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  • Interchurch Social Services

    All churches are called to serve the needs of their communities. Individually, however, parishes may not be able to effectively address those needs. Through Interchurch Social Services, ecumenical ministries can be pursued with the pooled resources and collaborative efforts of sponsoring parishes.

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  • Ohio's Pioneer Priest to the Deaf

    In 2017, when we celebrated the Bicentennial of our Diocese with a timeline, a glaring error was the omission of any mention of Ohio’s history of ministry to the Deaf community. That summer, Archive Intern Grace Comley and I sat down for a visit with Patricia Cangelosi-Williams and Charles Williams at St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights and were given a gracious introduction about Ohio’s connection to this important ministry. Our ears were opened to the story of some amazing pioneer priests and people. I am grateful to Pat and Charles for their generosity of spirit, their stories, and the loan of a history of ministry to the Deaf in The Episcopal Church which led me to the discovery of several important holdings in our own diocesan archives.

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  • Why do we do that? Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors

    In The Episcopal Church, we talk about “the ministry of all baptized persons” which rests on our conviction that all baptized persons are ministers. We see many ways to serve one another and the world as ministers of Christ. Those known as ministers in The Episcopal Church are all the baptized. In other denominations, the term may apply exclusively to members of the clergy. We are a denomination of ministers, caring for the people God loves.

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  • A Conversation Between Farmer and Chef

    As a farmer, I have a passion for food. Each day I wake up and call on the help of sunlight, rain, and soil to help grow food that I hope will one day nourish people’s bodies and spirits. But once I see someone walk away from the farm with one of my tomatoes, carrots, or kohlrabi, all I can do is smile and hope for the best. It’s kind of like sending your grown kids out into the world. You raise them right and prepare them to reach their full potential. Now their life is out of your hands. That’s how I feel when I watch my vegetables fly off the table at markets. A lot of love and care has gone into each one and now they’re gone, out into the big wide world to hopefully be prepared well and enjoyed, to bring life, joy, and nourishment to someone’s family. And honestly, that’s ok with me. I’m more than happy to send my kids, I mean my vegetables, out into the world. But how amazing would it be to work directly with someone who’s just as passionate about preparing and preserving food as I am about growing it?

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