March 2016

The Episcopal Church

Episcopal Bishops Issue A Word to the Church


March 15, 2016

The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, meeting in retreat, unanimously approved the following Word To The Church.

A Word to the Church: Holy Week 2016

"We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.”

On Good Friday the ruling political forces of the day tortured and executed an innocent man. They sacrificed the weak and the blameless to protect their own status and power. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead, revealing not only their injustice but also unmasking the lie that might makes right.

In a country still living under the shadow of the lynching tree, we are troubled by the violent forces being released by this season’s political rhetoric. Americans are turning against their neighbors, particularly those on the margins of society. They seek to secure their own safety and security at the expense of others. There is legitimate reason to fear where this rhetoric and the actions arising from it might take us.

In this moment, we resemble God’s children wandering in the wilderness. We, like they, are struggling to find our way. They turned from following God and worshiped a golden calf constructed from their own wealth. The current rhetoric is leading us to construct a modern false idol out of power and privilege. We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others. No matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we must respect the dignity of every human being and we must seek the common good above all else.

We call for prayer for our country that a spirit of reconciliation will prevail and we will not betray our true selves.

The Episcopal Church House of Bishops met in retreat March 11 – 15 at Camp Allen Conference Center in Navasota, TX.

Diocesan News

Support the Episcopal Fund for Human Need this Spring with a Text or Online Gift

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The EFHN provides a critical lifeline for ministries and organizations throughout the diocese meeting basic emergency human needs. Your donations help our diocese provide gifts for almost three-dozen  critical human needs agencies throughout the lower two-thirds of Indiana. 

Text a Gift Available in April and May!

To securely make a gift to EFHN—

• Text GIVEto (317) 316-3664

• You will receive a text with a link, click on the link. This will open a secure app on your phone.

• Register with your personal information and a credit/debit card your first time.

• Change or confirm your gift amount.  The default is $25.00 but can be completed with any amount of donation.  

• Once you confirm the gift, you will receive a text and email confirmation.

Don’t forget to save the number in your phone.  You may participate multiple times between April 1 and May 31. The next time you make a gift, you only have to text GIVE from the same phone number.  You can always text EDIT to update your information and check the status of a gift.

• More about the EFHN

• List of last year's recipients

• Link to online giving


Confirmation Schedule 2016

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The confirmation schedule for 2016 has been set. Candidates meet with Bishop Cate one hour before the liturgy! 

•  Northwest deanery: St. John's, Lafayette, 2 April, liturgy at 3 p.m.

• Southwest deanery: St. Paul's, Evansville, 9 April, liturgy at 3 p.m.(CDST!)

• Southcentral deanery: Will not have confirmation this year.

• Southeast deanery: St. Paul's, New Albany, 23 April, liturgy at 5 p.m.

• Northcentral deanery: St. Christopher's, Carmel, 30 April, liturgy at 11 a.m.

• Midcentral deanery: St. John's, Speedway, 30 April, liturgy at 5 p.m.

• All diocesan: Christ Church Cathedral, 5 May, liturgy at 7:30 p.m.

• Northeast deanery: Will not have confirmation this year

Please see this memo from Bishop Cate.

What Deanery am I in?



financial planning

The conference is on Monday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 5, at Waycross. This year's theme is Personal Financial Wellness. Our speaker will be Nancy Fritschner, CREDO faculty member, Clergy Tax Help Line resource and a clergy spouse. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and to relax. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 29 Contact Waycross directly to register.


14-Year Partnership with Diocese of Bor Ends

March 2, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write to share the sad news that our fourteen year partnership with the Diocese of Bor, South Sudan, has come to an end.

For the past few years the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in Sudan and South Sudan has been concerned over the actions of several Provinces of the Anglican Communion in which same-sex blessings have taken place.In December of 2015 they passed a resolution requiring that no formal partnerships can be sustained with Dioceses where such blessings occur.

I received a letter from Bishop Ruben Akurdid in mid-February, explaining their position, and thanking me for the partnership we were able to have for these many years. I have responded with a letter expressing my deep disappointment, my hope that in the future such partnerships will again be possible, and assuring him that our hearts and doors are always open to him and our brothers and sisters in Bor.

