Notice a Newsletter Schedule Change?

We made the decision to put a hold on our normal mid-February issue to bring you all of the latest information and registration related to Bishop Waynick's farewell and Bishop-Elect Baskerville-Burrows Ordination and Consecration.  Watch for our next issue in mid-April!  

Bishop Transition Information & Updates

Consecration and Seating of Bishop-Elect The Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows


Tentative Schedule for Ordination and Consecration Weekend Released

Presiding Bishop Clergy Meeting

• Friday, April 28

• 10 to 11:30 a.m.

• St. Richard's Episcopal School)


• Friday, April 28

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• St. Richard's Episcopal School

Media Event for PB and Bishop- Elect

• Friday, April 28

• 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

• St. Richard's Episcopal School


• Friday, April 28


• Clowes Memorial Hall

Women of Color Clergy Reception

• Friday, April 28

• 5 to 7 p.m.

• Christ Church Cathedral

Reception hosted by The Union of Black Episcopalians

• Friday, April 28

• 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• Christ Church Cathedral

Bishop's Dinner

• Friday, April 28

• 7:30 to 9 p.m.

• Columbia Club

Bishop's Breakfast

• Saturday, April 29

• TBD--7:30 a.m.???

• Clowes Memorial Hall


• Saturday, April 29

• 11 a.m.

• Clowes Memorial Hall

Presiding Bishop Sunday Visitation

• Sunday, April 30

• 9:30 a.m.

• St. David's Bean Blossom


• Sunday, April 30

• 11 a.m.

• Christ Church Cathedral 


A Celebration of the Ministry of the Right Rev. Catherine M. Waynick, 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis


Farewell Events for Bishop Cate

We invite you to join us for these events as we say goodbye to +Cate and Larry.

April 22: Celebration Liturgy at St. Christopher's, Carmel.

The formal farewell liturgy will be at St. Christopher's, 1402 W. Main St, Carmel, IN 46032 beginning at 11:00 a.m. on April 22, 2017.

April 22: Diocesan Farewell Party at Indiana State Museum

1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Indiana State Museum, 650 W Washington St, Indianapolis.


A Message from the Transition Committee: Retirement Fund in Honor of Bishop Cate's Ministry

The Transition Committee for the 11th Bishop of Indianapolis is collecting funds for Bishop Cate's retirement gift. Please help us thank +Cate and Larry for their undying devotion to the diocese with this substantial support as a sign of our gratitude for all that they have given to us over the years. We hope that all members of the diocese and friends of the Waynicks will contribute to this fund. All gifts of whatever amount are welcomed and honored.

We have identified two gifts we would like to give to Bishop Cate. The first is a trip for two to Italy. Although +Cate has been to Rome for her work as Governor of the Anglican Centre in Rome, she has not had time to enjoy the beauty of Italy. The second gift is a donation in her name to Waycross Camp and Conference Center. Bishop Cate has a special place in her heart for Waycross and its ministry.

You may send a check made out to Diocese of Indianapolis and marked "Cate's Retirement Trip" or "Cate's Waycross Fund" to Canon Marsha Gebuhr, 1100 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

You may contribute online by going to and selecting your gift to go to "Cate's Retirement."  You will have to option to make your gift to "Cate's Retirement Trip" or "Cate's Waycross Fund." or both.

Thank you for helping us to be generous to two people who have been unselfishly generous to us.

The Transition Committee for the Eleventh Bishop of Indianapolis


Want to send a message to the current bishop or bishop-elect?


The Right Rev. Catherine Waynick, Bishop

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop Elect (begins February 1)

1100 W. 42nd Street 
Indianapolis IN 46208

Diocesan office phone numbers 
317 926-5454
800 669-5786


Lent 2017

A Lenten Message from Bishop Waynick

February 28, 2017
Shrove Tuesday

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we begin the holy season of Lent it is important to remember who we are and what we are meant to do as followers of Jesus.

Lent is a time of self-reflection and growing self-awareness aided by spiritual disciplines which help us to ‘get real’ about ourselves. Spiritual disciplines come in lots of shapes and sizes, but they all have the same purpose – to form us into the image of God we are created to be, and as faithful disciples of our Lord.

Abstinence from certain kinds of food or beverages can often approximate, in some small way, the reality of daily life for those who live in constant need, and to reflect on the experience. How do I feel when I’m hungry? How do I treat others when I'm preoccupied about food? How willing am I to forego some part of my usual food intake? What might I do with the money I would generally spend on food and drink? How well do I function when I know my next meal is many hours away and will be very small? Does my attitude change toward others who are not engaging in this experiment?

We can also abstain from other things – gossip, speculation, procrastination, inactivity, resentment…….what effect would abstaining from any of these things have in my life and my relationships?

