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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 for the meeting, offering a statement called “The Work Set Forth” as a framework for balancing time, money, direction, and ways the council can be supportive in their work diocesan-wide.

She followed that initiative by leading an enthusiastic discussion around the three points on a triangle grounded in Benedictine spirituality. Those included

  • Stability, a life of prayer, worship, and relationship with God and others;
  • Obedience, listening to God and one another, observing what’s out there in the world and what God may be saying to us; and
  • Conversion, ongoing transformation around how God is informing us, possibly leading us to new and life-giving spaces.

This time of visioning generated a long list of ideas and direction to consider as the council moves forward, looking at two questions in particular. “What is it that we think we need to be doing?” and “How do we organize to do that?” In addition to their organizational and visioning time, Executive Council:

In addition to their organizational and visioning time, Executive Council:

The next meeting of Executive Council is September 18 at Waycross. For a current list of Executive Council members, 2017-2019 MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL UPDATED.

Google AdWords Increases Your Parish’s Free Advertising Potential

Ever wish your congregation or ministry had a $10,000 monthly advertising budget? Well, now you do! Good Samaritan recently heard through the church planting grapevine that software giant Google grants all nonprofits with open and affirming hiring practices, including religious organizations, with up to $10,000 monthly use of Google AdWords, a way to increase your organization’s visibility when someone is doing a Google search. So, you can target someone in your neighborhood who might type in “church that serves” or “open minded” or “volunteering.”

We applied online here, and all we needed was our taxpayer employer identification number (EIN) to start. (You can get that from the diocesan office.) Approval took about three business days. Once we were approved, we followed the instructions to use our free AdWords.

To create the ads, you select keywords of audiences you’d like to target and then write two short headlines of 80 characters each, along with a one sentence description of your congregation and a link to your website.

Good Samaritan targeted the cities of Avon, Brownsburg, Whitestown, and Clermont in the metro Indianapolis area and typed the following keywords: Jesus, Episcopal, Anglican, open-minded, gay-friendly church, gay, progressive, liberal, service, volunteering, community, faith, and diversity.
The process is a little wonky and requires some patience. But I’d be glad to help you get started! Just drop me an email at the link below. And enjoy your new advertising budget!

The Rev. Dr. Gray Lesesne is Vicar of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Brownsburg.

June – Around the Diocese

Good Shepherd, West Lafayette, takes a stand against gun violence.



Trinity, Indianapolis, had a wonderful crowd for their inaugural Dia del Nino (Day of the Child) Festival in late spring.


St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, is hosting a June 25 benefit concert featuring music and artists from countries named in the U.S. travel ban – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The Brooklyn Nomads (NYC) are performing this two-hour musical tribute as an expression of support and gratitude towards the rich melting pot of the entire United States, which enabled the group to come to life. This unique opportunity is presented by St. Paul’s newly-developed Center for Faith, Justice and the Arts, and IndyFringe, with proceeds benefiting the Immigrant Welcome Center and Exodus Refugee Immigration. For more information or tickets, go to www.indyfringe.org.


Grace Unlimited friends did a pilgrimage to Toronto this month.


St. Philip’s, Indianapolis, offered their “change for change” as part of their Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN) offering dedication at Pentecost.


It was the 52nd Annual Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival on Monument Circle, continuing the tradition with big crowds and lots of delicious strawberry shortcake.


Trinity, Anderson, celebrated Trinity Sunday with an outdoor Eucharist along the riverwalk on the White River. Harter House Assisted Living Center hosted their service and there was a pitch-in lunch.


Holy Family, Fishers, experienced beautiful liturgical dance on Trinity Sunday.


Good idea of the month from Good Samaritan, Brownsburg. The congregation has been painting rocks to leave around Brownsburg and spread some joy.


St. Timothy’s identity collage poster. This poster was developed from the collaborative work which The Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill facilitated with St. Timothy’s congregation.


St. Michael’s, Noblesville, proudly proclaimed Pride month with this large, welcoming flag on the exterior of their building,


St. Paul’s, Evansville, recently engaged in Holy Conversation as a parish as part of their search for a new rector.


St. Christopher’s, Carmel, displays banners that say “Welcome” and “You Belong”


St. David’s, Bean Blossom, successfully combined their annual strawberry festival with the weekly summer farmer’s market they host.


St. Peter’s, Lebanon, has planted 100 foot long beds of corn and beans that will help provide fresh vegetables for those at the St. Joe food pantry this summer. The bean tepees will allow kids to go inside and see the beans growing on the poles. Their new raised beds are possible thanks to a grant from Christ Church Cathedral Women.


The Arts in Harmony community festival brought an array of musical talent to the doorstep of St. Stephen’s, New Harmony.


St. Paul’s, Richmond, was excited to welcome a June 12 visit from Bishop Jennifer.


A group from Trinity, Bloomington, have been on a pilgrimage experience in Scotland.

Christ Church Cathedral, Madison, is partnering with Presbyterians in their community for Longest Day Vespers on June 21, calling attention to those who have Alzheimer’s and those who care for them.


St. John’s,.Lafayette, hosted a 20’s and 30’s age group summer board game night.


