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November 17, 2015
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Celebrations of New Ministry

The Rev. Thomas Fehr
will be installed as
Chaplain of the
Convent of the Transfiguration
at Evensong
5 p.m. Thursday, December 3, 2015

Chapel of the Transfiguration
495 Albion Ave, Cincinnati 45246

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, presiding
Your prayers and presence are welcome
Reception following
The wardens, vestry and people request your prayers and presence as we celebrate the new ministry that God has called us into with
The Rev. Phyllis A. Spiegel
as we install her as fourth rector of
St. Anne Episcopal Church

Saturday, December 12, 2015
11 a.m.

The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal
Bishop of Southern Ohio, presiding

Clergy: purple stoles
Propers: Feast of St. Lucy

St. Anne Episcopal Church
6461 Tylersville Rd
West Chester, Ohio 45069

Reception following; Childcare available
Upcoming events
Nov 20-21: School for Ministry (Procter)
Nov 21: Worship Leader training
(Part 2)
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141st Convention Feedback
A request for all convention attendees: Please take a moment to fill out a convention feedback form. Your feedback really helps the Dispatch of Business in the planing of the next convention.  Thank you! 
ICYMI: 141st Convention

Find voting and election results, the bishop's address, a feedback form and more on the
141st Annual Diocesan Convention page at


Election and resolution voting results

Convention feedback form

See a short video from the Rev. Kempton Baldridge, Chaplain for the Seaman's Institute 
Connecting with ... Events around the diocese
Waffle Shop

Faith and Family Night

Connecting with ... Volunteer opportunities
Help the Sisters, help the homeless!

The Community of the Transfiguration has teamed up with StreetChurch from Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, for the past year, providing healthy brown-bag lunches every week which are distributed among homeless and indigent people in Cincinnati early Sunday afternoon.

We need help getting the lunch bags from the Convent in Glendale to the Church in Mt. Auburn, on Sunday mornings any time between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Sisters are not able to do this, and most able bodied parishioners with cars are already involved in church carpools, with routes far from Glendale.

Ideally, we would like to count on a rota of volunteers who might keep the same Sunday once per month, or two people who can alternate, and a backup. You don't have to attend services at the Convent or at COS/LINS to help with this ministry.  But all of us will offer prayers of thanks for the blessing of your part in this vital ministry!

Contact the rector Paula M. Jackson at  or 513.207.1248 if you can be a link for this ministry once a month or more.
Rides, tutors needed in Cincinnati

The learners are many, drivers and tutors few!

Can you spare two hours a week to help kids with their homework?  Very rewarding, because the kids are eager to learn and love the interaction.

The Price Hill Learning Club, which receives money from ECSF and the Latino Ministry Commission, has many new students. These are "English Language Learners", children born in the US but who only hear Spanish at home.

Right now we are transporting students with a van given to the ministry by the Sisters of the Transfiguration. Many more students would participate if we could only transport them!

Can you take a Monday or Wednesday late afternoon to help a) transport students a short distance from their Price Hill homes to the Learning Club, (3636 Warsaw Avenue), then tutor from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. and ferry them home? Guaranteed to be the highlight of your week!  No Spanish needed...

Contact Nancy Sullivan at if you can help with this critical outreach ministry.

Connecting with ... Formation opportunities
School for Ministry November 2015 offerings
Theology of the Diaconate (Course 2015-06)
Friday, November 20, 9 to 11 a.m.
The Rev. Anne Reed
Using the lens of history and experience, we will discuss how the theology of 'diakonia' (service) is lived out in ministry today. We will pay particular attention to the ministry of ordination to the Diaconate.
Pastoral Care in Hospitals and Nursing Homes (Course 2015-07)
Friday, November 20, 1 to 3.30 p.m.
The Rev. Hanci Newberry
Explore the basics of pastoral care in hospital and nursing home settings including what it means to be a pastoral presence and some principles of effective communication and prayer with patients and family members.
Using the Five Senses as Entry to Prayer (Course 2015-10)
Friday, November 20, 7 to 8.30 p.m.
The Rev. Douglas Argue
How do we use our natural senses as an entry point to prayer?  This experience will all participants to experiment and practice with all five of the body's senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.  Through the use of prayer stations participants will get the opportunity to experience music, icons, incense, tangible prayer objects, and a few other practices as a way to enter prayer and be in communion with the Holy.
Moral Decision-Making  (Course 2016-07)
Saturday, Nov. 21  10 to 11:50 a.m.
Dr. Don Reed, Ph.D.
We will consider three models of how we make moral decisions. Is only one of them correct? Are they correct for different types of decisions? On one model, we reason by applying rules to cases such as medically assisted death, and lying and deceit by public officials. On another, we reason from intuitions about cases on which there is little or no disagreement to principles we can employ in thinking about cases on which we are unsure or disagree. And on a third, moral decision-making is not primarily a matter of reasoning at all; it is based on flashes of feeling of six different types; moral reasoning is only an afterthought and is mostly rationalization. 
Pastoral Care: Addiction and Mental Health (Course 2015-09)
Saturday, November 21 1 to 3.30 p.m.
Karen Kaufman, MA, LPCC, LICDC
What does it really mean to be addicted or to struggle with a mental health disorder?  Is it a matter of choice, a disease, a moral failing, lack of faith, or lack of willpower? This class will address the common stereotypes associated with addiction and mental health disorders, provide a critical response to these common opinions, and lay a pathway of how to look at an individual struggling with addiction and/or mental health disorders from a helper's perspective. With a foundation in understanding, strategies will then be explored to offer assistance with a person asks for help.
Worship Leader Training (Second of two required sessions - Course 2015-WL)
Saturday, Nov. 21 9 a.m.
The Rev. Marjorie Menaul