You are no longer obligated to include the Diocese of Bor in public prayer, but many of you may choose to join me in my promise to Bishop Ruben that he will remain in my own prayers, and that prayers for lasting peace in South Sudan will continue to rise from our hearts.

We will maintain our relationship with Brasilia, and I ask that every parish continue to honor the mandate of our Convention that the Diocese of Brasilia, and their Bishop, Mauricio, be included each week in the prayers of the People.

I am also pleased to tell you that Bishop Mauricio and his wife, Sandra, will be visiting us this coming May 25-31.Please watch for more information about this visit, and if you have something particularly interesting happening in your parish during that time, please let us know.We may be able to arrange to be with you!

I pray your Lenten disciplines are enriching your lives during this holy season.



Bishop Offers Additional Background on the Diocese of Bor Partnership End

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The news of the dissolution of our partnership with the Diocese of Bor has been very difficult, and I realize that many of you are bewildered and angry.  I think that some background information about Sudan may be helpful in understanding the decision of the Bishops of the Episcopal Church in Sudan and South Sudan (ECSSS) to sever formal partnerships with some Provinces.

Read more.


Vestry College A Big Success


With great early spring weather at Waycross, a large crowd turned out on Friday and Saturday, February 19-20, for Vestry College 2016.


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Have you registered for the Spring Diocesan Leadership Conference?

• Download a pdf copy of the flier here.

• Click here for Registration

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The Search for the XI Bishop

Hoosier Bishop XI Search Enters New Phase


Nominations for the next Bishop of Indianapolis are now closed. The search has now entered a new, quieter phase. Please pray for the Search Committee and those who have agreed to be considered in this process. Stay up to date via their web site or Facebook page.

• Facebook

• Website


Photos shared on Facebook this past month.

St. Paul's, Richmond, hosted a group from the Eastern Indiana Independent Living Center for a Sunday morning program.


St.Christopher's, Carmel, is getting ready to initiate










St. Paul's, Indianapolis, is getting ready for a big Palm Saturday celebration for children.


All Saints, Indianapolis, now has a Social Media Team that posts sermons online each week. 


St. David's, Beanblossom,held a traditional Welsh dinner with Celtic Music celebrating St. David, the patron saint of Wales.



St. John's, Lafayette, has been hosting a Tuesday evening Lenten Christian Discipleship series called "The Big Questions."


St. Peter's, Lebanon, held a workshop with an artist on creating Ukranian Easter eggs.



Lutherans and Episcopalian shared a Lenten liturgy at Grace Episcopal, Muncie.


Christ Church Cathedral has been studying the book The New Jim Crow during Lent, inviting those who couldn't be there to participate via Google Hangouts.


A beautiful winter scene at Trinity, Lawrenceburg.


Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, kids have been learning about the miracle of Easter.


St. Thomas, Franklin, held a Chili Cook-Off to benefit the parish's outreach ministries.


St. John's, Speedway; Trinity, Indianapolis; and St. Paul's, Indianapolis are among those who have combined to present an important information/ music/action program called "Healing Our Violence: If Not Now, When?"


Events & Calendar

Visit Your Muslim Neighbors: An Open House

The Islamic Society of North America is having an open house Saturday, March 19, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at their headquarters, 6555 S. County Rd. 750 E., Plainfield.  Here is a flyer to print and post for all to see.


EWM Spring Luncheon

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Registration deadline, Saturday April 21. More information and the registration form is here.




MARCH 2016

Executive Council at Waycross

• March 19

APRIL 2016 

Spring Clergy Conference

• Waycross April 4-5

• Click here to register.  

• The conference schedule will be sent this week.

Commission on Ministry Spring Retreat

• Waycross April 7-9

Clergy & Lilly Leadership Day

• Indianapolis Museum of Art April 16

• Go here to register.

Episcopal Women's Ministries Spring Luncheon

• St. Alban's, Indianapolis April 30

• Registration deadline, Saturday April 21. More information and the registration form is here.


For more events, complete details, or updates, see



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.