Trinity, Lawrenceburg, is known for having beautiful flowers and grounds, thanks to an enthusiastic group of volunteers who work hard on keeping it tidy.


St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, honored the faithful and hard work of their Altar Guild with a June picnic.


St. Paul’s, New Albany, transformed the blocks surrounding the church for their 11th annual Art on the Parish Green Fair, featuring two days of over 100 fine arts and crafts vendors, live music, Bluegrass Mass on the Grass, children’s art and fun, food and drink, tours of the historic church, and more.


Kids at St, Andrew’s, Greencastle, had a great time at the opening of summer Vacation Bible School.

 

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On the Horizon

Ten listening sessions will be 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. ...

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Ingathering time is coming soon for your Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN), the only yearly diocesan fund drive for ministries of hope and help in our local communities. Most parishes choose to gather EFHN gifts on or around Pentecost Sunday, June ...

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Exciting news about staff retirements and changes in the forthcoming year.

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EFHN INGATHERING SUNDAY
Ingathering time is coming soon for your Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN), the only yearly diocesan fund drive for ministries of hope and help in our local communities. Most parishes choose to gather EFHN gifts on or around Pentecost Sunday, June 4. Grants have been made annually to 25-35 agencies and at least 10 have been supported for over 40 years now. The missions are varied---from assisting ex-offenders with job training to helping victims of domestic violence with shelter and legal assistance, to providing the elderly with transportation or daycare, to helping families that need emergency food, medical care, or utilities assistance. In 2017 our diocese expects to provide grants to 34 different agencies in Southern and Central Indiana for a total of $47,750. Please help us meet this goal. Resources are offered here to help you plan your EFHN giving emphasis. Use your EFHN giving bucket (each parish has one) and/or a supply of EFHN offering envelopes as you conduct your giving campaign. Contact Canon Marsha Gebuhr gebuhr@indydio.org if our diocesan office can support you in any way. Lord Jesus, you said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” We began the Episcopal Fund for Human Need to help those who fall through the cracks with our support of human needs agencies throughout the Diocese of Indianapolis. Help us to be generous to serve as a lifeline to those who are hungry, homeless or poorly housed, without transportation, or ill and in need of assistance in Central and Southern Indiana that we might serve as a safety net and shine brightly that others may know you as the light of Christ in their lives as you are in ours, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This Year's Resources

LISTENING SESSIONS
Ten listening sessions will be 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
Lay NE Region June 10, 2017 Saturday 1 p.m. EDST Trinity, Anderson
Lay NW Region June 18, 2017 Sunday 2 p.m. EDST St. John’s, Lafayette
Lay SW Region June 25, 2017 Sunday 1 p.m. CDST St. Paul’s, Evansville
Lay N. Central, S. Central, & MidCentral Regions Sept. 7, 2017 Thursday 6 p.m. EDST Trinity, Indianapolis
Lay SE Region Oct. 15, 2017 Sunday 1 p.m. EDST St. Paul’s, New Albany
Clergy Spouses August 27, 2017 Sunday 1 p.m. EDST St. Paul’s Columbus
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
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
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 ...
180th Diocesan Convention: Come to the River

180th Diocesan Convention: Come to the River

CALL TO CONVENTION, JUNE 2017  Pursuant to Article IV Section 2 of the Constitution of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, notice is hereby given that the 180th annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will be held at Kye's Event Center, 500 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville, ...
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 ...
Pathways to Vitality: The Tarantula In My Checkbook

Pathways to Vitality: The Tarantula In My Checkbook

Balancing a checkbook and other financial tasks can feel like opening a box of spiders, doing them well and with proper knowledge frees us to better understand how our lives function, how day to day living happens through our finances. And then, we are freed ...
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 ...
Attend the Regional Building for a New Tomorrow Symposium

Attend the Regional Building for a New Tomorrow Symposium

Our diocesan members have been invited to attend the upcoming Now What? A Conference on Reimagining Our Buildings, Our Mission, Our Leadership on July 8 in Indianapolis. It is an ecumenical gathering sponsored by the building funds of The Episcopal Church, Disciples of Christ, Evangelical ...
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 ...
Become a Part of the 2017-2018 Youth Steering Committee (YSC)

Become a Part of the 2017-2018 Youth Steering Committee (YSC)

Applications are now being accepted to join the Youth Steering Committee (YSC) in the 2017-2018 school year. The YSC is comprised of youth and adults from across the Diocese of Indianapolis. We meet 10-12 times per year at various churches around the diocese to plan ...
Episcopal Women Honored at Luncheon

Episcopal Women Honored at Luncheon

April 8th at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 25 women were honored for their support of their parish and community at a Luncheon sponsored by the Diocesan Episcopal Women's Ministries Council. Bishop-Elect Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows presented their certificates. The names of the honorees and pictures from the event ...
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FEATURED & UPCOMING EVENTS
Jul 10

Episcopal Youth Event 2017

July 10 - July 14
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
Oct 26
Nov 03

Executive Council Meeting

November 3 - November 4
Nov 17

Youth Fall Conference 2017

November 17 - November 19
Jul 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

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