The Diocese of Southern Ohio has a long history of mission to inland mariners who work on the boats transporting goods up and down the Ohio River through the Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas on the River initiative. Christ Church Cathedral coordinates a group of Cincinnati-area volunteers who knit hats and scarves and bake cookies for the crewmembers at Christmas time, and several other congregations that lie close to the banks of the Ohio have ties to the ministry as well.
An idea like the Mission for Seafarers port gardens in Seattle could add a whole new dimension to that mission. Are port gardens a way that our Ohio River towns can welcome our neighbors to our shores?
Julie Murray serves as editor for Connections, and as Associate Director of Communications for the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.