|Large Crowd Attends Anti-Racism Presentation by Bishop of Atlanta |
|The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of Atlanta, brought a compelling program about racism to the diocese on March 25 that drew a large crowd. If you missed his presentation, it will be available soon on YouTube and DVD. Watch this space for more information.|
Clergy Conference: April 13-15, 2015 — beginning & ending with lunch
Waycross Conference Center
THE RESTORATION PROJECT
Abiding in Jesus through a mixed life, small groups and your own call.
Leaders: Christopher H. Martin and Mark F. Selvey
The Restoration Project is a national movement of Christians who seek to listen for, and respond to, a unique call from God. They do this by balancing action and contemplation, what they call a mixed life, and by supporting each other in small groups called Discipleship Groups. This conference will give you an introduction to the movement, time to try out some of the core practices and practical tools to take back to your ministry context.
Spring Clergy Conference
Waycross (Dean's meet 1-3 p.m.,last day)
Diocesan Convention Part 1
Fall Ember Day Gathering
Steps to Wellness with Medical Trust/ CREDO Staff. Krannert, Interchurch Center
Deans meeting immediately following.
The Episcopal Women's Ministries'
The Episcopal Women's Ministries' Fall Retreat, "Growing Wise" will be at Waycross September 25-27. Guest speaker and leader will be The Rev. Jean Denton.
Questions? Lisa Matucheski, or home 317-293-9324 mobile 317-777-5142.
Diocesan Convention Part 2
Wyndham Indianapolis West. See Diocesan Convention is Changing in this issue for more details.
Advent Ember Day Gathering
Krannert, Interchurch Center
A place to sit in a circle and share ideas!
By Kathy Copas, Diocesan Coordinator of Communication and Evangelism
I don't know about you but, after our particularly "challenging" winter here in the Hoosier state, the sunny days we're experiencing now seem to inspire me to clear out the cobwebs, re-think, and renew. As Easter approaches, and our annual spring and summer parish program schedule is upon us, it can also be a great time to take a look at some of our annual events in new ways. In advance of preparation for a big spring or summer event, here are some questions we might ask ourselves.
Is this event still relevant?
It is incredibly easy to default to doing the same thing, year after year, almost on automatic pilot with the same expected committees and volunteers. But, perhaps this is a good time for some discussion with your parish leaders about whether your event still well-serves your parish and community.
Does it feel life-giving or increasingly like a burden? Is it a good "fit" for your parish today? Is there something else that may work better, given your current parish and community priorities and available volunteer pool?
Can we change it up?
Perhaps you have a long-standing popular event with great tradition and support, like a strawberry festival, but want to keep it fresh and in a growth mode for years to come. What can you do to put a slightly different spin on it?
Example: So you have a strawberry shortcake eating contest each year, open to anyone who wants to enter. A simple twist on that may be morphing it into a pledge event for the number of strawberries or shortcakes eaten, where participants gather financial pledges to benefit your local feeding ministry.
Can we partner with some new community or ecumenical friends?
Using the example of a strawberry shortcake eating contest, you could invite or set up fun competitions between schools, civic groups, local businesses, or other area churches, having an entry fee go to one of your community ministries.
Another twist may be to add a local celebrity shortcake-eating competition, especially inviting local media representatives to help increase your coverage. You could even offer this as a pre-event, to amp up your pre-event publicity. (Remember—if you need media contacts, I maintain a very up-to-date list for Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.)
Adding new partners such as a community organizations can also help increase your pool of event volunteers, an important factor for many of our smaller parishes.
Can we somehow bring in additional dollars?
If your event is about raising money for ministry—as many of our spring and summer events are—continually cultivating new ways to increase dollars is critical. Here are a few.
Can we get more people there?
- Develop a sponsor fact sheet, create various levels of support, and go after local corporate and business sponsor dollars.
- Also go for donations of items you will need to make your event a success. For example, a local grocery store that may not be able to provide dollars to sponsor your strawberry festival will perhaps donate some shortcakes to you. A great goal would be to get almost everything you need—from plates and napkins to whipped cream—donated so that everything you sell makes full profit. Doing very specific, definable asks for products usually works best.
