June 2016

Tragedy in Orlando

Bishop Waynick on the Orlando Shootings


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

What can we say or do, in the face of the hatred which leads a frustrated young man in Orlando to strike out in violence, terrorizing and killing people he considers unworthy of life?

We do not fully understand this man and his motives. We know he was adherent to ISIS, and their condemnation of those they claim as unacceptably different from themselves. We know he had signed on to the notion that his hatred justified his decision to personally execute as many members of the LGBT community as he could, in a violent terrorist attack which has now claimed over 60 lives, injured as many more, and plunged not only Orlando, but our nation into outraged grief.

We also know that neither he nor ISIS represents the Islam followed by so many of our faithful Muslim friends and neighbors, any more than the Ku Klux Klan represents Christianity.

So – what can we do? We can remember who we are, and whose we are. We are followers of Jesus, who have made the solemn promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves. We are disciples who have promised to proclaim by word and example, the Good News of God in Christ. And we have promised to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.

These vows commit us to make the assumption that Christ can be found in every person – every human being having been made in the image and likeness of God. They commit us to insist that whatever we consider essential for ourselves and our children is essential for all our neighbors. They commit us to decide to love rather than to rush to judgement. They commit us to be constant in our own speech and behavior – communicating our belief that even the worst human sin cannot and does not nullify God’s love.

And the last of these vows commits us to strive. To strive is to try, to work, to put some real energy into something. ‘Strive’ is the verb form of that word - the noun form is ‘strife.’ Strife means, at the very least, being at odds with something – and in this case, against whatever is not making for justice and peace among all people, whatever does not accord to every human being both dignity and respect.

The teachings of Jesus make it crystal clear that our striving is not to be violent. But our striving must be clear, and strong, and rooted in our faith. It must include concern for all people, and for their safety and well-being. And it must have the goal of healing and reconciliation.

We will not all agree about how to accomplish this, but our children, our extended families, and all our neighbors need to be safe from gun violence. We cannot remain complacent or silent as troubled and hate-filled persons who should not have guns gain access to them. This is not about immigration policies, and deciding that whole groups of people should be refused entrance into the United States. It is about acknowledging that some persons should not have access to guns.

It is about a small child finding a loaded gun and killing himself or another person. It is about a depressed, mentally ill person using a semi-automatic weapon to kill more than 20 school children. It is about the reports of gun violence that are part of our daily news programs in Indianapolis, and other U.S. cities.

I encourage you to explore the organization called Moms Demand Action on Gun Violence, and other groups who have articulated reasonable and obtainable goals which do not attack the Second Amendment to our Constitution, or call for banning guns, but will help to keep our families and citizens safe. Some of you may disagree with me about this, but that’s all right. Jesus did not command us to agree – he commanded us to love each other – so know that I love you!

Each of us has opportunities to live out the vows of our baptismal covenant; in our personal and family lives, our work lives, our friendships, our volunteer efforts and community involvements, and our participation in political processes.

As you pray for the victims of the attack in Orlando, and for their families and friends, please prayerfully consider how you can participate in striving for justice and peace in our homes and communities.

Prayers for Orlando

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry released a video calling for prayers for the victims. You can view it here

“Pray for the repose of the souls who have died,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his video message, Prayers for Orlando, concerning the June 12 shooting in Orlando, FL in which 49 people died and 53 were injured.

Vigils and Remembrances


Christ Church Cathedral hosted an interfaith Vigil Against Violence, reading the names of the Orlando massacre dead and drawing attention to hatred, bigotry, and gun violence.

Christ Church, Madison, also offered a community reading of the names of the Orlando dead with a time of reflection and remembrace.

St. Alban's, Indianapolis, also held a prayer vigil with a lament for those impacted by the Orlando violence.


Diocese of Indianapolis at Circle City Pride Festival and Parade


Representatives from several of our Indianapolis area parishes marched in the June 11 Pride parade and hosted a festival booth to share about The Episcopal Church welcome to all!  Click here for more photos

Diocesan News

Diocesan Convention October 27-29 

Call to Convention 2016


June 2016

Pursuant to Article IV Section 2 of the Constitution of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, notice is hereby given that the 179th annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese will be held at  the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre, 31 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, on October 27 - 29, 2016.  This will be an electing convention and Christ Church Cathedral will host the election and this convention.  The election of the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis will take place on Friday morning October 28, at Christ Church Cathedral after the Eucharist.

In compliance with the 2007 Convention recommendation to make each convention as ‘green’ as possible, much of the dissemination of convention materials will be sent by email, posted on the website and sent in the Wednesday Mailbag.   

If you are a delegate and 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:

• Discussion of the 2017 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.

Convention dinner is scheduled for Friday evening, October 28th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton.  Reservations are required and must be received no later than September 30th.   Details and payment information will be posted on the website at a later date.

