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EYE 2017 

Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth

The Diocese of Indianapolis had great representation at the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event, July 10-14 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. Seven youth, two adult chaperones and Bishop Jennifer attended this triennial gathering of Episcopal youth in grades 9-12.

The theme of the event was “Path to Peace.” Participants participated in a variety of activities. Plenary sessions featured youth and adult speakers. We heard stories from survivors and first responders during the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing. We also heard the stories of youth involved with Kids4Peace, an interfaith organization dedicated to promoting peace in
Israel and Palestine. We also heard sermons from the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry and the Rev. Winnie Varghese during the opening and closing Eucharist services.

The delegation attended workshops on a variety of topics, including:

  • learning new games,
  • how to engage in peaceful conversations,
  • peer ministry,
  • United Thank Offering,
  • Confirmation ideas and practices,

and much more. Bishop Jennifer led a workshop on how to engage in
difficult and important conversations with others.

Finally, we spent a day exploring Oklahoma City. Our tour included visiting the National Cowboy Museum, the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, the Oklahoma City Bombing National Memorial and Museum, the Oklahoma History Museum, and the Red Earth Art Gallery. We ended our day with
dinner and a carnival hosted by the Diocese of Oklahoma at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown OKC, and a candlelight vigil and Compline at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial.

The event was a formative experience for the youth who attended. Here are their experiences in some of their words:

“…the things that I will remember the most are the little moments when I was able to talk to people from across the country

… the moments when I was able to spend time with our Bishop and feel like my voice was being heard even though I am a youth

… the little moments made the trip so special.”

–Olivia Hurley, Trinity, Bloomington

“EYE was an amazing experience!!! I loved being with other Episcopalians who have similar hopes, dreams, and values I do

… I hope I can go again to #EYE20!!!”

–Emma Blackburn, St. Christopher’s, Carmel

“EYE was an incredible event where I got to experience worshipping and growing with a diverse group of people who all share my faith

… my favorite part of the entire event was meeting people
from all over the United States and the world.”

–Sarah Jacobs, St. Christopher’s, Carmel

You can find more photos from EYE the Indy Dio Youth Facebook Page:

Applications being accepted for Episcopal delegates to March 2018 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent the Episcopal Church at the 62nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March 12-23, 2018.

The provincial delegate and the churchwide delegates will be able to attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and will represent the Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the UN, including joint advocacy with the group Ecumenical Women.

Applications and more information are available here.

Deadline is Friday, September 15.

Waycross Executive Director Announces Retirement

Dear Waycross Friends:

We have finished a busy summer camp season with much re-creation, laughter, and singing rising from the Bear Creek Valley. Attached is a letter announcing my retirement from Waycross at the end of this year from the Waycross Board President, Denyse Palmer.

I hope to see many of you before the end of the year to say goodbye. I plan is to move to SW Florida to be close to my parents and support them in their twilight years. My Father just celebrated his 90th birthday and my mother her—whoops, don’t reveal a beautiful lady’s age…

Coming up in less than a month is a special Waycross event. Come join us for Family Camp on Labor Day Weekend or for the 60th Waycross Birthday event on Sunday, September 3rd from 1-5PM.

Van Beers
Executive Director
Waycross, Inc.

Retirement Letter

A Message to the Church from the Presiding Bishop—Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

In this moment – when the stain of bigotry has once again covered our land, and when hope, frankly, sometimes seems far away, when we must now remember new martyrs of the way of love like young Heather Heyer – it may help to remember the deep wisdom of the martyrs who have gone before.

The year was 1967. It was a time not unlike this one in America. Then there were riots in our streets, poverty and unbridled racism in our midst, and a war far away tearing us apart at home. In that moment, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a book, his last one, with a message that rings poignant today. It was titled, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”

One of his insights then was that a moment of crisis is always a moment of decision. It was true then and is true now. Where do we go from here? Chaos? Indifference? Avoidance? Business as usual? Or Beloved Community?

I’m a follower of Jesus of Nazareth because I believe the teachings, the Spirit, the Person, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus have shown us the way through the chaos to true community as God has intended from the beginning.

Through the way of love, he has shown us the way to be right and reconciled with the God and Creator of us all. Through his way of love, he has shown us the way to be right and reconciled with each other as children of God, and as brothers and sisters. In so doing, Jesus has shown us the way to become the Beloved Community of God. St. Paul said it this way: “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself” and now he has entrusted us with “the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

I know too well that talk of Beloved Community, which Jesus was describing when he spoke of the kingdom of God in our midst, can be dismissed as nice but naive, idealistic yet unrealistic. I know that.