- Once you set some financial goals for your event, talk with your local community foundation (most communities now have one) about possibly matching money raised. This can make your sponsor and fund-raising efforts especially attractive to benefactors in your community.
Wow—there are countless strategies for this one!
If you need some help brainstorming or exploring ideas to take your parish community event to the next level, I would be delighted to visit with your event committee or other leadership AND help rev up your promotion and attendance. Just give me a call!
Can't be at Convention?
|Vestry College Rescheduled for August 14-15 |
The February snow-canceled Vestry College has been rescheduled for August 14-15 at Waycross. In addition to the usual Vestry College workshops, there will be opportunities to further explore Pathways to Vitality and Holy Currencies concepts and applications. Contact Canon Bruce Gray for more information, and especially let him know if there is a particular topic you would like to have explored in August.
|Brownsburg Episcopal Presence Blossoming|
Follow the Rev. Gray Lesesne's blog at
Episcopal Fund for Human Need Ingathering Coming
Pentecost Sunday is the day the Episcopal Fund for Human Need campaign begins each year.
At the April clergy gathering the priests will receive all of the information for running a successful campaign.
If your parish is currently without a priest the packet will be sent to the church for your use. Please be sure and have full church participation as this is the only diocesan-wide outreach for local, ecumenical agencies in every deanery.
This year, the Memorial Day weekend coincides with our ingathering. Please feel free to hold it the Sunday before or after Pentecost. Your assistance promoting this wonderful ministry is deeply appreciated. Please announce that donations may be made online on the diocesan website.
Commission on Ministry Plans Information Day
If you believe you're hearing the call to ordained ministry, please be in conversation with your priest. Your priest may then bring you and a member of your vestry or Bishop's Committee to this Information Day to learn more about the ordination process.
This event is at St. Paul's, Indianapolis from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 6.
Contacts for answers to your questions: The Rev. Charlie Dupree, COM Chair or Joyce Krauser, COM Coordinator.
|Music and Mission: The Dayspring Choirs Project|
Purchase CD's or Digital Downloads and Help Dayspring Center
Featuring music by the choirs of Holy Family, Fishers; Nativity, Indianapolis; St. Francis, Zionsville; and Trinity, Indianapolis.
All proceeds from sales of this celebration of music and mission will be used to provide emergency care, essentials, and support services to Indianapolis-area homeless families and children at Dayspring Center.
Click here for a preview and purchasing information. Not interested in the CD, but want to make a gift to support Dayspring's mission? You can do that through this link as well.
|Clypping the Church at Holy Family|
Have you ever heard of the term, “clypping the church?” No, it’s not about trimming the bushes or the hedges around the church. Clypping the church is an ancient English custom that is traditionally held on Easter Monday or Shrove Tuesday in the United Kingdom. The word "clypping" is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and is derived from the word "clyppan", meaning to "embrace" or "clasp" or “encircle.”The earliest known written mention of it dates from 1825.
Clypping the church involves the church congregation processing around the church after liturgy. They surround the church and hold hands. Congregants first face the church and then turn to face the larger community while a short prayer service is held.
In this manner, both the church and the community are embraced by the parishioners. We gather to celebrate that God is found in our church community and in our surrounding community. The truth is, we cannot contain God in church. God goes before us and bids us into the mission field. Indeed, wherever we go, God is there.
As we at Holy Family build up the city of God by expanding our building, we choose to embrace and make sacred the new space that will be the physical foundation of our expanding ministries. On May 2, during the 10 a.m. liturgy, we will process out of the church, linking hands and hearts and “clyp” our new sacred space, marked in the ground.
We will pray for the community we serve, pray for the success of the building construction, and pray for the ministries we extend beyond the walls of the church. As we embrace the church and the new sacred space, we are called by our Baptismal Covenant to embrace the community, the poor and the marginalized. Our vocation as disciples is to ever widen the embrace of God’s love.
We invite members of the wider community, the diocesan family, and those we serve to join us on May 3rd in thanksgiving for the church and the opportunity to serve. We ask everyone to pray for our Holy Family community as we seek to build the City of God.
|“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Rom. 12:2|
When I was accepted into the Deacon Formation program in 2011, I began writing Ember Day letters to Bishop Cate using the yellow brick road from the Wizard of Oz as a metaphor for my spiritual journey, seeking God’s presence and God’s will for my life. Of course, the Church has a word for this process. ‘Discernment’ is a realization that for most of us (although certainly not all), God doesn’t stand in the middle of Main Street with a huge banner saying ‘Do This!’