Reservations must be made with the hotel directly at 317-635-2000 or 888-627-8186.  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 21, 2016.  The negotiated cost per night is $149 (plus a daily parking fee of $15) and does not include applicable taxes.  You may also click on the following link to make your reservations online:

Episcopal Diocese Of Indy (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)

More Convention Information

• Preliminary Schedule 

• 2017 Budget Documents


You Are Invited

may 2016

News Briefs



Global Missions Matching Grants Up to $5,000

Assist Growing After School Programs in our Partner Diocese of Brasilia

Give by June 30—our diocesan Global Missions Commission will match gifts up to $5,000 and present a check to Bishop Mauricio Andrade during a July clergy trip.  These important programs provide a lifeline for children in Brasilia who receive very minimal school time. 

Your giving options:

• Click here to make an online gift. Choose the Diocese of Brasilia - The SAME After School Program option from the drop down list.

• Mail a check to Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, 1100 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis IN 46208.

Gifts must be received by June 30 to qualify for the matching grant.

Questions?  Contact the diocesan office.

Lunches and Lessons in the Diocese of Haiti Needs Your Support for 2017


As the Diocese of Haiti continues earthquake recovery with the rebuilding of the Mithon School, more children than ever are returning to school.  Support is needed to carry our life-changing Lunches and Lessons initiative into 2017 for the children of Haiti.

It costs $99 to provide food and staffing for one student for a year.  Our diocesan goal is $25,000 by the end of 2016. Even if your parish, household or group can support just one student, please help!

Click here for our Make a Gift page. Choose the second option on the drop down list---Diocese of Haiti: Lunches and Lessons.


Information Day

Have you considered exploring a call to ordained ministry?  The diocesan Commission on Ministry Information Day will be on August 6, 2016.  It all begins with a conversation with your parish clergy for more information.


See the Event Calendar for the most complete information. 


Dontie Fuller Retires

Dontie Fuller with Canon Debra Kissinger and Kim Christopher as diocesan staff held a retirement lunch for Dontie this month. And if you didn't see it last month, here's Dontie's thank you note again.

April 19, 2016

Dear Bishop Cate and the Diocese of Indianapolis,
                What a surprise last Saturday  at the Pathways to Vitality gathering when presented with a huge bouquet of roses, card and check! That gesture of appreciation meant a lot to me.
                It has been delightful to work with the youth and adults in our diocese. They have taught me so much about acceptance, compassion, and being open to new, innovative ideas.
                With God’s help, the other adults on the Youth Steering Committee and I have begun their development as leaders in the Church. And hopefully, we have helped them on their journeys in faith.
                Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and privilege to serve, and thank you for the generous retirement gifts.

Faithfully in Christ,
Dontie Fuller


Wearing Orange

Mothers Against Gun Violence recently wore orange and gathered to make a witness on Monument Circle.


New Archdeacon Named


Congratulations to the Rev. Connie Peppler, who has just been named by Bishop Waynick as Archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Her diaconate ministry includes serving at Trinity, Bloomington.


Meditation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

Here is an excerpt from a letter to Bishop Cate that she wishes to be shared with the household:   

"With Memorial Day weekend marking a mental shift in seasons, it is inevitable that summer plans are in the making, including plans for vacation and study leave for clergy and church leaders. But, a pause in church activities in the summer doesn't necessarily mean a pause in conflict and challenges among church folk. That's why we offer our Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI) year 'round. I am writing to share with you the news of the three remaining LMPC-Sponsored MSTIs in 2016. For the many churches and judicatory offices here in the Midwest, these MSTIs are conveniently clustered here, providing a great opportunity of choices of dates and locations for attending the training nearby."

Links to all the Mediation Skills Training information:


For Clergy and Lay Employees

church pension group

Registration Now Open for "Planning for Tomorrow"

You are cordially invited to explore your financial future and well-being through the Church Pension Group's "Planning for Tomorrow" events. Follow the links to register and find out more.

• Lay: Thursday, August 25, for lay staff plus spouse/partner at St. Paul's, Indianapolis:  www.cvent.com/d/jfq5bk.

• Clergy: Friday, August 26—Saturday, August 27, for clergy plus spouse/partner at the Westin Downtown Indianapoliswww.cvent.com/d/tfq5bp.


Around the Fireplace - June 2016

Part One: How to Attract Multiple Guests to Your Church on Sunday Mornings with Minimal Effort or Expense

by Kathy Copas
Coordinator of Communication and Evangelism

Huh? Seriously? As a matter of fact, YES! It is actually much easier than you think. Over the summer months here in The Gathered Community, I'll be offering some simple techniques that may work for you and your parish as you seek to create greater awareness and attract new energy and community connectedness to your own Sunday morning experience. All of these techniques have a common root---recognition. I would define recognition as discovering what small but important things are happening in your community and creatively exploring ways they can be integrated into the context of your Sunday morning worship experience.

Let's say you just read on social media or in the newspaper that a local middle school band ensemble of 12 just won first place at a recent state music competition. This was actually a real-life scenario for one of our parishes I have worked with recently. Chances are these students, in the midst of feeling pretty good within their own circle of family and friends about what they have achieved, are feeling as though their achievement isn't particularly important to the rest of the world.

