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A July Update From Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

On the Horizon


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Read about some of the staff changes that will be happening this year.


 

LISTENING SESSIONS
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.

Sessions Schedule

Session Date Day Starting Time           Host
Clergy Spouses August 27, 2017 Sunday 1 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. Registration for the individual sessions is also available on their corresponding day on the Diocesan Calendar.

A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP JENNIFER BASKERVILLE-BURROWS
6 June 2017

Dear Ones,

I have found our first month together as diocese and bishop to be an exhilarating ride. My excitement for what God is doing in our midst continues to grow. As we begin the season of Pentecost, I’m aware that this time in our church calendar that is also known as “ordinary time” feels anything but.

When I arrived as bishop-elect in February, two long-serving members of the bishop’s staff announced their desire to retire at the end of the calendar year—Marsha Gebuhr, the Canon for Administration, and Sally Cassidy, Executive Assistant to the Bishop. While I began listening and learning the needs of our diocese, it seemed important to move forward with discerning these positions right away. It gives me great joy to announce that I’ve called Mr. Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale to the position of Canon to the Ordinary for Administration and Evangelism. The title of this position makes explicit that all canons are “canons to the ordinary” with a particular ministry focus. The “ordinary” being the diocesan bishop.

Many of you will know Brendan as an active lay leader at his parish, the Episcopal Church of All Saints in Indianapolis, and by his roles on the bishop’s search committee, the Diocesan Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church, deputy to General Convention, and a member of the Acts 8 Movement. Brendan brings 16 years of experience with the Oxford Financial Group where he has had research and advisory responsibility for over $3 billion in assets. He has experience with endowments and pension plans as well as providing strategic counsel for organizational health. Brendan has a combination of financial acumen, experience in missional evangelism and a love for the Diocese of Indianapolis that makes him right for this role in this time.

As Canon to the Ordinary for Administration and Evangelism Brendan will provide the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure that the Diocese has the proper operational controls and administrative reporting procedures in place to ensure organizational strength and operating efficiency. The Canon will also support clergy and lay leaders in congregations in developing the evangelistic and missional strategy for reaching out beyond our parochial campuses.

The expansion of this position to include evangelism reflects the desire I’ve already heard from so many of you for resources and support to tend to the deep work of sharing the good news of the Gospel. It is my hope that all members of the bishop’s staff will have some aspect of this work in their portfolio. As the listening sessions begin later this week and through the fall, I hope to hear even more from you that will assist me in shaping a bishop’s staff that can support you in your ministries. This includes the position of executive assistant to the bishop—of which the ministry description is currently under review.

Anticipated beginning, pending clear background checks or other requirements, is October 1 giving Brendan and Marsha overlap until her retirement at the end of the calendar year. Details about our celebrations of retiring staff members will be forthcoming later this summer.

In this time of ongoing transition, I bid your prayers for your bishop’s staff and for Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale as he prepares to join us later this fall. May God continue to bless and keep you.

In peace,
Jennifer

FEATURED NEWS

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 ...
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EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT (E.Y.E) UPDATE

EPISCOPAL YOUTH EVENT (E.Y.E) UPDATE

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 ...
Welcome to Now We Gather!

Welcome to Now We Gather!

Now we gather in this place To feel your strong embrace Defend us Lord from all assaults of the enemy Give us the will to walk the Road And strength enough to share the load With the friends that you give as your earthly family ...
Webinar & Resources for ‘Becoming Beloved Community’

Webinar & Resources for ‘Becoming Beloved Community’

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Following a year of listening, consulting and reflection, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and officers of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies are inviting Episcopalians to ...
PEACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ROCKPORT, HAS MOVED

PEACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ROCKPORT, HAS MOVED

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 ...
First Confirmation

First Confirmation

Another first for Bishop Jennifer---her first deanery Confirmation, this one for the Southeast Region Deanery at St. Paul's, Columbus ...
EXCITING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY---DIOCESAN COORDINATORS FOR EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT (ERD)

EXCITING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY—DIOCESAN COORDINATORS FOR EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT (ERD)

Do you have a heart for connecting mission challenges and partnership opportunities, locally and globally? Do have a desire to help keep our diocese educated and informed about the work of Episcopal Relief and Development and how others can connect with this critical work through ...
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FEATURED & UPCOMING EVENTS
Aug 27

Listening Session – Clergy Spouses

August 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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 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

Youth Fall Conference 2017

November 17 - November 19
Thu 05

GENERAL CONVENTION (Austin, Texas)

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 & OTHER MILESTONES

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

PEACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ROCKPORT, HAS MOVED

PEACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, ROCKPORT, HAS MOVED
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

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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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180 and Still Going

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St. Paul's, Jeffersonville, just celebrated their 180th with a liturgy and reception ...
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Consecration Week Retrospective

The last week of April 2017 was a significant one for this diocese, marked not only by milestones for us but for the Episcopal Church. We saw the retirement of Bishop The Rt. Rev. Cate Waynick who has ministered with us for twenty years, the ordination, consecration, and seating of our eleventh bishop—and the first female black diocesan bishop—The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, and a visit by the Presiding Bishop The Most Rev. Michael Curry.

We have documented the week with words, photos, and videos of all of this and share it here with you as it is available.

The Ordination, Consecration, and Seating of a New Bishop 
 

On the weekend of April 29, 2017, The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was ordained, consecrated and seated as the eleventh bishop of the diocese. This was a historic and joyful time for the diocese. 

The Ordination and Consecration Service

A Video Retrospective on Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows’ Ordination and Consecration by The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn

A Video Retrospective on Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows' Ordination and Consecration by The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn
A video montage of highlights from Consecration Week celebrating the ordination and consecration of Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows in the Diocese of Indianapolis! ...
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The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows Is Seated at Christ Church Cathedral

The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows Is Seated at Christ Church Cathedral
The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, just ordained and consecrated yesterday as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, was officially seated at Christ Church Cathedral this morning. A large crowd participated in a service that was both steeped in tradition and celebration. The seating marks the beginning of Bishop Baskerville-Burrows' ministry through and with the cathedral on Monument Circle in Indianapolis ...
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The Right Reverend Catherine M. Waynick: Celebrating Twenty Years of Ministry as Bishop

April 22, 2017: Celebrating Bishop Cate’s Ministry

April 22, 2017: Celebrating Bishop Cate's Ministry
On Saturday, April 22, we celebrated Bishop Catherine Waynick’s twenty-year ministry as our Bishop. View a recording of the celebration and a photo gallery. A copy of the service bulletin is also available to download here ...
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For her Celebration of Ministry Bishop Cate wrote a prayer. Here is that prayer accompanied by pictures of Bishop Cate throughout her ministry as the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. (Click on any of the images to enlarge.)

The retiring Bishop speaks about life, her mission, and her people. 

 

ALCOHOL POLICY .

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.

LIGHT A CANDLE. PRAY FOR THE NATION.

Join Us in Prayer

President Trump has taken office, but much of the tension in our nation continues. You’re invited to continue to light a virtual candle and pray for peace.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Office

 1100 West 42nd Street
 Indianapolis, IN 46208
 Phone: 317-926-5454
 Fax: 317-926-5456
 Toll Free Long Distance: 1-800-669-5786

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