Lent is also a time when we can experiment with new disciplines; prayer, journaling, study, volunteering at a shelter or some other community ministry….and faithful Sunday worship. Such disciplines can remind us that there is never a time when God is absent from us, and that everything we say and do either reflects God’s love to the world, or it does not. Every word, every action, can be an intentional communication of God’s love, or it can convey something very different....

The Bible is very clear in communicating God’s commandments to love, and we have the special teaching of Jesus that we are to love others not only as we love ourselves, but as he loves. Jesus was very clear in teaching that there is no one we can faithfully describe as ‘not my neighbor.’ Every other human being is the image of God. Every person is beloved by God. Every person is to be sought out and served as Christ. And that means everyone.

In his sermon on the mount, Jesus spoke of the danger of carrying anger and condemned it as murderous. He taught that non-violent means are to be used even when injustice is being challenged. Our own baptismal covenant commits us to striving for justice and peace among all people, and respect for the dignity of every person.

So let’s be clear - threats against brothers and sisters whose skin color is different, whose sexuality is different, whose religious practice is different, will never be acceptable among faithful followers of Jesus. When confronted with something we don’t understand, or trust, or appreciate, we always have the option to become curious about it, rather than condemning it out of hand. The Bible consistently praises those who seek wisdom….and wisdom never has to resort to vile threats and menacing behaviors.

During this Lenten season, I urge that we all abstain from the things which cause fear and division and take up those spiritual disciplines which can bring us to a better understanding of ourselves and our world. Let us all pray that our hearts and minds become open to the working of the Holy Spirit and that we grow in the love which can transfigure both us and the world.





Remember the Refugees and Migrants

Migrant and Refugee, word cloud concept on black background.

Ash Wednesday message offered by the heads of the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada


Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry joined the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in issuing an Ash Wednesday message. The message was issued by

• The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church

• The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

• The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate, Anglican Church of Canada

• The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

The text of the message can be read on the Episcopal Church website.


Ashes to Go

Bishop-Elect the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows participated in Christ Church Cathedral's Ashes to Go ministry on Monument Circle at noon.


Youth Ministry

Free Leader Resources Youth Ministry Curriculum for Parishes

The Diocese of Indianapolis has made available to parishes access to the entire Center for Youth Ministry through Leader Resources ( This membership allows each parish in the Diocese to download all of the youth ministry curriculum available through Leader Resources for free. This curriculum includes the complete Journey to Adulthood program, Confirmation curriculum, God Talks, retreat resources, and more! Each parish can receive one free download of the entire library, which can be shared with youth leaders and others within your congregation. Information on how to download these resources is available on this information sheet: Questions can be sent to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at 812.597.4241 or by email at


You Can Still Join Us for EYE 2017!

We still have a few spots open to attend this summer’s Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), July 10-14 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. Youth who have completed grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 school year are eligible and invited to attend. Anyone interested in attending with the Diocese of Indianapolis should fill out an application and send it as soon as possible to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, at More information and an application can be found at,

pathways to vitality

Diocese Names Pathways to Vitality Priest

Erin Hougland has been called as the Pathways Priest for the Diocese of Indianapolis. Erin is a seminarian in the Diocese of Indianapolis. We are very excited to have her joining the Pathways project. She begins her full-time ministry on June 1.

The Pathways priest will serve three congregations for eight months each, helping them learn and apply the concepts and practices taught in the first year of the Pathways Priest and Congregations program.

Applications to be one of those congregations are available through the diocesan and Pathways websites, or by contacting Canon Bruce Gray.

Erin brings both achievements and skills to the position. Her experiences in the non-profit world as well as in church ministries have prepared her well for the demands that will be placed on the Pathways Priest. She has a track record of accomplishments working with volunteers, as well as experiences in leading changes in complex organizations. She also has led training efforts and done curriculum development work, which will be part of the ministry of the Pathways priest.

Melissa Hickman, Canon Debra Kissinger, and Canon Bruce Gray did extensive recruiting for the position within the Episcopal Church. Each seminary was contacted by email with a follow-up phone conversation requesting applicants for the position. The position was posted with the Office for Transitional Ministry, presented by Debra at Transitional Ministry conferences, advertised by the Episcopal Church Foundation in their work with senior seminarians, and informal networks were utilized as well. From those efforts, we had four qualified finalists who were interviewed by Bruce.

If you have any questions about the Pathways project, please contact Canon Bruce Gray.

Miscellaneous News

Bishop-Elect Announces Initial Parish Visits

Bishop-elect, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, has started a schedule of parish visits.  Watch this space, (including the Calendar) and diocesan social media as more dates are announced.


• March 5 - St. Paul’s, Columbus

• March 19 - St. James, Vincennes and St. John’s, Washington

• March 26 - TBD

• April 02 - Trinity, Bloomington

• April 09 - St. Francis-in-the-Field, Zionsville

• April 16 (Easter Sunday) St. John’s, Bedford



the Rev. Alissa Goudswaard

Congratulations to the newest deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, the Rev. Alissa Goudswaard.


