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September 8, 2015
What's new this week:
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141st Annual Convention
of the Diocese of Southern Ohio

Nov. 13-14, 2015
Dayton Convention Center 

Registration opens September 14
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. Lay delegates must be certified to receive credentials for voting at the convention.

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. It is important to submit the certification before registering delegates for convention.

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.
Open enrollment

Open enrollment for 2016 medical benefits for active employees will take place from Oct. 21 to Nov. 6, 2015. Members will receive information from the Medical Trust with instructions on how to access their information online and make plan selections. 

Employees who are not currently active members can enroll in the plan by contacting Angela Byrd in the Finance Office at or 800.582.1712 ext. 113. 

Open enrollment for retirees will be held Oct. 13 through Dec. 7.

Racial Profiling Team honored

Bishop Breidenthal and members of the Bishop's Task Force on Racial Profiling and Research Team will be honored at a luncheon during the 85th annual convention of the NAACP Ohio Conference. The award luncheon takes place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center. 

Columbus area clergy or anyone else interested in attending the luncheon should contact Dr. Merelyn Bates-Mims at 513.861.4943, 513.262.3751 or at

Upcoming events
Oct 1: Clergy Day at Procter
Oct 3: Safe Church training (Columbus)
Oct 10: Worship Leader Training (Part 1)
Oct 17: Safe Church training (Glendale)
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!

Celebration of a New Ministry

Please join us for the 
Celebration of a New Ministry:
 The Institution of 
The Reverend Charles E. Wilson, Jr. 
as the Ninth Rector 

St. Philip Episcopal Church
166 Woodland Avenue, Columbus

Saturday, September 12, 2015
3:30 p.m.

Reception to follow
Clergy invited to vest - white stoles

OSU football ticket auction to benefit Partners-in-Ministry-in-Liberia

What do OSU football and PIMIL have in common?

PIMIL logoOSU logo Bishop Breidenthal generously donated two tickets to the September 26 game with Western Michigan to be used as a fundraiser for Partners in Ministry in Liberia. All funds received will go to PIMIL ministries, including the support of Ebola orphans in Liberia.

The tickets are located at in Section 22B ("B-deck"), Row 4, Seats 11 & 12. A parking pass comes with the tickets; parking is in Lot CA at 10th and Cannon. The estimated value of the package is approximately $150. The opening minimum bid is $100.

The auction will open at noon, Friday, September 4, and end at 4 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 18. In order to place a bid, call St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at 614.882.2706 during business hours (typically M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Speak with Bernice Gruel or Cathy Bagot. 


Payment must be made by cash or check (made to the order of St. Matthew's noting PIMIL on the memo line).  Tickets should be picked up at the Pray. Think. Love. House, 23 E. College Avenue, Westerville, by noon, Friday, September 25.

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Procter Center Fall 2015 Bass Fishing Tournament

Earn bragging rights and great prizes at the Procter Center Bass Fishing Tournament on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All proceeds will go toward scholarships for Procter Summer Camp.  Every child who wants to experience camp should be able to.
Bring your own equipment, bait, etc. and enjoy fishing from the shores of our 14 acre lake that is filled with big bass just waiting to be caught. The tournament is catch and release. 
The cost is $30 for adults and $10 for children under 13.  Lunch will be provided.  Children are welcome and families are encouraged to attend.  The registration deadline is Sept.14 and you may register at or 740.206.2036.  For additional information please email Harry White at  

Procter Center is located 9 miles south of London, OH at 11235 State Route 38 SE.  

Family Concert with the Mark Alan Wade Trio

Sunday, September 27, 3 p.m.
St. John's, Worthington

Mark Wade Trio
The Mark Alan Wade Trio
Equipped with an array of unusual instruments, this year's family concert will feature traditional bluegrass and Irish music that is lively and engaging, with special activities for the kids in your life! The Mark Alan Wade Trio is fun to watch and hear, and they enjoy sharing the history of their instruments and songs from around the world. 

