Activities for the second day of convention

The convention Eucharist will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, followed by a keynote address by the Rev. Tom Brackett, Manager for Church Planting and Redevelopment on the Presiding Bishop’s staff.

The remainder of the day will be filled with workshops and discussions around “Repairing the Breach,” one of the four quadrants of our journey toward Becoming Beloved Community. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the events on Saturday.


“You are my friends if….”

The Rev. Tom Brackett, Manager for Church Planting and Redevelopment, Presiding Bishop’s Staff 

For the whole of his time among us, Jesus offered the invitation of “friendship with God.” Like all friendships, the relationship with this Partnering God is quite dependent on the quality of our commitment. As we seek to be repairers of the breach, what practices help us to sustain our commitment to healing, reconciliation, and justice? Tom Brackett will share his story of partnering with God and explores the beautiful friendship Jesus asks us to embody as his followers in our relationships and in our faith communities and neighborhoods. Warning: This presentation will not be suitable for the faint-hearted!



Blessed are the Peacemakers…A Look at Peacemaking through the Lens of Six Weeks in Israel/Palestine

Presenter: The Rev. Jackie Matisse, St. Patrick’s Lebanon

Jackie will discuss what she learned from six weeks of conversations with peacemakers in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Redemption in the Criminal Justice System

Presenter: Sasha Naiman, Ohio Justice Policy Center

This workshop will explain how Ohio’s criminal legal system impacts people, in prison and in the community. 1 in 6 Ohioans have felony or misdemeanor convictions, which can create lifelong stigma and barriers to housing, employment, civic engagement, and community integration. In our overcrowded jails and prisons, many Ohioans are sentenced to unfairly long prison terms, even after they can demonstrate rehabilitation. This workshop will also explain what the Ohio Justice & Policy center is doing create fair, intelligent, redemptive criminal justice systems – through projects like Beyond Guilt and the Second Chance Legal Clinics. The audience will learn key statistics/background about criminal “justice” in Ohio, as well as legal tools that help people seek redemption and mercy (e.g. clemency, parole, expungement, record sealing, etc.)

Belovedness for Beginners (And we’re all both!)

Presenter: The Rev. Tom Brackett, Manager for Church Planting and Redevelopment, Presiding Bishop’s Staff

The “love” that Jesus describes is obviously not the same “love” that Subaru uses to advertise its cars. It’s also not the same one that couples trade on their first encounters or the one that holds our contemporary “tribes” together, especially in our church worlds! Come to this workshop if you are even mildly curious about how to live your life inside the only heart force powerful enough to overcome the collective madness of our times!

 It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Presenter: The Rev. AJ Stack, St. Peter’s Gallipolis

Mainline Christians are good at figuring out what their neighbors need. The trouble is, most of the time we do it without even talking to them! If you’re curious about how to build relationships with the folks who live right next door, come discuss some action-oriented steps you can take to rediscover the mission field that is just a few hundred yards away from your red doors.

Beloved Steps

Presenters: The Rev. Cameron O’Riley, St. Patrick’s Dublin and the Rev. Karl Stevens, St. John’s Worthington

Pilgrimage can be a pathway to racial healing and reconciliation. Such journeys provide an opportunity to tangibly connect to history through location, face-to-face encounters, and conversation with local residents and fellow pilgrims. In the summer of 2019, the Episcopal Youth of Columbus and their leaders traveled to the deep south to more fully understand the significance of systemic racism in our country, and how they can work towards creating Beloved Community.


Let’s Keep it Real: Lessons from the Front Lines of Repairing the Breach 

Presenters: Amy Howton, Becoming Beloved Community Coordinator and Becoming Beloved Community Ambassadors

In this session, clergy and lay leaders will keep it real with true and messy stories of how they have engaged in the work of Repairing the Breach in their local contexts, in their congregations, neighborhoods, nation. Some of these leaders received newly available Becoming Beloved Community grant funding to support their efforts; others have been on the front lines for decades. Together, they will all share stories of what they have learned (both wins and failures), how they have been changed, and considerations for continued efforts to repair the breach. Examples include an interfaith dialogue on the history of White Supremacy in Springfield, a church-school partnership in Westwood, and policy and legislative advocacy.

Exploring the Intersection of Creation Care and Poverty: What We Can Do

Presenter: TBA

Securing a safe, healthy environment is essential for ensuring the well-being of individuals. Without it, efforts to improve health, housing, economic security, agriculture and other contributors that raise a person’s, or a community’s, standard of living are undermined. This workshop will explore the intersection of Creation Care and Poverty and ways that congregations can respond to our biblical call to be stewards of all of God’s creation.

Story as a Tool for Repairing the Breach

Presenter: Miriam McKenney, Forward Movement

Stories play a role in our daily lives both consciously and unconsciously. Together we will use the stories of others and our own stories as tools to gain knowledge, understanding, and healing across cultural and ethnic boundaries.

Public Witness

Presenter: The Rev. Canon Jason Leo

How to share the love of Jesus with strangers on the street. Spontaneous evangelism on the fly.

Living the Way of Love: Building Young Adult Community in the Church

Presenters: Members of Brendan’s Crossing Community

Come hear from young adults who are part of our diocesan Episcopal Service Corps about how they are serving others in solidarity and promoting justice in the community. Reflect with them on how their faith draws them to a year dedicated to serving God and neighbors, living in intentional community, and discerning their calling.