Episcopal Women's Ministries Spring Luncheon


April 8, 2017
St. Paul's, Columbus

Registration Deadline: March 25.
Download Flyer and Registration Form 


Godly Play Training

Saint Andrew’s, Greencastle will host training for teachers of Godly Play and we have ten seats open for members of other parishes who wish to join us in training by a certified Godly Play instructor.

Three modules will be offered on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day:

• March 11: Sacred Stories

• April 8: Parables

• May 20: Liturgical Action

Each module costs $155 and includes all materials, access to online help, and lunch that day.

We expect seats to be taken quickly. Registration is now open (ending March 5), and can be accessed at the following sites:

• Sacred Stories -

• Parables -

• Liturgical Action -

If you have any questions, please contact the Saint Andrew’s Office Administrator, Renee Hood, at


Flipping for Jesus

St. Paul's, Indianapolis, was one of many parishes in the diocese that enjoyed a super-fun Mardi Gras themed pancake supper. Parish youth provided lots of colorful decorations, activities, and yummy pancakes and fixins'---proudly proclaiming by their t-shirts they were "Flipping for Jesus!"


 Communications Corner

Around the Fireplace: Keeping Facebook Fresh

Kathy Copas
Coordinator of Communication and Evangelism

It was great to see everyone who stopped by our Communication Corner at Vestry College this past weekend! One of the topics of discussion, proposed by two different parishes was, "So, how do we get more followers to our Facebook page or group?" Here are just a few simple ideas that may help.

1. Get a plan in place to keep content fresh. For one small parish in our diocese, we devised a plan for four different people in the congregation to each agree to take a different week of the month and post at least one thing as administrators of the parish page. It could be a photo of some outreach ministry, a video of some music or a sermon, even just groups of people at coffee hour or a church social event that you tag. (Lots of tagging is great!) If four people agree to do at least one post in a week, that is at least four things a month that get posted. And, that's a start.

2. Send messages or notes to other churches and organizations in your community and invite them to like your page.

3. Ask your own parishioners to share some of your posts to their friends.

4. Rev up interest in your local neighborhood or community on Facebook "Throwback Thursdays" by posting and tagging businesses, people schools, churches, or the area with some of those old historic photos hanging around the church office.

5. Get out (or go online to) your local newspaper and read about the many awards, honors, and successes going on in your community, from winning sports teams to businesses expanding, to service clubs celebrating anniversaries to scout groups receiving recognition. Offer congratulations on your page from your congregation and tag them on your Facebook page.

6.. During announcement time at church, consider providing a moment to encourage parishioners to check in on Facebook and say a word about the lectionary message/theme, sermon, music, or even post a picture of something happening that day. 

7. Get some conversation going in the form of inviting comments or questions. Example: Lent is almost here. What does it mean to you, personally, to keep a holy Lent? Reply or react to the comments. 

8. Do a lot of linking back and forth to your website and any other social media that you do. 

9. Use Facebook Live or video messages as a tool for encouraging parishioners to share their personal stories about why their church and faith is personally important to them.  This is a great thing to try at coffee hour.

10. Experiment with paid posts. Facebook paid invitations to your next event or your parish in general can be quite affordable. You can focus your paid posts on very specific areas and to specific interests. Start small, review the Facebook analytics to determine who you have reached and connected with, and determine if paid posts are a worthwhile investment for your church.

11. Be creative with images and memes. Whenever possible, show it more than say it!

12. Connect with people via current events. If someone in your community is having a meeting on the opioid crisis or homelessness, use your page to promote these events. People who are interested in these issues will sometimes make a connection with you, particularly if they are thinking of seeking a church committed to social justice.

13. Offer a "share and post" contest, providing a drawing for a small prize, such as a scented candle or bouquet of flowers for all who will like and share your post.

These are just a few simple ideas. Feel free to submit your own, including what you have tried and how it worked! See you next month!

Kathy Copas


New Service for Parishes: Digital Sleuth

So, here's the idea. An Episcopalian from a city/state outside of our diocese receives a parish's name and the name of that parish's city or town here in the Diocese of Indianapolis. From there, the skilled, trained Digital Sleuth goes to work, with the assignment of figuring out what your parish is really like simply from your digital imprint.

The Digital Sleuth writes a report to share with your parish leadership about what he or she has learned about you, making a guess about what your parish is really like without ever having visited you. You get to compare what you ARE like with what the Digital Sleuth THINKS you are like and perhaps work to reconcile that in your future approach to electronic communication.

The ground rules for this program are the same as for our popular Mystery Guest program. The service is free on a first-come, first- served basis. Requests must be made by clergy or with the permission of clergy. Want to know more or get on the Digital Sleuth's schedule? Contact or


Personalized for Your Parish Web Videos for Lent, Triduum, and Easter available free upon request.