All sessions are held at Procter Center. Cost is $30 per course. Register at
Explorers' Retreat for those discerning a call to ordained ministry

The annual Explorer's Retreat will be held the evening of Feb. 6 through the early afternoon of Feb. 7 at the Procter Center. The registration deadline is Jan. 23.

The Explorer's Retreat provides an overview of the discernment and ordination processes as well as plenty of time for conversation about the diaconate and the priesthood. Anyone who desires to begin a formal exploration of a possible call to ordained ministry is required to attend this informational and fun weekend.

Considerations prior to attending the Explorer's Retreat:
  • Explorers should have been in serious and regular conversation with their clergy person about their call for an extended period of time (in the neighborhood of a year). Both the clergy person and the explorer should have done some deep thinking about the explorer's vocation prior to Explorers' Day as this day assumes that intentional vocational discernment has already begun.
  • Only those who have been confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church and have been active members of the Episcopal Church for at least two years should attend the Explorers' Retreat.

Living Compass

The Beecken Center in Sewanee, TN, will host a Living Compass Congregational Wellness Advocate (CWA) training, Feb. 2-4, 2016.

Led by the Rev. Scott Stoner and the Living Compass team, this three-day course will help you develop skills to facilitate small wellness groups and lead wellness classes on a breadth of topics including adult, parent and teen wellness. You will also take time to assess the wellness needs within your faith community and the wider community at large.

A Living Compass training is both a training and a retreat experience for people excited about integrating faith and wellness in their own lives and helping others to do the same. Lay and clergy leaders of all denominations and faith backgrounds are welcome to attend, and congregations are encouraged to send groups to be trained together.

You will be enriched by spending several days in community with others who are passionate about integrating faith and wellness!

Certification requires completion of this training plus leading two Living Compass programs within one year of having completed the training.

Tuition: $360 per participant. Includes all training materials, plus dinner Tuesday night, breakfast & lunch on Wednesday, and breakfast on Thursday. The training will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4. Lodging not included. Discounted room rates will be available at the Sewanee Inn.

Full and partial scholarships are available from Living Compass. Please contact Edith Braeger at

Group rates: churches may bring a third and/or fourth participant for $180 each. Please contact James Goodmann at

For more information on Living Compass, visit
Connecting with ... Our cathedral

Fall Issue of The Sycamore now available!

Click in at, or request a print edition by writing to The fall issue focuses on prayer and all the forms that it takes. Contents include articles, reflections and stories, interviews, the theological question and answer column, book reviews and poetry. Contributors include Trevor R. Babb, Elizabeth Brown, Adam Clark, Dianne Ebbs, Kimberley A. Fonner, Gail Greenwell, Abie Ingber, Kevin Jones, Joyce Keeshin, Barbara Lyghtel Rohrer, Alexander Martin, Rob Rhodes, Kim Taylor, Brenda Westfall, and Manoj Mathew Zacharia. Poetry is by David A. Petreman and Lisa Prantl.

Position available

A docent position is currently available at Christ Church Cathedral for someone who is interested in working a few hours a week during Open Door hours. Interested candidates would have compassion, patience and understanding, and be available to answer questions or direct individuals as needed as they come through the cathedral.

This paid position requires light walking and some administrative work, as well as other duties in limited capacity. This role is perfect for college students with a break during their day, or retirees looking to fill in their late mornings/ early afternoons. The Open Door hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. M-F. Those interested in more details, or to apply should email Mark Priest at

Trinity Institute

Trinity Institute at Christ Church Cathedral
January 21-23, 2016

Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice

Explore the more pressing issues of our time: structural racism, mass incarceration and policy change. Come with open ears and leave with a greater capacity to back into your community and create change!