Instead, discernment is more of a ‘coming to understand’ experience where many people, opportunities and epiphanies meld together with God’s grace in a ‘call’ to ministry. I first sensed this call as a ‘tug’ which resonated deep but undefined within me, and my own discernment has been a means of living with that ‘tug.’ It’s been a life-changing blur of twists and turns, peaks and valleys, highways and byways, red lights and green lights.
I’ve learned to recognize God in unexpected places, to catch a glimpse of the Kingdom in the corner of my eye, to find clues in the people who’ve shared the road with me and in the power and comfort of prayer. I’ve had a marvelous experience and I’ve come to see that outreach is much more than social justice programs; it’s person to person, God-centered ministry. It’s ministry where the Christ in me recognizes the Christ in you!
Are you living with the ‘tug’ to diaconal ministry? Here are some things to expect on your path to discernment:
EXPECT TO BE CHARGED. Discernment will take you back to your baptismal vows, to the time when you were accepted into the Body of Christ, when you were given a charge and the gifts to accomplish it. There will be opportunities to discover not only your own gifts but also the gifts in others and how all gifts can be used for the growth of Christ’s Church.
EXPECT TO BE CHALLENGED. Discernment involves a trip to the wilderness where you become aware of your own life in such a way that you can share it with others. Just as important is learning to listen as others share their lives with you. Self-discovery involves leaving your comfort zone, but you will be part of a community all along the way. Perfection is not required; living faithfully is.
EXPECT TO BE CHANGED. One of the greatest revelations in this process is that in ministry we are not ‘fixers.’ God is the only one who ‘fixes.’ As ministers, we create a holy space through which God can work, and in that process, we ourselves are blessed. As we discern our own ministries, we realize that effective ministry is shared ministry.
The earliest deacons were called specifically to care for the poor and that call is still a vital part of diaconal ministry. But if the Church is to remain relevant in today’s world, it must feed both the body and the soul. The call of diaconal ministry is to ‘interpret to the Church the needs, hopes and concerns of the world.’ We must not only promote social justice but offer the healing grace of God. That involves giving not only our talents but also ourselves in selfless, Christ-centered outreach.
The deacon is a living reminder that the Church must not shut itself off from the world, but throw open its doors in invitation and commitment, knowing that God loves even those who’ve yet to cross our threshold.
Are you living with the ‘tug?’ Read the above verse carefully and let God move within you. You will be blessed along your journey!
My name is Jim Stanton and my home parish is St. Paul’s Episcopal in New Albany. I am in the Deacon Formation Program, in my third year of postulancy.
|New Resource for Personal Reflection: Daily Prayer for All Seasons|
Daily Prayer for All Seasons is now available for free download on the website of The Episcopal Church here.|
Developed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and authorized by the 77th General Convention in 2012 (Resolution A055), the prayers in Daily Prayer for All Seasons are presented according to liturgical season beginning with Advent and progressing through Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. In addition, two sections are offered for Ordinary Time: Creation and Rest.
In each, all prayers are grouped according to eight particular themes: praise, discernment, wisdom, perseverance and renewal, love, forgiveness, trust, and watch.
|A Blessed Holy Week Around the Diocese|
|Photos Shared on Facebook|
Palm Sunday procession begins on Monument Circle.
St. Paul's, Richmond.
Blessing of Palms at Trinity, Lawrenceburg.
Blessing of Palms at St. John's, Lafayette.
Palm Saturday at St. Paul's, Indianapolis.
St. John's, Bedford Palm Sunday.
At All Saints, Indianapolis.
Altar at St. Paul's, New Albany.
So many of us, like Trinity in Bloomington, proudly proclaimed our welcome in the face of the Indiana Legislature's "religious freedom" legislation.
|A Pastoral Letter to the Clergy and People of the Diocese of Indianapolis|
|The Religious Freedom Restoration Act|
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
You know by now that the Indiana State Assembly has passed a measure called The Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This bill purports to protect persons and businesses from government reprisal if their decisions to treat groups of people differently (in the provision of services and goods, for example) stem from what they claim to be religious beliefs – even if those beliefs are not part of the formally professed teaching of any established religious group.
