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You’re Joyfully Welcome to the 180th Diocesan Convention (and Family Reunion!)

October 26-28, Jeffersonville and New Albany

There’s a can’t-miss event October 26-28 you’ll want to get on your schedule. Come to the River!, the 180th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, promises to add fun, action, learning, and discussion opportunities to the annual business of convention.

Think dance party.  Or, how about going on a real-life pastoral visit in the middle of the Ohio River?  Discovering a gazillion ideas to rev up your ministry… high-energy visioning about the future… or making a real impact around issues of homelessness, the Hoosier opioid crisis, and with pets of low-income families.  Learning about Indiana river history and the horseback journeys of Bishop Jackson Kemper as he settled Episcopal churches right here in Indiana and throughout the Midwest.  Whether you’re a delegate, alternate, parishioner, or family member—trust us.  This will be worth a trip.

Ten listening sessions are being held across the diocese before Diocesan Convention and you're invited to participate. Bishop Jennifer seeks to hear from as many people as possible about their hopes, dreams, and the challenges they see for our diocese. Laity are invited to attend one of the sessions closest to them and other groupings for diocesan lay leaders, priests, deacons, spouse/partners, and youth have specific dates just for each group. Bishop Jennifer has been working with the Executive Council and Ms. Susan Czolgosz of Holy Cow! Consulting to develop the sessions with the following purpose:
  • Provide opportunity to deepen relationship between Bishop Jennifer and members from around the diocese
  • Dialogue about diocesan strengths and challenges as described in the diocesan profile
  • Further define what members of the diocese need from their Bishop and the Bishop’s staff
Each session will include prayer, a meal, and ample time for you to share your thoughts. A full report of the sessions will be given to the diocese including a presentation with table discussions at Diocesan Convention in October.
Important Information
UPDATE AUG. 2: The scheduled date for Clergy Spouses has been changed from August 27 to October 5 at 6 p,m. The location remains the same. Anyone already registered for the August 27 date will be automatically registered for the October 5 date. IF YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR REGISTRATION:  If you need to change or cancel your registration for any event, please contact Sally Cassidy at the diocesan office (cassidy@indydio.org). 

Sessions Schedule

Session Date Day Starting Time           Host
Clergy Spouses: NEW DATE! Oct. 5, 2017 Thursday 6 p.m. EDST St. Paul’s Columbus
Lay N. Central, S. Central, & MidCentral Regions Sept. 7, 2017 Thursday 6 p.m. EDST Trinity, Indianapolis
Lay Leadership Sept. 9, 2017 Saturday 10 a.m. EDST Waycross
Youth Sept. 9, 2017 Saturday 1:30 p.m. EDST Waycross
Priests Sept, 13, 2017 Wednesday 10 a.m. EDST InterChurch Ctr, Indianapolis
Deacons Oct. 7, 2017 Saturday 9 a.m. EDST Waycross
Lay SE Region Oct. 15, 2017 Sunday 1 p.m. EDST St. Paul’s, New Albany
Click here to register for any of the sessions.


Waycross Executive Director Announces Retirement

Waycross Executive Director Announces Retirement
Dear Waycross Friends: We have finished a busy summer camp season with much re-creation, laughter, and singing rising from the Bear Creek Valley. Attached is a letter announcing my retirement from Waycross at the end of this year from the Waycross Board President, Denyse Palmer ...
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A Message to the Church from the Presiding Bishop—Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

A Message to the Church from the Presiding Bishop—Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

In this moment – when the stain of bigotry has once again covered our land, and when hope, frankly, sometimes seems far away, when we must now remember new martyrs of the way of love like young Heather Heyer – it may help to remember ...
St. Paul’s Arts Council calls for submission of new, short plays for  its February festival

St. Paul’s Arts Council calls for submission of new, short plays for its February festival

The St. Paul's Arts Council will be showcasing original, never been produced short plays at a Short New-Play Festival, Sunday, February 11, 2018. The Festival will feature two categories of short plays, 2-Minute and 10-Minute Plays. St. Paul’s asks that, due to the 200th anniversary ...
Trinity, Indianapolis, Receives a Faith and Action Grant

Trinity, Indianapolis, Receives a Faith and Action Grant

Trinity, Indianapolis, has received a $20,000 Faith and Action grant from Christian Theological Seminary for Trinity House, which will offer a safe environment for 16-to-21-year-old people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In addition to getting shelter, the youths staying at Trinity House ...


