Dear Friends in Christ,
It is my privilege to warmly welcome you to the city of Cincinnati for the 143rd Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Each year, the congregations representing the host city work hard to make our annual convention a time of prayer, beautiful worship, visioning, and an opportunity to grow in our kinship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. This certainly holds true for the organizers of this year’s convention, and I am very grateful for the efforts of so many people.
As Cincinnati hosts, this is a special opportunity to welcome you to your cathedral. This year, we are celebrating our bicentennial, reflecting on 200 years of our work and witness in this great city.
During the convention, we invite you to be part of the festivities, especially on Thursday, November 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. for a reception and walkabout. Here you will have an opportunity to enjoy delicious food and drink, tour the cathedral, and “walk” our newly installed timeline depicting the history of Christ Church in the context of our world, our nation and the city of Cincinnati. In addition to cathedral staff, our music ministries and other guilds will be on hand to answer questions. (See the invitation on page 16.)
You will also have an opportunity to take in “Murmuration,“ the suspended art installation created for our bicentennial by internationally acclaimed artist Anne Patterson. This exhibit graces the ceiling of the main nave. We hope you will find this piece an inspiration for prayer.
As always, Christ Church Cathedral wilI be open daily throughout the convention for your personal prayer and meditation, as well as a potential resource for your ministry needs. We also look forward to greeting you as we convene for the Convention Eucharist at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.
This is your cathedral! Welcome! May God richly bless our time together at the 143rd Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
The Very Rev. Gail Greenwell