Proponents of the bill say it is not about discrimination. Discrimination, in its truest sense, is about drawing distinctions. To discriminate is to make considered decisions, and is not in itself either morally or ethically good or bad. But when decisions are being made about who will be entitled to what, and on what basis, the potential for discrimination to become a relational weapon in a culture and society is tremendous. None of us has to think hard to come up with examples in our own history as a nation.
The language of the bill does not identify any specific group of people – either as needing protection for their beliefs, or as possible targets in decisions to withhold services or goods. What this means is that there is no legal boundary placed on who may decide to discriminate, or who may be discriminated against, so long as the 'decider' claims to be acting out of religious conviction. The possibilities for mischief are tremendous!
Though the group most likely to be singled out in our thoughts is the LGBT community, it is clearly possible for many others to be told they are unacceptable to receive whatever services or goods a person or company has on offer. Consider the possibility that only Christians will be served in some places, only Jews in others, while no Muslims, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, or Druids can purchase merchandise in some stores, and only Latinos will be included here, only Blacks excluded there....you see the point. This legislation gives the appearance of tolerating and protecting overt bigotry in any form so long as it is dressed up as personal religious fervor.
That this is terrible for business is already being made exquisitely plain. That it is an embarrassment to 'Hoosier Hospitality' is undeniable. It is also an affront to faithful people across the religious landscape. Provision of a legal way for some among us to choose to treat others with disdain and contempt is the worst possible use of the rule of law.
For Episcopalians, whose lives are ordered in the Gospel of Christ and the promises of our Baptismal Covenant, it is unthinkable. We are enjoined to love God with heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love others as Christ loves us. We promise, every time we reaffirm our baptismal vows, to "seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves." We promise to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."
The God we worship became Incarnate, and waded into the unfaithful realities of human life. We follow a Master who associated with sinful, unacceptable people, both Jew and Gentile, all the while challenging as hypocritical the religious leaders who held themselves aloof from the general populace.
As I write this letter to you we are approaching Holy Week and Easter – seasons of deep reflection and joyous celebration in which we rehearse the saving acts of God throughout human history and in the death and Resurrection of Jesus. We claim for ourselves the transforming, reconciling love of God in Christ; not as treasures to be hoarded, but as gifts to be shared with the whole world in the name of the Lord we serve and worship.
Please join me in prayer for all those who have experienced demeaning behaviors, and those who have chosen to treat them so badly. Both in our individual and our common lives, may we become faithful advocates for justice, and reconciling examples of the indiscriminate love of God.
+Catherine M. Waynick
Bishop of Indianapolis
March 26, 2015
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|CALL TO CONVENTION with Preliminary Schedule for Part I|
|Part One: Trinity, Bloomington|
|Pursuant to Article IV Section 2 of the Constitution of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, notice is hereby given that:|
Part 1 of the 178th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese will be held at The Bloomington Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave., Bloomington, IN 47403, on April 25, 2015 beginning at 10:00 a.m. This one day convention will focus on the Bishop’s Address, introduction of the 2016 budget and educational workshops.
Part 2 of the 178th Convention will be October 23-24, 2015 and will be held at the Wyndham Indianapolis West, 2544 Executive Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46241, and hosted by St. John’s, Speedway. At this convention, we will focus on canonical business, elections and continue time for educational workshops.
If you are a delegate for either part of convention and are unable to attend convention, it is your responsibility to notify this office of the change.
As specified in Canon 9, Section 3 and 4, each Deanery Council will meet prior to Convention. This meeting is to include all clergy, wardens, delegates and alternates.
General Convention Deputies will be available at these meetings to discuss Convention protocol. Please underscore the importance of the Deanery meetings. They are the venue for:
Convention dinner is scheduled for Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Wyndham Indianapolis West. Reservations are required and must be received no later than September 30th. Forms will be available on the website or you may call Kim Smith at (317)926-5454 or (800)669-5786.
- Discussion of the 2016 program and budget, as presented by the Executive Council
- Introduction of nominees for diocesan offices
- Proposed resolutions and changes to the Constitution and Canons
- Other business that the Dean may include for discussion or action.