Download full-size flyer here

For more information, contact Kathy Noe at or 513.842.2051.Cathedral logo
Lift your spirits at the 76th annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival: Free group tickets available
Boar's head Christ Church Cathedral invites congregations to join our greater community to end the Christmas season with reflection and inspiration for Epiphany and the New Year. We offer FREE tickets for the Dress Rehearsal for up to 15 members.
Immerse yourselves for ~1 hours in the glorious orchestral music, colorful pageantry and moving carols to inspire hope for the year to come. At this full Dress Rehearsal, you may experience the drama of the two crowd scenes twice.

The Dress Rehearsal will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. Click here to order group tickets. Requests for group tickets must be received no later than Dec. 10.

For more information and to see a schedule for all Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival performances, visit (search for Boar's Head Festival) or check out the Boar's Head blog at

Connecting with ... Public Policy
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Current headlines/ topics for conversation:
American Civil Liberties Union  In jail & in debt:  Ohio's Pay-to-Stay Fees
Public News Service  Veterans prime candidates for solar jobs    
American Civil Liberties Union  In jail & in debt:  Ohio's Pay-to-Stay Fees   
If you have any questions/comments about the subjects presented, please contact the Rev. Deniray Mueller, Social Justice & Public Policy Convener, at or 614.668.6036.
Connecting with ... Procter Center
Procter First Night

Repeat announcements 
Refugee resettlement in SW Ohio

Meeting Nov. 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Hebrew Union College

Any Cincinnati or Miami Valley congregation considering resettling refugees in the new year can send a rep to the Wednesday evening informational meeting organized by Cincinnati's interfaith coalition MARCC and Catholic Social Services of Southwest Ohio.  It will be held at Hebrew Union College, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati at Mayerson Hall. 

Catholic Social Services is the State Department's official resettlement partner for refugees assigned to SW Ohio. In the light of widening anti-refugee reaction in the wake of the Paris attacks the faith community's role in welcoming refugees is more urgent than ever. Refugees will be vetted by the State Department, and come with a modest stipend for their first three months here. Churches help them find housing, jobs, English classes, and provide moral support. Catholic Social Services has decades of experience in refugee resettlement. 

To RSVP, call 513.672.3702.  If you can't attend the meeting but want information about the project, call Ariel Miller, Episcopal rep on the MARCC board, at 513.236.9872.
Peoples Platform for Preschool Promise

The AMOS Project is a federation of congregations in Greater Cincinnati dedicated to promoting justice and improving the quality of life for all residents. AMOS develops the leadership skills of low-income and working people to be active in public life and is committed to work tirelessly to put our faith into action to turn around our disgraceful childhood poverty rates.

Troubled by a devastating report by the Urban League that demonstrates the vast racial disparities that plague our region, AMOS is currently preparing for a ballot initiative in 2016 and mobilizing faith and families to develop a Peoples Platform for Preschool Promise that is committed to three key tenets:
  1. Access to High Quality Preschool for Every Three and Four Year Old in Hamilton County
  2. Racial Equity 
  3. Economic Fairness 
We are excited to announce that we will have a public meeting focused on our Preschool Peoples Platform on Thursday Evening, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Tryed Stone New Beginning Church, 5550 Reading Road. You can register to attend at Preschool Peoples Platform or
Also please spread the word by sharing our event page on Facebook at Preschool Peoples Platform or

EQUIP: St. George's Discipleship Conference

Faith and the Family
Saturday, November 21
9:30 a.m. to Noon
5520 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45459
Please register online:

Speakers include:
Dr. Russel Haitch - Forming Children & Youth as Life-Long Disciples
Building on a recent nation-wide study of young adult Christians, Russel is excited to talk with us about the traits of churches and families that form children and youth as life-long committed disciples (spoiler alert: it has a lot to do with parents!).  Russell directs the Center for Ministry for Children and Youth in Richmond, Indiana and is professor of Christian Education.

Shannon Upton - Clearing the Clutter and Organizing Christian Home Life
Shanon Upton is an author, blogger, and frequent speaker for womens / moms groups.  She has a powerful ministry to parents aimed at breaking through the anxieties that often limit abundant life in Christ.

