develop their knowledge of spiritual care best practices during disasters.
This curriculum prepares chaplains and credentialed religious leaders to provide spiritual and emotional care during deployment to disaster sites as well as within their own communities. The course comprises four four-hour sessions offered over two days, covering disaster operations, disaster spiritual care, disaster mental health, and self-care for caregivers.
FEMA's online IS 100 course on the Incident Command System must be completed prior to this training.

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News from Christ Church Cathedral Cathedral logo
Music offerings at Christ Church Cathedral

CCC musicChrist Church Cathedral is pleased to announce its music offerings for the 2015-16 program year. The year features performances by two ensembles-in-residence, Collegium Cincinnati, directed by Christopher Eanes, and the Cincinnati Men's Chorus, directed by Casey J. Hayes.

"Between the performances offered by our ensembles-in-residence, the 2015-16 concert season is richer than ever," says Stephan Casurella, the cathedral's director of music. "In fact, there are more than fifteen concerts to choose from--not counting the weekly Music Live series!"

Find a link to download an electronic brochure of all the cathedral's upcoming offerings or instructions on how to have a print version mailed to your home at

Sunday Streaming
Beginning Sunday, July 12, 10 am Sunday services will be 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 here: We are pleased to be able to offer these Sunday services to those who cannot join us in person.

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Connecting with...Public Policy
Call to Action:

Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference 9/10-11/2015  - University of Toledo 
Project R.E.A.C.H.  10/29/2015 - Columbus (faith-based initiative that seeks to engage and educate faith leaders and their communities on issues of health wellness and prevention.)

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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.
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.

Certifying lay delegates to convention

Congregations are canonically required (Canon III, Section 5) to submit a Certificate of Election of Lay Delegates as soon as possible after they have been chosen at your annual meeting. This is simply to let the convention know who was elected to the position of convention delegate from your congregation for planning and communication purposes. 

If your congregation has not yet reported your election, you can access the certification form here, or on the diocesan website in the convention section. Please submit these forms as soon as possible.

If your lay delegates have changed since a certification form was submitted, you must complete a Change of Delegate form. A link to the form can also be found on the diocesan website in the convention section. Completed forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the diocesan office by Oct. 31. 

Please direct any questions to Julie Murray at or at 800.582.1712 ext. 110.
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

Placement available for Confluence year
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St. John's Confluence Year program just had a fifth and final placement open up for the 2015-16 Episcopal Service Corps year. If you are a recent college grad or young adult, or know one interested in a year long service corps experience that merges social justice with spiritual formation, vocational discernment, and intentional community, apply today! 

The job placement (see attached description) is with our fantastic partner organization Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) which is part of the Episcopal Migration Ministries and is launching a new collaborative program with the diocese to benefit recently resettled refugees.

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


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

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. 

New this year is a simplified application for ministries requesting $1,000 or less. To see ECSF's funding criteria, grant application instructions and to download a copy of the grant applications, visit When your application is complete, please send to (If it is easier to mail it, address to Juliette Stuard, ECSF Administrator, 412 Sycamore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.) 

Assistance is available for any congregation needing help with the application process. If you need help or have questions, please email the Rev. Terri J. Thornton, Ministry Leader, at

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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Faith After #Ferguson 

Bexley Seabury invites you to participate in a long-overdue community dialogue. Alums, students, and neighboring church and community leaders will gather as learners and disciples to consider the urgent need for individuals and communities to confront the sin of racism and begin the arduous work ahead to repent and reconcile. 

Keynote by Mike Kinman, dean, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, responses from a roundtable of local leaders including Bishop Breidenthal, and open dialogue. 

Wednesday, Sept 23 12:15 to 6 p.m. at St. Philip Episcopal Church, 166 Woodland Avenue, Columbus. More information.

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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.

The group will depart from St. Simon of Cyrene in Lincoln Heights on Friday, Oct. 30 and return after the Investiture on Sunday, Nov. 1. (Please note change in date and location

Cost* includes 
  • Transportation to/from Washington DC on 54-passenger motor coach 
  •  Red Episcopal polo shirt with embroidered Episcopal logo 
  •  Hotel Suite (2 nights) with complimentary evening reception and hot breakfast at Crystal City Embassy Suites (Arlington, VA) 
2 in-a-Suite/King or Doubles & Sofa - $325 per person
4 in-a-Suite/2Beds & Sofa - $275 per person 

Reservation deadline is Aug. 30, 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.

*There is no cost for tickets to the investiture. Tickets will be distributed by lottery after Sept. 7 and are not guaranteed.

Job opportunities
Youth Director
The Indian Hill Episcopal Presbyterian Church is seeking a Youth Director to continue and grow our existing youth program. We are seeking someone who is passionate about youth and the issues that they face, being able to relate to them whether in the classroom, on a mission trip, in times of struggle as well as celebration.  We are seeking someone who can engage them, who can encourage them to participate in the life of the church, and who can walk with them in their journey of faith. This is a part-time job which pays competitively.
A full job description can be found on the Indian Hill Church web site at
Interested candidates can submit any questions or their resume to 
Or via standard mail at:
Youth Director Search Committee
Indian Hill Church
6000 Drake Rd.
Cincinnati, OH. 45243

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

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:   
Jan 31 (Feb/Mar issue)
Mar 31 (Apr/May)
May 31 (Jun/Jul)
July 31 (Aug/Sep)
Sept 30* (Oct/Nov)
Nov 30 (Dec/Jan) 
Please send items to

*convention issue. Deadline may be changed in order to have all convention materials available for pre-convention meetings.
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