A fun, new initiative to better connect Episcopalians in Southern Ohio!

Playing connect the dots is something we all did as kids. It was fun, relaxing and a great way to keep a kid busy. As adults, we often forget the instructional purpose of the game – how dozens of pieces can come together to form a single picture.

Let’s go back to that fun activity of our childhood and connect the dots to form a single picture of our diocesan community! For the next six months, we want to “Connect the Dots” of what it looks like to experience life with others in authentic relationships and true community. And, we’ve set up a little healthy competition to entice you to participate!

Beginning November 17 (the day after convention) until May 30, 2020, we’re asking you to step out of the comfort of your own congregation and go and visit other churches in the diocese. We’ll help track your visits and the stories you learn along the way. Each visit will earn your congregation an entry into a drawing. The more you visit, the more entries your church earns!

Then, during the first week in June, Bishop Breidenthal will draw the winning entry – that congregation will receive $1,000 to use toward an outreach project in their church! But that’s not all – they will also be able to nominate one of the churches they visited to also receive $1,000 toward their outreach ministries!

The Rules


Visit a church, outreach program or mission within the diocese. Learn about who they are, what work they are doing in their community, and how they are walking with Jesus in their neighborhoods…in other words, CONNECT!
(for some ideas, visit our Stories From the Road)


Send us a (virtual ) postcard from your trip! Complete our online form, or post on the diocesan Facebook page with the hashtag #dsoconnectthedots or email connect@dsoconnectthedots.org with a short story about your visit, what you learned, what you loved, and anything else you would like to share. And of course, include a picture or two!

Have fun!

The Episcopal church is doing a lot of important work in Southern Ohio, in ways both big and small, and that work is being done by cool people – you might even make a new friend on your travels! And isn’t that what being in beloved community is all about?

I love the notion of connecting dots, because it presupposes that the dots already exist. We don’t have to create the connections that exist among us. Our job is simply to identify them and act on them.” – Bishop Breidenthal