What if you contacted their director and told them your parish had heard about their recent honor and wanted to invite them to perform one Sunday morning and receive a Community Spirit Award certificate from your church? The July 4 weekend is coming up. Perhaps that would be a great opportunity to have a school band group like that perform an arrangement of one of the national songs in our hymnal during Offertory?

Anyone can produce a nice certificate on their computer and print it on a piece of quality paper. Nice frames are available for as low as $1.00 at the Dollar Tree or Dollar General stores. You could present the award during church announcement time and take a pic and/or video, disseminating it on social media and submitting it to your hometown newspaper. It would also be great to video their performance and post it up on social media, as well. Maybe this would also be a great time to stream your worship service through Facebook's new live tool. All of this positions your church as being very community-minded and as a place that values and celebrates the talents and contributions of local youth.

Best of all, think about the possibilities for what happens when 12 young people from a local middle school perform just a simple piece of music in your church? You get those young people there but also some of their friends, mothers and fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, school officials... you get the idea. In extending just a simple act of recognition and hospitality, you will be able to introduce many new people to your church, many of whom are likely unchurched or de-churched.

The possibilities for this strategy are endless. What if you committed to trying it once a month, recognizing the talents of different individuals or groups of achievers? Consider:

• Giving a lauded community theatre group an opportunity to interpret a Biblical story from the lectionary 

• Inviting a winning dance school group to share through liturgical dance

• Encouraging local honored student painters or sculptors to listen to the lectionary and express it through their art as your worship proceeds

All you have to do, especially in a small community, is to scour through your local newspaper and social media to discover lots of possibilities and persons who could be recognized for their achievements. Good luck and let us know (thegatheredcommunity@gmail.com).what you tried and how it worked!

Until next month,


Around the Diocese


Photos shared on social media recently.

All Saints, Indianapolis, is offering 9 p.m. Thursdays sung Compline.



Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, and St. Mark's,Plainfield, got together for pub theology this month.


Parishoners at St. Peter's, Lebanon, recently helped pack 300 lunches for the children of Boone County.



Holy Family, Fishers, has an Eagle Scout, Thomas Canter, who is working on a pathway project for their church grounds with the help of members of the parish.


St. Phillip's, Indianapolis, recognized their Rector and other mothers in the parish on Mother's Day.



St. Thomas, Franklin, celebrated a Baptism on Pentecost with lots of kids in attendance.


Trinity, Lawrenceburg, held an end of the school year picnic with their Headstart neighbors.


The Shelby Community Band and choir practiced at St Luke's, Shelbyville, for a Memorial Day concert.


Kids at the Trinity, Indianapolis, parish picnic got to learn about and touch animals with the help of Silly Safaris.


The congregation of St John's, Mount Vernon, recently enjoyed special music from their children and youth.


The monthly pub theology group at St. John's, Speedway is called Faith on Tap. 


The women of St. Stephen's, Terre Haute, share a monthly Women Dining Out potluck group. At the gatherings,they accept donations that are then given to a charity benefiting women or children.


St. Andrew's, Greencastle, is proud of many new improvements to its church property as well as efforts at reaching out and growing their congregation.


St. Paul's Columbus, recently celebrated the graduation of two of its Education for Ministry (EFM) group.


The June mission project at St. John's, Bedford, is their Second Sunday for Life, collecting food, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items for the LIFE community food pantry.

Young people at St. John's, Lafayette, preparing for the celebration of Pentecost.

St. Paul's, Indianapolis, highlighted the musical gifts of its youth with a choir school recital.


Thanks to a generous gift from Christ Church Cathedral Women (made possible by strawberry festival profits), St. David's, Bean Blossom, was able to get this new playground equipment and a children's garden in their Brown County community.  Guess what the first crop was the children grew? Strawberries, of course!


St. Paul's, Jeffersonville, is getting closer and closer on its organ installation project.


Christ Church, Madison, went all-out with festive red clothing for Pentecost Sunday.


St. Matthew's, Indianapolis, creatively decorated for Pentecost.  Later in the month, the parish also offered a special prayer service for veterans. 


June is always the biggest month for St. Paul's, New Albany, with its "Art on the Parish Green" festival, a major fund raiser for their Shepherd's Kitchen feeding ministry. Now in its tenth year, the festival features two days of music, food and drink, nearly a hundred artists, children's activities, and a Sunday morning jazz mass.  It just keeps on growing and acquiring new community partners and sponsors.  


St. Christopher's, Carmel, continues to share experiences of learning and prayer with other faith traditions.


For Fun and Inspiration


Events & Calendar

June 18: Executive Council Meeting

• Waycross

August 6: Commision on Ministry Information Day

• 11 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Paul’s, Indianapolis

August 25: Planning for Tomorrow

• For lay staff plus spouse/partner

• St. Paul’s, Indy

August 26-27: Planning for Tomorrow

• For clergy plus spouse/partner

• Westin downtown Indy

For more events, complete details, or updates, see indydio.org/events/list/.



Anticipated Date April, 2017

Stay informed and connected to the information and social media postings of the Diocesan search committee.

• On Facebook, follow the feed here.

• And on Twitter, follow here.

• And on the HoosierBishopXI website.