Childcare & Refreshments Available!
Celebrating Our Heritage: 120 years of ministry at St. Andrew's

Come celebrate 120 years of ministry with St. Andrew's, Evanston, as the parish kicks off the beginning of its "Celebrating Our Heritage" event.
A luncheon, featuring The Rev. Canon Anne Reed as Keynote Speaker will be held on November 22 at 3 p.m. at Xavier University's Cintas Center. Performances by St. Andrew's combined Gospel and Chancel Choirs as well as St. Andrew's Youth (SAY) will provide enjoyable entertainment and spiritual refreshment for attendees.
Several local business and educational organizations will be recognized by St. Andrew's for their commitment to community involvement and service to the Greater Cincinnati Area, particularly in the Evanston neighborhood.
Please join St. Andrew's for what is certain to be a wonderful reflection of its rich, diverse and spiritually blessed heritage. Admission to the luncheon is $45 and must be purchased in advance by contacting the Parish Office at 513.531.4337 or

High Street Stompers
St. John's invites you to hear the High Street Stompers Dixieland Band

Sunday, November 22
3 p.m.

Join us for a fun afternoon of Dixieland music - kids and adults will all have a great time with this group of outstanding local musicians that includes Tom Battenberg, Michael Cox, Vaughn Wiester, Paul Robinson, Sidney Townsend, and Jim Rupp. The High Street Stompers began in 1987, when all of the original members were professors in the School of Music at The Ohio State University. Since then, the ensemble has performed in schools, churches, concert halls, parks, at arts festivals, at jazz festivals (including two years at the Sacramento, California Dixieland Jubilee), in libraries, on college campuses, in art museums, for wedding receptions, and at an OSU football half time show.

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.

Download full-size flyer here
Re-imagining Incarnation
Soul Collage

A SoulCollage Quiet Day

Saturday, Dec. 5
St. Barnabas, Montgomery

One way to avoid feeling deflated on Dec, 25 is to spend time in early Advent reflecting on what you would like to see happen during this liturgical season. Setting intentions to accomplish your desires is the first step toward a more meaningful Advent.

Christians have traditionally used the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare for Christmas. We will honor this tradition by reflecting on traditional incarnational theology as well as exploring more contemporary insights into the Incarnation.

We will then utilize images from magazines and other publications to collage new understandings of the Incarnation for ourselves. No artistic talent or training is needed!

This Quiet Day is for participants 18 and older.

Click here for a full-sized flyer

Preventative health event at Church of the Good Samaritan

The Church of the Good Samaritan is pleased to 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, December 9. 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
  • bone density screening for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.
Register for a WellnessPackage which includes four vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60 to 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

Church of the Good Samaritan is located at 25 Amelia-Olive Branch Road in Amelia.

Advent resources
Soul Proclamations: Singing the Magnificat with Mary

What will your soul proclaim this Advent?

Soul Proclamations Join Mary's proclamation as you let your soul sing the Magnificat with her. Walk with Mary this Advent as your prepare your heart and mind and ready yourself to respond to Jesus with the same humble, gracious yes, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word."

These daily meditations carry you from the first day of Advent through Epiphany and feature the writings of well-known faith and thought leaders in The Episcopal Church.

Authors include Ray Suarez, a nationally known broadcast journalist; Christopher Wells, editor of The Living Church; Kate Moorehead, dean of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral; Thomas E. Breidenthal, bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio; and Christine McSpadden, a member of the clergy team of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Click here to read a sample selection from each author. FM logo

Buy It Now:
#2382 | $5 | Read With Your Church! $4 each for 10+
Job opportunities
Interim Camp Director
The Diocese of Louisiana seeks an interim director for the Hardtner Camp and Conference Center in the Diocese of Western Louisiana.  There are things that need to be organized administratively, as well as organizing program and hospitality. A director is needed as soon as possible who can see the big picture and get on board with helping move the Camp and Conference Center forward. The board is in transition and coming along well.  Some small fund-raising campaigns are in place to upgrade facilities. The current part-time interim is working on administrative changes and organization. The Summer Camping Committee is now in place and will be getting organized for summer 2016.  The camping program is the largest part of the ministry; the conference center will need some attention as well.  This is a bishop's appointment.  Compensation: $50,000, plus a furnished house and utilities. For more information, interested persons, lay or ordained, should contact the Very Rev. Ronald H. Clingenpeel, transitions consultant at

Missioner for Transition Ministry
Applications are now being accepted for the position of Missioner for the Office of Transition Ministry for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS).

The Missioner for the Office of Transition Ministry is a regular full-time position and will be located remotely. The Missioner is a member of the Mission Department of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

Information on this position as well as application instructions are available here.
Information on all available positions as well as application instructions are available here.
For more information contact a member of the Episcopal Church Human Resources Team at 
 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

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.

Connections Deadlines
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 first day of the month:   
Dec 1 (January issue)
Feb 11 (March)
April 1 (May)
June 1 (July)
Aug 1 (Sept) 
Oct 1* (Nov) 
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