Food for thought

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 i...

Book review: Americanah

Who is our neighbor? An essential question in the face of current political rhetoric around the issue of immigration and rising racial tensions in the US. Who is our neighbor and how do we define ‘neighborliness’? When a lawyer asked Jesus how he might inherit...

Front porches and connecting

The house my mom grew up in is on MacDougal Street in Fostoria, Ohio. That house has one distinguishing feature. It has a great front porch. Her family always gathered out on that front porch where they would t...

An immersion in Russia

During my stay in Sablino, I enjoyed many walks around the town as well as weekly services at St. Nicholas Church. Although I was raised Episcopalian, I find the Russian Orthodox religion fascinating and spiri...

Being a good neighbor to Mother Earth

As I sit in my office and look out onto the lush green land here at Procter Center, I’m thinking about what it means to be a good neighbor. The first thing that comes to mind for me is being a good neighbor to our Mother Earth. She is under assault on all fron...

Microenterprise: Neighbors helping neighbors

Neighbors helping neighbors in Ironton In the heart of Appalachia, jobs – or the lack of them – is a huge issue. Once the big manufacturers left the area, an economy built on shoes, and steel, mining and refin...

Community begins in the face of a stranger

“What is the name of the street you grew up on?” “What elementary school did you attend?” These are a couple of typical security questions you might see when setting up online banking or bill payment. I always have to sidestep those questions, though, because ...

New faces in the neighborhood

Please join us in welcoming some new clergy to the Diocese of Southern Ohio: The Rev. Sara Palmer Holy Trinity, Oxford, has called the Rev. Sara Palmer as rector. She previously served as assistant rector ...