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Presiding Bishop and President of House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church Join the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio to Celebrate Bicentennial

The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio is celebrating 200 years of service as the Episcopal Church in Ohio. The bicentennial celebration will conclude with the 201st Convention weekend on November 11 & 12.

The Episcopal Church is governed by a bicameral General Convention consisting of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. The Diocese of Ohio is privileged to have the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies and a priest of the Diocese of Ohio, join us to celebrate this monumental occasion. Other special guests include: the Hon. Byron Rushing, Vice President of the House of Deputies; the Rt. Rev. Clark Grew, 10th Bishop of Ohio; the Rt. Rev. Philip Wright, Bishop of Belize; and the Rt. Rev. Maimbo Mndolwa, Bishop of Tanga, Tanzania.

The Diocese of Ohio was established by the 12th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in 1817. It was the first diocese established beyond the original 13 colonies. The Episcopal Church in Ohio split into two dioceses in 1875; the 48 counties in Northern Ohio retained the name The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio and the 40 counties in Southern Ohio took the name The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. The Diocese of Ohio currently has 86 parishes and 16,000 members. The Diocese has been guided by eleven bishops. The current bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., has served the Diocese since 2004.

As the Diocese of Ohio reflects on the past and celebrates the present, the people of the diocese are keenly focused on the future. Together, they are “committing to a new century serving God’s mission.”

“As a third century dawns on the Diocese of Ohio, we are in some ways still a pioneer church. Unimaginably rapid technological and social change is continually putting us on the forefront of a new world, some aspects of it exciting and inspiring, some perilous and frightening. The opportunities to bring a Gospel perspective to issues confronting our world are immense and immediate. To challenges that include climate change and global terrorism, economic inequality and unabated racism, gun violence and religious extremism, we bring a courageous spirit of reconciliation, justice, and hope. Indeed, the vocation to be Christian calls us always to the front, to stand with and stand up for all the beloved of God, to lead the way into the future God is ceaselessly dreaming of for us,” said Bishop Hollingsworth.

Presiding Bishop Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, sent a message to the parishioners of the Diocese stating, “I look forward to being with you to celebrate 200 years of faithful witness. One of the great gifts that you have given our church is the gift of that saying, based on the teachings of Jesus, to love God and love our neighbor, where you have taught us to say: Love God. Love Your Neighbor. Change the World.® On this 200th anniversary, let us retrofit ourselves to go forward for another 200 to love God, to love our neighbors, and to change the world.”

More details about the history of the Diocese can be discovered in the bicentennial video as well as an historical timeline that can both be found at:

The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio consists of 16,000 members in 86 parishes in the 48 northern counties of Ohio. The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr., Bishop, is our spiritual leader in partnership with the clergy and people of the Diocese. The Diocese of Ohio is part of the Episcopal Church in the United States with 2.4 million members, and the wider church consisting of 70-million Anglicans world-wide.

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