Watch our Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Facebook Page or the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Facebook Group for samples. Contact or to place your order. Include your parish name and contact info you would like to highlight, as well as your service times for Lent, Triduum, and Easter. 

Click here to view media.


Around the Diocese

St. James, New Castle, just celebrated the first anniversary of the ordination of the Rev. Whitney Smith.


St. George's, West Terre Haute, was among those hosting Bishop Cate Waynick on her final round of parish visits.

St. Paul's, Jeffersonville, and its community ministry Clark County Cares had a very well-attended Drug Fact Week series focusing on opiate addiction in the community.  Events included lectures by the renowned author on the crisis, John Quinones, prayer and panel discussion opportunities, a vigil for victims, and a youth dance.


The congregation of St. Philip's, Indianapolis,  was delighted to host a visit by bishop-elect Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows on her first Sunday in the diocese.


Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis, is exploring work with an organization called "Art With a Heart!" It works to engage at-risk students with art.


St. Paul's, Richmond, is celebrating 179 years of ministry.


St. Thomas, Franklin, had a February Parents' Night Out---and a good time was had by all!


St. Paul's, New Albany's, arts program hosted a concert by international gospel group Messengers of Christ. 


St. Andrew's, Greencastle, raised money to help send kids to Waycross Camp with a soup and bread supper.


St. Timothy's, Indianapolis, developed this colorful montage to help share what their faith community is all about.


Yummo! St. Peter's, Lebanon, hosted an Italian night fund-raiser in their community.


St. Paul's, Indianapolis, worked hard on their February Love for Waycross special event fundraiser.


St. John's, Bedford, is working with a group of downtown historic churches representing different denominations in serving those in need in Lawrence County with a variety of ministries.


St. Stephen's, Terre Haute, and United Campus Ministries were among those who gathered for a candlelight vigil standing for inclusion and safety and against repression.


St. David's February Pub Theology group explored the topic of forgiveness.



Trinity, Bloomington, presented a program called "Marriage Alive" with a marriage therapist that helped explore the covenant of marriage.


Trinity Church (Anderson) "Souper Bowl" raised money for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Indiana. The event was a win-win, thanks to the cooks who provided the soup and all who participated.


Friends at Christ Church Cathedral gathered recently for Bilingual Conversations: cooking class! This great ministry brings people together in faith and fellowship to share, listen and love. They had a great time together in la Cocina! (the Kitchen!)


One of the group exercises with kids at Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, is stacking Solo cups! (That's quite an impressive build!)


Holy Family, Fishers, was yet another parish that held a big celebration of Scout Sunday.


Trinity, Indianapolis, continues weekly support of the Mid-North Food Pantry, Inc., with 205 pounds of food and hygiene products just donated.


 St. John's, Speedway, continues to offer "Faith on Tap"---a monthly inter-church meetup to help people navigate what it means to be LGBT and also a person of faith. The group meets monthly at bars and restaurants in the Speedway area.


St. Timothy's, Indianapolis, offered "Theology and Spirituality in Film" this past month, screening the film "The Way."


Trinity, Lawrenceburg, has been participating in a monthly ecumenical Recovery Prayer Service in their community.

For Fun and Inspiration


Calendar & Events

For more events, complete details, or updates, see


On the Diocesan Calendar

Mar 2: Ember Day ("2018 Pension Fund Changes" presenter: CPG)
Mar 3-5: Youth Spring Retreat @ Waycross
Mar 23-24: Trinity Institute "Water Justice" @St. Paul's, Indy, time TBA
Mar 25: Executive Council at Waycross, 10 a.m.
Mar 27-28: Bishop w/Presbyters: Ending of a Pastoral Relationship @ Waycross

Apr 6-8: COM Spring overnight @ TBD
Apr 8: Episcopal Women's Ministries spring luncheon with Bishop Cate @ St. Paul's Columbus 10:30 a.m.
Apr 22: A Liturgy to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of Bishop Catherine Waynick @ St. Christopher's, Carmel, 11 a.m.
Apr 22: Farewell party for Bishop Cate @ IN State Museum, 2- 5 p.m.
Apr 29: Ordination/Consecration of the 11th Bishop @ Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis at 11 a.m.

May 13: Episcopal Women's Ministries Council @ St. John's, Lafayette, 10 a.m.
May 18-20: Fresh Start Retreat @ Waycross

Jun 3: COM Information Day @ TBD

Jul 10-14: EYE @ Edmond, OK

Sep 14: Ember Day (Center for Congregations: Resources & Grants)
Sep 29-Oct 1: Episcopal Women's Ministries fall retreat @ Waycross

Nov 17-19: Youth Fall Conference @ Waycross
Nov 30: Possible date for Ember Day

Dec 7: Possible date for Ember Day