Jack M. Jose
I have served on the vestry previously, in a six-year term. Among notable accomplishments during my time, the vestry called Gail Greenwell to be our dean, committed to support the Cincinnati Scholar House, and approved the purchase of two world-class organs. Many will agree, however, that our most substantive work during my tenure was changing the by-laws to make vestry terms only three years long instead of six.
A life-long educator, I was an English teacher and then a high school principal in Cincinnati Public Schools for twenty-four years. Following the publication of my co-authored book, Angels and Superheroes: Compassionate Educators in an Era of School Accountability, I became a freelance writer and editor. This has freed me to be actively engaged in our community in gun violence prevention and addressing homelessness.
For years some of us have considered the idea of “cathedral” and the idea of “parish” to be somehow in conflict with one another. Reconciling these perspectives is important: we can be a community to one another, while serving the larger Diocese of Southern Ohio as a resource, a partner, and an example. My hope is that through intentional efforts to care for one another, we will form a community as close as any parish in The Episcopal Church.