Bishop Cate on St. David’s, Bean Blossom: “We will not allow our hearts to be defiled.”

Bishop Cate WaynickDear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

By now you all know that St. David’s, Bean Blossom, was vandalized this weekend with a symbol of intimidation, language demeaning of GLBT persons, and praise of the President-elect. While it is deeply disturbing to be on the receiving end of such vitriol, it is also an opportunity to be very clear, with ourselves and the world around us, that we take seriously the commandment of our Lord to love one another with the same love God lavishes on every person – no exceptions.

We do not know who is responsible for the vandalism. What we do know is that the kind of language used during the recent Presidential campaign has emboldened some people to become openly abusive and insulting. Our option as faithful people is to be sure we don’t respond in kind. The Episcopal Church will continue to welcome all people, to seek and serve Christ in the world around us, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being – even those who deface our buildings. Our buildings can be marred by anger and hatred – we will not allow our hearts to be defiled.

Our hearts and our doors remain open to everyone, as we pray for the wisdom and courage to remain faithful disciples of Jesus.



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Removing the Hate Symbols, Moving On

A large crowd gathered at Wednesday, November 30, at St. David’s, Bean Blossom to remove hate-filled graffiti defacing the church from earlier in the month, share a celebration of worship together, and conclude with a chili supper. The graffiti, including a swastika and an anti-gay slur, was found the morning of Nov. 13th. The cleaning event was called “Replacing Darkness with Light: Overcoming Hate with Love.”


A Word from Bishop Waynick

cate-convention-2016-4 Dear Friends,

Attached is my word to the diocese concerning our recent election. I am not mandating that you read it aloud on Sunday – please just distribute it as you will, and know that I am grateful for your faithfulness.



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Presiding Bishop  Michael Curry: A Video Message on the National Election

The text of the message is available here.


Join Us in Prayer After the Election

The election is over but much of the tension in our nation continues. You’re invited to continue to light a virtual candle and pray for peace.


The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows Elected 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis on the second ballot on Friday, October 28, at Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis. The election culminated a nearly two-year discernment and search process by the diocese at the 179th Diocesan Convention. The Right Reverend Catherine M. Waynick plans to retire in the Spring of 2017. The Rev. Baskerville-Burrows currently serves as Director of Networking for the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, nourishing partnerships and connections for church revitalization. “In 19 years of ordained ministry, and especially in the past five helping to oversee and restructure the Diocese of Chicago, I’ve supported communities of transformation, communicated a vision of hope and gathered and networked God’s people across distance and difference,” the Rev. Baskerville-Burrows said. “I believe these experiences have prepared me to lead ... Read More

Election of 11th Bishop of Diocese of Indianapolis Highlights 179th Diocesan Convention

The 179th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis was held October 27-29 at Christ Church Cathedral and the downtown Sheraton Indianapolis, highlighted by the election of the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burroughs as the 11th Bishop of the diocese, the first African American woman to become a diocesan bishop in our church, and the first female bishop to succeed a retiring female bishop. Convention opened with Evensong at the cathedral and the Right Rev. Catherine Waynick’s address for her final time presiding at a Diocesan Convention. She reflected very personally on the intersection of stewardship and spirituality in her own life and the lives of others she has encountered. She spoke about the importance of faith journey and story-sharing, prayer discipline, and loving and staying in community with one another even in times of disagreement. A response committee on the bishop’s address offered thanks for her ... Read More

Videos from the Convention

Thursday Evening: Convention Opening & Bishop +Cate’s Address

Friday Morning Eucharist
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Reports from Waycross and the Youth Steering Committee

The Diocese of Brasilia

Other Convention News

Election Results from Diocesan Convention 2016

General Convention 2018 Deputies Clergy

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Bishop Waynick’s Address Resolution

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Bishop Waynick’s Address to the 179th Diocesan-Convention

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Convention Reports 2016

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Resolution Concerning The Haiti Fund

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Canon 18 Revised

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Episcopal Relief & Development



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Heartbreaking News from Haiti

October 17, 2016

Though no lives were lost in Mithon, the school is not in good shape at all. 

Fr. Jn Michelin messaged Marilyn Day, St. David’s, Bean Blossom. that everyone in Mithon miraculously survived. But, all the crops have been lost, the water well the Diocese helped build is damaged too.  It is very difficult to get water. Emergency help may be necessary if possible.


Presiding Bishop Curry’s Statement on the News about Standing Rock

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release Dec. 5, 2016] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued the following statement on the news concerning the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation: This morning, the sun ascended over the Great Plains of our nation, and hope truly dawned anew. After months of courageously and peacefully working to prevent the laying of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which posed a potential danger to the water supply of the people of the Sioux Nation and transgressed their sacred burial grounds, the water protectors on Standing Rock have won a notable victory. Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced their decision to deny an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction across the sacred land and water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and this long-awaited announcement is cause for joyful celebration and thanks. On behalf of the Episcopal Church, ...
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2016-2017 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer Now Available

The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer is now available to read online or download. It begins with the week of November 27, 2016 and ends November 26, 2017. ...
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A Message from Bishop Waynick about the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Anglican Centre in Rome

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Bishop Waynick Attends Worship at Vatican Commemorating 50 Years of Closer Relationships Among Anglicans and Roman Catholics

The first week of October has seen a historic week-long ecumenical summit marking the 50th anniversary of the first public meeting between a Pope and an Archbishop of Canterbury since the Reformation. There have been meetings and prayers, the commissioning of 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops to implement local expressions of unity in their dioceses around the world, worship services, the exchanging of gifts, and the Common Declaration of His Holiness Pope Francis and His Grace Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury. On Wednesday, October 5, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presented Pope Francis with a silver Cross of Nails as a symbol of their partnership in the work of reconciliation. Welby took his pectoral cross from around his neck and presented it to Pope Francis during vespers at San Gregorio al Celio in Rome, which they led jointly. The pope put the ...
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Episcopal Bishops Issue A Word to the Church for the World

[September 20, 2016] The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church has issued the following A Word to the Church for the World. The video is available in English and Spanish here. A Word to the Church for the World Greetings from Detroit, a city determined to be revived. Greetings also from the city of Flint, where we are reminded that the gift of water has for many of our brothers and sisters become contaminated. Here we have been exhorted to set our sights beyond ourselves and to minister to the several nations where we serve and the wider world. We lament the stark joylessness that marks our present time. We decry angry political rhetoric which rages while fissures widen within society along racial, economic, educational, religious, cultural and generational lines. We refuse to look away as poverty, cruelty and war force families to become migrants ...
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Fri 09

Fresh Start Retreat (Waycross)

December 8 - December 10
Jan 07

Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council Meeting

January 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Executive Council Meeting

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Jan 21

Commission on Ministry

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Feb 10

Vestry College

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Commision on Ministry

February 18, 2017
Feb 23

Fresh Start Retreat (Waycross)

February 23, 2017 - February 25, 2017
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Ember Day – March 2017

March 2, 2017

Many milestones are being celebrated this year, including those of several parishes. Do you have an important milestone coming up in your parish? Share it here

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