A revised budget worksheet has replaced the preliminary one.
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:
- Received information about the appointment of Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale as Canon for Administration and Evangelism, beginning October 1.
- Heard about progress on the series of ten diocesan-wide Listening Sessions going on through October and continuing with a presentation at 180th Diocesan Convention.
- Reviewed progress on the Pathways to Vitality congregational development program and associated ministerial excellence fund.
- Passed a resolution affirming our current Cooperating Ministries.
- Discussed a potential canonical change around the use of earlier audits for decisions around Cooperating Ministries. Such a change would mean Cooperating Ministries could be affirmed or reaffirmed prior to each calendar instead of mid-year.
- Shared information and ideas for the 180th Diocesan Convention and coming year conventions,
- Members learned of a positive 2015-2016 audit of the diocese and Waycross and reviewed the status of 2017 income, investments, and expenditures.
- The Budget and Finance Committee shared information about their progress in coordinating budget requests and developing a 2018 budget document. Information on the current budget is expected to be shared on the www.indydio.org website later in the week.
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.
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.
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.
Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis, has been busy over the past couple weeks moving a mountain of mulch, beautifying their grounds, and getting ready for their big annual rummage sale.
Several parishes in the Indianapolis area combined to march in the 2017 Pride parade and offer a welcome exhibit in the display are. A great time was had by all as many cheered the enthusiastic presence of the large group.
Title IV Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
The Rev. Suzanne Wille
- Ordination and Consecration of Bishop The Right Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows
- Bishop Cate: Celebrating 20 Years of Ministry
- Pray the Daily Office
- Find a Parish – By Location
- Find a Parish – By Name
- Find a Form, Directory, or Policy
- Check the Diocesan Calendar
- Register for an Event
- Get Safeguarding Information
- Make a Gift
- Find the Diocesan & Anglican Cycles of Prayer
- Find copies of the Diocesan Constitution and Canons
- Find Information on Open Positions and Transition Ministries
- NEW! Read the April Diocesan Enews Online
This Year's Resources
- 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
|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|
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.
180th Diocesan Convention
October 26-28, 2017
Location is Jeffersonville.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Office