We have initially organized ourselves so that we can participate in the Ohio Council of Churches (OCC). American Baptist Churches of Ohio were longtime members of this organization but withdrew their support, leaving many ecumenical minded and progressive Baptists without a structural way to participate in this mainline ecumenical organization. We are now members of the OCC and have contributed our “fair share” financially. Our purpose is to provide mutual support in faith and fellowship, share a meal periodically, laugh, and pray. We are able to support each other through some of the more difficult transitions in Baptist life such as being “dis-fellowshipped “ from the Ohio region, and offering welcome to pastors new to the region. Contact Kim Keethler Ball.