Mark Wade is a hammered dulcimer national champion; Cristina Wade is a multi-instrumentalist and will perform on marimbula and Irish tin whistle; Randy Clepper is an accomplished player of Irish traditional music on bouzouki, & fingerstyle guitar. This is a concert especially designed for families with children; nursery care will be available for our littlest concertgoers. 

We invite you to enjoy excellent music in a beautiful and historic space. There is no charge for admission to the concert; a freewill offering will be taken to support the Music Series. St. John's is located at 700 High Street in Worthington, on the southeast corner of the Olde Worthington Village Green (High Street at SR 161). Visit for more information.

Art at the Advent-2015
"As We See It"
A many faceted display of art from many disciplines: music, stained glass, fabric art, wood carving, optic wall art from various artists in the parish as well as some student work from supporters of the Open Door program.
A show in honor and memory of Richard Edward Wagner who was dedicated to the mission of the Church of the Advent, the Open Door and the Walnut Hills Community organizations.   
Friday, October 9 thru Sunday, October 11
Friday, October 9
5 to 8 PM
Saturday, October 10
Noon to 4 PM
Sunday, October 11
11 to 2 PM
Presented by:
"Art At The Advent 2015"
Episcopal Church of the Advent
2366 Kemper Lane
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Admission is free and open to the public.  A portion of the proceeds of the show benefit the church and are tax deductible.
Contact information:
       Jane Terrill  513.871.6654 or
       Church of the Advent 513.961.2100 ask for Cathy

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Connecting with...Public Policy
Making Cincinnati more immigrant-friendly

MARCC forum Wednesday, Sept. 9 at noon

Learn about the significant role Cincinnati's interfaith coalition MARCC will be taking to help implement recommendations of Mayor John Cranley's Immigration Task Force to make Cincinnati a more immigrant-friendly city. The speakers at this free forum are Catholic lawyer Adam Hall and Tony Stieritz of the Catholic Archdiocese, who represented MARCC on the working groups of the Mayor's Task Force.  

The free forum takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, 325 W. Eighth Street across from City Hall in downtown Cincinnati. Coffee and tea are provided, bring your own lunch. There are plenty of two-hour meters on the street which accept credit cards. 

MARCC's member judicatories, which include Catholics, Episcopalians and other Protestants, Jews, Muslims and Unitarian-Universalists, have published a set of immigration principles and have worked in partnership with many other civic and non-profit groups to make the city safe and welcoming to immigrants. MARCC will take on new roles this fall at the Mayor's and Archdiocese's request in implementing key improvements. Come to learn important updates and get answers to your questions! For more information about MARCC, visit

Formation opportunities
Spiritual Ecology Youth Fellowship Program

The Spiritual Ecology Youth Fellowship is looking for individuals who have the potential to be catalysts for change and recognize the need to create a future that is not driven by materialism and greed, but rooted in the spiritual values of interconnectedness, service, stewardship, and reverence for nature. 

The Spiritual Ecology Fellowship encourages emerging young leaders, ages 22-30, based in the United States and Canada to apply. The program is designed to offer an experience of deep study, reflection and practical development and will incorporate the principles of Spiritual Ecology. A central component of the program will be the exploration of how these foundational values can be implemented into projects that can create lasting change.

The application deadline is December 15, 2015. Applicants must be between the ages of 22-30. The fellowship follows a nine-month program and will consist of 10 selected participants, all of whom will receive full scholarships for program tuition. All travel, food and lodging for retreats and field visits will be provided at no cost.
September Offerings from the School for Ministry
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 of the above courses electronically at  If you have questions, please contact the Rev. Canon Anne Reed at

Lay Preacher Formation
Lay Preachers are licensed by the diocese after completing a two-year curriculum of study and practice preaching (with feedback). Licensed preachers are allowed to preach anywhere in the Diocese of Southern Ohio where the local priest, or in the absence of the priest the senior warden, invites them to do so. Training includes Biblical study, the study of the craft of preaching itself, and numerous opportunities to preach in class and receive feedback. The leaders of the class, the Revs. Stephen Smith and Joanna Leiserson, will evaluate each student and determine if they are approved for licensing. 