St. John’s Church is hosting a light lunch on Friday October 23th. Reservations will be made by contacting the diocesan office. Further details to come.
Rooms at the Wyndham Indianapolis West hotel have been blocked for our Convention for the negotiated rate of $109.00 plus applicable tax. Parking and internet are complimentary.
Reservations must be made with the hotel directly by calling 317-248-2481. Please tell the hotel you are making reservations in the room block for the Episcopal Diocese Convention and note that the last day to make hotel reservations is September 23, 2015. There will be a link posted to our website soon to make reservations online.
Download Call to Convention
A preliminary schedule for Part I has been set. To download it, please click here.
|Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis to Explore Economic Challenges Facing Clergy, with a Lilly Endowment Inc. Planning Grant|
|All clergy and spouses will be asked to participate in a confidential on-line survey during April|
|I am delighted to announce that the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis has been selected by Lilly Endowment Inc., to receive a $50,000.00 planning grant as part of its National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.|
Lilly Endowment has long been engaged in the significant work of addressing challenges to the effectiveness of clergy and the health of congregations. Through comprehensive research with numerous denominations and church communities in Indiana over a period of several years, the Endowment has concluded that a significant challenge for clergy is the stress caused by financial debt, and the reluctance of clergy and congregations to have honest, meaningful conversations about financial issues.
The planning grant will enable us to discover how financial challenges may affect our clergy, their families, and the congregations they lead and serve. Most importantly, the grant will provide us with the necessary resources and opportunities to initiate authentic and creative conversations regarding finances.
The work already done by the Endowment has provided evidence that information and dialogue can be powerful tools for creating positive change in our congregations regarding finances, and for increasing the overall wellbeing of clergy families and the diocesan household.
The planning process will provide data which will help us develop appropriate programming to address our particular needs. We will then be eligible to submit an Implementation Grant Request to Lilly Endowment in August, for the funding which would make possible the implementation of envisioned programs.
Guiding this planning process will be a committee of clergy (active and retired), spouses/partners, lay leaders, and Diocesan staff.
All clergy and spouses will be asked to participate in a confidential on-line survey during April, and several facilitated conversations will be held during our Spring Convention Day in Bloomington on Saturday, April 25.
Helping us with this exciting and important work will be Melissa Hickman of Hickman Consulting LLC as the project manager, and Karen Gentleman of Gentleman McCarty Consulting LLC as market research consultant.
Questions, feedback and suggestions may be directed to Melissa directly at (317) 752-5259 or at melissa.e.hickman@gmail .com
Thank you for your prayers—and your cooperation—as we embark on this journey of discovery!
+Catherine M. Waynick
Bishop of Indianapolis
|Parish Happenings Posted on the Web . . .|
St. Paul's, Jeffersonville, had nearly 50 people attend a Discovery Day on the topic same gender marriage and the provision of a same gender blessing service in The Episcopal Church.
St. Paul's, New Albany, did a series of Faith Family Formation on the Exodus Passover and concluded with a Seder meal.
St. Paul's, Evansville, J2A Youth are raising money for a summer 2016 Holy Pilgrimage experience by selling geraniums this spring,
St. Paul's, Indianapolis, youth experienced an interfaith Seder at Congregation Beth El-Zedeck.
Good Shepherd, West Lafayette
, held another "workship" in March at Food Finders Food Bank.
Trinity, Indianapolis, choristers raised gifts and pledges for their Pilgrimage to England this summer at their recent Hymnathon, singing through the Episcopal hymnal.
The Lenten Altar at St.John's, Washington.
Bishop Cate recently visited St. Luke's, Shelbyville, and is pictured here with the Rev.Whitney Rice.
St. Matthew's, Indianapolis, held a beautiful Holy Baptism service on March 8.
Children at Christ Church Cathedral
prayed the Stations of the Cross with a very multi-sensory learning experience.
Children ages 3-11 at St. Christopher's, Carmel, created a collage of crosses.
Want to know more about anything you have seen here? Check out our many parish pages on Facebook!
We're morphing our schedule starting this month for The Gathered Community
, in an effort to better coincide with some parish newsletters. Our new deadline is the 25th of each month and you can submit your news, pics, videos, and other links at thegatheredcommunity@gmail,com