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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

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.

The Ordination, Consecration, and Seating of a New Bishop

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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A Video Retrospective on Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows’ Ordination and Consecration by The Rev. Canon Michael Hunn

Celebrating the ordination and consecration of Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows in the Diocese of Indianapolis!

Posted by Michael Hunn on Monday, May 15, 2017

Statement from The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

I was saddened to learn this morning that the vandalism of St. David’s Church in Bean Blossom was committed by the church’s organist, Nathan Stang, who has admitted to police that he spray painted hateful graffiti on the church last November in the wake of the presidential election. This was a hurtful, dishonest, and profoundly misguided action that stands against the values of the people of this diocese and the Episcopal Church, and we will continue to cooperate with the authorities who are pursuing this case.

We are living now in a political climate that is so divisive and highly charged that people from all across the political spectrum are making thoughtless and hurtful choices that they believe are justified by the righteousness of their causes. As people who follow Jesus, we must find a different way.

Christians are called to hold one another accountable for our choices and actions, but also to offer one another love and forgiveness. I do not know Nathan, who is not a member of the diocese and has worked at the church for about a year, but media reports indicate that he felt frightened and alone in the wake of last year’s presidential election and that he was attempting to catalyze a movement by instilling a sense of fear in the congregation and community. Many people in our country, particularly members of sexual, religious and racial minorities, have well-founded reasons to be fearful in these difficult times, but this terrible situation illustrates why we must resist the temptation to play to those fears. Our job, as people of God, is to speak the truth in love, admit our own sins, and be ever mindful that seeking justice includes ending fear for all God’s people.

I know that this incident has been deeply painful for many people at St. David’s, in our diocese, in Bean Blossom and surrounding communities, and across the country. As bishop, I want to offer my sincere apology to those who have been hurt both by what happened in November and what is happening today. As this story unfolds in the media and in the courts, I hope that you will join me in praying for St. David’s and its leaders, for Bean Blossom, for Nathan, and for everyone who has found in this incident a reason to be afraid

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.

April 22, 2017: Celebrating Bishop Cate’s Ministry

April 22, 2017

The recorded webcast from St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Carmel Indiana of the celebration of 20 years of ministry with The Right Reverend Catherine Waynick.


Follow the Celebration Webcast with a Downloadable Worship Bulletin

 


The Right Reverend Catherine M. Waynick

The retiring Bishop speaks about life, her mission, and her people.

Images from the Celebration