Cost is $250. Classes meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Procter Center every second Saturday (third Saturday in November) from September through May. Contact the Rev. Stephen Smith at if you have further questions. Register at 

Repeats, reminders, etc.
Congregational Mission Grants

The Commission on Congregational Life is charged with encouraging, supporting, evaluating and seeking opportunities for development and growth of all fellowships, missions and parishes of the diocese.

COCL offers Congregational Mission Grants (CMG) and New Initiative grants to congregations for this purpose. Applications can be found on the diocesan website under Finance - Grants & Loans. Please send all documents back electronically. The deadline for 2016 CMG applications is Sept. 30, 2015.

Questions may be directed to the Rev. Canon Jack Koepke at 800.582.1712 ext.104 or or Janice M. West, COCL Chair at 937.278.2249 or

Congregational Leadership

The diocese is preparing to undergo a complete upgrade/conversion of our database system in October. It is vital that we make sure that our data is as up to date as possible before we make the conversion.

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

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.

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.


Community Blood Drive 2

Hymn festival celebrates life of Walter R. Bouman

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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

Blue Mass

A Blue Mass to honor all current police, firefighters, and first responders who gave their lives in the line of duty and to honor those who serve will be held at St. James Church Zanesville at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 13.
The church is located at 155 N. 6th St. in downtown Zanesville and the public is invited. Please join us. For more information call 740.453.9459 (the church office). 

Native American Roundtable
Native_12 The Diocese of Southern Ohio and the Native American Council of Christ Church Cathedral are sponsoring the second Native American Ministry Roundtable at Procter Center on Saturday, September 19, at 10 a.m. 

The Roundtable is open to all who are interested in Native American issues, concerns and opportunities.
Churches of several denominations have been involved in mission work and supporting Native Americans on reservations. The Roundtable is being held to promote collaboration and engagement in working for and with our Native American sisters and brothers throughout the US.

Topics will include sharing past and present Native American initiatives, refining a vision for collaboration and the best possibilities for achieving the vision and planning future meetings. We will be eating lunch at Procter. Cost of lunch is $10.

Register at If you have questions, please email the Rev. Anne Reed, Canon for Mission at

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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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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

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Job opportunities
Social Media Coordinator
Forward Movement is seeking a full-time Social Media Coordinator to support our efforts to share our work and our products with the church and with the world. Our mission is to inspire disciples and empower evangelists and we do this by providing quality resources for spiritual growth and encouragement. Forward Day by Day, a quarterly devotional with a circulation of 300,000, is our flagship offering. The Social Media Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining and growing our social media presence across our varied platforms and channels. The ideal candidate will have some combination of skill and experience with digital media, marketing, communications, and writing. We seek a dedicated, fun, team-spirited individual with an understanding of how to achieve aggressive growth on our social media channels. See more

Marketing Assistant
Forward Movement is seeking a part-time Marketing Assistant to support our efforts to share our work and our products with the church and with the world. The Marketing Assistant will assist in marketing operations by compiling information, researching, reporting, and communicating with our constituency about our work and mission. The ideal candidate will have some combination of skill and experience with promotional writing, website updates, social media platforms, compiling reports, and other administrative tasks. Print, online, and multi-media channels will be used. We seek a detail-oriented, team-spirited individual with experience in communications and/or marketing. See more 

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.

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.

Vestry Resource Guide

Vestry Guide Whether you're a new vestry member or a seasoned veteran, the newly revised Vestry Resource Guide is essential reading. With a deliberate focus on the importance of lay and clergy leadership teams, you'll find comprehensive information and advice about the ministry of the vestry, leading faith communities, stewardship, and navigating clergy transitions. Vestry Resource Guide is developed in partnership with Episcopal Church Foundation.

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