You might ask: Just what is this Book of Remembrance?
The Book of Remembrance, started in 1926 by women of the diocese, is a listing, by parish, of deceased women whose congregations want to honor their memory. The request for entry of a name can be submitted by any congregation, Episcopal Church Women’s group (ECW) or individual, along with a donation of at least $15. Donations are added to a trust fund which provides scholarships.
The Book of Remembrance Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for lay and ordained women of the diocese to do graduate study in areas related to church work, special ministries, and helping professions. Funds are also available for short-term, non-degree training in workshops, special seminars and skills training, in church related or social service fields.
Every congregation benefits from the work of women who serve God and church without thought of reward. We hope that your congregation or ECW will support the Book of Remembrance Memorial Scholarship Fund and honor the memory of cherished deceased women of your congregation by submitting their names for inclusion in the Book of Remembrance. The names of women added to the Book by August 31 are read during the celebration of the Eucharist at the annual ECW conference held each Fall, at which time the Book also is placed on display.
Checks should be payable to Book of Remembrance. Scholarship applications should be requested in time to submit them by March 1 each year. Applications for assistance for short-term training can be submitted at any time.
To get a scholarship application or to submit a name for the Book of Remembrance, please contact:
1309 Manchester Ave., Apt. 1B
Middletown OH 45042
Amy Baird serves as the Book of Remembrance coordinator for the diocesan Episcopal Church Women ministry.