But I also know this. The way of Beloved Community is our only hope. In this most recent unveiling of hatred, bigotry, and cruelty, as Neo-Nazis marched and chanted, “The Jews will not replace us,” we have seen the alternative to God’s Beloved Community. And that alternative is simply unthinkable. It is nothing short of the nightmare of human self-destruction and the destruction of God’s creation. And that is unthinkable, too.

We who follow Jesus have made a choice to walk a different way: the way of disciplined, intentional, passionate, compassionate, mobilized, organized love intent on creating God’s Beloved Community on earth.

Maybe it is not an accident that the Bible readings for the Holy Eucharist this Sunday (Genesis 45:1-15; Isaiah 56:1,6-8; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; and Matthew 15:21-28) all point toward and bear a message of God’s passionate desire and dream to create the Beloved Community in the human family and all of the creation.

This Sunday and in the days and weeks to come, as we gather in community to worship God and then move about in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, social circles and more, we will be faced with a choice. I ask and invite us as congregations and individuals who are together the Episcopal Church of the Jesus Movement to intentionally, purposely, and liturgically rededicate ourselves to the way of Jesus, the work of racial reconciliation, the work of healing and dismantling everything that wounds and divides us, the work of becoming God’s Beloved Community. Resources that can assist us in doing this work are included with this message, including an adapted version of the Becoming Beloved Community vision that our church’s key leaders shared this spring. I urge you to spend time reflecting with them individually and in your churches.

Where do we go from here? Maybe the venerable slave songs from our American past can help us. In the midst of their suffering, they used to sing …

Walk together children

And don’t you get weary.

Cause there’s a great camp meeting

In the promised land.

We will walk there … together. We will make this soil on which we live more and more like God’s own Promised Land. So God love you. God bless you. And let’s all keep the faith.

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

A video of this message is available here as are resources on Racial Reconciliation and Becoming the Beloved Community.


St. Paul’s Arts Council calls for submission of new, short plays for its February festival

The St. Paul’s Arts Council will be showcasing original, never been produced short plays at a Short New-Play Festival, Sunday, February 11, 2018.

The Festival will feature two categories of short plays, 2-Minute and 10-Minute Plays. St. Paul’s asks that, due to the 200th
anniversary of its publication, playwrights use Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern
Prometheus as their inspiration.

Those chosen will be performed as a stage reading at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Albany, Indiana on Sunday February 11 at 2:30 pm.

Submissions of original plays in either format, will be accepted beginning Friday, September 1, 2017. Submission deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017. The number of plays to be produced will be at The St. Paul’s Arts Council discretion and will depend on the mix of
qualified submissions. Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between January 1 and January 15, 2018.

For the complete list of guidelines, please contact St. Paul’s at or visit their website

Trinity, Indianapolis, Receives a Faith and Action Grant

Trinity, Indianapolis, has received a $20,000 Faith and Action grant from Christian Theological Seminary for Trinity House, which will offer a safe environment for 16-to-21-year-old people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In addition to getting shelter, the youths staying at Trinity House will have access to legal services, life-skills training, assistance with education and job training, and facilitated connections to other community service agencies.

Read the Announcement Letter from The Rev’d Julia E. Whitworth, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church


tens img-logoThis year’s annual TENS (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship) conference was in May at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Minneapolis.

Here’s what Ms. Terry Noble from St. Andrew’s, Greencastle, had to say about the conference:

“It taught me much, and it infused me with energy and a sense that I was not alone in my enthusiasm for stewardship.   This conference turned out to be informative and inspiring.  I came back with practical information such as themes for a pledge drive and ways to highlight stewardship on a continuing basis.  I also picked up a number of tips on practices to avoid, and benefited greatly from many conversations with people who have a great deal of experience in the ministry of stewardship.

The theme for the conference was ‘Journey to Generosity’ and this emphasized moving away from a culture that thrives on the concept of ‘scarcity’ in every part of our lives, to adopting a lifestyle of generous giving.  The concept of ‘lifestyle’ resonated with me. This journey is a change of lifestyle, not an easy or a quick thing to accomplish and not something to be taken lightly.”

The “Journey to Generosity” conference webcast, as well as the “Journey to Generosity 2017 Annual Pledge Series” are available on-line for every one of our congregation’s use…at no cost to them! Please contact John Oaks, Diocesan Stewardship Officer, for the log-in and password.




This past Monday, July 10, seven youth and three adults from our diocese went to E.Y.E. at the University of Central Oklahoma. They are participating in plenary sessions, workshops, day trips, and other activities centered around the theme “Path to Peace.” Please keep these young people and their chaperones in your prayers.

