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1 Learn, witness, celebrate

2 The mission of the Ohio Council of Churches is to make visible the unity of Christ’s church, provide a Christian voice on public issue, and engage in worship, education, and service.

3 “ek-you-men-i-kl” OIKOUMENE - the whole Christian Church around the world

4  Active faith in Jesus Christ  Cross as common symbol  Authority and use of Bible  Lord’s prayer  Baptism as initiation into Christian life  Singing of Christian hymns  Promise of eternal life

5  John 17: 20-21: “…that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you…”  Psalm 133 “ …how good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.”

6  18 denominations, 28 judicatories (regions)

7  6,000 congregations, 3 million members  Began in 1919  Office in Columbus 

8 Bill Schnell President Steve Salt, Treasurer Bill Edwards, Vice-President Deb Oskin, Secretary

9  Legislative testimony  Annual Legislative Day Issues: Gambling Heath care Redistricting Gun control Death penalty Education Funding

10  State Budget  Ohio School Funding  Health Care  Gambling  Death Penalty  Immigration

11  Provide theological forums  Co-sponsor educational events  Resource

12  keynoters, worship, workshops 2010 – Spiritual But Not Religious: Problem or Opportunity? 2011 – Faith and Race: New Opportunities

13 The American Dream or God’s Dream? January Crowne Plaza, Columbus North

14  Develop policy statements – Older Adults, Capital Punishment, Racism…  Address environment concerns, climate change, education for children, immigration reform  Respond to disasters and crises

15 Partnering with:  Faith-based communities  Ohio Interfaith Power & Light  Ohio Alliance for People and Environment Resource and network

16  Coalition of Ecumenical Staff  Partnerships – ◦ Second Harvest Foodbanks ◦ Have a Heart Ohio ◦ UHCAN ( Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio) ◦ Consumer Voices for Health Care Coverage ◦ Faithful Reform in Health Care

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18 Related organizations  Church Women United  Church World Service  Hunger Network in Ohio  Interfaith Center for Peace  Ohio Campus Ministries  Ohio State Chaplain’s Association

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20  Fellowship  Witness  Address concerns (i.e. legislation, together)  Network and connect with one another re: models, resources (educational), community concerns  Way that we give visible unity to one faith  Show our common life in Jesus Christ

21 “Try to understand others even as you hope to be understood.”

22 6230 Busch Blvd., Suite 430, Columbus, OH 614/ Music: A Day in the Life, Danny Wright Thank you for watching. Please click the screen to exit.


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