This year’s annual TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship) conference was in May at St. Mark's Cathedral, Minneapolis. Here’s what Ms. Terry Noble from St. Andrew’s, Greencastle, had to say about the conference: “It taught me much, and it infused me with energy and a ...
Fall All Diocesan Confirmation Service

Fall All Diocesan Confirmation Service

An additional All Diocesan Confirmation Service has been added for this Fall. This is for anyone who for whatever reason did not get Confirmed, Received and Reaffirmed this Spring. It will be on Thursday, November 2, 2017, starting with Confirmands meeting with the Bishop at ...


This past Monday, July 10, seven youth and three adults from our diocese went to E.Y.E. at the University of Central Oklahoma. They are participating in plenary sessions, workshops, day trips, and other activities centered around the theme "Path to Peace." Please keep these young ...
Episcopal Women's Ministries Fall Retreat

Episcopal Women’s Ministries Fall Retreat

Savoring the Sacred Pauses -- A retreat of practices for the rhythm of our days and a rule for our lives SISTERS IN CHRIST: The 2017 Fall Retreat with Bishop Jennifer is coming and is just around the corner!! This retreat takes place the weekend ...
Bishop Jennifer's Visitation Schedule

Bishop Jennifer’s Visitation Schedule

Bishop Jennifer's schedule through October 2018 ...
Diocesan Executive Council Holds First Meeting With Bishop

Diocesan Executive Council Holds First Meeting With Bishop

Members of diocesan Executive Council arrived at Waycross June 17 with excitement, anticipation, and bags of canned goods for a local food pantry as they held their first meeting with Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. Bishop Jennifer asked members of the council to help shape the agenda ...
Making a Witness: Bishop Endorses CIC Statement

Making a Witness: Bishop Endorses CIC Statement

The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows signed on to a joint statement by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, condemning an anti-Muslim billboard posted earlier this month along I-465 in Indianapolis. Statement Regarding the Anti-Muslim Billboard from CIC and the Indianapolis Community The Center for Interfaith Cooperation ...
Presiding Bishop Responds to Trump’s Decision to Pull U.S. Out of Worldwide Climate Accord

Presiding Bishop Responds to Trump’s Decision to Pull U.S. Out of Worldwide Climate Accord

[June 1, 2017, Episcopal News Service] President Donald Trump announced June 1 that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a 2015 pledge to limit climate change signed by 196 nations. The agreement includes a plan to decrease carbon emissions and ...
Sep 09

Listening Session – Lay Leadership

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sep 09

Listening Session – Youth

September 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sep 13

Listening Session – Priests

September 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sep 16
Sep 29
Oct 05

Listening Session – Clergy Spouses

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 07

Listening Session – Deacons

October 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oct 15

Listening Session – Lay SE Region

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nov 02

Fall All Diocesan Confirmation Service

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nov 03

Executive Council Meeting

November 3 - November 4
Nov 17

2017 Youth Fall Conference

November 17 - November 19
Jul 05


July 5, 2018 - July 13, 2018
Sep 28

Episicopal Women’s Ministries Fall Retreat

September 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018

180th Diocesan Convention

October 26-28, 2017

Location is Jeffersonville.


Parish and diocesan milestones should be celebrated and remembered. Here are some of the more recent ones that have been celebrated since 2016. Do you have an important milestone coming up in your parish? Share it here

Come Celebrate!

Come Celebrate!
The Church of the Nativity is celebrating its 60 year anniversary!  Please plan to join on November 4, 2017, at 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm. We are having a silent auction and stay tuned for additional activities. Church of the Nativity 7300 N. Lantern Road Indianapolis, IN 46256 Tel: 317 849 3656 www.nativity-indy.org ...
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Peace Episcopal Church, Rockport, has moved. Their new address is 223 County Road 350W, Rockport IN 47635. All other information remains the same. If you plan to visit, they advise you rely upon MapQuest for now. Some GPS systems, including Garmin, seem to be leading visitors astray. (We're working on helping resolve that issue now!) ...
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179 Years and Still Going

179 Years and Still Going
St. Paul's, Richmond, is celebrating 179 years of ministry ...
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September 1976: General Convention Approves the Ordination of Women

Giving thanks for the history of ordained women in The Episcopal Church and in our diocese on the 40 year anniversary this month ...
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The policy on alcohol use related to diocesan and parish events was established by the Diocesan Executive Council in January 2017.  View the policy here.


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