Follow their adventures on the diocesan youth ministry blog and our diocesan youth ministry Facebook page. You can also watch the livestream of the Eucharists and plenary sessio.






Pathways to Vitality: June and July Blog Posts

pathways to vitality

New blog posts have been published.

June 2017: What every pastor ought to know about money

July 2017: A Message from Rev. Erin Hougland





Past Posts

Bishop Jennifer’s Visitation Schedule

Information about updates and changes to Bishop Jennifer’s schedule should be directed to Sally Cassidy, the Bishop’s Administrative Assistant.

(Last updated 7/12/2017)

JULY 2017 – OCTOBER 2018

JULY 2017

  • 02 St. Mary’s, Martinsville  
  • 16 St. John’s, Mt. Vernon
  • 23 NO VISITATION – UBE 49th Annual Meeting
  • 30 NO VISITATION –  Consecration


  • 06 NO VISITATION – Vacation
  • 13 NO VISITATION –  Vacation
  • 20 NO VISITATION –  Vacation
  • 27
    • Afternoon: 1 p.m. Listening Session Clergy Spouses @ St. Paul’s, Columbus  


  • 03 Open for Reschedule  – Labor Day Weekend
  • 09
    • Morning: 10 a.m. Listening Session for Lay Leadership @ Waycross  
    • Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. Listening Session for Youth @ Waycross  
  • 10 Christ Church, Madison
  • 16 Executive Council Meeting
  • 17 St. James, New Castle
  • 24 NO VISITATION – HOB Meeting  


  • 01 Episcopal Women’s Fall Retreat @ Waycross
  • 07 Listening Session for Deacons & Retreat @ Waycross  
  • 08
    • Morning: Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis
    • 6 p.m. – Grace Unlimited, Butler Campus, Indianapolis
  • 15
    • Morning: St. Paul’s, New Albany
    • Afternoon: 1 p.m. Listening Session – South East Region Lay
  • 22 St. Stephen’s, New Harmony
  • 29 NO VISITATION – Diocesan Convention


  • 05 All Saints’, Indianapolis   
  • 12 Trinity, Lawrenceburg
  • 19 NO VISITATION – Fall Youth Retreat
  • 26 NO VISITATION – Thanksgiving Weekend


  • 03
    • Morning: St. David’s, Bean Blossom
    • 4 p.m. – IU Canterbury House, Bloomington
  • 10 NO VISITATION – Advent Retreat
  • 17
    • 9 a.m. – St. James, Vincennes
    • 11 a.m. – St. John’s, Washington
  • 24 Christmas Pageant/Christmas Eve, Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
  • 25 Christmas Day – Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis


  • 07 St. Augustine’s, Danville
  • 14 St. Paul’s, Indianapolis
  • 21 Trinity, Anderson   
  • 28 St. Alban’s, Indianapolis


  • 04 St. John’s, Speedway
  • 11 St. Peter’s, Lebanon
  • 18 St. Christopher’s, Carmel
  • 25 St. Philip’s, Indianapolis

MARCH 2018

  • 04 Deacon’s Retreat
  • 18 St. John’s, Bedford
  • 25 Palm Sunday – St. Paul’s, Columbus
  • 31 Easter Vigil – Christ Church Cathedral

APRIL 2018

  • 01 Easter Sunday – Christ Church Cathedral
  • 15 St. Luke’s, Shelbyville
  • 22 St. George’s, West Terre Haute
  • 29 St. Mark’s, Plainfield

MAY 2018

  • 06 St. Francis-in-the-Field, Zionsville
  • 13 St. Luke’s, Cannelton
  • 20 St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute
  • 27 NO VISITATION – Memorial Day Weekend

JUNE 2018

  • 03 Trinity, Bloomington
  • 10 St. Thomas, Franklin
  • 17 St. Andrew’s, Greencastle
  • 24 St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville

JULY 2018

  • 01 NO VISITATION – General Convention
  • 08 NO VISITATION –  General Convention
  • 15 NO VISITATION –  General Convention
  • 22 St. Stephen’s, Elwood
  • 29 St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis


  • 05 NO VISITATION – Vacation
  • 12 NO VISITATION –  Vacation
  • 19 NO VISITATION –  Vacation
  • 26 NO VISITATION –  Vacation


  • 02 NO VISITATION –  Labor Day Weekend
  • 09 Good Samaritan, Brownsburg
  • 16 Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
  • 23 Trinity, Indianapolis
  • 30 Peace, Rockport  


  • 07 Good Shepherd, West Lafayette
  • 14 St. John’s, Lafayette
  • 21 NO VISITATION – Diocesan Convention
  • 28 Trinity, Lawrenceburg